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Scoops February 6 Issue


Calendar of Events


From Chenay Weyble

Lecturer of Law and Director of Academic Support

jobs
Positions Available

clinical
Clinical Programs


From Eduardo M. Peñalver

The Allan R. Tessler Dean


From John DeRosa

Associate Dean for Career Services


From Terry Thompson

Registrar

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From Elizabeth Peck

Assistant Dean for Professional Development and Clerkships


From Markeisha Miner

Dean of Students

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From Kristine Hoffmeister

Director of Alumni Affairs

Convocation
Convocation Information


GLS
Graduate Legal Studies


From Maurice Haltom

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

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Writing Competitions & Internships


Calendar of Events

Week of February 6, 2017

All events will be held in Myron Taylor Hall unless otherwise noted.

MONDAY, February 6

9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Law School Foyer. BLSA Candy Gram Tabling.

This event is free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by GPSAFC. Contact: Shelbi Vaughn, sav76@cornell.edu.

Tuesday, February 7

12:00 noon-1:00 p.m. Room 186. Briggs Event: Public Purpose in International Law.

Ryan C. Reetz, Managing Partner of Bryan Cave Miami office, and Pedro Martinez-Fraga, Partner and Bryan Cave's international arbitration practice co-leader, will discuss the subject of their book, Public Purpose in International Law: Rethinking Regulatory Sovereignty in the Global Era. Lunch will be provided. Contact: Maciej Bukowski, mfb94@cornell.edu.

4:00-5:00 p.m. Room 263. Office hours for students with Dean Peñalver.


4:30 p.m. Room 186. Law Firm Program: Hogan Lovells.


Wednesday, February 8

8:15-10:00 a.m. The Commons. The Weekly Perk.


12:30-1:00 p.m. Room G54. Women of Color Collective (WOCC) Spring Meeting.

Contact: Catherine Morgan, cem46@cornell.edu.

2:30-4:30 p.m. Room G59. Let's Talk.


6:00 p.m. Room 186. Islamophobia in the US: This Muslim-American Life Under Donald Trump.

Speaker: Moustafa Bayoumi, Professor of English at Brooklyn College. Sponsored by the Clarke Initiative for Law and Development in the Middle East and North Africa and Ottoman and Turkish Studies Initiative. All are welcome. Please RSVP here.

Thursday, February 9


Friday, February 10

11:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Room 184. International Law Journal Elections.

Contact: Christina Lee, cjl267@cornell.edu.

1:00 p.m. Room 186. Representing Non-Profits with Justin Zaremby of Patterson Belknap LLP.


Saturday, February 11

9:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Greek Peak. CLSA Ski Trip.

Join us for the inaugural CLSA Ski Trip at Greek Peak. Discounted rental/ski prices and a great time outside. Sign up with CLSA to get on the bus for the trip! Contact: Krystal Anderson, ka395@cornell.edu.

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Positions Available

Professor Yale-Loehr needs some research assistants this summer to help update his immigration law treatise. Prior exposure to immigration law is helpful but not required. Pay is at the standard law school rate. This is an excellent job for a bright 1L. If interested, please email a transcript, resume and writing sample to Professor Yale-Loehr at SWY1@cornell.edu. Please also indicate your dates of availability. The job is full-time, so students interested in attending the Paris or other summer law programs need not apply.

Call for TA's - Introduction to the American Legal System
The Graduate Legal Studies office seeks several JD students to serve as Teaching Assistants for the introductory LLM course being offered in the two weeks before school starts (commencing August 7th).  Depending on your fall schedules and financial needs, you could complete for credit or pay.  The course - Introduction to the American Legal System - will run from August 7th to August 21st, and your presence will be required some hours each day (both in and outside of class) during that time frame.  It will be a fun and rewarding way to get to know the incoming LLMs.  TAs will conduct small section sessions, comment on papers, and meet with students.  If interested, please send an email, explaining your interest, with a copy of your resume attached to gls@cornell.edu.

