Cornell Law Scoops

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April 22, 2019

This Week’s Events

Week of April 22, 2019

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

Monday, April 22

Law School Student Experience Survey Opens

4:30 - 6:00 PM, Room 186
Business Corporations and Civic Society - Join Professor Gramitto Ricci for a discussion on his new book - Citizen Capitalism: How a Universal Fund Can Provide Influence and Income to All.  We will also talk about the Clarke Program on Corporations & Society, and the Corporations & Society Global Program Facebook page.  

Tuesday, April 23

3:00 - 3:30 PM, G81 
Let's Meditate

3:30 - 6:30 PM, Saperston Student Lounge
Clinical Programs Open House 

Wednesday, April 24

8:00 - 10:00, The Commons 
Weekly Perk- Coffee and conversation on Wednesday from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. in The Commons. Stop by for a cup! Breakfast food also provided.

8:00 - 10:00 AM, Saperston Student Lounge 
A Conversation about Prosecutorial Careers - Join Chris Conroy, Chief of the Major Economic Crimes Bureau at the Manhattan DA's Office, Leo Tsao, Chief of the Bank Integrity Unit, Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section in the Criminal Division of DOJ and Carina Schoenberger, Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of New York for a conversation about their careers and the work they do. Breakfast will be served.

2:30 – 4:30 PM, 126B Hughes Hall
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.

4:00 - 6:00 PM, Saperston Student Lounge 
End of the Semester Therapeutic Massage Party- Sign up for a free 10-minute chair massage. Sign-ups will be available in the hall outside the Student Lounge starting at 3:30 PM. 

5:30 - 6:30 PM, Room G85
JD/MBA Society Elections 

Thursday, April 25

8:30 - 10:00 AM, Saperston Student Lounge 
Fed Soc Coffee & Treats 

10:00 - 12:00 PM, Saperston Student Lounge 
BLSA Braincooler 

Beyond This Week

Monday, April 29

10:30 - 11:30 AM, Room 277
Jim Baker  - National Security Talk 

12:00 PM, Saperston Student Lounge 
Pet Therapy

2:00 - 8:00 PM, The Purcell Courtyard 
CLSA End of the Year BBQ 

Official Announcements

Law School Student Experience Survey: OPENS TODAY. 
Look for the Student Experience Survey in your inbox later this afternoon. This survey is different from the course evaluations you are completing and is designed to help the Law School administration and faculty gain an understanding of law students’ experiences. Student feedback has shaped recent academic and student life initiatives. Similarly, we will use the responses to this survey to inform decisions about how best to support a vibrant student community. If we achieve a response rate of 50% or more, the data will be published online for the Law School community to access. To thank you for your time, participants who complete the survey on or before Monday, April 26th at Noon will be included in a random drawing to win one of the following if we reach our participation goal:

  • front-of-the-line access to the CLSA year-end BBQ;
  • reserved access to a study room during the Spring 2019 reading period and scheduled final exam days;
  • reserved seating for up to 20 of your guests at Law School Convocation the year of your graduation;
  • a one-day campus parking pass to be used on a day of your choice before June 30, 2019;
  • Various Cornell Law gifts (hats, tshirts, mugs).

Thank you in advance for your participation!

Dean Peñalver’s Office Hours for Students
Dean Peñalver will be holding office hours for students on Monday afternoons, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Students wishing to see the Dean may sign up in advance with Becca Johnson by e-mail (, in room 263, or by phone (607-255-3527).

Books & Coat Lockers
3Ls and LLMs: Do you plan to stay in Ithaca this summer for bar study?  If so, please email by April 29 and let us know.  Students who are not staying for bar study must clean out their lockers by the Friday after university commencement (May 31). Students who are staying for bar study must clean out their lockers by the Friday after the bar exam (August 2). Reminders will be sent closer to the deadlines. Continuing Students: Locker assignments stay the same year to year.  You do not need to clean out your locker if you are a current 1L or 2L student.

Questions about lockers?  Contact the Law Registrar ( 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 31 to be sure the change has been recorded.

Visas for International Guests
The Office of Global Learning has provided detailed instructions ( how your family can obtain a tourist visa to attend the Law School Convocation and University Commencement. Please note that the U.S. consulate does not require an official letter from any office at Cornell, and Cornell does not provide such letters for your family's visa application.

Dates to Remember for Spring 2019
Final exams begin on Thursday, May 2 and end on Tuesday, May 14.  The spring 2019 exam schedule can be found at:

Law School Convocation is Saturday, May 11 and University Commencement is Sunday, May 26.

