FYI — Autumn 2005 Dean’s Letter
Do you remember your first day at Columbia Law? I’ve heard that some
graduates made life-long connections shortly after walking in the door. I’ve also heard
that for others, especially those dealing with their initial exposure to American culture
and language, it was a bit of blur at first!
I think all would agree that the first day marks the beginning of an adventure, and
I tried to portray it as such in my remarks to the newest members of our community
Statistically, our new students are off the charts. For the second year in a row,
more than half of the class scored in the top one percent on the LSAT. Even our 25th
percentile LSAT score is up to 168, a new high for us, which is the 97th percentile –
meaning that more than 75% of our entering class scored in the top three percent of all
test takers. Our minority enrollment is 36%, the highest since 1999, and 46% of our new
students are female.
We’ve been able to recruit four new faculty members over the summer: Clarisa
Long from the University of Virginia is our new Max Mendel Shaye Professor of
Intellectual Property Law. Elizabeth Emens, a noteworthy young contracts and family
law scholar, has joined us from the University of Chicago. In January 2006, we plan to
welcome another I.P. expert, Timothy Wu, from the University of Virginia; and a
constitutional law scholar, Philip Hamburger, from the University of Chicago.
Let me also introduce three new deans, all of whom have strong ties to the Law
School: Nkonye Iwerebon ’93 has been promoted to Dean of Admissions, Michelle
Greenberg-Kobrin ’99 has come to us from Arnold & Porter as our new Dean of Students,
and Bruno Santonocito joins us from Fordham University as our new Dean of
Development and Alumni Relations (Bruno is married to Patricia Perez Santonocito ’79).
Please join me in welcoming our new students, faculty, and administrators. I
look forward to an ex