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Calendar of Events

Week of April 13, 2015

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


3:30-4:30 p.m. Room G90. Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Society Elections.

The ADR Society will be electing its next slate of officers. All interested students should attend. Contact: Carl Rizzi,

4:00-5:00 p.m. Room G85. Ask-a-Journal Associate (JLSA and IALSA).

Law School Events column. A journal is not just a line on your resume, it's a significant commitment of time and effort. Please join JLSA and IALSA for a frank panel discussion about journals from the associates' perspective. This is a chance to gain insight into the daily experience, culture and demands of the different organizations. Panelists will also answer questions about the practical aspects of the writing competition, to help you plan for the challenge and budget your time. Contact: Michael Hodess,

5:00-6:15 p.m. Room 390. The Second Amendment: Dead or Alive in Today's Courts?

Alan Gura, the litigator who successfully argued District of Columbia v. Heller and McDonald v. Chicago before SCOTUS, will present a lecture on the Second Amendment. Contact: Chris Fitzpatrick,


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

3:30-4:30 p.m. Room G90. Italian American Law Students Association (IALSA) Elections.

IALSA will be holding annual elections in G90 at 3:30 PM. Contact: Pauline Muto,

4:00-5:00 p.m. Room G85. Working in DC: Pillsbury LLP Panel.


8:15-10:00 a.m. The Commons. Swing Into Spring-Faculty/Student Coffee.

Stop by for a cup!

12:00 noon-1:30 p.m. Room 387. GAMLS Speaker Series

Graduate Association for Multidisciplinary Legal Studies Professional Development Speakers Series - Nathaniel Berman will speak with students about conducting interdisciplinary legal research. Contact: Toby Goldbach,

2:30-4:30 p.m. Room G59. Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS).

Details on page 4, Maurice Haltom/CAPS column.

4:00-5:00 p.m. Room 182. Life as an IP Attorney with Knobbe Martens LLP.

Details in Career Services' column.

5:00-6:30 p.m. Room 184 (Reception to follow in the Commons). How to Ace Your Summer Interviews: A Panel Discussion with Top Law Firm Recruiters.

The Business Law Society and the Office of Career Services would like to invite you to a panel discussion with recruiters from some of the nation's top law firms. Whether you are looking to land a summer job in the private or public sector, in New York, California, Boston, DC, or anywhere in between, you will need to develop the same set of skills to successfully execute your interviews. Our panelists are recruiters from Latham, Wilmer Hale and Cahill Gordon that will share their insights and experiences to help you ace those interviews. Contact: Kelsey MacElroy,

5:45-6:45 p.m. Law School Atrium. Cornell Law Review Centennial Celebration.

The Cornell Law Review Board of Editors invites all students to a special reception in celebration of the journal's one hundredth anniversary. Hors d'oeuvres and drinks will be served. Contact: Christine Kim,


9:00-10:00 a.m. Law School Foyer. Bloomberg Tabling.

Bloomberg Law representatives will be tabling and passing out promotional materials in the foyer. Contact: Pauline Muto,

4:30-6:00 p.m. Saperston Student Lounge. CALE Alumni Career Speaker Series - Professor Neil Radey, JD/MBA '83.

Professor Radey will speak about the transition from law firm associate to in-house counsel. Sponsored by Cornell Association of Law and Economics. Co-sponsored by GPSAFC and open to the graduate community. Contact: Ariel Atlas,

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

Please join us for a special Myron Taylor Mixer with admitted students. Sponsored by the Office of the Dean and Dean of Students. Contact: Rachel Lukens,

From Eduardo M. Peñalver

The Allan R. Tessler Dean

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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 Liz Flint in room 263, by e-mail (, or by phone (607-255-3539).

From Terry Thompson


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University Course Pre-registration

For fall 2015 Preregistration for courses in other divisions on campus has ended. Registration will open again in August for courses in other divisions. Law School Course Pre-registration for fall 2015 - To the Classes of 2016 & 2017 - Online Pre-Registration for fall 2015 Law School courses will take place in early summer. You will be notified by email to your Cornell NetID email account 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 on-line.

A Course Forum

Will be scheduled after spring break for interested students to learn about the curriculum for the 2015-16 academic year. Students will be notified by email of the date.

