Event Details

Register now and don’t miss one of the most popular events hosted by the Cornell Club of Greater Philadelphia! Join us for the Club’s annual Founder’s Day Program at the Union League, which includes cocktail party, dinner, speakers and Club business meeting!

We are excited to be joined by Prof. Carlton Williams, Assistant Clinical Professor of Law. The title of his talk is Movement Lawyering: How Cornell is supporting the fight for social justice. Prof. Carlton Williams will join us for a conversation about the work the Law School’s Movement Lawyering Clinic (faculty and students) is doing to provide legal support for movements, organizations, and organizers working towards progress in social justice causes such as women’s liberation, Black liberation, Indigenous rights, immigrants’ and LGBTQ rights, and more. Professor Williams will be joined by Cornell Law School student, Bryan Garcia, to discuss the impact of the Movement Lawyering Clinic in our communities and the student experience throughout this program.

As noted above, the Cornell Club will hold a short business meeting during which time we will recognize the past fiscal year’s Board of Directors, and we will vote for the upcoming 2022-23 Board of Directors. There will also be a presentation for the G. Ruhland Rebmann, Jr. award, an award for outstanding service to the Cornell Club of Greater Philadelphia. This event is for alumni, friends and family, and serves as a great way for you to meet the Board Members and learn more about the Cornell Club! Space is limited and advance registration is required. The registration price includes dinner, cocktail party and the program. A cash bar will be available. We regret that we cannot accommodate walk-ins. The last day to register is May 19, 2022 at noon, so sign up now!!


Event Details


Tuesday, May 24, 2022
Time: 5:30 p.m. ET
5:30–6:15 p.m. – Cocktails (cash bar)
6:30–8:00 p.m. – Sit-down dinner and program
Location: The Union League of Philadelphia**
Cost: $60 per person, $50 young alumni (undergrad ’12-’21)
Registration includes dinner, cocktail party and the program. A cash bar will be available.
RSVP by May 19, 2022
**The Union League dress code is business casual, no jeans or sneakers permitted.

Please adhere to the Cornell University guidelines in regard to COVID-19.

About the Speaker

Carlton Williams is a movement lawyer and organizer dedicated to building and supporting liberation struggles. Mr. Williams has practiced criminal and civil rights law in Massachusetts for many years. He began his legal career as a criminal attorney with the Roxbury Defenders and later served as a racial justice attorney with a civil liberties non-profit. Mr. Williams has been an advocate on issues advocate on issues of war, immigrant rights, LGBTQ rights, and Black and Palestinian liberation. He is a member of the National Lawyers Guild and has served as the chair of its Massachusetts board of directors. He was part of the legal defense for the Occupy Boston movement, providing legal, bail, and court support and training to the thousands of participant-organizers. In 2015, he served on the working group that organized the inaugural Law for Black Lives convening and was a featured speaker in its RadTalks event. Mr. Williams was a Givelber Distinguished Lecturer on Public Interest Law at Northeastern University School of Law, teaching on social justice movements and the law. More recently he served as the executive director of the Water Protector Legal Collective, defending and supporting Indigenous environmental justice and sovereignty. Mr. Williams is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island and the University of Wisconsin Law School. He is currently Assistant Clinical Professor of Law at Cornell University School of Law.