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The Online Version
of the Magazine
of Cornell Law School


Fall 2013


Volume 39, 2



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In This Issue:


A Message from the Deanby Stewart J. Schwab

"Over the past ten years, in my time as dean, I have had the pleasure of speaking with many of you about what you value most from your legal education. These conversations invariably come back to a central theme - the value of superb analytical thinking." writes Dean Stewart J. Schwab.

The Life of George Washington Fields
by Kevin M. Clermont

Fields was known to have entered with the first law class of Cornell University and earned his LL.B. degree in 1890. But his back story before college was unknown, and hence the significance of his life after graduation was unappreciated.

Training Lawyers for the Long Term
by Linda Brandt Myers

While some law schools have been patting themselves on the back for curriculum changes they plan to make soon, Cornell Law School has been quietly adding, over many years, to skills training and other innovative courses it teaches as well as to its faculty and programs.

James A. Henderson, Jr.: A Giant in Tort Law and a Dedicated Problem Solverby Kenneth berkowitz

After Twenty-nine years, Cornell Law School Professor James A. Henderson, Jr. is retiring to concentrate on writing and consulting.

Faust Rossi '60: An Expert in Trial Techniques and a Legendary Teacherby Linda Brandt Myers

"Today, our student body represents a range of cultural, ethnic, racial, and economic groups, varies in age and experience, and hails from nearly every state in the United States and countries around the globe," writes Dean Stewart J. Schwab.

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