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Scoops October 3 Issue


Calendar of Events


From Chenay Weyble

Lecturer of Law and Director of Academic Support

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Positions Available


From John DeRosa

Associate Dean for Career Services


From Eduardo M. Peñalver

The Allan R. Tessler Dean

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From Karen Comstock

Assistant Dean for Public Service


From Terry Thompson

Registrar

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From Kristine Hoffmeister

Director of Alumni Affairs


From Markeisha Miner

Dean of Students

Berger Program
The Berger International Speaker Series


From Maurice Haltom

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

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Writing Competitions


Calendar of Events

Week of October 3, 2016

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

MONDAY, October 3

12:15-1:15 p.m. Room 186. Why Foreign Law Matters: A French Judge's View.

Contact: Dawne Peacock, dfp7@cornell.edu.

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

Contact: Krystal Anderson, ka395@cornell.edu.

4:00-6:00 p.m. Room 182. BLSA/LALSA/NALSA Outlining Panel.

Academic chairs of each group we will discuss necessary and realistic goals for Fall Break, the outline process, and initial preparation for exams. Contact: Shelbi Vaughn, sav76@cornell.edu.

4:30 p.m. Room 184. Lessons in Civil Procedure: A French Judge's View.


Tuesday, October 4

12:20-1:20 p.m. Room 277. Women's Access to Justice in Southeast Asia.


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


Wednesday, October 5

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


12:00 noon-1:00 p.m. Webinar screening of "Connie Cook: A Documentary."


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


4:30-5:00 p.m. Room 277. JD/MBA Information Session.

Are you considering transactional law? Consulting? Running a law office someday? Please join the JD/MBA Society and representatives from Johnson this Wednesday (10/5) at 4:30 pm in 277 to learn about the application process, coursework, and benefits of the JD/MBA dual degree program. Attendance is highly recommended for 1Ls interested in either the 3-year or 4-year options. Food will be served. Contact: Michael Hodess, mh2252@cornell.edu.

4:30-5:30 p.m. Room 186. Brandeis Center Information Session.

This will be an information session for the Israel trip that the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law runs during winter break. Pizza will be served! Co-Sponsored by GPSFAC and open to the graduate community. Contact: Scott Cohen, sbc98@cornell.edu.

4:45-5:45 p.m. Law School Courtyard. Free Yoga in the Courtyard.

Contact: Krystal Anderson, ka395@cornell.edu.

6:00-9:00 p.m. Saperston Student Lounge. LALSA Hispanic Heritage Month Film Screening.

Join LALSA for a film screening in honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month. Come take a study break and have snacks. The event is co-sponsored by GPSFAC and is open to the graduate community. Contact: Sasha Daniela Burger, sdb249@cornell.edu.

Thursday, October 6

4:15 p.m. Room 186. Candid Conversations at Cornell: Law, Policing, and Inequality.


Friday, October 7

12:00 noon. Deadline to register for 1L Practice Exam.


Saturday, October 8

Fall Break begins. Classes resume on Monday, October 17.


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Positions Available

Christine Henseler at Union College, NY, directs the NY6ThinkTank Humanities and Arts Advocacy Initiative, with which 4Humanities.org is allied. (Christine is also a co-leader of 4Humanities.) She is looking for someone interested in assisting with identifying more contributors to the Extraordinary Partnerships book she is editing. This innovative book will consist of depictions/narratives (including 1st-person statements) of people and organizations from all walks of life in the U.S., especially those "not traditionally associated with the arts and humanities, like science and mathematics or business and athletics"who are engaged with or exemplify humanistic principles in "transforming the way we think, live, and work." The book wants to change the conversation about the humanities "crisis" to one about how the humanities now and in the future are interwoven deeply in creative thought and practice in society. It asks, how do such people "apply artistic or humanistic principles? And what extraordinary partnerships, with individuals or ideas from the arts and humanities, are allowing them/you to challenge assumptions, ask new or revised questions, disrupt old practices and ways of thinking, and create alternative paths, structures, and opportunities?" Christine has quite a number of people already lined up for the book, but she would like to identify a few more in fields that may still be absent, including law, athletics, armed services, the world of finance, professional schools in general. She can pay $500 for about 50 hours of work. The work would consist of identifying possible contributors and sending her the contact info. She would then reach out to those people or organizations with an invitation to be featured in the volume. If you are interested, please contact Christine at henselec@union.edu.