Spring Term Examination Period

  • Examinations begin Wednesday, April 29
  • Examinations end Tuesday, May 12

Official Student Transcripts

Available at the University Registrar's Office in B7 Day Hall. There is no charge. Internal transcripts are available from the Law School Registrar's office and require a 24-hour advance written request

Release of information

A reminder to all students: Students asking faculty members to write recommendations will need to complete a release form with the Law School Registrar's Office if the faculty member wishes to view the student's record.

Book Lockers

Graduating students should be sure to remove all items from book lockers by May 29. Graduating students staying in Ithaca over the summer must remove the contents of their lockers by July 24. The law school is not responsible for the contents of these lockers. Any student who has changed their locker assignment during the year should check with the Registrar's Office before May 29 to be sure the change has been recorded.

Summer Mailing Addresses

The Summer Address Mailing Address link on the Registrar's website will be available during the week of April 13. You will be notified by email when the site is available. Please visit the site at: before the end of the semester and provide us with information about your summer mailing address. If you need to make changes to any of the information you enter, you may revisit this site as many times as necessary to correct/update the information. Diploma mailing for graduates is handled by the Office of the University Registrar, not the law school: please note it is your responsibility to maintain your HOME address in the Student Center where your diploma will be mailed to.

Summer email address Classes of 2016 & 2017 Students

We will be using your Cornell NetID email address to communicate with you.

Summer email address and forwarding your NetID email Class 2015 Students

We will continue to use your NetID email address if we need to contact you over the summer. For information on the forwarding service after graduation, please visit the Cornell Alumni Office site:

2015 Spring Term Grades

  • Class of 2015- Spring term grades and graduation letters will be mailed on Tuesday, May 26. The grades will also be available online at:
  • Continuing students - Spring term grades are tentatively expected to be online on Tuesday, June 2 at Student Center available at:

From Anne Lukingbeal

Associate Dean and Dean of Students

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Swing into Spring

Coffee and conversation with students and faculty, every Wednesday, 8:15 to 10:00 a.m. in The Commons.

Law School Prize - Call for Nominations

I am delighted to announce that the Law School will be awarding a prize in memory of John J. Kelly (Law School Class of 1947) to a graduating Cornell Law student who, in the judgment of the Dean of the Law School, best exemplifies qualities of scholarship, fair play, and good humor. The prize is a cash gift. Please submit written nominations to by Friday, April 17 at noon. It will be very helpful to the selection committee if you indicate the reasons why you think the nominee would be an excellent candidate for this award.

End of Semester Massage Party

On Wednesday, April 22, the Offices of the Dean and Dean of Students, CLSA, Themis and LexisNexis will present a therapeutic massage party for all students in the Saperston Student Lounge. Sign up 4:00 to 7:00 to enjoy a free 10-minute chair massage from one of seven licensed massage therapists. LexisNexis and Themis will be on hand with prizes. Healthy snacks will be served. Faculty and staff are welcome from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.

From Maurice Haltom

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

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No appointment necessary. Just drop in.

* stress * academic problems * anxiety * relationships * adjustments to a new culture * family problems * depression * financial * other concerns

  • When: Wednesdays from 2:30-4:30 p.m.
  • Where: Myron Taylor Hall, Room G59
  • Who: Maurice Haltom, LMSW, Counselor from Gannett Health Services

For additional hours and counselor biographies:

From Chenay Weyble

Lecturer of Law and Director of Academic Support

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Office Hours Week of April 13 (Room G-57):

  • Monday: 3:30-4:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 10:00-11:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday: 10:00-11:00 a.m.
  • Thursday: 3:30-4:30 p.m.
  • Friday: 2:00-3:00 p.m.

Or by appointment until April 29: (607) 255-0146 or

Yo! Ho, ho, and a bottle of . . . water. It's crunch time, and I'm sure many of you are very stressed. Because your body is the support system for your brain, you must be very sure to take care of your physical needs as you study. Get plenty of sleep. Don't skip exercise. Eat nutritious meals. Meditate. Take short breaks from studying. And please make sure you are drinking enough water. According to several medical studies, even mild dehydration can lead to difficulties in concentration, irritability, a rapid heartbeat, and reduced blood volume. In other words, dehydration prevents optimal mental performance! While caffeinated beverages are probably your main fluids right now, please make sure you drink plenty of water to counteract the dehydrating effects of the caffeine. And please come see me if you need help with your studies.

