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The Online Version
of the Magazine
of Cornell Law School


Spring 2014


Volume 40, 1



In This Issue:


A Message from the Dean by Stewart J. Schwab

"As I write this final Forum column of my deanship, the new sights and smells of spring are abundant on campus. The renewal and change brought on by the season provide a fitting parallel to the many transformations that occur here at Myron Taylor Hall." writes Dean Stewart J. Schwab.

Getting to Yes: A Retrospective on Stewart J. Schwab's Tenure as Dean
by Kenneth Berkowitz

Ten years ago, Stewart J. Schwab, the Allan R. Tessler Dean and Professor of Law, began his tenure with a set of ambitious, widely shared objectives: The Law School should increase the size of its faculty. It should broaden course offerings in business and international comparative law, expand partnerships with institutions around the world, and establish new on-campus initiatives to broaden its global impact.

The New East Wing Opens
Photography by David Lamb

With construction begun in July 2012 and completed in December 2013, the new wing of Cornell Law School opened in time to host spring 2014 classes. The addition, which provides 23,000 square feet of space, houses three state-of-the-art classrooms and a new formal entrance to Myron Taylor Hall.

Trailblazers: First-Ever Women Editors in Chief of a Law Review by Cynthia Grant Bowman

A number of other law schools have claimed that they produced the first woman editor in chief (EIC) of a law review. These claims are all off by several decades.

Steven H. Shiffrin: First Amendment Expert and Champion of Equality by Linda Brandt Myers

Dissenting, it almost seems, is part of his DNA. "From early on I had the character flaw of arguing with anyone about anything," Professor Shiffrin confesses.

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