Cornell Center on the Death Penalty Worldwide - Spring Research Fellow
Application Deadline: February 6, 2017
Position Dates: February - May 2017 (exact dates TBD)
Hours: Part-time

The newly launched Cornell Center on the Death Penalty Worldwide has an opening for a French-speaking Research Fellow in the spring of 2017. The Center disseminates research on how states apply the death penalty around the world, engages in advocacy on transformative issues and develops training programs for capital defenders in the global south.

We are seeking a candidate with a demonstrated commitment to human rights issues and strong writing skills. Fluency in French (native speaker or someone who has lived in a French speaking country and can read, write, and correspond with ease) is strongly preferred.

In addition to conducting research on legal and human rights issues, the Fellow will be encouraged to gather information through less traditional means, from interviewing experts to monitoring the press and social media. The Fellow will also be invited to participate creatively in the Center's work by contributing blog posts and tweets, and suggesting events.

The Fellow will largely be focused on developing a manual of best practices for capital defense lawyers (http://www.deathpenaltyworldwide.org/dpw-publications.cfm), which is currently being adapted, in French, to civil jurisdictions in Africa in collaboration with in-country experts. In addition, the Fellow may be involved in the Women on Death Row Project, which will focus on bringing to light the challenges faced by women who risk the death penalty around the world.

Applications should be emailed to deathpenaltyworldwide@cornell.edu and must include a CV and cover letter. References and writing samples may be requested from short-listed candidates.

Cornell Center on the Death Penalty Worldwide - Summer Research Fellows
Application Deadline: February 6, 2017
Position Dates: May - August 2017 (exact dates TBD)
Hours: Full-time

The newly launched Cornell Center on the Death Penalty Worldwide has two openings for Summer Research Fellows in 2017. The Center disseminates research on how states apply the death penalty around the world, engages in advocacy on transformative issues and develops training programs for capital defenders in the global south.

We are seeking candidates with a demonstrated commitment to human rights issues and strong writing skills. Foreign language skills (particularly in French, Arabic, Farsi, or Chinese) are preferred.

In addition to conducting research on legal and human rights issues, the Fellows will be encouraged to gather information through less traditional means, from interviewing experts to monitoring the press and social media. Fellows will also be invited to participate creatively in the Center's work by contributing blog posts and tweets, and suggesting events.

The Fellows will have opportunities to engage with several of the Center's current projects, including:

The Makwanyane Institute, which will bring together 15 capital defense lawyers from common law jurisdictions in Africa in June 2017 for an intensive seminar of specialized skills training and community building.

The Mental Health Project, which works with a multi-disciplinary group of lawyers and medical professionals to devise and implement strategies aimed at ensuring states' compliance with international norms that prohibit the execution of people with serious mental illness or intellectual disability.

The Women on Death Row Project, which will focus on bringing to light the challenges faced by women who risk the death penalty around the world.

The Innocence Project, which aims to uncover cases of innocence on death row in a range of different legal systems around the world, with the goal of describing risk factors for wrongful convictions across jurisdictions.

The Death Penalty Worldwide database (http://www.deathpenaltyworldwide.org), which provides comprehensive information on states' death penalty practices and comparative analysis of capital punishment laws around the world.

Applications should be emailed to deathpenaltyworldwide@cornell.edu and must include a CV and cover letter. References and writing samples may be requested from short-listed candidates.

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From Eduardo M. Peñalver

The Allan R. Tessler Dean

Dean

Office Hours for Students

I will be holding office hours for students on Tuesday afternoons, 4:00-5:00 p.m. Students wishing to see me may sign up in advance with Connie McIntosh in room 263, by e-mail (cdm224@cornell.edu), or by phone (607-255-3539).