From Karen Comstock

Assistant Dean for Public Service

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Public Service Challenge Reception

Monday, April 20 at 6pm in the Student Lounge Join us for our end-of-year celebration and recognition of students who devoted time to pro bono and other volunteer projects. Refreshments will be served!

From John DeRosa

Assistant Dean for Student and Career Services

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On-Campus Law Firm Events for 1Ls:

  • Working in DC: Pillsbury LLP Panel: Tuesday, April 14th. G85, 4:00pm. 1Ls interested in living and working in DC come join 4 attorneys from the DC office of Pillsbury as they discuss their work and life in DC. Reception to follow in Student Lounge. RSVP to
  • Hodgson Russ LLP Upstate Practice Breakfast: Thursday, April 16th. Student Lounge, 8:30-10:30am. 1Ls and any students interested in the firm, stop in to chat with attorneys from the Buffalo office of Hodgson Russ and enjoy breakfast. End of the Year
  • Celebration with Hughes Hubbard: Wednesday, April 22nd, 6:00-8:00pm. Courtesy of Hughes Hubbard LLP all 1Ls are invited to celebrate the end of the academic year with food and cocktails. Visit with attorneys while relaxing before final exams. Casual dress. Stella's Bar in Collegetown TBA. RSVP to Adrian Cockerill,

All Students:

  • Life as an IP Attorney with Knobbe Martens LLP: Wednesday, April 15th, 4:00pm, Room 182. Knobbe Martens invites all Cornell Law students with a technical background and interested in IP to learn more about Knobbe's practice, people and opportunities they offer to build a rewarding career. Dinner to follow at John Thomas Steakhouse. RSVP to with your resume.

From the Law Library

The Law Library invites 2Ls, 3Ls, LLMs, and JSDs to submit scholarly research papers to be considered for the annual Cornell Law Library Robert Cantwell Prize for Exemplary Student Research. First prize is $500, second prize is $250, and both winners will be invited to publish their papers in Scholarship@Cornell Law, a digital repository of the Cornell Law Library. Papers will be accepted on an ongoing basis through May 1, 2015. The winners will be announced May 9, 2015. Please see here for submission procedure and selection criteria:

From the Lawyering Program

To All First- and Second-Year Students

Applications to serve as a Lawyering Program Honors Fellow for the 2015-16 academic year are due by Wednesday, April 15, at 9:00 a.m., to Gina Jackson in the Lawyering suite. A memorandum that describes the position and the application process has been placed in your flex. If you have any questions, please contact your Lawyering professor.

Positions Available

Professor Chutkow would like to hire several law students to serve as Teaching Assistants for her undergraduate course, Constitutional Politics for fall 2015. The class meets MW, 2:55-4:10. This course investigates the United States Supreme Court and its role in politics and government. It traces the development of constitutional doctrine, the growth of the Court's institutional power, and the Court's interaction with Congress, the president, and society. Discussed are major constitutional law decisions, their political contexts, and the social and behavioral factors that affect judges, justices, and federal court jurisprudence. TAs will conduct small section sessions, comment on papers, and meet with students. Please email your resume to Professor Dawn Chutkow at if you are interested.

Professor Angela Cornell is seeking a summer research assistant to work approximately 20 hours a week for about 10 weeks. Most of the work will relate to clinic projects from spring semester, but there will also be some research in the field of labor and employment law. If you are interested, please send your resume to her at

Items of Interest

Beginning Monday, April 13, Cornell will participate in the Association of American Universities (AAU) Campus Climate Survey on Sexual Assault and Sexual Misconduct, to further our understanding of sexual violence in a national context. Data collected through this effort will enable Cornell and participating institutions to better understand, prevent and respond to sexual violence. All currently enrolled Cornell students will receive an email invitation with the subject "Campus Climate Survey" on April 13. The online survey will take anywhere between 15 and 30 minutes to complete, depending on the experiences the respondent reports. Participation is voluntary, but we strongly encourage all students to respond, to assist us in gathering an accurate picture of the issues on our campuses. All survey responses are anonymous. If you have any questions about the survey, please contact Marin Clarkberg at