Cornell Law Scoops Week of August 03, 2018


This Weeks's Events

Week of August 03, 2018

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

MONDAY, August 20

9:00 – 4:00 p.m. Transfer Student Orientation

TUESDAY, August 21

Classes begin following a Monday meeting schedule.


Classes follow a normal Wednesday meeting schedule.

The Weekly Perk

Coffee and conversation every Wednesday (beginning August 22nd) from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. in The Commons. Stop by for a cup! Breakfast food also provided.


The Foyer

CLSA Casebook and Supplement Sale.

Contact: Kristina Hurley,

11:50-1:40 p.m. Room G39

Opportunities at the USAID with David Young

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Campus/Community Resources

Let's Talk is a program that provides easy access to informal confidential consultations with counselors from Cornell 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 (starting August 29) from 2:30-4:30 p.m.

Where: Hughes Hall, Room 126B

No appointment necessary. Just drop in.

For additional hours and locations: Click Here

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Academic Support

Chenay Weyble, Lecturer of Law and Director of Academic Support

Office Hours for the week of August 20 (Room 126F Hughes Hall)

Monday:                    11:00—12:00 p.m.

Tuesday:                    11:00–12:00 p.m.

Wednesday:              11:00–12:00 p.m. 

Thursday:                  11:00—12:00 p.m.

Friday:                        by appointment

Or by appointment:  (607) 255-0146;

Balance. You’ve moved into a new town, met your classmates, learned about your own work style, toured the law school, met some of your professors, and conquered the ropes course.  All in all, you’ve accomplished a lot in your few days in Ithaca that will serve you well in school.  Now it’s time for your first class.  It’s true that law school involves a lot of work, but it can also be a lot of fun.  Learning new ways of thinking, meeting people who will turn into lifelong friends, and practicing the skills you will use every day as an attorney.  So while you’re here, definitely work hard but also enjoy yourself.  Just as you had to find your balance on the ropes course in order to cross, you have to find a balance between work and relaxation in order to be successful in law school.  And if you find that you’re struggling with the workload or your study skills need adjusting, please come talk to me.  I’m happy to help.  

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Positions Available (Law School Jobs)


For further information, contact Prof. Mooney at

Part-time Legal Research Position

Instructors for the Law and Policy of Food Systems course offered at the Law School are looking to hire a student to work part time helping to research the legal aspects of waste as it relates to food and farming in conjunction with the course.

The goal of the course is to introduce students to the cross-disciplinary aspects of agriculture from farm production to the distribution and consumption of food, enabling them to understand the complex relationship between the interests of producers and consumers in food policy. The course is offered through an Engaged Cornell Grant and includes the opportunity to work with community partners in understanding these and other issues.

The intersection of sustainability, waste and food systems has been cause for heated debates over the short and long term health and viability of the very vital ecosystems that support farms and humans alike. Course instructors wish to hire a student for the fall semester 2018 to look at the history, regulatory structures, policies and approaches starting with pre-consumer, on-farm issues such as manure lagoons and broadening out to post-consumer waste such as packaging and compost.  This part-time position will involve the following activities:

  1. Independent research to identify relevant policies and laws.
  2. Conducting research on legal trends and impacts of regulatory structures
  3. Drafting fact sheets and short articles about the results of the research and analysis.

Pay will be according to Law School guidelines.

Interested students should submit a resume and other information relevant to their qualifications to Professor Torres at

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General Announcements

The New York Bar Foundation is currently accepting applications for the following scholarships:

The Real Property Law Section Melvyn Mitzner Scholarship – Value: $5,000.00

One scholarship will be awarded to a second or third-year law student. Efforts will be made to honor Melvyn Mitzner’s commitment to professional achievement in the area of real property law including legal writing, lecturing and scholarship; and diversity in the profession.  

The Real Property Law Section Lorraine Power Tharp Scholarship – Value: $5,000.00

One scholarship will be awarded to a second- or third-year law student who best exemplifies the core values important to Lorraine Power Tharp–academic excellence, a demonstrated interest in public service, high integrity and, if possible, an interest in real property law.

Interested in an externship?

Students interested in a part-time or full-time externship for Spring 2019 or Fall 2019 and students interested in the Pro Bono Scholars program for Spring 2019 must attend at least one informational meeting. Meetings will be held:

Tuesday, August 28 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. – G81

Wednesday, September 12 from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. – G81

Thursday, September 27 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. – G80

Thursday, October 4 from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. – G80

Tuesday, October 30 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. – G81

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Registrar Office

Registrar, Terry Thompson

First Day of Classes

Law school classes begin on Tuesday, August 21 following a Monday schedule. Classes on Wednesday, August 22 will follow a normal Wednesday schedule and so on.

Students taking non-law/undergrad classes: The University follows a different academic calendar.  Classes in other university colleges and schools will begin on Thursday, August 23 and will follow a normal Thursday schedule for those non-law/undergrad classes. 

Here are the 2018-19 Law School Academic Calendar and the University Academic Calendar for your reference.

