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Scoops November 7 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

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From Elizabeth Peck

Assistant Dean for Professional Development and Clerkships


From Terry Thompson

Registrar

Alumni
From Kristine Hoffmeister

Director of Alumni Affairs


From Markeisha Miner

Dean of Students

GLS
Graduate Legal Studies

Admissions
Admissions and Financial Aid Office


writing
Writing Competitions


From Maurice Haltom

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)



Calendar of Events

Week of November 7, 2016

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

MONDAY, November 7

12:15-1:45 p.m. Room 290. What's Wrong with the First Amendment?

Author: Steven H. Shiffrin, Charles Frank Reavis Sr. Professor of Law, Emeritus, Cornell Law School. Speakers: Vincent Blasi, Corliss Lamont Professor of Civil Liberties, Columbia Law School. Michael Dorf, Robert S. Stevens Professor of Law, Cornell Law School. Seanna Shiffrin, Professor of Philosophy, Pete Kameron Professor of Law and Social Justice, University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law. Moderator: Aziz Rana, Professor of Law, Cornell Law School. A bagged lunch will be provided. Click here to RSVP.

1:15 p.m. Room G85 (by video conference). The Nature Conservancy: Getting a Job.

Speaker: Nav Dayanand, LL.M. '04, Federal Government Relations Director, The Nature Conservancy. Mr. Dayanand obtained some excellent internships in Washington, D.C. after his LL.M. year here. He told me he initiated approximately 600 outreaches to alumni and other contacts he made during his LL.M. year. Now he is working in the U.S. Federal government. He has many interesting experiences he can share both on how to get a job in the US, what it takes and about the public interest sector. Contact: Deirdre Hay, dlh259@cornell.edu.

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

Contact: Krystal Anderson, ka395@cornell.edu.

4:30-5:30 p.m. Room G90. Summer Judicial Internships and Post-Graduate Clerkships.


6:00-8:00 p.m. Room 184. Anatomy of a Deal Negotiation: Mock M&A.

A mock deal negotiation around the acquisition of a private company by M&A attorneys from Kaye Scholer LLP. Presented by The Clarke Business Law Institute and the Business Law Society. Contact: Gina Jackson, gj13@cornell.edu.

6:30-7:30 p.m. Room 182. Debate: The Future of the Supreme Court.

Contact: Rebecca Duncan, rjd282@cornell.edu.

Tuesday, November 8

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


4:30-5:30 p.m. Saperston Student Lounge. LALSA Faculty Fireside Chat: Prof. Torres

Join LALSA as we sit down with Professor Torres for a 1 hour informal gathering/Q&A session to chat about his background, career path and tips to success. Co-sponsored by GPSAFC and open to the Cornell community. Contact: Sasha Burger, sdb249@cornell.edu.

Wednesday, November 9

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


12:30 p.m. Online. Interview Strategies and Attire Webinar.


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


4:30-5:30 p.m. Room 285. IALSA 1L Exam Panel.

We will be hosting an exam panel for 1Ls in which we will go over the format and fundamentals of 1L exams and allow students to ask any questions they may have. Contact: Julia Bensur, jlb556@cornell.edu.

4:30-7:00 p.m. Room 186. Reproductive Rights and LGBT Parentage Speaker Panel.

Contact: Chris Plante, cmp262@cornell.edu.

Thursday, November 10


Friday, November 11

12:15-1:15 p.m. Room 186. How to Navigate the New Normal - Legal Trends and the Job Market.

Join us as Mark S. Cohen, AB `84, partner and co-founder of Cohen & Gresser LLP, shares on current legal trends and the job market. Lunch will be provided for all guests registered by November 8. Click here to RSVP.

12:15-1:45 p.m. Room 285. Political Crisis in Ethiopia, A Roundtable.

Over the past few months, the political situation in Ethiopia has gone from relative stability to a declared state of emergency. Reports of hundreds of arrests of political dissidents, journalists, academics who are critical of the government's policies have not garnered the attention of the international community, that is until the crackdown on protest in the Oromia Provence which led to tens dead and scores more injured and arrested. This crackdown continues till today, yet we hardly hear about it. That is why Mostafa Minawi, an assistant professor of history (who researches Ottoman-Ethiopian relations in the 19th century) and the director of the Ottoman & Turkish Studies Initiative assembled a group of world experts to discuss this urgent topic at Cornell University. Contact: Patricia Hall, patricia.hall@cornell.edu.

12:30-1:20 p.m. Room 290. Workshop on Legal-Writing Style for 1Ls.

Lawyering Program Honors Fellows will present an optional workshop on legal-writing style for 1Ls. The workshop will address the following topics: (1) active/passive voice; (2) modifiers; (3) brevity; and (4) sentence flow. Take advantage of this opportunity to hone your legal-writing skills. Contact your Lawyering professor with any questions.

1:30-2:30 p.m. Room 389. Christian Fellowship Gathering.

