8c0 The Dean's Message -- Spring 1998 Cardozo Life a9c

From the Dean

A Blueprint for the Future

There is no single blueprint for the founding and flourishing of a good law school. However, a foundation built on solid plans, good facilities, continuous fundraising, and a top-flight faculty is the best way to ensure success. Cardozo has been blessed with having all of these components.

The School can boast of devoted founders and supporters--among them the late Jacob Burns, former chairman of the Board, and Earle Mack, our current chairman. By creating the Jacob Burns Institute for Advanced Legal Studies, Mr. Burns assured Cardozo's entrance into the national and international legal consciousness by supporting intellectual endeavors. Mr. Mack and the Mack family have assured that we will have outstanding students now and in the future by supporting scholarships.

With the beginning of the 1998 academic year, Cardozo will add a residence to its facilities--a beautiful building just one block from the Cardozo campus. Plans are also going forward to initiate a capital campaign that will upgrade Cardozo's current building, improving the library, lobby, student areas, and classrooms.

Cardozo's faculty is this Law School's greatest asset. Members of the faculty are productive scholars with a love of teaching. They are quoted in the media as experts relied upon by the best scholars in their fields, and praised by the practicing bar, as well as by students and graduates.

The Cardozo faculty is buttressed by an extraordinary group of adjunct professors who come from the front lines of practice. They bring to the institution a depth of experience and love of lawyering that students find compelling. In addition to teaching, these individuals offer advice, provide access to internships, and help to spread the Cardozo story in the New York legal community.

This issue of Cardozo Life celebrates the adjunct faculty. It provides a preview and brief history of the buildings that will become Cardozo's new residence. Then, it takes an in-depth look at the founding, history, and future direction of the Jacob Burns Institute for Advanced Legal Studies--one of Cardozo's cornerstones.

As Cardozo climbs into the higher echelons of law schools nationally, we do well to remember those things that have provided strength and structure for its future.