Professor Cornell would like to hire a research assistant to work in the area of labor and employment law and international labor law. There may also be some research or case work related to the Labor Law Clinic. If you are interested, please forward your resume to her at abc49@cornell.edu

Professor Dorfman is looking for RAs in the area of discrimination in the private sphere. The topic includes legal and theoretical analysis of the interaction (and competition) between religious liberty, private property, toleration, and equality. Send your CV to dorfman@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

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First-Year Practice Exam

Class of 2019 and LLM students enrolled in 1L classes: A practice exam is given each year for students enrolled in first-year courses during the fall semester. Each student will be given an exam in one of his or her courses. The scheduled date for the practice exam is Wednesday, October 19, from 4:30-5:20pm. You are encouraged to take the practice exam, but you are not required to do so. It will not count towards your grade. The exam roster and room assignments will be emailed to you on Monday, October 17.

Using Your Laptop for the First-Year Practice Exam

Students in first-year courses will receive information about using Exam4 software for the Practice Exam on Monday, October 3. Please read that email carefully and be mindful of the deadline to download the software (12:00 noon on Friday, October 7).

Dates to Remember for Fall 2016

Fall Break for Law School - Begins Saturday, October 8. Classes resume Monday, October 17.
Fall Term Examination Period - Examinations begin Wednesday, December 7. Examinations end Friday, December 16.

University Course Pre-Registration for Spring 2017

Courses in divisions other than the Law School - Students interested in enrolling in courses in other divisions of the University for the spring 2017 semester may pre-enroll using the University Enrollment process. Law students will use the University system to select their non-law courses. The pre-registration period for law students to select non-law courses is scheduled for October 26-28. To pre-enroll you must use the Student Center. The University Registrar's Office strongly encourages you to review the enrollment information to optimize your enrollment period. Please note: Pre-enrollment does not guarantee enrollment in the course. Students enrolling in non-law courses for JD credit will also need to complete the required petition, Law Credit for Non-law Courses, with the Law School Registrar's Office. A student electing a course outside the Law School for credit or otherwise, must also register for at least 9 credit hours in the Law School each term. Regardless of the number of courses elected outside the Law School, a student must earn 72 semester credit hours in professional law subjects. This applies to all law students, including those in joint degree programs.

Law School Course Pre-Registration for Spring 2017

Online Pre-Registration for spring 2017 Law School courses is scheduled for November 1 through November 15. You will be notified by email when the pre-registration site is available. Instructions and details for online Law School Course Pre-Registration, updated course information, registration forms, and degree requirements will be available online after Fall Break.

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.

Fall 2016 Final Examinations - Exam Conflicts

Students who have exam conflicts are reminded to notify the Law School Registrar's Office, in writing, using the online deferral request link. The link will be available on the Registrar's website on October 17. You must submit your deferral request by 12:00 noon on November 4. The exam schedule is available online.

Exams and dictionaries

New JD students whose native or working language is not normally English may request the use of a non-legal dictionary for examinations by submitting a written request to the Registrar by November 4. Continuing JD students who received permission to use a non-legal dictionary previously do not need to make another request. The non-legal dictionary must be supplied by the student and the dictionary may be in print or electronic format; provided, however, that any electronic dictionary must be a stand-alone dictionary with a set memory (e.g., a dictionary program that is loaded on a laptop computer does not qualify. A dictionary that has the ability to accept SD cards or USB drives does not qualify). All electronic dictionaries must be approved by the Registrar well in advance of the examinations. LL.M. students with questions regarding the use of a non-legal dictionary for examinations should contact Assistant Dean Aimee Houghton or Denee Page. Exchange students with questions regarding the use of a non-legal dictionary for examinations should contact Dawne Peacock .

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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.

Law Student Recognition: Nominations Accepted

Please give some thought to possible nominees for the following Law School prizes. While all students, faculty, and staff may submit nominations, only 3L students are eligible to receive these awards. Nominations, in the form of a one-page statement concerning the nominee and designating the award(s) for which the student is being nominated, are due to the Dean of Students, law.dos@cornell.edu, by Friday, November 4.

The Freeman Award for Civil-Human Rights was established from the estate of Professor Emeritus Harrop A. Freeman, J.D. 1930, J.S.D. 1945. A cash prize is awarded to the law student or students who have made the greatest contribution during their law school career to civil-human rights.

The Stanley E. Gould Prize for Public Interest Law was established by Stanley E. Gould, J.D. 1954. A cash prize is awarded each year to a third-year student or students who have shown outstanding dedication to serving public-interest law and public-interest groups.

The Seymour Herzog Memorial Prize was endowed in honor of the late Seymour Herzog, LL.B. 1936. A cash prize is awarded each year to a student or students who demonstrate excellence in the law and commitment to public-interest law, combined with a love of sports.

Thursday, October 6

4:15 p.m. Room 186. Candid Conversations at Cornell: Law, Policing, and Inequality.

Please join us for a candid conversation with Amna Akbar, Assistant Professor of Law at The Ohio State University, Mortiz College of Law. She will discuss police and community relations in the United States, as well as what the legal profession and members of the public can  do. Light refreshments will be served. Free and open to the public.