Law School Registrar's Office Hours

The Registrar's Office is in Room 160 Myron Taylor Hall.  We are open to the community Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. and Fridays from 8 a.m. -12 noon and then 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.  Our telephone number is 607-255-7190. Our email address is

Monday, September 3 - Labor Day

Cornell Law School will not hold classes on Monday September 3. The Registrar's office will be closed that day and will reopen on Tuesday, September 4.

Textbook Information

Please review the Textbook Information (available in the Resources section on the Registrar's website).

Attendance in Class

ABA standards dictate that a law school shall require regular and punctual class attendance and that students comply with the attendance policy. Per the Cornell Law School Student Handbook:

• Regular and punctual class attendance, beginning on the first day of the semester, is required of all students.

• Faculty members monitor attendance and may enforce the rule by reporting the student to the Dean of Students for J.D. students or to the Assistant Dean of Graduate Legal Studies for students in our LL.M. and J.S.D. degree programs; by removing a student from the course or excluding a student from an exam (after reasonable written warning); or by another mechanism announced in the course syllabus prior to the end of add/drop. If a student is excluded from an exam, a grade of F is entered, or in the case of a clinical course, the student may receive a lowered grade or a grade of U.

• Students who are ill or have another valid reason for missing class are encouraged to contact the instructor directly and are required to notify the Dean of Students or the Assistant Dean for Graduate Legal Studies, depending on the student's degree program, if more than three days are missed.

Upperclass Course Changes

Students must add/drop limited enrollment courses by 12 noon on Wednesday, August 29. Students may add/drop unlimited enrollment law courses until 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 30. Non-law courses must also be add/dropped by 3:00 p.m. on August 30. Please remember to email the Law School Registrar if you add or drop a non-law course through the University online add/drop so we can adjust your law school schedule.

Credit Hour Requirements

During the second and third years, JD program students may not register for fewer than 12 hours or more than 17 hours during any one term, or fewer than 26 hours in any one academic year. Exceptions to the credit requirements must be submitted by using the Exception to Hours Form and approved by the Dean of Students. Note that no exceptions can be made to the 17 credit maximum for JD program students.

University Registration

To become a registered student at Cornell University, a person must: settle all financial accounts, including current semester tuition; satisfy New York State and university health requirements; have no holds from their college, Cornell Health, or the Bursar. Students must be registered by September 14 or they risk being withdrawn from the university. Students who become registered for the Fall semester after September 14 will be charged a $350 late fee. Students who fail to become registered will be withdrawn from the University on October 1. See University Registration for more information.  Failure to register will impact financial aid, loan deferments, health benefits, and other privileges relying on in-school status. This may also affect the ability to use certain services on campus such as your Cornell Card, Library Services and Cornell Health. Use Student Essentials to check your registration status.

Information from the Bursar's Office

If University Student Center indicates your registration is on hold, you must first stop by the Bursar's Office, 260 Day Hall to clear your student account by September 14, and then proceed to the Office of the University Registrar, B7 Day Hall. A refund schedule for withdrawals and leaves of absence for the Fall 2018 semester is available here.


Internal (unofficial) transcripts are available at the Law School Registrar's office (written request required). The online unofficial transcript request form is available at the Registrar's site. Please remember that we ask you to make this request 24 hours in advance of your need for the materials.  Official transcripts are available only at the University Registrar's Office in B7 Day Hall.

Class Recording Request Form

The Law School IT department has created a class recording request form. The form is available on the Registrar's website. You may use the form to request a video recording of a class.  In order view a class recording, a request must be completed and submitted for approval. Approval to view class recordings is at the instructor's discretion, and the decision of the instructor is final. Students who receive a class recording link, do so on the condition they will not share it with anyone else. Please note that recording requests for make-up classes and review sessions have not yet been integrated into the form.  If you have a request for one of these recordings, please email the instructor for permission.  If the instructor grants you permission, forward that email to IT ( and they will send you the recording. Students who have approved accommodations should not use the request form, but should work with the Dean of Students Office instead.

Loan Deferment Certification

Students who need to have loan deferments completed by the school need to submit them to the Registrar's Office as quickly as possible to ensure timely processing.

Bar Registration

The rules of certain states (not New York) require notification of the intent to begin study of law or registration with the bar admission authorities when a person begins studying law. The student should obtain instructions from the proper authorities (usually the state board of bar examiners of the clerk of the court of highest jurisdiction) in the state in which the student intends to practice. The Registrar's Office has on hand bar information for interested students.

Lost & Found

Lost items and articles are usually turned in to the Registrar's Office or to the Law Library.

Book & Coat Lockers

Most students have been assigned a book and/or a coat locker. Students will need to share a coat locker. Coat and book locker assignments are available under the My Information tab on the Registrar's website.

Mail flexes

Remember to check your mail folder daily for notices and remove your mail regularly. Please do not use the folder to keep books or for storage; there is not enough space.

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.

Religious Holidays and Academic Calendar

The University policy concerning the academic calendar and religious holidays states, "In enacting the academic calendar, the University has scheduled classes, laboratories and examinations on religious holidays. It is the intent of the University that students who miss these activities because of religious observances be given adequate opportunity to make up the missed work." Any student who seeks an accommodation needs to complete the Class Recording Request form. Approval to view class recordings is at the instructor's discretion and the decision of the instructor is final.

