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Scoops October 31 Issue


Calendar of Events


From Maurice Haltom

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

jobs
Positions Available


From Chenay Weyble

Lecturer of Law and Director of Academic Support


From Eduardo M. Peñalver

The Allan R. Tessler Dean


From John DeRosa

Associate Dean for Career Services


From Terry Thompson

Registrar

Hay
From Deirdre Hay

Director for LL.M. & International Career Services


From Markeisha Miner

Dean of Students

Peck
From Elizabeth Peck

Assistant Dean for Professional Development and Clerkships

Admissions
Admissions and Financial Aid Office


Berger
The Berger International Speaker Series


Calendar of Events

Week of October 31, 2016

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

MONDAY, October 31

12:00 noon. Room 390. Distinguished Jurist in Residence: Chief Diane Wood, Public Lecture: The Appellate Process.


2:00-3:00 p.m. Room G85. Setting up a Law Firm in Santiago Chile: Building a Legal Practice and What it Takes.


4:00 p.m. Saperston Student Lounge. Clerkship Program: A Conversation on Judicial Clerkships.


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

Contact: Krystal Anderson, ka395@cornell.edu.

Tuesday, November 1

10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Foyer. Finals Care Package Fundraiser.

Give yourself or a friend a special treat during the finals crunch. Buy a finals study care package filled with baked goods, candy, and other fun items to ace any exam. To be delivered December 7-9th. $5 each.All proceeds will be donated to Cornell Students for Hunger Relief to provide Thanksgiving turkeys to local families in need. Contact: Jenna Scoville, js3278@cornell.edu.

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


4:00-6:00 p.m. Room 182. Safety Tips for Winter Driving and How to Obtain a NY Driver's License.

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

4:00-5:00 p.m. Room G90. Cabaret First Mandatory Meeting For PIF Grant Funding.

Join us to learn more about how to get involved with Cabaret and obtain PIF funding for the summer. We'll cover important dates, how to apply to be a director, obtaining your hours, and much more. This meeting is mandatory for all 1Ls for obtaining PIF funding. Contact: Jenna Scoville, js3278@cornell.edu.

4:00-4:45 p.m. Room 146. Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project Information Session.

This is an information session for 2Ls and 3Ls who might be interested in signing up to participate in the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project to coach the Lehman Alternative Community School's Moot Court Team during the Spring 2017 semester. Students receive 2 credits for participating. Contact: Clea Weiss, clea.weiss@gmail.com.

5:00-6:00 p.m. Room G85. BLSA/LALSA/NALSA 1L Summer Job Panel.

Contact: Shelbi Vaughn, sav76@cornell.edu.

Wednesday, November 2

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


11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Foyer. Finals Care Package Fundraiser.

Give yourself or a friend a special treat during the finals crunch. Buy a finals study care package filled with baked goods, candy, and other fun items to ace any exam. To be delivered December 7-9th. $5 each. All proceeds will be donated to Cornell Students for Hunger Relief to provide Thanksgiving turkeys to local families in need. Contact: Jenna Scoville, js3278@cornell.edu.

12:20-1:20 p.m. Room 277. Saiban-in and Death Sentencing in Japan.


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


4:30-6:30 p.m. Room 186. Cornell Association of Law and Economics (CALE) Speaker Event.

Financial Strategies for Summer Associates and Young Attorneys: How to Plan for Financial Security. Contact: Jaime Lee, jl2298@cornell.edu.

4:30-5:30 p.m. Rooms TBD. Exam Skills Workshop.


4:30-5:30 p.m. Saperston Student Lounge. PILU Mentorship Meet-up.

Come meet your mentor while grabbing some tasty treats! PILU mentees will have a chance to connect with their mentor and other PILU members while enjoying snacks and light refreshments. Contact: Jenna Scoville, js3278@cornell.edu.

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

Contact: Krystal Anderson, ka395@cornell.edu.

Thursday, November 3

11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Foyer. Finals Care Package Fundraiser.

Give yourself or a friend a special treat during the finals crunch! Buy a finals study care package filled with baked goods, candy, and other fun items to ace any exam. To be delivered December 7-9th. $5 each. All proceeds will be donated to Cornell Students for Hunger Relief to provide Thanksgiving turkeys to local families in need. Contact: Jenna Scoville, js3278@cornell.edu.

6:30-7:30 p.m. Room 186. Debate: The Future of the Supreme Court.

Contact: Rebecca Duncan, rjd282@cornell.edu.

Friday, November 4

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


12:15-1:15pm. Room 390. Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series featuring Thomas A. Russo, MBA `69, JD `69.


1:15-2:45 p.m. Room 182. War Crimes in Syria and Yemen:  A Roundtable Discussion.

The increasing incidents of use of illegal weapons and war crimes in Syria and Yemen, coupled with the lack of effective response from the International community were the incentives behind this roundtable discussion. To bring this urgent matter to light, the Ottoman and Turkish Studies Initiative (OTSI), in cooperation with Law School, assembled a panel of experts on International Law; Law of war and the politics of humanitarianism; and the histories of Yemen, Saudi Arabia, and Syria to engage in a vigorous discuss about the escalating use of illegal weapons and increasing incidents of war crimes committed in the region and the seeming ineffectiveness of conventional international regulations to provide any deterrent. Sponsored by the Berger International Legal Studies Program. Contact: Patricia Hall, patricia.hall@cornell.edu.

2:00-3:00 p.m. Room G90. How to Ace Your Interviews.


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Positions Available

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 Hay would like to hire a research assistant to work between now and January 15 on the Syllabus for his undergraduate Economics and Law course. The starting date can probably be postponed until after exams but then has to be done promptly to be ready for Spring semester. Some exposure to law and economics would be helpful but is probably not essential.  Interested students should contact Professor Hay (gah7@cornell.edu).