Thursday, October 13

9:30-11:30 a.m. Ithaca Visitors Center. RESCHEDULED! Searching for Local Employment.

The Graduate School and Tompkins Workforce have teamed together to offer you valuable information about how to conduct an effective job search in the Ithaca area and resources available to support you. In addition, participants will also network with one another and be given the opportunity to talk about their own experience so that we can better meet your needs. This session is designed for spouses/partners who have secured work authorization in the United States. Light breakfast will be served. Please register for the session by October 11.

Safety First

If you find yourself at the law school or anywhere on campus later than expected, know that campus security will send someone to escort you to your car or even walk you home if you live near campus. To request assistance, call 255.7373 on campus (607.255.7373 outside the campus system), or use one of the Blue Light phones on campus. The service operates from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. every day during the fall and spring semesters. Details about additional Blue Light services are available at: http://www.cupolice.cornell.edu/emergency/blue_light_info.cfm. Also, if you have any concern that may impact your ability to focus on your studies, including a medical condition, please let me know so we can develop a plan tailored to your situation. You may request an appointment by contacting Jannica Moskal at jmm558@cornell.edu.

Wellness Matters

The pace of the semester is accelerating but always make time to tend to your own health. The University offers several free programs to assist you with enhancing your physical and mental well-being including Let's Meditate, which is open to all members of the Cornell Community. CLICK HERE to view the current meditation schedule. Free Yoga sessions also are available on Wednesdays from 4:45-5:45 p.m. in the Courtyard. All skill levels welcome. While some yoga mats are available, if you have one, please bring it with you. For information about free counseling services, see the information below from Maurice Haltom's announcement.

Seasonal Flu Vaccination Clinics

Annual vaccination is the single most important step people can take to protect themselves and others from the flu. Vaccines are FREE to all Cornell students, staff, faculty, and retirees. Remember to take your Cornell ID with you. There is no charge for the vaccine. Review the schedule to learn where and when to get vaccinated.

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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 October 3 (Room G57):

  • Monday: 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 3:00-4:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 11:00 a.m.-1:15 p.m.
  • Thursday: No Office Hours
  • Friday: 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Or by appointment: (607) 255-0146 or cbw75@cornell.edu.

"The Three "R's"-Refreshed, Reviewed, and "Readied." Isn't it fall break, yet? Yes, actually, it is. You are wrapping up your closed memo assignment right now and looking forward to the break. You need to take some time to breathe, reflect, and relax. Reconnect with the people in your life you may have been neglecting unintentionally. Get some sleep and exercise. Eat excellent food.

But this break is not like an undergraduate break-the time is too precious to forget completely about law school. The second half of the semester is much more intense, and you need to use your break to prepare for it. Plan what you want to accomplish over the break. Plan your work and free time. Start outlining, review your notes to make sure you understand everything you've been taught so far, test your knowledge, and plan how you will tackle exams. If you're unsure how to approach exams, fall break is an excellent time to read books on the subject, like Getting to Maybe by Fischl & Paul (I have a few copies if you want to check one out of my library over the break). If you use your time wisely during fall break, you will return to school feeling refreshed, "reviewed," and prepared to take on the final 8 weeks before exams. You will also feel prepared for the practice exam the Wednesday you return.

If you need help with your fall break strategy, please come see me during office hours or make an appointment.

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From John DeRosa

Associate Dean for Career Services

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1L STUDENTS:

Keep up to date on the programs offered by our office through Scoops, the email listserve, the TV screens around Myron Taylor and the bulletin board outside Office 140.

Thursday, October 20

4:30 p.m. Room 184. Introduction to the 1L Summer Job Search.

The Career Services Office and the Office of Public Service will discuss opportunities in the private and public sectors, judges' chambers, government, academia, and study abroad programs, along with the next steps for beginning your 1L summer job search. Pick up useful resource books.

Thursday, October 27

4:30 p.m. Room G90. Halloween & Cover Letter Workshop.

Is your resume looking a little scary? Does writing a cover letting sound like a nightmare? Join the Career Services Office for advice on how to tailor your resume to legal employers and craft a devilishly good cover letter. Enjoy cider & candy too!

Monday, October 31-Sunday, November 4

Resume-A-Thon Week

Sign-up for a 15-minute appointment with a counselor to have your resume reviewed in preparation for applying to 1L summer positions. No resume? No problem! Come for a 15-minute strategy session. More instructions to come.

Interview Strategies and Attire Workshop: Date & Time TBA.


2L STUDENTS:

OCI Interviews in MTH

If you have an OCI interview in Myron Taylor Hall, these interviews will take place in faculty, administrator, and student organization offices and classrooms in MTH. On the day of the interview, check the Career Services Office door to find your interview room.