Monday, February 20

12:15-1:15 p.m. Room 390, MacDonald Moot Court Room. Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series featuring William F. Lee, JD '76, MBA '76

Mr. Lee is a partner at WilmerHale and is one of the country’s foremost intellectual property and commercial litigation attorneys.  Join us for his lecture on “The Smartphone Wars: The Apple-Samsung Trial.” All are welcome to attend. Lunch will be provided for guests registered by Wednesday, February 15.  Please register HERE.

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From Terry Thompson

Registrar

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S/U Grading Option

2L and 3L JD students may elect to take up to two upperclass courses at Cornell Law School on an S/U basis during their time here. At the close of Add-Drop 2L and 3L students will be emailed when the S/U Grading Option link is available on the Registrar's website. S/U grade elections, if made, shall be irrevocable. Students may not make this election in courses that they use to satisfy the Law School's upperclass writing requirement. 1L students cannot elect the S/U grading option for their 1L elective course. In addition, instructors may designate specific courses that they teach as not eligible for the S/U grade election. Check individual course descriptions for more information.

S/U Grading Option Election Form

Class of 2017 and 2018 JD students will receive an email when the S/U Grading Option link is available on the Registrar's website. The form will be available shortly after the end of add/drop. Students must submit the online form no later than 12 noon on Wednesday, February 15.

Spring 2017 Final Examinations

Students who have exam conflicts are reminded to notify the Law School Registrar's Office, in writing, of the conflict and should note which exam they wish rescheduled. The spring exam schedule is available on the Registrar's website. The online Deferral Request link will be available March 20 on the Registrar's website. The request must be made by 3:00 p.m. on March 30.

Summer School Study

Students may petition the faculty for permission to take courses in law summer school programs of ABA-approved law schools and, upon their successful completion, to receive credit toward the Cornell J.D. degree. Such petitions are considered on an individual basis, and in no case is credit in excess of six hours granted for all such summer school law study. For timely consideration of the petition, interested students should submit their petitions to the Law School Registrar's Office (addressed to Dean Miner) prior to April 1. Petition forms are available online.

University Registration

To become a registered student at Cornell University, a person must: settle all financial accounts, including current semester tuition; satisfy New York State and university health requirements; have no holds from their college, the Office of Judicial Administrator, Gannett Health Services, or the bursar. Students must be registered by February 17 or they risk being withdrawn from the university. Students who become registered for the Spring semester after February 17 will be charged a $350 late fee. Students who fail to become registered will be withdrawn from the University on March 6. See University Registration for more information. Failure to register will impact financial aid, loan deferments, health benefits, and other privileges relying on in-school status. This may also affect the ability to use certain services on campus such as your Cornell Card, Library Services and Gannett Health Services. Use Student Essentials to check your registration status.

Buying Textbooks

Please keep in mind that e-textbooks may not be used during classroom exams.  You will not have access to the internet during classroom exams.

Release of Information

Students asking faculty members to write recommendations will need to complete a release form with the Law School Registrar's Office if the faculty member wishes to view the student's record. The form is available in the forms section on the Registrar's website.

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From Markeisha Miner

Dean of Students

Markeisha Miner

The Weekly Perk

Coffee and conversation every Wednesday from 8:15 to 10:00 a.m. in The Commons. Stop by for a cup! Breakfast food also provided.

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Convocation Information

To: The Graduating Class of 2017:


Class Pictures and Champagne Toast-Tuesday, March 14

All graduates should wear business attire for the picture. To avoid confusion, we ask that you arrive according to the following schedule. Please be prompt, we cannot re-shoot if you miss the specified time.

All JDs (including JD/LLMs) should arrive at  6:00 p.m.  We will take the picture at approximately  6:10 p.m. as it takes a bit of time to get everyone arranged.

All LLMs should arrive at  6:05 p.m. and wait in break-out area for the JDs to exit the class room.  Picture will be taken at approximately  6:20 p.m.

JSDs should arrive at  6:10 p.m., and JD/LLMs should return at this time as well—Pictures will be taken at approximately  6:25 p.m.