Emergency Phone Numbers

A listing of emergency phone numbers is available here.

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Office of Judicial EngagEment

Tuesday, September 11th
12:15 – 1:15 pm. Room 290. Why Originalism? A Lunch Talk with Judge Amul Thapar
Join Judge Amul Thapar, United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, as he shares his thoughts on originalism. Lunch provided. Please RSVP here by September 3rd.

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Graduate Legal Studies

LL.M. Course Counseling Sessions

LL.M. students should schedule a course counseling meeting prior to August 30.  Please use the link provided in the Admitted Student Portal to schedule.  For follow-up sessions please email  Best of luck on your first week of class!

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Admissions and Financial Aid

The Office of Admissions and Financial Aid is looking for student volunteers to engage with prospective law students through: tours, social media, emails, panels, open houses, and admitted student day events. Ideally, we would like to create a group of volunteers that we can reach out to throughout the school year to volunteer a few hours of their time for different Admissions related activities. If you would like to be included on this list of student volunteers please email Amanda Scheutzow at Please indicate what volunteer activities interest you most! As opportunities arise, Amanda will email you directly with specific details.

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Office of Career Services

John DeRosa, Associate Dean for Career Services

1L Students: 

Welcome to Cornell Law School. Keep up to date on the programs offered by our office through Scoops, the email listserve and the TV screens around Myron Taylor.

Welcome to Career Services: Ice Cream Social:
Come meet the Career Services counseling staff, learn about how they work with the entering 1L class, find out how to receive free personalized Cornell Law School business cards and enjoy Cornell Dairy Bar ice cream.

Wednesday, September 19th, 4:30pm, Rm 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 18, 4:30pm, Rm 184

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.

 October 29 – November 2

2L Students:

If you have an OCI interview in Myron Taylor Hall, these interviews will take place the Career Services Suite (128) in MTH. On the day of the interview, check the Career Services Office door to find your interview room.

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 Speak to a counselor if you have any questions.

2018 Fall Recruiting Dates:

OCI #1: Monday & Tuesday, August 20 & 21, Myron Taylor Hall
OCI #2: Friday, September 7, Myron Taylor Hall-Resume Collection: Deadline for resume submission Wednesday, August 22
OCI #3: Monday, October 1, Myron Taylor Hall

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Cornell Law School Alumni Affairs Office

Strategies for a Successful Legal Career:
-Absorb tips on navigating today’s dynamic legal terrain.
-Explore various career paths as your legal education may take you in a multitude of directions.
-Learn which tools and skills are imperative for successful lawyers.
-Network with CLS alumni!

September 21, 2018
2:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Landis Auditorium – Myron Taylor Hall 186

(Free Beverages, Snacks & Desserts Available!)

Join members of the Cornell Law School Alumni Association Executive Board of Directors as they openly share their views on what it takes to be a successful lawyer.  Hear how alumni from a variety of sectors, including big law, government, non-profit, in-house and small/sole practitioners, have navigated the legal terrain and learn what characteristics and skills have helped them get ahead.  They will offer insight on how to take on the challenges facing lawyers in the current economy. Following the presentation, there will be ample opportunity for you to ask questions and network with J.D. and LL.M. alumni who work for a number of different firms and companies, including:

  • Birch Horton Bittner & Cherot
  • Cooley
  • Covenant House New Jersey
  • Fashion Institute of Technology
  • Hawkins, Delafield & Wood
  • Hearst Corporation
  • Jefferies Finance LLC
  • Jenner & Block LLP
  • Kuykendall & Associates
  • Laura M. Miranda Attorneys at Law PLLC
  • Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP
  • Moelis & Company
  • Pierce Atwood LLP
  • Postol Law Firm, P.C.
  • Riesberg Law
  • Silzer Law Chartered
  • Strand Trading
  • USLI
  • Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

But don’t wait!  Ask your question now. Click HERE to register a question or select a topic you would like to hear about.  We’ll make sure to cover the topics you identify during the presentation.

Cornell Law School Homecoming Tailgate Bash

Sponsored by:

Cornell Law School Alumni Association & Dean of Students Office

Date: Saturday, September 22, 2018
Time: 12:00 – 3:00 PM
Location: Cornell Law School Tent in the parking lot by Schoellkopf Stadium
Cost:  $15 Cornell Students; $25 Non-Student Guest 

Come enjoy beer, wine, cider, hot dogs, tailgate subs, nachos, sweets, a free gift (to the first 300 people) and the good company of fellow law school students, faculty and graduates.

CORNELL versus Yale football game starts at 3:00 pm. Admission to the game is free to students - just show your Cornell ID as you enter the stadium gates.


FREE Fireworks and Laser Light spectacular on Friday, September 21, starting at 7:00 PM in Schoellkopf Stadium.

Student Homecoming T-Shirt Giveaway on Saturday at 12:00 PM in the Lynah Rink parking lot. Current Cornell undergraduate and graduate/professional students can each pick up a free Homecoming T-shirt at the T-Shirt Giveaway Tent, while supplies last. Bring your student ID.

For a full schedule of Cornell University activities and details:

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

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