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Cornell Law School—and its alumni—plays an essential part in the history of Sullivan & Cromwell. The late Arthur H. Dean, a 1923 graduate of Cornell Law, succeeded John Foster Dulles as chairman of the Firm in 1949 after Dulles was elected to the U.S. Senate. As a young partner, Dean was asked by President Roosevelt to work on the drafting of the Securities Act of 1933 and was appointed as a member of the committee that recommended the creation of the SEC and Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Dean went on to serve as an advisor to presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy and Johnson; President Kennedy appointed Dean as chief negotiator at the nuclear test ban negotiations that led to the signing of the partial nuclear test ban treaty in 1963. Throughout his illustrious career, Dean remained committed to Cornell, serving as a trustee for more than three decades and as Chairman of the Board of Trustees from 1958 to 1968.
 
Today, Cornell Law alumni at S&C practice in virtually of its practice groups—General Practice (corporate), Litigation, and Estates and Personal. The Firm currently has two partners from Cornell Law: Daryl Libow (Cornell ’86), a litigator in the Washington, D.C., office, and Michael Tomaino (Cornell ’89), a litigator in the New York office. Daryl is Managing Partner of the Firm’s Washington office and co-head of its antitrust practice. Michael focuses on securities litigation and has represented financial institutions, corporations, and officers and directors in securities class and individual actions in federal and state courts around the country. Several Cornell alumni at the Firm are actively involved in pro bono work; recent matters include the successful asylum case of a Honduran woman and member of an ethnic minority, as well as coaching Midwood High School's Moot Court team.
 
In addition to becoming partners at S&C, Cornell Law alumni who join the Firm go on to pursue a range of prestigious opportunities. S&C alumni who attended Cornell Law currently work in government, academia, non-profits (including the United Nations World Food Program) and private practice, as well as in management positions for Fortune 500 companies.

In 2017, we welcomed four summer associates from Cornell Law School. You can learn more about Cornell Law alumni at S&C and our presence at the law school on these pages. We look forward to meeting you soon.

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