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Scoops November 14 Issue


Calendar of Events


From Chenay Weyble

Lecturer of Law and Director of Academic Support

jobs
Positions Available


From John DeRosa

Associate Dean for Career Services


From Eduardo M. Peñalver

The Allan R. Tessler Dean

KC
From Karen Comstock

Assistant Dean for Public Service


From Terry Thompson

Registrar

Alumni
From Kristine Hoffmeister

Director of Alumni Affairs


From Markeisha Miner

Dean of Students

GLS
Graduate Legal Studies


From Maurice Haltom

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)


writing
Writing Competitions


Calendar of Events

Week of November 14, 2016

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

MONDAY, November 14

4:00-5:00 p.m. Room 126. CLSA Office Hours.

Contact: Krystal Anderson, ka395@cornell.edu.

4:30-6:00 p.m. Saperston Student Lounge. Faculty Fireside Chat: Discussion with Dean Peñalver.

Join LALSA for a casual Q&A with our very own Dean Peñalver. Co-sponsored by GPSAFC. Contact: Sasha Burger, sdb249@cornell.edu.

Tuesday, November 15

3:30-5:00 p.m. Room 263. Office hours for students with Dean Peñalver.


Wednesday, November 16

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


12:00 noon. Deadline to pre-register for Spring 2017 law classes.


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


4:15-6:15 p.m. Room G85. LALSA/BLSA/NALSA Academic Session: Exam Panel.

Come join LALSA/BLSA/NALSA for our final academic session of the semester. Our Academic Chairs will share their best tips and strategies for tackling your final exams. Co-sponsored by GPSAFC. Open to the Cornell community. Contact: Sasha Burger, sdb249@cornell.edu.

4:30-6:00 p.m. Gates Hall, G01. Cybersecurity and the Role of Law.

Presenter: Fred Cate, University of Indiana. Cybersecurity affects every segment of our economy. All too often, we think of these threats as primarily technological, but in reality most of the serious vulnerabilities we face involve human and institutional behavior. The two tools we most commonly rely on to motivate behavior are markets and law, yet to date markets and economic competition have been largely ineffective in creating better security, and there has been significant political and industry resistance to relying on law. The role of law is especially important-and challenging-in international contexts. In this session, we examine the role of law and policy in enhancing cyber preparedness and prospects for a more effective role in the future. Admission is free and open to the public. This event is part of the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies Distinguished Speaker Series, and is organized by the Working Group on Cybersecurity and International Issues. For more information please see http://einaudi.cornell.edu/einaudi-center-launches-speaker-series-cybersecurity.

5:00-6:30 p.m. The Commons. Myron Taylor Mixer.

Discussion, drinks and hors d'oeuvres for students and faculty.

Thursday, November 17

6:00 p.m. Room 276. Farmworkers Legal Aid Alternative Spring Break Information Session.

Please come join us to learn about Farmworkers Legal Assistance Clinic's (FLAC) New Alternative Spring Break Trip. FLAC is partnering with the United Farm Workers to take 8-10 students to California this spring break to conduct outreach and provide free legal services to farm workers and immigrants. All expenses will be paid for including, the flight, room and board. 1Ls, 2Ls and 3Ls are all invited to participate. Contact: Susan Tosto, sjt29@cornell.edu.

Friday, November 18

3:00-4:30 p.m. Room 182. LALSA Contracts Review Session.

Join LALSA for our third annual contract review session. Learn tips of how to ace your contracts exam. Co-sponsored by GPSAFC and open to the Cornell Community. Contact: Sasha Burger, sdb249@cornell.edu.

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Positions Available

Professor Richard Booth is seeking a third year law student to assist him with his environmental law course in the Spring 2017 semester: i.e.,  CRP 4440/5440, NTRES 4440 Resource Management and Environmental Law.  Professor Booth is a lawyer who has taught in the Department of City and Regional Planning since 1977.  He specializes in environmental law and land use law.  Applicants should send a CV and law school transcript (informal is fine) to Professor Booth at rsb6@cornell.edu.  His office is in Room 117 West Sibley Hall, and his phone number is (607) 255-4025.

