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Scoops October 30 Issue


Calendar of Events


From John DeRosa

Associate Dean for Career Services

PA
Positions Available

DH
From Deirdre Hay

Director for LL.M. & International Career Services


From Eduardo M. Peñalver

The Allan R. Tessler Dean

LP
From Elizabeth Peck

Assistant Dean for Professional Development and Clerkships


From Terry Thompson

Registrar

GLS
Graduate Legal Studies


From Markeisha Miner

Dean of Students

KH
From Kristine Hoffmeister

Director of Alumni Affairs

AD
Ask the Deans

Berger
The Berger International Speaker Series


From Maurice Haltom

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

tech
NY Tech/Law Colloquium Speaker Series

SW
From Chenay Weyble

Lecturer of Law and Director of Academic Support

WC
Writing Competitions


Calendar of Events

Week of October 30, 2017

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

MONDAY, October 30

12:00 noon. Deadline to register for spring 2018 clinics (upperclass students).


12:00 noon. Deadline to register for spring 2018 1L elective (first-year students).


2:30-4:30 p.m. Saperston Student Lounge. LALSA 1L Cafecito Break.

1Ls, stop by for a cup of warm cafecito (by Dunkin) and chat about anything and everything with LALSA upperclassmen for as little or as long as you want. Contact: Lizbeth Cordova, lc854@cornell.edu.

3:30-4:30 p.m. Room 182. Safety Tips for Winter Driving and How to Obtain a NY Driver's License.


6:30 p.m. Room 390. Mock Trial Tryouts (External Competitions).

Cornell Mock Trial is hosting tryouts for anyone interested in competing in an external competition. Contact: Bebe Albornoz, bla43@cornell.edu.

TUESDAY, October 31

10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Law School Foyer. Finals Care Package Fundraiser.

Contact: Abby Yeo, ay359@cornell.edu.

10:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m (or until gone). Third floor hallway, outside Room 382. Student Trick-or-Treat Giveaway.


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


5:00-6:30 p.m. Room 186. CALSA 1L Summer Job Panel.

A panel of upperclassmen will answer 1L questions about finding summer legal employment on the West Coast and describe their experiences working in California and Washington last summer. Contact: Amanda Wong, ajw297@cornell.edu.

Wednesday, November 1

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


10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Law School Foyer. Finals Care Package Fundraiser.

Contact: Abby Yeo, ay359@cornell.edu.

12:30-1:30 p.m. Saperston Student Lounge. Open Forum on Campus Climate.

Join the Dean, Vice Dean, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, and the Dean of Students to discuss recent campus incidents, their impact, and actions we can take as a community. All students, staff, and faculty are welcome. Contact: Karen LoParco, law.dean@cornell.edu.

2:30-4:30 p.m. Room 124. Let's Talk.


4:15-5:15 p.m. Room G90. Workshop on Legal-Writing Style.

Presented by the Lawyering Program Honors Fellows. Join us and learn about active/passive voice, modifiers, sentence flow, and brevity.

6:00-7:00 p.m. Room L28 Hughes Hall. NY Tech/Law Colloquium Speaker Series.


Thursday, November 2

10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Law School Foyer. Finals Care Package Fundraiser.

Contact: Abby Yeo, ay359@cornell.edu.

12:20-1:15 p.m. Room G85. The Death Penalty and Criminal Justice in China.


4:30-5:30 p.m. Room 186. CALE: Future of Tech Law.

Christoper Koopman, from the Mercatus Center, a DC-based think tank, will speak on the intersection of technological innovation in the UAV space and the law. Contact: Kasey Ashford, kda25@cornell.edu.

6:00-8:00 p.m. Room 182. Federalist Society and ACS: Government Surveillance Discussion.

Logan Beirne of Yale Law School will debate (TBD) on the issue of Government Surveillance. Contact: Bennett Hampilos, bgh42@cornell.edu.

Friday, November 3

12:00 noon. Deadline to submit an exam deferral request form.


