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April 20, 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 20, 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. 

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.

Thursday, April 23
4:30 PM 
New Student Leader Transition Zoom Meeting
The meeting will include both outgoing and incoming presidents and treasurers.  If you did not receive the e-mail with the zoom link, please contact Linda Majeroni at

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 (

Law School Registrar Announcements

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.(

Practice Exam
A practice take-home exam will be given this spring semester. This is not an actual exam; however, we strongly encourage you to take this practice exam. This will allow you to see how the actual exam software will work. You will receive an email on April 13 and will remain open through April 29. Since Law School IT resources will not be available to assist with hardware issues, this will be a good time to ensure that your laptop/desktop is in good working condition.

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.

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.

Summer Email Address
1Ls and 2Ls: We will be using your Cornell NetID email address to communicate with you during the summer. 3Ls and LLMs: 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:

Unofficial transcripts ( available from the Law School Registrar's Office (written request required). Please remember that we ask you to make this request 24 hours in advance of your need for the materials. Official transcripts ( available at the University Registrar's Office in B7 Day Hall.

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.

Diploma Mailing Address
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 Student Center, which is where your diploma will be mailed.

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

Cornell Law Library Robert Cantwell Prize for Exemplary Student Research: The Law Library invites 2Ls, 3Ls, LLMs, and JSDs to submit scholarly research papers to be considered for the annual Cantwell Prize for Exemplary Student Research. Eligible works include, but are not limited to, (1) papers written for a class and (2) notes or other scholarly articles written for law reviews and law journals. First prize is $500, second prize is $250, and both winners will be invited to publish their papers in the digital collection Scholarship@Cornell Law. For more on eligibility, submission procedure, and selection criteria, please visit: Application Deadline: May 4, 2020

Getting research help: Research librarians are available to help you with your research and to answer your questions about library resources. Please direct inquiries and Zoom consultation requests to

State bar exam requirements: Keep checking back for updated information on bar exams and requirements ( across the 50 states and DC.

Online learning resources: We continue to expand our collection of e-books, so a book you could not find last week may be there now. See this page ( for help finding online materials. Also, remember to check our guide on online learning strategies ( to help you get the most out of virtual instruction.

New Law Library Newsletter: Keywords, a new library email newsletter was launched Wednesday April 15, to help keep the library and students connected. Send us your feedback by emailing

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 Michaela Azemi, Director of Pro Bono Services & Externships, directly by email at

Campus/Community Resources

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

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, there is one Wellness Challenge remaining: 

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

For the last Wellness Challenge, we are asking students to try something new - beyond a recipe. Working and studying from home has been known to lead people to feel like they are stuck in ruts. Adding in a new hobby, watching a new TV show, or trying out a new type of fitness class can break up the feeling of monotony. This allows you to take a break from studying and to get the benefits that come from engaging in a new activity. Right now there are many unknowns, and doing something new provides a way to take your mind off the news.

We will highlight different suggestions throughout the week, but here are some to get started:

  • Try a different online fitness class. No gym membership is required for Cornell community members to access Cornell Fitness online courses. Shape and Good Housekeeping both have lengthy lists of fitness studios offering free classes.
  • Coloring is a great stress reliever and is something that can be done in short bursts or for a longer period of time. This website has free adult coloring printables.
  • Listen to a podcast. The iTunes popular podcasts are a great place to start and allow you to browse based on categories – it’s not all news and true crime. LeVar Burton Reads features LeVar Burton reading the best of today’s short fiction and Stuff You Missed in History Class definitely has an episode about something you are interested in.
  • Try a new craft – The Spruce is a good place to get ideas, and includes adult and child crafts for DIY projects, needlecrafts, and paper crafts. For those not feeling artistic, they also have a huge selection of card games.

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 20 - Use the Zoom link for access: ( or on Academic Support Canvas page or email me for the link):

Monday: By Appointment Only
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:

Office Hours Week of April 27 - Use the Zoom link for access: ( or on Academic Support Canvas page or email me for the link):

Monday: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM and 2:00 - 4:00 PM
Tuesday: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM and 2:00 - 4:00 PM
Wednesday: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM and 2:00 - 4:00 PM
Or by appointment through April 29:

APA Zoom Office hours through April 27(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 

Inhale.  Hold.  Exhale.  This is the last week of classes, and I’m sure you feel incredibly stressed.  While this feeling is normal, you need to keep in mind that you know more of the law than you realize.  Just breathe, deeply and slowly, to help calm your nerves.  Channel that nervous energy into studying.  Your study and review efforts will help you go beyond merely memorizing the law to actually understanding the law and allow for a much deeper analysis on exams. 

How should you spend the final week of classes and your time during the reading period?  Here are some suggestions: (1) Continue to prepare for class.  You need to learn the information for the exam anyway, and who better to explain it to you than the professor who will be creating the exam?  (2) Create a detailed study schedule.  You know that you will spend the days immediately prior to a particular exam reviewing that subject.  But during this last week of classes and during the reading period, you should also have a set schedule.  Your goal is to have adequate time to study for each subject.  Each evening this week, pick one subject and spend several hours doing intense review and practice exams.  Come review your practice exams with the APAs or me (check out the 1L Academic Support Canvas page for a list of old exams or look at the registrar’s website for the exam archive).  During the reading period, reserve the final two days before your first exam for that exam and split the remaining time equally between your other courses. The goal is to spend an equal amount of time studying for each exam.  If you have two exams back-to-back, then you need to front-load the study time for those two exams earlier. (3)  Go beyond memorization.  You need to practice application with a detailed analysis.  (4)  Take care of yourself—a tired, dehydrated, and nutrient-deprived brain will not function properly.  

If you find that you need help with your final study plan or you want to talk about exams, I am available until April 29 with extended office hours.  I am happy to help.  Don’t forget to breathe, eat well, and sleep.  Best of luck!  

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 Office of Public Service

The office of Public Service is thrilled to welcome Michaela Azemi to the Office of Public Service as our Director of Pro Bono Services and Externships.

To schedule an appointment with Ms. Azemi or Dean Akyea, use the online booking system at,  or contact Natasha Keller at

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

Please check Symplicity for announcements about open research assistant positions and other employment opportunities with various Law School Offices.

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.

Students will find summer work positions in the law school with Goldberg, First Amendment Clinic, and the 2 with LII on Symplicity

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

April 21 is National Library Workers' Day

While there won't be any in-person celebrations, we can still send a note of thanks to a member of the Law Library staff. Send your note of thanks to You can also tweet or post to Instagram using the hashtag #NLWD20. Want to nominate a star member of the Cornell Law Library team? Head over to the stellar library worker nomination form:

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,

Judge Bernard S. Meyer Scholarship 2020

The scholarship is open to all second-year (2L) students as of spring 2020 semester enrolled in a law school in the State of New York. The scholarship will be awarded to one law school student who excels in legal writing and advocacy skills. Criteria for judging entries will be: organization, practicality, originality, quality of research, clarity of writing and advocacy. The scholarship is valued at $5,000, and will be applied to the student’s tuition for the 2020 academic year.  For more information about eligibility and rules, please email 
Application Deadline: April 24, 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