NALP Standards for Timing and Offers of Decisions

If considering offers from law firms, please keep in mind the NALP Standards for Timing and Offers of Decisions. The full text of the guidelines can be found at www.nalp.org. Speak to a counselor if you have any questions.

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From Karen Comstock

Assistant Dean for Public Service

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Dear 2Ls and 3Ls:

This is a reminder about Cornell Law School's Call-Backs for Public Service program.  If you are engaged in a public sector job search, this program will help defray the job search-related travel expenses you incur throughout the 2016-17 academic year.  Instructions for requesting reimbursement will be sent to you in April.  Requests will be due on May 1, and reimbursements will be processed after all receipts are received.  This is our timeline because employers' recruitment schedules vary, and some of you may be interviewing until late in the semester.  We want to know the total amount of requests before we determine reimbursement amounts.  We are optimistic that we have enough in our fund to grant most, if not all, of your requests.  If our fund falls short, we will determine a fair pro rata reimbursement formula.  At this point I want to remind you to save your receipts.  Original receipts are required by the University for expense reimbursement requests.  Note:  Expense reimbursement for the Equal Justice Works job fair comes from a separate fund.  You will receive reimbursement instructions regarding those expenses in early November.

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From Kristine Hoffmeister

Director of Alumni Affairs

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Wednesday, October 5

12:00 noon-1:00 p.m. Webinar screening of "Connie Cook: A Documentary."

You are invited to participate in a special webinar screening celebrating trailblazing lawyer and lawmaker Connie Cook, AB '41, JD '43. The film will be introduced by documentary filmmaker Sue Perlgut and Professor Joan Jacobs Brumberg, Professor Emeritus, History and Human Development. Please register ONLINE or by contacting the Cornell Law School Alumni Affairs Office at (607) 255-5251. Those registered will be emailed log in information on Tuesday, October 4. For more information on this event, contact the Cornell Law School Alumni Affairs Office at alumni@lawschool.cornell.edu.

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The Berger International Speaker Series

Monday, October 3

4:30 p.m. Room 184. Lessons in Civil Procedure: A French Judge's View.

Speaker: Nicolas Michon, Magistrat-Documentation and Research Department, French Cour de Cassation. All are welcome to attend. Please RSVP here.

Tuesday, October 4

12:20-1:20 p.m. Room 277. Women's Access to Justice in Southeast Asia.

Speakers: Dr. Kittipong Kittayarak, Executive Director for the Thailand Justice Institute and Dr. Sita Sumrit, Head of Women's and Children's Empowerment for the Thailand Institute of Justice. All are welcome to attend.  Please RSVP here by Monday, October 3 to participate in the luncheon.


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Writing Competitions & Fellowships

John Alexander Memorial Scholarship Fund

The Fund was established in 1980 by the Last Will and Testament of Elizabeth M. Alexander, widow of John Alexander. The fund was created to provide scholarships for Schenectady County residents. The conditions for receipt of the scholarship are that the applicant must reside in Schenectady County and must be a full time candidate for a Juris Doctor or Bachelor of Law Degree at an accredited New York Law School. The income of the trust and the number of applicants determines the amount of the scholarship to be awarded to each recipient in a given year. As such, there is no set amount awarded for the scholarship from year to year. Each recipient for the 2015-2016 academic year scholarship distribution was awarded $4,571.50. Individuals may apply to this address no later than November 15: State of New York Supreme Court Chambers, 612 State Street, Schenectady, New York 12305.

The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans

The fellowship provides up to $90,000 in support for immigrants and children of immigrants who are pursuing graduate school full-time in any field and at any advanced degree-granting institution in the United States. The new application is now open and full eligibility requirements may be found at pdsoros.org. If you are a student who is 30 or younger and who is either the child of immigrants or someone who is a DACA recipient, green card holder or a naturalized citizen, we encourage you to apply. The application deadline is November 1, 2016.

Dr. Emanuel Stein and Kenneth D. Stein Memorial Writing Competition

Articles must be original from the applicant. Submissions should focus on any timely, compelling aspect of labor and employment law. Only one submission per student. The winner of the Dr. Emanuel Stein Memorial first prize will have his/her article published in a future issue of the Labor and Employment Law Section Newsletter. The deadline for submission is the close of business on Friday, December 9. For more information, see http://www.nysba.org/SteinAward/.

Securities Law Writing Competition

Association of Securities and Exchange Commission Alumni (ASECA) is pleased to announce their annual writing competition.  Topic: Any subject in the field of securities law. Students must be enrolled at any accredited law school in the United States for the 2016 fall semester. Unpublished papers, papers published in any law journal or other publication during calendar year 2016, and papers scheduled for publication in 2016 or 2017 are eligible for submission.  Co-authored papers are not eligible. Deadline: Saturday, November 12. For more information, see http://www.secalumni.org/writing-competition.

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