Professor Chutkow would like to engage several law students to serve as Teaching Assistants for her undergraduate course, Nature, Functions, and Limits of Law for spring 2017. The class meets MW, 2:55-4:10. The course investigates how our legal system pursues the goals of society, what functions law ought to serve, and what law can and cannot accomplish. The class considers various legal decisions, their political contexts, and the social and behavioral factors that affect jurisprudence. TAs will conduct small sections, administer exams, comment on papers, and meet with students. Please email your resume to Professor Dawn Chutkow at dmc66@cornell.edu if you are interested.

Professor Yun-chien Chang, a visiting scholar from Taiwan who will be in residence at Cornell Law School in January 2017, seeks to hire students familiar with property law regimes in the following countries: Czech, Scotland, Ireland, Bosnia and Herzegovina, India, Pakistan, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Iceland, Sweden, Bhutan, Brunei, Laos, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Canada, Uganda, Sierre Leone, Swaziland, Botswana, Liberia, Tanzania, and Nigeria. Interested students (JD, LLM, or JSD students) should contact Professor Chang (kleiber.chang@gmail.com).

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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, 3:30-5:00 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).

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From Terry Thompson

Registrar

Terry

Fall 2016 Final Exams

Final exams begin on Wednesday, December 7. Exams end on Friday, December 16.

Using Your Laptop for the Fall 2016 Final Exams

You must register for exams and download the new version of Exam4 software by 12:00 noon on November 22. The exam registration link is available on the Registrar's website in the Important Deadlines column on the far left. All students who wish to use their laptops for final exams will be required to download, install and test the Fall 2016 version of the software. Old versions of the software will not work. Please note that Extegrity will be supporting Macintosh OS X 10.12 Sierra for Fall 2016 exams.

Law School Course Pre-Registration for Spring 2017

Online pre-registration for spring 2017 Law School courses is available through 12:00 noon on November 15. Instructions and details for online Law School Course Pre-Registration, updated course information, registration forms, and degree requirements are available on the Registrar's website.

First Year Students

Lawyering for the Spring 2017 term begins Tuesday, January 17, 2017.

Tuition Statements

The Office of the Bursar sends monthly electronic billing statements via CASHNet. Paper bills will not be sent. You, the student, will be sent an email to your Cornell email address each month notifying you when your new bill is available. If you are not paying your student bill yourself, you are responsible for setting up other users/payers on your CASHNet account.

Electronic monthly e-bills are static and updated once a month at billing. However, by clicking on the Recent Activity link in CASHNet, you can review the miscellaneous transactions that post between billing cycles. A single Bursar statement includes the Bursar and CornellCard accounts, which are two separate accounts.

Financial requirements for registration are summarized on your July and December statements. Tuition and fees not billed in July and December are due before registration, regardless of the due date of the bill. Students may view current Bursar transactions before the next billing date on Student Center. Current CornellCard transactions are available through CornellCard Student Accounting. Video: Understanding Your Bursar Bill - This video will help you understand your bursar and CornellCard billing statements.

Winter Intersession and Summer Study

Students may petition the faculty for permission to take law courses in summer-school programs or winter intersession programs of other ABA-approved law schools, and upon their successful completion, to receive credit toward their Cornell J.D. degree. In no case is credit in excess of 6 hours granted for all such summer or intersession law studies. The Summer/Winter Intersession Course Credit Form is available online at the Registrar's website. Interested students should submit this form request to the Law School Registrar's Office (addressed to Dean Miner) by November 2 for winter intersession programs and by April 3 for summer 2017 programs.

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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.

29th Annual Traditional American Thanksgiving Feast

If you plan to be in Ithaca for the Thanksgiving Break, you will have an opportunity to have a Thanksgiving meal here on campus. The International Students and Scholars Office will host the 29th Annual Traditional American Thanksgiving Feast on Thursday, November 24th in the Robert Purcell Marketplace Eatery on North Campus. Two seatings are available: at 12:00 p.m. or at 1:30 p.m.