12:20-1:15 p.m. Room 182. The Status of Women's Rights and the Peace Process in Myanmar.


1:30 p.m. Room 186. How to Draft a LinkedIn Profile.


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Positions Available

Professor Chutkow seeks an RA for research on pro se litigant appeals in the federal courts. If interested, please send your resume to: dmc66@cornell.edu.

Professor Chutkow is now accepting Teaching Assistant applications for her spring 2018 undergraduate course Nature, Functions, and Limits of Law. The class meets MW, 2:55-4:10, however any specific TA duties will likely be only Wednesdays. 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. TAs will conduct small sections, administer exams, comment on papers, and meet with students. If interested, please email your resume to Professor Dawn Chutkow at dmc66@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, 4:00-5:00 p.m. Students wishing to see me may sign up in advance with Karen LoParco in room 263, by e-mail (k.loparco@cornell.edu), or by phone (607-255-3527).

Thursday, November 9

12:15-1:15 p.m. Room G90. Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series featuring Doug Lasdon, JD `81.

Doug Lasdon is the Founder and Executive Director of Urban Justice Center, an agency which provides badly needed legal services to one of New York City's most underserved populations – single, homeless adults. Join us for his lecture on “A Lawyer’s Life: Reflections on Nearly Four Decades of Representing Poor People in New York City.”  All are welcome to attend. Lunch will be provided for guests registered by Friday, November 3.  Please register HERE.

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From Terry Thompson

Registrar

Terry

Fall 2017 Final Examinations - Exam Conflicts

Please review the exam deferral policy (found on page two of the exam schedule): An examination may be deferred only if a student has examinations scheduled in direct conflict with each other, two in one day, more than two exams in the first week, three in three days (same week), or four in one week. An examination week is Monday through Saturday. No examinations may be taken before the scheduled examination period. Any examinations permitted to be deferred will be rescheduled at the earliest possible examination period consistent with the rules above.

The deferral request link will be available on the Registrar's website on October 16. You must submit your deferral request by 12:00 noon on November 3.

Exams and dictionaries

New JD students whose native or working language is not normally English may request the use of a non-legal translation dictionary for examinations by submitting a written request to the Registrar by November 3. A non-legal translation dictionary is a resource that lists words and their definitions and possibly the equivalent word in another language (such as a Spanish-English dictionary). Dictionaries that contain additional information such as grammar sections or sections entitled for "advanced learners" are not allowed. It is a violation of the Code of Academic Integrity to have any highlighting or other writing in or on the dictionary. Your name may be written in English on the inside cover, but no other markings are allowed. Electronic dictionaries 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 drive does not qualify). All electronic dictionaries must be approved by the Registrar by November 3. LL.M. students with questions regarding the use of a non-legal translation dictionary for examinations should contact Graduate Legal Studies. Exchange students with questions regarding the use of a non-legal translation dictionary for examinations should contact Dawne Peacock.

Using Your Laptop for the Fall 2017 Final Exams

You will receive information about the exam registration process by email in early November. Old versions of the exam software will not work.  The Registrar's Office will offer exam information sessions in mid-November.  We will go over exam procedures and step-by-step instructions on how to use the software.  The sessions are open to all students.  

The sessions will be offered on:
November 10, 9:00-9:45 a.m., Room G90
November 14, 4:15-5:00 p.m., Room G90
November 16, 12:30-1:15 p.m., Room G90   

Law School Clinic and Course Pre-Registration for Spring 2018

Please add these dates to your calendar.

Date Action
Oct 23 through 12 noon on Oct 30
Upperclass students pre-register for clinics. 1L students pre-register for 1L elective.
Nov 9 through 12 noon on Nov 20
Upperclass students see results of clinic pre-registration and can drop (not add) clinics. Upperclass students pre-register for upperclass and seminar courses.
Late-December (after all exams end)
Registrar will release lottery results to all students.
Mid-January
Add/drop begins and students can make changes to their schedule.

