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April 13, 2020

This Week’s Events

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources and Updates

Cornell officials are proactively working with local and state public health organizations to monitor this concern and to protect the health and well-being of the Cornell community. Please bookmark and continue to monitor the following resource websites for updated and relevant information: 

Week of April 13, 2020 - All times posted are Eastern Standard Time 

All University and Law School events and appointments will be held by phone or Zoom. Contact the appropriate office for details or see Zoom links below. 

Monday, April 13
12:00-1:00 PM
Note: The public is invited to join this free event on Immigrants, Public Benefits, and COVID-19.

Cornell Law School, together with additional Cornell departments, Miller Mayer LLP, and Catholic Charities of Tompkins/Tioga counties, offers a free webinar on new changes on immigrants’ access to public benefits. We will also discuss the impact of COVID-19 care on the public charge analysis and provide resources for more information about COVID-19 and immigrant healthcare issues.

The webinar is intended for a nationwide audience, including immigrants who may be impacted, legal service providers, and social workers.

Find out if you or your clients are subject to the new "public charge" rule and if so, how to comply.  Get answers to questions such as:

* Can I get food from the local food pantry?
* Can my child still get free school lunches?
* Will I be deported if I go to the emergency room?
* Can I see my doctor if I am pregnant? 
* Will seeking COVID-19 related care affect my immigration status?
* If I am furloughed or laid off because of COVID-19, can I get unemployment benefits?

Webinar registration: The webinar is on Monday, April 13, from noon-1 pm Eastern time.

Sign-up link

The webinar will also be recorded for later viewing.  The slide deck and handouts will be made available during the presentation.

Event organizers: Cornell Law School, Miller Mayer LLP, Catholic Charities of Tompkins and Tioga counties, with additional support from Cornell's Migrations initiative, the Office of Global Learning and the Institute of Politics and Global Affairs. 

4:30 PM - Fall 2020 Clinics and Practicums - a chance to put your legal education to work!
Please Zoom in and join clinical and practicum faculty on Monday, April 13th at 4:30 pm for information on experiential courses that will be offered in the fall.  The format will be short presentations from faculty on their respective courses followed by a Q & A session.  Take advantage of this opportunity as you consider your course selections -

RSVP with your name, class year and Cornell email address and you will receive a link to Zoom.  'See' you there!

Wednesday, April 15
10:00 - 11:00 AM
Coffee & Virtual Conversation with the Class of 2021. A Zoom link will be sent via email to the 2Ls. 

Friday, April 17 
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Coffee & Virtual Conversation with Graduating Students. A Zoom link will be shared via email to graduating students.

Beyond this Week

Wednesday, April 22
4:00 - 5:00 PM
Coffee & Virtual Conversation with the Class of 2022. A Zoom link will be shared via email to the 1Ls.

Official Announcements

Dean Peñalver's Office Hours for Students 

Dean Peñalver will be holding office hours via Zoom for students on Monday afternoons, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Students wishing to speak with the Dean, may sign up in advance with Becca Johnson by e-mail (

Dean of Students Announcements 

We are 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 Dean Miner ( by Friday, April 17, 2020 at noon.  It will be helpful to the selection committee if you indicate the reasons why you think the nominee would be an excellent candidate for this award.

Law School Registrar Announcements

Practice Exam
A practice take-home exam will be given this spring semester. This is not an actual exam; however, we encouraged to take the practice exam, but you are not required to do so. This will allow you to see how the actual exam will work. You will receive an email on April 13 and will remain open through April 29.

Concentration Declaration
3Ls: The concentration declaration link is now available on the Registrar's website. ( Please read the Concentration Option memo ( before making your declaration.  Students declaring a concentration must complete and submit the declaration form no later than 3 pm April 20.

Law School Course Pre-registration for Fall 2020
Current 1Ls and 2Ls: Online pre-registration for fall 2020 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 offerings, registration forms, and degree requirements will be available online.

Dates to Remember for Spring 2020
Final exams begin on Thursday, April 30, and end on Monday, May 11.  The spring 2020 exam schedule can be found online.(

COVID-19 Update: the publication of the Fall 2020 Class Roster will be postponed until April 15. Pre-enrollment dates have been adjusted.

University Course Pre-registration for Fall 2020
Students interested in enrolling in courses in other divisions of the University for the fall 2020 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 April 8-10, 2020. You must use Student Center( to pre-enroll in non-law classes. 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 law credit for non-law courses ( 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.

Bar Exam Information

The “July 2020” New York examination will be rescheduled to WEDNESDAY-THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 9-10, 2020. The application period for the rescheduled examination is presently scheduled to open on May 5, 2020 at 12:00 AM and to close on May 30, 2020 at 11:59 PM.