There will be a champagne toast and cake following the completion of the class pictures.  Please stay in the area following the picture taking.

Cap & Gown, Hood Rental Order Information

It is time to order your gap, gown and hood rental. Regalia is worn at both the Law School Convocation (Sunday, May 14, 2017) and University Commencement (Sunday, May 28, 2017). The regalia is the same for ALL degrees.

Please read through all the instructions on the Cap & Gown Rental Information page before proceeding to the ordering site. Orders must be completed by 11:30 p.m., March 15, 2017. After that date, the site will be deactivated and you will no longer be able to order a personalized size but will have to depend on the extras that will be brought to distribution. It is not wise to put this task off. We recommend ordering sooner rather than later.

You will need your hat size and height (in feet and inches). For your hat size, the ordering site provides a downloadable tape measure. I have several attached to my office door, room 138, along with a height chart in feet/inches to the right of my door (when facing). Please be sure and return the cap tape measure after using. I recommend measuring your cap size with a friend. It is easier or take the tape off the door, find a mirror, measure and then return the tape to the door.

Distribution of the regalia will be one day only, Wednesday, April 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in room G80. If you cannot be there to pick up your regalia, you must arrange for a friend to do so.

Convocation Website

Please familiarize yourself with the content on the Convocation website. In addition, please forward the URL to family/friends that would like the information contained on the site.

Convocation RSVP

Everyone that plans on attending the Convocation ceremony needs to complete the Convocation RSVP online form. This information is used in coordinating convocation as well as at the ceremony itself. Please complete the form even if you are unsure if you will be attending. You can let me know later if plans change.

If you have any questions about Convocation, you may email Linda Majeroni at lam32@cornell.edu.

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From Maurice Haltom, LCSW

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

Maurice Haltom

Let's Talk is a program that provides easy access to informal confidential consultations with counselors from Gannett Health Services. Counselors hold walk-in hours at sites around campus Monday through Friday. Speaking with a counselor can help provide insight, solutions, and information about other resources.

When: Wednesdays from 2:30-4:30 p.m.

Where: Myron Taylor Hall, Room G59

No appointment necessary. Just drop in.

For additional hours and locations: www.gannett.cornell.edu/LetsTalk

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From Chenay Weyble

Lecturer of Law and Director of Academic Support

Office Hours for Week of February 6 (Room G57):

  • Monday: 11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon
  • Tuesday: 11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon
  • Wednesday: 11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon
  • Thursday: 1:00-2:30 p.m.
  • Friday: 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Or by appointment: (607) 255-0146 or cbw75@cornell.edu.

Seeing Your Shadow. I hope you celebrated Groundhog Day last week--were you frustrated that Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, predicting a longer winter? Whether you're ready for spring flowers or snow showers, you should similarly take this opportunity to examine your own "shadow." Did you accomplish what you wanted last semester? Do you feel like you took the steps necessary to reach short-term and long-term goals? Just like Bill Murray's character in the movie "Groundhog Day," if you don't make positive changes in your approach, you'll find yourself in a time loop-repeating last semester. We are only three weeks into the spring semester, so there's time to make adjustments. I'm happy to help anyone who wants to evaluate their study approach from last semester and make changes.

Free Bar Review Course Lottery.  It's the time of year when J.D. 3Ls must secure their enrollment in a bar review course.  Is your future firm unwilling to pay or reimburse for bar review expenses?  There may be a solution.  While Cornell Law School does not advocate for one bar review company over another, Kaplan has generously provided academic support offices throughout the country with a certificate for one free 2016 bar review course for any jurisdiction offered by Kaplan, with the proviso that it go to a deserving J.D. student.  To that end, I'm holding a lottery and will draw a name on Tuesday, February 28.  Details for entering:

What: Free Kaplan 2017 Bar Review Course

How:  Enter your name in the jar in my office (G-57) or email your name for consideration to cbw75@cornell.edu with the subject line "bar review lottery."