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 Registrars website under Forms & Requests. 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.

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 3.

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.

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Ask the Deans

Q: When will construction on the building be done? Is it on schedule?

A: From Rich Robinson, Associate Dean for Capital Projects: The project schedule is on track with construction projected to be complete this December.  We hope to begin moving staff into their new spaces beginning in December and the first part of January.  Project completion (e.g., punch list items, clean-up, etc.) should be completed in January with the new spaces in use for the start of the Spring semester.

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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 124

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

CW

Office Hours for Week of October 30 (Room L56 Hughes Hall):

  • Monday: No Office Hours
  • Tuesday: 3:30-4:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 3:30-4:30 p.m.
  • Thursday: 3:30-4:30 p.m.
  • Friday: 11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon
Or by appointment: (607) 255-0146 or cbw75@cornell.edu.

Academic Peer Advisors - Permanent Office Hours

Advisor Office Hours
Angelica Mondays, 12:20-2:20 p.m., Breakout Space
Matthew Mondays, 3:00-5:00 p.m., Breakout Space
Kara Tuesdays, 3:30-5:30 p.m., Atrium
Rebecca Wednesdays, 4:00-6:00 p.m., Atrium
Aaron Thursdays, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon, Atrium

Later, Dude. Your time is precious these days-reading for class, drafting the Open Memo, outlining, and taking practice exams take up a lot of your time.  It’s easy to put the rest of your life off until “later” (“I’ll work on that after break” or “I’m going to get some sleep this weekend, I promise”).  But there is always another deadline waiting.  Those who tell themselves “I’ll relax after finals” find that they are already looking ahead to “relaxing after the job search letters are done” or “relaxing during spring break.”  The practice of law can be very similar -“I’ll take a vacation after this trial” turns into “I’ll take a vacation when I make partner.”  The deadlines come and go so quickly that you may find yourself looking back at a career of untouched goals you postponed until after the immediate deadlines were past.  You need to look at what you are working on and what you are working towards.  Make sure you are balancing your deadlines in a way that matches your priorities so that you are not putting off important things until “later.”  I’m available during office hours or by appointment to discuss strategies to get you closer to some of your most immediate deadlines, like the Open Memo and exams, while balancing the important things in your life.

Exam Skills Workshop: You’ve gotten your practice exam back.  How do you feel about it?  Want to talk about it?  Please make an appointment with me or come by during office hours.  Also, the Academic Peer Advisors are holding a small workshop on Monday, November 6 from 4:30-5:30 to practice exam-taking skills.  You’ll go over a short problem, from picking out the facts and spotting the issues to outlining and writing your answer.  Space is limited, so please email Kara by Thursday, November 2 at kc947@cornell.edu to reserve your slot.  We’ll email you back with a room assignment.  If interest is high, we’ll schedule another workshop in the future.

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From John DeRosa

Associate Dean for Career Services

DeRosa

1L STUDENTS:

Resume-A-Thon Week, October 30-November 3

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. Sign-up via your Symplicity account now through November 2.

Winter Break Alumni 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 15.

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From Deirdre Hay

Director for LL.M. & International Career Services

DH

The deadline for uploading your resume to the system for the ISIP job fair and bidding for interviews is November 6, 2017.  If you have not already been to see me about your resume or had me look it over please either make an appointment (the list of slots is on my door of L44 in Hughes Hall), and/or send me your resume in a word file.  It has been really busy in the last couple of weeks and as November 6 approaches it will get even busier so please do not leave it until the last minute.  Please make sure you have copied the style of the sample resume I circulated so that you have a resume in the "Cornell LL.M." style.

After you have bid for interviews please send me a list of the bids you made (and keep a record of them for yourself too) as the bids will be erased from the system and you will not be able to look up what interviews you bid for.

Friday, November 3

1:30 p.m. Room 186. How to Draft a LinkedIn Profile.