Cornell Law School's Dean of Students Office is an event co-sponsor and will provide tickets to law students interested in attending on a first-come, first- served basis. Please contact the Dean of Students office by email at law.dos@cornell.edu or stop by the Registrar's window on or before Wednesday, November 16th to let us know if you would like a ticket and your preferred seating time (Thursday, November 24th at 12 p.m. or Thursday, November 24th at 1:30 p.m.).

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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 November 14 (Room G57):

  • Monday: 3:00-4:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 3:00-4:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 11:00 a.m.-1:15 p.m.
  • Thursday: 1:30-2:30 p.m.
  • Friday: 1:00-2:30 p.m.
Or by appointment: (607) 255-0146 or cbw75@cornell.edu.

Academic Peer Advisors Office Hours:

  • Angelica: Tuesday, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Room 473
  • Jordan: Thursday, 2:30-5:30 p.m. Room 471
  • Siobhan: Tuesday, 12:00 noon-3:00 p.m. Commons
  • Rebecca: Friday, 12:00 noon-3:00 p.m. Claudy Casual Reading Room

Are we there yet?Just over three weeks remain until the first exam, and everything feels overwhelming.  You are writing your Open Memo, drafting outlines, and reviewing, in addition to preparing for class.  You also need to incorporate practice exams into your routine.  If you are looking for copies of old exams to take, I have a few copies in my office, the library has copies of exams up to 2006, and there are copies of more recent exams in the registrar’s prior exam collection online (look under “Student Life/Registrar’s office/Grades/Exam Information & Grades/Exam Archive”).  In case you are unsure of how to write a law school exam, there is a short chapter on how to write an exam answer on Blackboard.  Look for a webinar on Blackboard soon that gives more tips on taking exams.  As always, I am happy to meet with you if you have any particular questions about exams or just want help planning how you should spend your remaining time.

End of semester office hours. As the semester ends, I wanted to let you know that while I will have normal office hours during classes, I will offer extended office hours until Tuesday, December 6 (the day before exams start). Look for specific times in Scoops.

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From John DeRosa

Associate Dean for Career Services

DeRosa

1L STUDENTS:

Winter Break Shadow Program

If you wish to be matched with a Cornell Law alum for a shadow experience in the location where you will be spending your winter break be sure to return your registration to Associate Director, Jamie Canfield, jc2666@cornell.edu, by November 14th.

Spring Career Services & 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 detail at the beginning of the Spring semester, for now please mark your calendars for these events.

Career Services Programs
2017 Recruiting Overview: Monday, January 30th, 4:45, Room 184
2017 Recruiting Launch: Monday, April 10th, 4:45, Room 184

Law Firm Programs
Debevoise & Plimpton: Monday February 27th
Cahill Gordon: Tuesday, March 7th
More to come…

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From Karen Comstock

Assistant Dean for Public Service

KC

Attention 1Ls and 2Ls seeking summer public interest or government internships and 3Ls seeking post-graduate public interest or government jobs: You may be interested in attending the Public Interest Legal Career Fair (PILC) on February 2 and 3, 2017 at New York University School of Law.

PILC is an event where public interest and government employers interview 1Ls and 2Ls for summer internships, and 3Ls for post-graduate jobs. Approximately 200 employers are expected to participate. To date more than 130 employers are registered, and more will be added in the coming weeks. These employers will be primarily, but not exclusively, from the Northeast. Students from 21 law schools, including Cornell, are eligible to participate. Registration is now open, and will close on Thursday, December 1. You must register in order to participate, and it is OK to register and ultimately not attend.

To register:

Go to http://pilcfair.law.nyu.edu/studentinformation/index.htm (we suggest using Internet Explorer).

Select PILC Fair Student Registration.

Complete and submit the registration form.

You will be asked for a student ID number. Please use your Cornell net ID (ie, kvc2).

Within a day or two you will receive an email that your registration was approved. That email will contain instructions for utilizing the employer database and instructions for uploading resumes. I will present a program on "Making the Most of the PILC Fair" early in the spring semester. Until then, happy to answer any questions.