Christian law students gather for fellowship and prayer. All denominational backgrounds are welcome. Contact: Rosa Cortez, rsc255@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).

Alicia Eads, Sociology Ph.D. Candidate, would like to hire a research assistant for about 5 to 10 hours of work stretched over 2 to 3 weeks. The work involves verifying a database of legal reforms adopted by U.S. states during the foreclosure crisis. Familiarity with real estate and foreclosure law is preferred. If interested, please contact Alicia Eads (ade25@cornell.edu).

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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.

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.

Using Your Laptop for the Fall 2016 Final Exams

Installation of Exam4 software: You will receive information about the process by email to your Cornell NetId email address in early November. 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.

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.

Tuesday, November 8

3:00-4:00 p.m. Room B08 Sage Hall. Ethical Leadership in Global Companies...and in Presidents.

Speaker: Brackett B. Denniston, Senior Counsel, Goodwin Procter LLP. Former Senior VP and General Counsel, General Electric.  Reception immediately following in Ramin Parlor, Sage Hall.  Presented by The David J. BenDaniel Lecture Series in Business Ethics.

Wednesday, November 9

6:00-8:00 p.m. Room G10 Biotech. Breaking Bread: Post-Election America.

In the spirit of diversity, inclusion and dialogue, the "Breaking Bread" initiative invites you to the second community-wide dinner of the 2016-2017 academic year to discuss Post-Election America. Using recent national and global events as a backdrop for this conversation, we invite you to participate in an open dialogue with other members of our community. RSVP: Click here to register.

The Campus-Wide Breaking Bread Dinner is an initiative to bring together senior administrators, students, faculty, staff and other invited guests for facilitated conversations about timely and meaningful topics. The critical dialogue taking place at these dinners is skillfully facilitated by students involved with the Intergroup Dialogue Project. These talented students facilitate meaningful conversations that help Cornell community members work across differences and address issues of concern.

Funded by the Office of the Provost, the event is hosted by the Center for Intercultural Dialogue (6-2-6), the Office of Academic Diversity Initiatives (OADI), The Graduate School Office of Inclusion and Student Engagement (OISE), Department of Inclusion and Workforce Diversity and the Office of Faculty Development and Diversity, which are directed by the University Diversity Officers.

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 14th 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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Admissions and Financial Aid Office

The Law School Admissions and Financial Aid Office would like to invite students in our J.D. Class of 2019 to share your feedback on your admissions experience by completing a brief survey. If you are interested in meeting with the Admissions Office to discuss your experience in more detail, please include your contact information in your survey response. We will host a group meeting November 21st during lunch (location and time TBD) for those that have indicated an interest in sharing more about their experience. Please the complete the J.D. Class of 2019 Admissions Survey no later than November 10th. Feel free to contact Isabelle Ramos at imr33@cornell.edu if you have any questions.

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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 7 (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: No Office Hours
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: Wednesday, 1:00-4:00 p.m. Room 471
  • Siobhan: Tuesday, 12:00 noon-3:00 p.m. Commons
  • Rebecca: Friday, 12:00 noon-3:00 p.m. Breakout Space

If you remember the happy-go-lucky days before fall break when you thought you were busy, you are now probably looking back and thinking, "Good grief, if I'd only known." It's a busy time of year now that we are within striking distance of the last days of the semester. This is the time of year that you may well feel extremely stressed by the time demands of law school and life in general. If you want to talk about how to balance the need to study with the need to book an airline ticket home, stop by and we'll chat. You will want to make sure you are matching your considerable efforts with your well-considered priorities. Sometimes the best way to shorten a to-do list is by deleting something that doesn't need to be done. Other times, the best way to shorten a to-do list is by focusing your effort to complete the task. I'm glad to talk you through the process of figuring out which is which for your particular situation.

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From John DeRosa

Associate Dean for Career Services

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1L STUDENTS:

Wednesday, November 9

12:30 p.m. Online. Interview Strategies and Attire Webinar.

Log on during your lunch and listen to an informative program about legal interviews, including commons questions, do's/don'ts, attire and much more! Can't log-on at that time? No problem, all our programs are recorded. They are available on our webpage and via the email list-serve. Register at CSO Interview Webinar.

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.

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From Elizabeth Peck

Assistant Dean for Professional Development and Clerkships

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Monday, November 7

4:30 p.m. Room G90. Summer Judicial Internships and Post-Graduate Clerkships.

Join Deans Karen Comstock and Liz Peck as they discuss how to land a job with a judge this summer and plan ahead for your post-graduate judicial clerkship search. Light refreshments will be served.

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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

Spring 2017 Course Pre-Registration

As a reminder, course pre-registration runs November 1-15.  Once course registration ends you will not be able to adjust your schedule until the beginning of the add/drop period on January 17, 2017.  While course counseling sessions will be held during the add/drop period, students may email questions or schedule a meeting to discuss course pre-registration prior to November 14 by emailing gls@cornell.edu.

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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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