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June 15 2005

Jay Waks, ILR '68, Law '71, Elected Chair of Cornell University Council

Jay Waks

As an attorney with Kaye Scholer LLP in Manhattan for more than thirty-four years, Jay Waks has earned high acclaim and respect for his work representing major U.S., Canadian, Latin American, Asian, and European companies. His distinguished career is brimming with public service where, among other things, he serves as: Trustee of the Federal Bar Foundation; General Counsel and Director of Legal Momentum (formerly NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund); Advisor to the American Law Institute's Restatement of the Law, Employment 3d; Chair of the Cornell Law School's Advisory Council; and Fellow of the College of Labor & Employment Lawyers.

Still, Cornellians know and appreciate Jay best as a devoted and active alumnus. For years Jay's contributions of time, wisdom, and thoughtfulness have appeared in myriad ways across campus. We are delighted to report that this unwavering commitment to assuring Cornell's place in a transnational arena has been recognized most recently in Jay's being elected the twenty-sixth chair of the Cornell University Council (effective July 1, 2005).  He is the first ILR alum to hold this position!

In making the announcement to the ILR community, Dean Ed Lawler said, "The Cornell University Council is an important body of the University, second only to the Trustees. It is an organization of selected alumni and friends who are leaders in service to the University. Its mission is to advise the University in a wide variety of areas. As Jay is also a member of the ILR School's Advisory Council, having him in such a key position will be very helpful to the school. It is a tribute to his work."

Congratulations Jay!

Read Profiles: Waks Family Fund and Cornell Law Forum (pdf).