Deadline:  Enter between now and Tuesday, February 28 at 5:00 p.m. Good luck!

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Clinical Programs

Interested in a full-time or part-time externship?

Thinking about being a Pro Bono Scholar? Come to an informational meeting on Monday, February 13 at 6:00 p.m. in Room 184. We will discuss the benefits and possible drawbacks of an externship and the nuts and bolts of the identification and application process. We will also discuss the Pro Bono Scholar program. The meeting will be repeated on Wednesday, March 15 at 4:30 p.m. in Room 184. All students interested in an externship for the Fall of 2017 or the Spring of 2018 or the Pro Bono Scholar program for the Spring of 2018 must attend one of these two meetings. For further information, contact Prof. Mooney at ajm31@cornell.edu.

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From John DeRosa

Associate Dean for Career Services

DeRosa

1L STUDENTS:

Career Services Recruiting Season Programs

2017 Recruiting Season Launch: April 10, 4:45pm, Room 184.

Spring Law Firm Programs

During the course of this Spring semester a number of law firms will host evening events to introduce you to their people, practice areas, and summer programs. Most events consist of a presentation and reception; you are welcome to attend one or both. You will receive more information about each via email.

Law Firm
Date Time Location RSVP
Hogan Lovells February 7 4:30pm Myron Taylor Hall, Room 186
RSVP to Kristen Isaacson, kristen.isaacson@hoganlovells.com
Paul Hastings February 24
1:00pm Myron Taylor Hall, Room TBA
RSVP to Michelle Gramer, michellegramer@paulhastings.com
Debevoise & Plimpton
February 27
5:00pm Myron Taylor Hall, Room TBA
 
Weil Gotshal
March 1
6:30pm Johnson Museum of Art
RSVP to Chloe.Smith@weil.com
Cahill Gordon
March 7
5:00pm Myron Taylor Hall, Room TBA
 
Paul Weiss
March 14
6:00pm Johnson Museum of Art
RSVP to Sarah Boyd, sboyd@paulweiss.com

2L & 3L STUDENTS:

Tuesday, February 28

12:15 p.m. Room 290. Renting in New York City.

Presented by Cooper & Cooper Real Estate. Will you be living in New York City during your 2L summer or upon graduation? Want to find a safe and clean apartment within your budget? Confused about all the different living options? Join Jeremy and Jordan Cooper for a detailed presentation about how to effectively search for a place to live in New York City. Pizza lunch provided. RSVP at www.coopercooper.com/Cornell.

ALL STUDENTS:

Friday, February 10

1:00 p.m. Room 186. Representing Non-Profits with Justin Zaremby of Patterson Belknap LLP.

The philanthropic sector is changing at a rapid pace, and lawyers have an important role to play in helping to shape charitable organizations and charitable giving in the years to come. Justin Zaremby, an associate in the tax-exempt organizations department of Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP, will discuss legal issues that confront the philanthropic sector today, and the various paths that lawyers can take to engage with non-profits in their practice. Lunch provided. RSVP to Lyndsey Bullock, ldb27@cornell.edu.

Tuesday, February 21

5:00 p.m. Room 184 and the Commons. February Practice Panel.

Co-Presented with the Business Law Society. Featured firms: Fried Frank, Schulte Roth, Sullivan & Cromwell and Skadden Arps. RSVP to Lyndsey Bullock, ldb27@cornell.edu.

Tuesday, March 21

5:00 p.m. Room 184 and the Commons. March Practice Panel.

Co-Presented with the Business Law Society. Featured firms: Freshfields, Goodwin and Wilson Sonsini. RSVP to Lyndsey Bullock, ldb27@cornell.edu.

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From Elizabeth Peck

Assistant Dean for Professional Development and Clerkships

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Friday, February 17

12:00-1:00 p.m. McDonald Moot Court Room (MTH 390). Why You Should Clerk on a State Court of Last Resort.

