A Stellar Community
This issue of Cardozo Life opens the window yet again on
Cardozo’s dynamic intellectual life. It focuses on Cardozo alumni
in the international arena and our spectacular conference on the
legacy of the Nuremberg Trials. In addition, Prof. Peter Goodrich
offers a retrospective look at the late Jacques Derrida, our frequent
visitor and guest who over the course of two decades engaged our
students and faculty in important dialogue. Goodrich points out
that “Derrida’s American legal experience was Cardozo.”
As the inside pages also report, Cardozo’s faculty have published five books
this year, organized and participated in many noteworthy conferences and
panel discussions, and been actively involved in our nation’s public life. It is
also my extreme pleasure to announce that Richard Bierschbach, Eric Pan, and
Julie Chi-Hye Suk, each of whom is exceptionally talented and highly accomplished,
are joining the full-time faculty this summer. We welcome them.
I wish to state a few words about Rob Schwartz, our indefatigable and
highly distinguished associate dean for admissions, who is featured in an
interview. Rob is marking his 10th year at Cardozo, and during his tenure has
totally revamped the admissions process and dramatically rewritten conventional
wisdom regarding “realistic” admissions goals.
In an almost incomprehensibly short time, he has helped Cardozo develop
into a nationally prominent law school that will welcome an incoming class in
August from across the nation—60% from states other than New York. This
remarkable statistic is compounded by the fact that we have doubled our
applicant pool to more than 5000, improved the median LSAT score of the
incoming class to 164—the 91st percentile, while the top quarter of the class
has a median LSAT score of 166 putting them into the top 5% of all test takers.
Rob has overseen these outstanding statistical developments while emphasizing
the individual in the application process, successfully identifying those
who show promise to make significant contributions to American life. The
remarkable fact is that year after year, I am told by applicants that Rob and the
entire Admissions Office staff provide an admission process that is the most
personable, dignified, and impressive of any with which they have contact.
I applaud all the individuals highlighted in this issue. It is our good fortune
that they are part of our community.