Speaker: Marcel Nadal Michelman. Potential employers often look up applicants’ LinkedIn presentations and it also is a good idea to include a link to your LinkedIn profile on your resume, so this presentation is highly recommended. Food will be served.

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From Elizabeth Peck

Assistant Dean for Professional Development and Clerkships

LP

Wednesday, November 8

12:30-1:30 p.m. Room 390. Clerkships with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.

Join us for a lunchtime discussion with Chief Judge Stucky and Senior Judge Effron on the nature of a clerkship in their chambers. Lunch provided. Please RSVP here by November 3rd.

4:00-5:15 p.m. Room 390. Oral Argument before the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.

Judges Scott W. Stucky, Margaret A. Ryan, Kevin A. Ohlson, John E. Sparks, and Andrew S. Effron, of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, will hear oral arguments by practitioners in the matter of United States v. Captain Tyler G. Eppes, USAF. In addition, to CLS students, Angelica Nguyen and Seantyel Hardy, have drafted an amicus brief in the case under the supervision of Professor John Blume. Ms. Hardy will argue before the court. Please RSVP here by November 3rd.

Thursday, November 9

6:05-7:45 p.m. Room G85. Perspectives on Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Join us as Judge Brian M. Cogan, JD '79, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, presents a lecture on Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Light refreshments provided. Please RSVP here by November 6th.

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Graduate Legal Studies

Monday, October 30

3:30-4:30 p.m. Room 182. Safety Tips for Winter Driving and How to Obtain a NY Driver's License.

Speakers:  Officer Beverly Jean Van Cleef, Officer Ellen O'Pray, and Scott Beemer (ISSO). A must for drivers new to driving in snowy, icy conditions.  Cornell University Police will provide tips on driving safely in winter and ISSO Immigration and Programming Assistant, Scott Beemer will review how international and non-New York State drivers can to obtain a New York State driver's license.  All are welcome to attend.  Contact: Office of Graduate Legal Studies, gls@cornell.edu with questions.

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From Kristine Hoffmeister

Director of Alumni Affairs

KH

Tuesday, October 31

10:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m (or until gone). Third floor hallway, outside Room 382. Student Trick-or-Treat Giveaway.

Stop by the table outside our office in the haunted hallway between the Library and Moot Court Room.  A special treat awaits you. Courtesy of your friends in the Office of Alumni Affairs.

Thursday, November 9

6:00-8:30 p.m. Morrison & Foerster LLP (Washington, DC). The Cybersecurity Balance: Challenges and Perspectives.

You are invited to participate in a Cornell Law School Legal Information Institute 25th Anniversary Program & Reception. Effective cybersecurity against a spectrum of threats requires navigating a rapidly changing landscape while addressing difficult technical, regulatory, and legal issues. Executives in companies and institutions of all sizes have elevated these questions to the top of their agenda following high profile attacks with significant losses. To counter the threats effectively, lawyers and technologists must communicate across disciplines and perspectives to balance security, compliance, customer, and privacy expectations. Join us for a discussion with an expert panel that has confronted these questions in both the public and private sectors, as they discuss their experiences, their views on current cybersecurity debates, and the emerging challenges we will soon face.

Moderator:
John Lynch, JD ’93, Chief, Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section, Criminal Division, US Department of Justice

Panelists:
Steve Bunnell, Partner, O'Melveny and Myers, formerly General Counsel, US Department of Homeland Security
Dipayan Ghosh, MS ’12, Ph.D. ’14 Fellow, Public Interest Technology at New America, formerly Privacy & Public Policy Advisor, Facebook and White House Technology Advisor
Gus Coldebella, JD ’94 Principal, Fish and Richardson, formerly General Counsel, US Department of Homeland Security

Special thanks to Jack Lewis, JD ’69 and Morrison & Foerster LLP for sponsoring this event. Please register online or by calling the Alumni Affairs Office at (607) 255-5251 by Thursday, November 2.

Current Law Students may attend these events free of charge (unless otherwise noted) however, your committed reservation is required.  For more information, contact the Cornell Law School Alumni Affairs Office at 607.255.5251 or email alumni@lawschool.cornell.edu.