Justice Andrew J. McDonald (CU '88), Associate Justice for the Connecticut Supreme Court, will be discussing why clerking for a state court might be right for you. Lunch provided. Click here to RSVP by February 14th.

Tuesday, February 21

12:00-1:00 p.m. Room 186. When Technology and The Law Collide.

Magistrate Judge James Orenstein, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, will discuss how tech-based surveillance and other new technologies present challenges to the legal system and judiciary. Lunch provided. Click here to RSVP by February 17th.

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From Kristine Hoffmeister

Director of Alumni Affairs

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Thursday, February 9

6:00-8:00 p.m. Choate Hall & Stewart LLP (Boston, MA). Cornell Law School Alumni Association Reception with Dean Peñalver.

Join Dean Peñalver for a casual evening reception as he shares his vision of the law school and the future changes to Hughes Hall. Come to the reception with your questions and enjoy the evening with other alumni in the area. Special thanks to John Nadas, JD '76 and Choate Hall & Stewart LLP for sponsoring this event. Please register online or by calling the Alumni Affairs Office at (607) 255-5251.

Friday, February 17

6:00 p.m. Association of the Bar of the City of New York. The 12th Annual Alumni Exemplary Public Service Awards.

Click here to RSVP or call the Alumni Affairs Office at (607)255-5251 by Friday, February 10.

Student Public Interest Prizes

Freeman Award for Civil-Human Rights

Awarded annually to the law student or students who have made the greatest contributions during his or her law school career to civil-human rights: Krsna Avila, Julie Bloch, Samantha Elliott, Nicole Gonzalez, Nicholas Jacques, Caitlin Saggese, Nathan Smith, Adena Wayne.

Stanley E. Gould Prize for Public Interest Law

Awarded annually to a third year student or students who have shown outstanding dedication to serving public interest law and public interest groups:  Michael Contino, Ellen Parodi, Clea Weiss.

Seymour Herzog Memorial Prize

Awarded annually to a student or students who demonstrate excellence in the law and commitment to public interest law, combined with a love of sports: Tim Darby, Sarah Estabrook.

2017 Alumni Award Recipients

Samuel Angell, JD ‘88

Assistant Federal Defender, Federal Community Defender Office, Philadelphia, PA

Ronna Blau, JD ‘72

Deputy Chief Attorney, NYS Mental Hygiene Legal Services, First Department, New York, NY

Lynn W.L. Fahey, JD ‘70

Attorney-in-Charge, Appellate Advocates, New York, NY

Naomi Post, JD ‘79

Executive Director, Children’s Defense Fund, New York, NY

Deborah Press, JD ‘09 (Rising Star Award)

Director of Regulatory Affairs, American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Washington, DC

Katherine Rybak, JD ‘79

Staff Attorney, Indiana Legal Services, Inc., Evansville, IN

Jeffrey Vogt, LLM ’99, JD ‘99

Legal Director, International Trade Union Confederation, Washington, DC

Leslie Wheelock, MBA ’84, JD ‘84

Director of the Office of Tribal Relations, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Washington, DC

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Graduate Legal Studies

Tuesday, February 21

12:00-1:00 p.m. Room 290. ISSO Presentation – F1 Work Authorization after Graduation.

Open to all.  No RSVP necessary.

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Writing Competitions & Internship Opportunities

2017 Diversity Writing Competition

There are three levels of competition (1L, 2L, and 3-4/L) and the winner of each level will receive a $5,000 cash prize. The deadline to apply is March 31, 2017. The topic for the 2017 competition is: Why Pipeline Programs Targeting Students from Underrepresented Racial and Ethnic Backgrounds Are Essential to the Future of the Legal Profession.

2017 Diversity Initiatives Summer Internship

This position will be based at LSAC headquarters in Newtown, PA. The duration of the position is between 10 and 12 weeks. Housing will be provided.  The deadline to apply is February 10th.

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