Additional information regarding the impact of COVID-19 on the July 2020 bar exam is available on NCBE's website at:

Law Library Announcements

Externship Information 

Any student interested in an externship for the 2020-2021 academic year or the Pro Bono Scholars program for Spring 2021 should contact Prof. Mooney directly by email:

Campus/Community Resources

Wellness Corner 

Cornell continues to be a caring community even though we are not physically together. We will embody this by offering continual wellness advice and ways to connect with your classmates beginning on the new Cornell Law Student Services Facebook ( page. Additionally, we will be sponsoring a Weekly Wellness Challenge for all students The Wellness Challenges remaining are:

Week 3:          April 13-April 17                   Cook a new recipe
Week 4:          April 20-April 24                   Try a new activity – a craft, a podcast, a new type of online fitness class…

Wellness Challenge: Week 3 The Dean of Students Office hopes everyone is well and beginning to enjoy signs of spring, wherever you are! For our Week 3 Wellness Challenge, we’d like everyone to try a new recipe. A good way to find quick recipes with a moderate number of ingredients is on meal delivery kits websites, most of which make their recipes available – see Hello Fresh and Blue Apron as an example. Generally, googling “Name of Mealkit” + recipes will take you to this page. Check the Dean of Students Office Facebook for recipes throughout the week (including Director Amanda Jantzi’s recipe for incredibly easy and delicious black beans that you can make in a Crockpot).

Resources for Student Parents
Remember, we are all in this together, and you are not alone. Work towards progress, not perfection. To help with that, the Office of Work/Life in the Division of Human Resources has created a newsletter to connect faculty, staff, students, and retirees to Cornell-sponsored family-friendly events, activities, workshops, and services. The newsletter is distributed twice a month and provides links and activities to keep you and your children engaged, as well as updates on new virtual activities at Cornell in which you can participate. Learn more and sign up for the newsletter at, an online wellness resource with guided meditations and more, has made several of its features free. Learn more here.

Let's Talk 

Let's Talk services are suspended for the rest of the Spring 2020 semester.
You can speak with a licensed therapist from ProtoCall, a 24/7 support team of mental health professionals, any time by calling 607-255-5155 (#2).

Let's Meditate 

Let’s Meditate is a free, guided, mindfulness meditation series sponsored by Cornell Health, in collaboration with numerous campus partners.

During this unprecedented time of Coronavirus and social distancing protocol meditation sessions will be held virtually via Zoom meeting links. Check the website for schedule information:

Free Meditation Resources for NY residents is also available by visiting:

Academic Support

Office Hours Week of April 13 - Use the Zoom link for access: ( or on Academic Support Canvas page or email me for the link):

Monday: 11:00 - 12:00 PM 
Tuesday: 3:00 - 4:00 PM 
Wednesday: 11:00—12:00 p.m.
Thursday: 11:00—12:00 p.m.
Friday: 11:00—12:00 p.m.
Or by appointment:

APA Zoom Office hours (Check the APA information under the Canvas Modules for their Zoom link):

Tayler Woelcke                 Monday 11:15—12:15
Alizah Charaniya              Monday 12:15—1:15   
Emily Szopinski                Tuesday 12:20—1:20
Julia Hollreiser                 Wednesday 11:15—12:15
Zach Sporn                      Wednesday 4:30—5:30 
Nathalie Greenfield         Thursday 9:00—10:00 
Lily Coad                          Thursday 11:15—12:15 

“My Life’s an Open Book.” It’s the next to last full week of classes, and you might feel a bit stressed.  Take a deep breath, eat and sleep properly, and focus your nervous energy on preparation.  While the format of your exams has changed to open book, the need to prepare for exams has not changed at all.  Did you attempt parallel parking for the first time during your driving test, after having only read about it?  Probably not.  If you played an instrument growing up, did you just read the music sheets before the concert?  If you had to have major surgery, would you choose the surgeon who had only read about the surgery or the one who had actually performed the surgery many times?  The more experienced surgeon is likely to perform better, have more confidence, and be better prepared for the unexpected. 

As with any big presentation, you usually don’t stop with reading about it or with one practice session.  The same is true with law school exams—you can’t just memorize the law (or just create the “perfect” outline) and expect an optimal outcome.  Your professors expect you to know the law—you talk about it in class every day.  Instead, you need to be able to use the law to solve problems, and you can’t rely on looking the law up in an outline to get you there.  You need to actually practice (and often) using the law to solve various problems by taking exams and giving complete answers.  Test your memorization and understanding first with easier quizzes like Q&As, E&Es, or CALI lessons before moving on to test your exam skills with old exams taken under timed testing conditions. The more “practiced” you are at taking an exam, the easier it will be to recognize the issues, organize your answer, apply the law to the facts, and give reasons for your analysis.  It is essential to know your professor’s testing style before you enter the examination room, so take as many of your professor’s old exams as you can.  If your professor doesn’t have an old exam in the archive, you can still practice recognizing issues, applying the law, and giving a full analysis with legal reasons using other exams.  The APAs and I will review practice exam answers for organization and fullness of analysis.  Check the Canvas page for suggested practice questions.