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From Kristine Hoffmeister

Director of Alumni Affairs

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Wednesday, November 16

6:00-8:00 p.m. Mayer Brown LLP (Washington, DC). Cornell Law School Alumni Association Reception with Dean Peñalver.

Join Dean Eduardo 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. Please register online or by calling the Alumni Affairs Office at (607) 255-5251 by Wednesday, November 9th. Special thanks to Richard Rosenfeld, JD '94, Matthew Rossi, JD '94, Kristie Kully, JD '94, Derek Schaffner, JD '05 and Mayer Brown LLP for sponsoring this event.

Thursday, November 17

6:00 p.m. The Harmonie Club (NYC). Cornell Law School 86th Annual Curia Society Dinner.

Cornell Law School is teaming up with the School of Hotel Administration to present the 86th Annual Curia Society Dinner. You are cordially invited to join Bob Diener, JD '82, as he shares his experiences as a serial entrepreneur. From co-founding and later selling hotels.com to more recently launching getaroom.com, Mr. Diener draws on his Cornell education and 30 years of experience founding, building and growing companies. 6:00 p.m. reception, 7:00 p.m. dinner and program followed by a post program networking reception. Please register online or by calling the Alumni Affairs Office at (607)255-5251 by Thursday, November 10th.

Current law students may attend these events free of charge, however, your committed reservation is required.

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Graduate Legal Studies

Traveling over Thanksgiving Break?

Remember to take all documents needed for re-entry into the US - even if traveling within the US.

  • Valid passport (must be valid for at least 6 months into the future)
  • Valid (unexpired) US visa stamp in your passport (except Canadian citizens)
  • Valid I-20 for those in F1 or F2 status (signed for travel on page 2 by an ISSO advisor with the last year (6 months for Canadian students) OR valid DS-2019 for those with J1 or J2 status
  • Evidence of financial funding (whatever funding mentioned on your I20 or DS2019)
  • Proof of enrollment (from the Registrar's office or print your own certificate here)

  • If you have questions regarding the documents above, please contact International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO), located in B-50 Caldwell Hall.  ISSO walk in advising hours: M, T, R, F:  9-12 & 1-4:30; Wed: 1-4:30. Phone: (607) 255-5243.

    Forgot your I-20 or DS-2019

    If you have left the US and realize that you do not have a valid travel signature on your I-20 or DS-2019, or you forgot your I-20 / DS-2019 altogether, ISSO can send you a new copy of your current form with an updated travel signature wherever you are in the world.  If you fill in the request form ISSO will send your new form by regular mail on the next business day after submission.  Please follow the directions linked here if you want to use an express mail company.

    Not Enough Time to Request your I20 or DS-2019

    If you are traveling back to the US too soon for ISSO to get a new form to you don't panic! When you reach the port of entry, explain to the port of entry officer that you forgot your I-20 or DS-2019, and ask if the officer will please let you in to the US with an "I-515."  The "I-515" will allow you entry to the US in F1 or J1 status for 30 days.  If you get an I-515 at the port, you must contact ISSO once you arrive in Ithaca and they will help you complete the requirements.

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Writing Competitions

30th Annual Professor William R. Ginsberg Memorial Essay Contest

Essays on any topic in environmental law are acceptable, provided they are written by JD or LLM students currently enrolled in a NY law school and were not prepared as part of paid work.  Course papers and law review submissions are permitted.  The first place winner will receive $1000, the second place will receive $500, and the third place winner will receive $250.  The first place essay will be published by the NYSBA in The Environmental Lawyer, and the second and third place winning essays will be considered for publication.  All three winners will receive an invitation to the fall conference of the Environmental Law Section.  Students must submit their entries by June 1, 2017.  Send a hard copy to New York State Bar Association, One Elk Street, Albany, New York 12207, and email your entry to kplog@nysba.org. Contact: Miriam E. Villani, Esq., Sahn Ward Coschignano, PLLC (mvillani@swc-law.com).

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