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The Berger International Speaker Series

Thursday, November 2

12:20-1:15 p.m. Room G85. The Death Penalty and Criminal Justice in China.

Speaker: Teng Biao. Mr. Biao is a visiting scholar at the U.S. - Asia Law Institute of New York University Law School. He is a human rights lawyer, formerly a lecturer at the China University of Politics and Law, a visiting scholar at Harvard, Yale Law School, and the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. Sponsored by the Cornell Center on the Death Penalty Worldwide and the Berger International Speaker Series. All are welcome to attend. Lunch will be provided for guests registered by Friday, October 27. Please RSVP here.

Friday, November 3

12:20-1:15 p.m. Room 182. The Status of Women's Rights and the Peace Process in Myanmar.

Speaker: May Sabe Phyu, Director, Gender Equality Network (GEN). Sponsored by The Berger International Speaker Series and Southeast Asia Program. All are welcome and encouraged to attend. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP here.

Monday, November 6

12:20-1:15 p.m. Room 182. North Korea and Iran: Critical Challenges for the Trump Administration.

Speaker: Robert Einhorn, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution. Sponsored by The Berger International Speaker Series. All are welcome and encouraged to attend. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP here by November 3.

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NY Tech/Law Colloquium Speaker Series

Professor Grimmelmann has organized a Tech/Law speaker series at NY Tech. It will be broadcast in Room L28 Hughes Hall, unless otherwise noted. All are welcome.

Wednesday, November 1

6:00-7:00 p.m.

Speaker: Charles Mauro

Wednesday, November 29

6:00-7:00 p.m.

Speaker: Moon Duchin

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Writing Competitions

2018 William W. Greenhalgh Student Writing Competition

This competition is sponsored by Criminal Justice section of the American Bar Association (ABA). The goal of the competition is to encourage law students to become involved in the Section. It is also intended to attract students to the Criminal Justice practice field, and to encourage scholarship in this field. $2500 cash prize (with travel to the award presentation, a plaque for the winning student’s law school, potential publication of the winning entry in the ABA Criminal Justice Section Magazine, and a year’s membership in the Criminal Justice Section included). Deadline for submission is July 1, 2018. More information can be found online.

Entertainment Law Initiative

The Recording Academy, in concert with some of the nation's most prominent entertainment attorneys, established the Entertainment Law Initiative to promote discussion and debate about the most compelling legal issues facing the music industry today. Now in its 20th year, the program has grown to include a national writing competition, mentor sessions, and a GRAMMY Week event. Law students are encouraged to participate in the ELI Writing Competition to further their knowledge, better connect to the music and legal community and also to get a chance to attend the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards in New York City in 2018. Please visit their website for more information.

Donald C. Alexander Writing Competition

The Federal Bar Association Section on Taxation sponsors an annual writing competition and invites law students to participate. All full-time and part-time law students currently seeking a JD or LLM at an accredited law school are eligible to enter the competition. Students may submit any original paper concerning federal taxation. More information can and contest details can be found on their website.

Companion Animal Law Writing Contest

The American Kennel Club (AKC), the world's largest purebred dog registry and leading advocate for dogs, is pleased to announce the launch of the Companion Animal Law Writing Contest. The contest is open to all students currently enrolled at an ABA-accredited law school. The contest will offer a first-place prize of $2,500 and a second-place prize of $500. Students will have two topics to choose from and submissions are currently being accepted. The topics available are companion animal law and pet custody law. Contestants can enter now through March 30, 2018.  To learn more about the contest, including official rules and policies, please visit writeaboutanimallaw.com.

Fall 2017 National Scholarship for College Students with Disabilities

disABLEDperson, Inc announce our Fall 2017 National Scholarship Competition for College Students with Disabilities. This competition begins on September 12, 2017 and ends on November 12, 2017 for the award of $2000. Details at www.disABLEDperson.com.

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