When writing your exam answer, keep the following things in mind: (1) outline your answer first; (2) focus on your professor’s preferences/instructions; (3) don’t skip logical analytical steps in your analysis (i.e., show your work by saying “why,” based on the law, you reach your conclusion); (4) make sure your answer gives reasons to support your conclusions; and (5) keep track of your time. 

If you find that you need help with your final study plan or you want to talk about exams, I am available until April 28 with extended office hours.  I am happy to help. 

Legal Careers

From the Career Services Office

If you would like to make an appointment with the Career Services Office, please email Lisa Carberry, Administrative Assistant,

From the Graduate Legal Studies Office 

For LL.M.s who would like to make a careers appointment, please use the following link:

or email Deirdre Hay, Director of Graduate Legal Studies Career Advising,

Positions Available

Remote work options are being assessed. Please reach out to the contacts listed below with questions. 

From The Lawyering Program: Applications to serve as a Lawyering Program Honors Fellow for the 2020-21 academic year are due to Gina Jackson (gj13) by Friday, April 17, 2020, at 9:00 a.m.  Please contact Ms. Jackson with any questions about the application process.

Professor Chutkow seeks several law students to serve as Teaching Assistants for her undergraduate course, Constitutional Politics for fall 2020. The class meets MW, 2:55-4:10, however, specific TA duties will not include full class attendance. 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 Chutkow at if you are interested.

Professor Rachel T. Goldberg seeks a summer research assistant to help with two different academic projects. One is an article on criminal procedure/evidentiary rules, and the other is an empirical project (in collaboration with Professor Kelley-Widmer) on genres that new lawyers write in the workplace. Knowledge of criminal procedure and rules of evidence is a plus, but not required. This is a part-time position (approx. 15-20 hours/week) that pays the standard law-school research rate, and the work can be done remotely. If interested, please email a transcript and resume to Professor Goldberg at

The First Amendment Clinic at Cornell Law School invites applications for its 2020 Summer Fellowships. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. The Fellowship will run from May 18 to July 31, 2020, with some flexibility as to start and end dates. Part-time work or full-time work for a portion of the Fellowship period may also be possible. These are paid positions, with a salary of $15.63/hour. If the fellows are Cornell Law students, the fellows will be expected to use their public interest fellowship funds to cover a portion of the costs of their summers. Interested students should email a cover letter, a resume, a writing sample stating the degree of review and editing it was given, transcript, and contact information for two references to (Transcripts, if not immediately available, can be sent after the initial application, but before the submission deadline.) The final deadline to submit application materials is March 30, 2020. Early applications are encouraged.

The Office of Admissions and Financial Aid is looking to hire a Seasonal Admissions Recruiter!  
This position is from September-November 2020, includes all travel costs and salary. The recruiter does not need to live in Ithaca. If you are interested in this position or would like further details, please email Director Michael Cummings at If you love Cornell Law School and enjoy traveling, this may be a great position for you!

Paid Summer Jobs at the LII:   The Legal Information Institute at Cornell Law School is hiring law students to improve the materials in its WEX collection.  WEX is a free online legal reference that aims to provide the general public with straightforward and viewpoint-neutral explanations of legal topics and issues.  Summer work can be performed from anywhere--there's no need to stay in Ithaca.  Please contact LII Co-Director Craig Newton ( for more information.

Cornell Law School’s Women & Justice Collection at the Legal Information Institute is seeking full-time and part-time summer 2020 researchers to work remotely. The researchers will work on a variety of international and comparative law projects related to gender justice for the Collection and its partners. To inquire further and for details on how to apply, please contact the Collection's Advocacy and Research Director, Jocelyn Hackett ( 1Ls are encouraged to apply. Students planning to split their summers should send their proposed schedule. These positions are PIF-qualified employment.

General Announcements

Student Child Care Grant Application for Spring 2020

The program assists Cornell students by subsidizing some of the eligible costs associated with child care, including infant and toddler child care, preschool/pre-k day care, and before/after school care. The Spring 2020 application cycle is designed to support students with families whose eligibility may have changed since Fall 2019 and now find themselves in situations where they would be eligible for the grant program. Students can receive one taxable grant subsidy each year (either Fall or Spring) based on the grant funds available, their annual household income, and the age and number of child(ren) in care. The deadline is April 24, 2020. Applications and further information can be found on the Students with Families Student Child Care Grant Program webpage

Lawyer to Lawyer Roundtable Support Discussion 

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the current state of the world and the practice of law feels like it is changing minute by minute, leaving many lawyers uneasy, anxious, and unsure. If you are experiencing these feelings, you are not alone.