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).

Friday, November 4

12:15-1:15pm. Room 390. Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series featuring Thomas A. Russo, MBA `69, JD `69.

Mr. Russo is Executive Vice President and General Counsel of AIG.  Join us as he shares about "Ingredients for Success." All are welcome to attend. Lunch will be provided for guests registered by Tuesday, November 1.  Please register HERE.

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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 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 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.

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 is available on the Registrar's website. 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 .

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.

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.

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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 October 31 (Room G57):

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

Academic Peer Advisors Office Hours:

  • Angelica: Tuesday, 12:30-2:25 p.m. Atrium and Wednesday, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Atrium
  • Jordan: Wednesday, 1:00-4:00 p.m. Breakout Space
  • Siobhan: Thursday, 12:00 noon-3:00 p.m. Commons
  • Rebecca: Friday, 12:00 noon-3:00 p.m. Breakout Space

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 Wednesday, November 2 from 4:30-5:30 p.m. 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 Monday 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:

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. Sign-up via your Symplicity account now through November 3rd.

Wednesday, November 9

12:15 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.

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 Deirdre Hay

Director for LL.M. & International Career Services

Hay

Monday, October 31

2:00 p.m. Room G85. Setting up a Law Firm in Santiago Chile: Building a Legal Practice and What it Takes.

Speaker: Bernardo Busel, founding partner of Quintanilla & Busel Niedmann. Mr. Busel set up his own firm in Santiago, Chile. The firm now has 11 attorneys. Mr. Busel practices in the areas of electricity law, and commercial and regulatory litigation. He has taught electricity law at the University of Adolfo Ibanez Law School. This presentation will be useful for anyone wanting to learn about how to get clients, i.e., be "a rainmaker" and what it takes to set up a successful practice even at a young age.

Friday, November 4

2:00 p.m. Room G90. How to Ace Your Interviews.

Speaker: Professor Charles Whitehead. This is one of the most popular and helpful presentations of the career year. For those of you who are selected to have interviews at ISIP, and for those of you interested in a practice "mock" interview with Cornell alumni, this presentation is essential. It is also extremely useful for people who have jobs to return to. You never know when you might need to interview for a new job. This presentation will not be recorded.

Monday, November 7

1:15 p.m. Room G85 (by video conference). LLM Alumni Talk.

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.

ISIP Update

ISIP is the best opportunity the Career Services Office offers for LL.M.s to get a job. I strongly encourage you to log in, and bid for interviews, unless you have a job you are committed to return to. I will be following you up if you have not registered for ISIP so please do not delay! Log in at https://law-isip-csm.symplicity.com/students/. Your user name is your email and the password is isip2017.

Remember: it is a good idea to include your law school GPA and or standardized exam scores on your resume (particularly if they are good) as employers will not get access to transcripts before the interviews. You should upload your resume in PDF format.

Even if you are required by the terms of a scholarship to return to your home country, you may still apply; ISIP has employers from all over the world. For example, if you are Chinese and you are obliged to return to China, you should still apply to ISIP because firms hiring for positions in China will be at ISIP.

If you have law degrees from two different countries, you might be eligible to bid for more interviews than are offered to you on ISIP. To find out if there are jobs you want to apply for in your second country, you should log in to ISIP and look in the Resources section and open the document library and open the document called "Employer List," which lists all the employers participating in ISIP and positions offered. Check to see if there are any you want to apply for but did not get offered. In this case you need to make manual bids and the deadline is Wednesday, November 2. If you want to make manual bids please contact me urgently and arrange to meet me. Manual bids require cover letters and drafting and editing these takes time. Please do not leave it to the last minute.

The deadline to bid for ISIP interviews (and upload your resumes) is November 7 at 5:00 pm.

Resume-a-thon: If I have not yet reviewed your resume (even if you have sent it to me and I have not responded), please sign up for a time which is free on the schedule pinned to my door. Please include your name, email and phone number.

Since employers add positions to the ISIP system at any time up to the deadline, it is important to keep checking the list of interviews you can bid for as there may be new opportunities added to your list.

If you have interviews at ISIP on January 27, you will receive an email from ISIP on January 11, 2017.

Cornell's Symplicity System

Once your resume is in good shape, please upload it to the Cornell Symplicity website. As of October 27, only 40 of 111 LL.M. students had uploaded their resumes. As a reminder to those of you who have not logged in to Cornell Symplicity, the website is https://law-cornell-csm.symplicity.com/, your user name is your Cornell NetID and the link to set your password is Set Your Password.

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From Elizabeth Peck

Assistant Dean for Professional Development and Clerkships

peck

Monday, October 31

12:00 noon.  MacDonald Moot Court - Room 390. Distinguished Jurist in Residence: Chief Diane Wood, Public Lecture: The Appellate Process.

Join Cornell Law School's 2016 Distinguished Jurist in Residence, Judge Diane Wood, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, for a lunchtime lecture on the federal appellate process. Lunch will be provided.  Please RSVP here by October 24th.

4:00 p.m. Saperston Student Lounge. Clerkship Program: A Conversation on Judicial Clerkships.

Join Cornell Law School's 2016 Distinguished Jurist in Residence Judge Diane Wood, U.S. Court of Appeals for the seventh Circuit, for candid conversation on federal judicial clerkships. Light hors d'oeuvres will be served. Please RSVP here by October 24th.

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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The Berger International Speaker Series

Wednesday, November 2

12:20-1:20 p.m. Room 277. Saiban-in and Death Sentencing in Japan.

Speaker: Takashi Maruta, Professor, Kwansei Gakuin University Law School, Japan and Visiting Scholar, NYU School of Law. All are welcome to attend. Please RSVP here by Monday, October 31 to participate in the luncheon.

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