CeRI researchers include faculty and students from the Computing & Information Science Program, the Law School, and  the Scheinman Institute for Conflict Resolution.  We also benefit from occasional collaboration with researchers at other institutions.

CeRI Faculty & Staff:

Tom BruceTom Bruce is co-founder and director of the Legal Information Institute at the Cornell Law School. He has been the principal technical architect for online legal resources ranging from fourteenth-century law texts to the current decisions of the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Bruce has consulted on Internet matters for numerous commercial and public organizations on four continents.  He is an affiliated researcher in Cornell’s program in Information Science, where he works closely with faculty and students who experiment with the application of natural-language processing techniques to legal texts.

Claire CardieClaire Cardie is the Charles and Barbara Weiss Director, Information Science and Professor, Department of Computer Science. Her primary research is in the area of natural language understanding and intelligent text processing where the goal is to develop algorithms and systems that will vastly improve a user’s ability to find, absorb, and extract information from on-line text.

Dan CosleyDan Cosley is an Assistant Professor, Information Science at Cornell University. His main interest for a long time has been helping people make sense of and manage information, both individually and as groups. More recently this has grown to include leveraging people’s current behaviors online, along with social science theory, to produce individual and social goods that otherwise would not have been created.

Cynthia FarinaCynthia Farina is Professor of Law at Cornell University and a principal researcher in the Cornell e-Rulemaking Initiative (CeRI). Co-author with Peter Strauss (Columbia) and Todd Rakoff (Harvard) of the leading casebook in administrative law, she is also a Lifetime Fellow of the Administrative Law Section. She is currently the Reporter for the Committee on the Status and Future of the Federal e-Rulemaking Project, a national blue ribbon commission evaluating, the federal government’s official online rulemaking site.

Sally KlingelSally Klingel is the director of labor-management relations programming for the Scheinman Institute, where she  teaches, trains and provides organizational change consulting services to labor and management groups nation-wide.   She specializes in the design and implementation of conflict and negotiation systems,  labor-management partnerships, work redesign, strategic planning and change processes,  and leadership development.   Her work with Cornell over  the past  fifteen years has included training, consulting, and action research with organizations in a variety of industries, local, state and federal government agencies, union internationals and locals, public schools and universities, and worker owned companies.

Paul Miller is a writer and communications strategist at Cornell Law School. For the last 15 years he has worked exclusively in the non-profit sector, specializing in strategic communications planning that leverages emerging technologies to strengthen relationships between organizations and their audiences. A student of narrative, poetics, and rhetoric, Paul’s research interests concern the manner in which these technologies empower users to become more persuasive writers and narrators of their own opinions and experiences.

Mary NewhartMary Newhart is an Adjunct Professor of Law and Executive Director of the Cornell e-Rulemaking Initiative and Law and Public Policy Program at Cornell University.  Her research focuses on conflict and dispute resolution, with a particular emphasis on the use of arbitration and mediation in U.S. employment relations. More recently she has focused on facilitating and moderating group collaborative decision making, including the use of technology to support asynchronous consensus building.

Cornell Law Students:

Benjamin BrakeBenjamin Brake

Catrina Cartegena

Liz CorderLiz Corders a J.D. candidate in the class of 2010 at Cornell Law School. Prior to law school, she graduated cum laude from Washington University in St. Louis with a degree in Psychology and Spanish. She will join Duane Morris LLP in Philadelphia next fall.

David CronheimDavid Cronheimis a J.D. candidate in the class of 2010 at Cornell Law School. Prior to law school, he received his B.A. cum laude from Cornell in History and German Studies. Upon graduation, David will join the New Jersey office of Norris, McLaughlin & Marcus. He is also employed as a North American Resorts and Destinations Editor for

Danny FischlerDanny Fischler is a J.D. candidate in the class of 2010 at Cornell Law School.  Since starting law school, Danny has worked at the Office of the Regional Chief Counsel (Region II) at the Social Security Administration and the Office of the General Counsel at the Department of Homeland Security.  At Cornell, Danny is a Managing Editor of the International Law Journal and past President of the Cornell chapter of the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund.  Danny graduated cum laude from Williams College with a degree in religion.  Before law school, Danny taught English to young professionals in Vietnam.

Julie Fukes Julie Fukes

Lauren GillespieLauren Gillespie is a J.D. candidate in the class of 2010 at Cornell Law School. Prior to law school, Lauren graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and political science. At Cornell, she is a Note Editor for the Cornell Law Review. Lauren will join Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP in New York City following her graduation.

Aditya NagarajanAditya Nagarajan is a J.D. candidate in the class of 2010 at Cornell Law School. Aditya graduated with both University and College Honors at Carnegie Mellon University with a double major in History and Political Science. At Cornell, Aditya is the Vice-Chancellor of External Competitions. Aditya will join Reed Smith LLP in New York City after graduation.

Roald NashiRoald Nashi is a third year student at Cornell Law School and the Senior Articles Editor of the Cornell International Law Journal. He has worked for the Legal Standards department of the International Labour Office and the Banking and Project Finance departments of White & Case LLP. Prior to law school, Roald completed a Ph.D. at the Cornell Graduate School specializing in analytic epistemology and logic. He remains actively involved in those fields serving as the Managing Editor for Oxford Studies in Epistemology.

Ellen RichardsonEllen Richardson is a J.D. candidate in the class of 2010 at Cornell Law School, where she is a Managing Editor of the Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy. She is a 2005 graduate of Connecticut College, where she majored in Anthropology and Economics. Prior to attending law school, she worked as an IP litigation paralegal in Washington, D.C. During her time in law school, she has interned in the chambers of Judge Collyer in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, and the NH DOJ.

John Stroble Jon Stroble is a J.D. candidate in the class of 2010 at Cornell Law School. He is a graduate of the University of Maine, class of 1995, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. Before entering law school, Jonathan worked as a technical support analyst and principal consultant for Xerox and Oracle Corporations. From 2000 to 2007, he served as an officer in the United States Navy. Jonathan lives with his wife in Dryden, NY, and will join the law firm Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP in New York City after his graduation from law school.

Rebecca VernonRebecca Vernon is a J.D. candidate in the class of 2010 at Cornell Law School.  She has worked for the law firm Dewey & LeBoeuf and for two small non-profit organizations: The International Center of Not-for-Profit Law and the Public Interest Law Institute.  At Cornell, she is involved in the International Law Journal and LIIBULLETIN. Prior to coming to law school, Rebecca graduated cum laude from Mount Holyoke College with a degree in French and Politics. She then spent a year teaching English in French elementary schools.

Michael WolkMike Wolk is a J.D. candidate in the class of 2010 at Cornell Law School and a Managing Editor of the Cornell International Law Journal. Prior to law school, Michael graduated from Colby College in Waterville, Maine where he focused his studies on computer science while also exploring economics and theater. Michael plans to join Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati in Palo Alto, California following his graduation.

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