Join other lawyers, law students and judges from across the state in a free and confidential support group being held on Thursdays at 4pm via Zoom, . The group will be facilitated by Libby Coreno, Chair of the Attorney Wellbeing Committee and Kerry O'hara, PsyD. Each group session will be loosely organized under a theme for discussion. All participants will be given the opportunity to share if they wish, with supportive discussion to follow.

This group is a support and discussion group. It is not a 12-step recovery group nor a therapeutic group. Its purpose is to discuss and share concerns, while connecting and supporting others in the profession.

Registration is not required, and participation is free. All group meetings are confidential. If you have any questions, please email Stacey Whiteley, Lawyer Assistance Director,

Queens County Bar Association Annual Scholarship

The Queens County Bar Association will, again, be awarding a scholarship to a deserving law student in the spring. The scholarship will be based upon personal financial need, a commitment to community service, and academic achievement as demonstrated by your personal statement and recommendation letters. You must be currently enrolled in St. John’s or CUNY law school or be a resident of Queens County. All are encouraged to apply. Information on applying can be found at the following website:
Application Deadline: April 15, 2020

Judicial Friends Association - Summer Internship

The Judicial Friends Association, Inc. is an organization founded in 1976 by local, state and federal African-American judges in the State of New York. To advance these goals, the Judicial Friends Association, Inc. mentors law students, provides internships and scholarships to deserving law students and educates the community to improve understanding of the law and confidence in our court system. Contact the Dean of Students Office for information on how to apply. 
Application Deadline EXTENDED: April 15, 2020

2020 Robert E. Wone and AEF Fellowships 

Any student at an accredited law school who is enrolled at least part-time, as determined by the school, who is in good standing, who is a candidate for a law degree, and who has not previously received a fellowship from AEF, is eligible to apply. Please see the AEF website for more information:
Application Deadline: April 24, 2020

Smith-Doheny Legal Ethics Writing Competition 

Any current student at an American or Canadian law school may submit an essay (minimum of ten pages and maximum of fifty pages) on any legal ethics topic. The essays that are submitted to the competition will be judged on their clarity, coherence, creativity, insight, and mastery of the rules and cases relevant to the topic of the essay in question. Information can also be found at the following website:
Application Deadline: April 24, 2020

2020 Howard C. Schwab Memorial Essay Contest

Each year, the American Bar Association Section of Family Law conducts an essay contest to encourage law students to think about current issues in family law, and to encourage participation in the Section of Family Law. Students may write on any aspect of family law. The contest is open to second and third-year full-time J.D. students (and second through fourth-year part-time J.D. students) of all ABA-approved law schools, and to first year J.D. students where family law is taught as part of the first year curriculum. More information can be found on the essay contest webpage:
Application Deadline: April 24, 2020

2020 Robert Masur Fellowship in Civil Liberties

The fellowship is open to first-year law students who intend to carry out significant activities during the summer (in between their first and second year) in the areas of civil rights and/or civil liberties. Fellows each receive a $2,000 honorarium. Proposed activities may include a writing or research project, work with a public interest organization in the areas of civil rights or civil liberties, work on a civil rights or civil liberties law case under the supervision of a faculty member or lawyer, or any other work in the areas of civil rights or civil liberties. Please note that due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, remote projects will be considered. For more information, email or call 212-822-0263.
Application Deadline: April 27, 2020

The Judge John R. Brown Scholarship Foundation 27th Annual Brown Award 

The Award honors excellence in legal writing in American law schools. Any law student currently enrolled in an accredited law school in the United States seeking a J.D. or LL.B degree is eligible to submit a paper for the Award. Information about the award can be found at the following website:
Application Deadline: May 29, 2020

Labor and Employment Law Annual Law Student Writing Competition 

The ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law and The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers are pleased to announce their 2020 writing competition. This competition is open to articles written while the author is an active student at an accredited law school in the United States. Authors may not have graduated from law school prior to December 1, 2019. Graduate students in law school (LLM candidates) are not eligible. More information and details of the competition can be found on their website:
Application Deadline: June 15, 2020

2020 Warren E. Burger Prize

The American Inns of Court Warren E. Burger Prize is a writing competition designed to promote scholarship in the areas of professionalism, ethics, civility, and excellence. Interested authors are asked to submit an original, unpublished essay of 10,000 to 20,000 words on a topic that addresses issues of legal excellence, civility, ethics, and professionalism. The author of the winning essay will receive a cash prize of $5,000 and be published in the South Carolina Law Review. Rules for the competition are available on the American Inns of Court website:
Application Deadline: July 1, 2020