Reunion 2017 – June 8-10

Reunion 2017 was a huge success – even the weather was picture perfect.
Thank you to all the alumni who came back to campus to celebrate their class reunions and to all those who served on their Reunion Class Committees! We could not have done it without you.

View the 2017 Reunion photo gallery in Flickr.

If you missed reunions, we are delighted to share with you links to the recorded programming and related handouts.

The Cloud, Metadata, Social Networking, and You: How Technology is Changing the Practice of Law

The traditional practice of law has been impacted by rapid changes in available technologies. This program discusses and analyzes how the evolving technology landscape is changing practice and how new technologies can be used in the practice of law. Data security and cloud computing issues were also analyzed. Ethical issues were considered including those relating to proper use of technology and data management. Electronic communications and social networking tools were explored.

Presented by Dan Blackaby, Technology Services Librarian, Lecturer in Law; Mark Williams, Digital Resources and Outreach Librarian, Lecturer in Law.

Law, Technology & Entrepreneurship at Cornell Tech” Featuring The Tech LLM Class of 2017

Watch this pre-recorded program and catch a glimpse of the Tech LLM students as they share their experiences in being the inaugural class of this new degree program based in NYC.
Moderated by David Schellhase, JD ’90.

Hughes Hall Renovation Presentation

Phase Two of the Myron Taylor Hall construction has begun. After the completion of the new academic wing, which provided three new state-of-the-art classrooms, a new Student Commons and an official front door to the Law School, construction did not stop. The renovation of Hughes Hall is well underway. This presentation conveys why the renovations were needed and shares the blueprints for the entire project.
Presented by: Kevin M. Clermont, Robert D. Ziff Professor of Law, and Richard Robinson, Associate Dean for Capital Projects

Business Ethics and the Law – Sponsored by Johnson and Cornell Law School

In the high-pressure worlds of business and law, all too often good people do bad things. In many cases, the unethical behavior is due in part to a toxic corporate culture. The attitudes, values, and practices that prevail in their organizations induce otherwise ethical employees to take actions that violate widely shared norms of conduct. Such behavior can be costly-even disastrous-leading to ruined careers, tarnished corporate reputations, and legal liability for the individuals and their companies. In an environment where “only results matter,” it can sometimes be difficult to recognize the risks. This session seeks to help understand how a firm’s culture can tempt-or push-employees into unethical behavior. It also considers how employees can meet ethical challenges posed by their firms’ cultures and what leaders can do to build ethically healthy cultures.

Presented by: W. Bradley Wendel, Professor, Cornell Law School and Author and Dana M. Radcliffe, Day Family Senior Lecturer in Business Ethics, Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management

How to Handle your First Pro Bono Deportation Case

Interested in representing an immigrant pro bono in a deportation case, but not sure how to do it? Stephen Yale-Loehr, Professor of Immigration Law Practice at Cornell Law School, and Estelle McKee, Clinical Professor of Law, teach you the basics of immigration law and deportation defense to prepare you to represent an immigrant pro bono.

Women in Law Practice: Challenges and Opportunities

While occupying nearly half of all seats in American law schools today, women continue to be underrepresented in the upper echelons of law practice. The panel discusses various challenges women lawyers face, and explores ways in which women can improve their chances of success and employers can increase retention and improve representation of women from many different backgrounds in more senior positions. Topics of discussion will include the impact of implicit bias, whether the structure of law firm practice itself poses challenges for women lawyers, business development, practice in a globalized world, and flexible work arrangements. A new organization for alumnae is introduced at this panel.
Moderator Sital Kalantry, AB ’94, Clinical Professor of Law, Cornell Law School and alumnae panelists Allison Harlow Fumai, AB ’99, JD ’02, Stephanie Sharron, JD ’92, Rachel Skaistis, JD ’97 and Winter Torres, JD ’07.