Law School Course Pre-registration for Fall 2019
Current 1Ls and 2Ls: Online pre-registration for fall 2019 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.

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:

Spring Term Grades
Spring term grades are tentatively expected to be available on Student Center on Friday, June 1.


Unofficial transcripts ( are 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 ( are 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 Information for Class of 2019 Students
Class of 2019 Degree Date: May 26, 2019.

New York State Bar Exam
Applicants may apply to sit for the NY bar exam by filing an online application ( which is available on the Board's website.

Application Filing Period: April 1-30, 2019. Any application not filed within this time period will be denied and returned. There is no provision for late filing.

Handwriting Sample for the NY Bar Exam
If you plan to sit for the NY Bar exam, you will need to submit a verified handwriting sample, which must be completed in the presence of a law school official. Please contact Melody Padgett ( for more information on how to submit the handwriting sample.

The MPRE (Multi-state Professional Responsibility Exam) is a 2 hour multiple-choice exam covering standards of lawyer's professional conduct. The MPRE is required by most jurisdictions (New York is one that requires it). The next exam is August 10th and the registration deadline is June 13th. It is recommended you have taken a professional responsibility course beforehand, Law Governing Lawyers, for example. Register at the NCBE (National Conference of Bar Examiners) website,

Are you taking the New York Bar Exam in July? In conjunction with the Uniform Bar Examination (UBE) in New York, you must take an online course, known as the New York Law Course (NYLC), and a timed, online, open book exam on New York specific law, known as the New York Law Exam (NYLE). The next exam is June 13th with a registration deadline of May 14th. For more information, please see the NY Bar website,

Other Jurisdictions
Certification of Law School attendance/graduation is required by state bar authorities. Many states require the certification on a specific form; others accept the certification on Law School letterhead.  It is your responsibility to obtain any necessary documents, and submit them to the Law School Registrar's Office with instructions for: (a) when they must be submitted, and (b) where they must be sent. Do not wait until the last minute to do this. Keep in mind that certificates of Law School graduation executed before May 26, 2019 must be prospective. You may drop your forms off before graduation and we will make sure to wait until after graduation to process and submit them with the correct conferral date.

Please check the Bar Admissions Requirements Guide at or view the hard copy at the Registrar's service desk for complete information on jurisdiction requirements.

Check to see if any of your bar application materials require a notary signature.  If so, you may contact one of the notary publics here at the Law School.  Please note you may need to plan ahead for notary service. Available notaries: Melody Padgett, Room 160, Registrar's Office; Scott Hulslander, Room 160, Registrar’s Office; Jannica Moskal,  Room 126 Hughes Hall, Dean of Students Office and Connie Pendergast, Room 115, Admissions Office.

If you are applying for a bar exam, you should find out if the application requires fingerprinting. The New York State bar exam does not require fingerprinting. Fingerprinting is available on campus at the Public Safety Office, G-2 Barton Hall, 24 hours a day. You will need to take the fingerprint card with you, and two forms of picture ID.

Campus/Community Resources

Let's Talk

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 from 2:30-4:30 p.m. 
Where: Hughes Hall, Room 126B
No appointment necessary. Just drop in.

Link for additional hours and locations:

Academic Support

Office Hours Week of April 22 (Room 126F Dean of Students Suite):

Monday:              1:00—2:00 p.m.                                       
Tuesday:            11:00—12:00 p.m. and 3:00—4:00 p.m.
Wednesday:      11:00—12:00 p.m. and 3:00—4:00 p.m.
Thursday:           11:00—12:00 p.m. and 2:00—4:00 p.m.
Friday:                 9:00—11:30 a.m.

Office Hours Week of April 29:

Monday:              10:00—12:00 p.m. and 2:00—4:00 p.m.
Tuesday:            10:00—12:00 p.m. and 2:00—4:00 p.m.
Wednesday:       10:00—12:00 p.m. and 2:00—4:00 p.m.

Or by appointment until May 1:  (607) 255-0146;

APA Office Hours week of April 22:

Emily:  Monday     1:30—3:30  Room L30 Hughes Hall

Tayler:  Tuesday     11:15—1:15  Room L30 Hughes Hall

Julia: Wednesday   11:10—1:10 Room L30 Hughes Hall

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.  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.  (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 May 1 with extended office hours.  I am happy to help.  Don’t forget to breathe, eat well, and sleep.  Best of luck

Caring Community 

Whatever support you need to pursue a healthy lifestyle, there are variety of resources easily accessible on campus. Living well to learn well is an essential foundation of your active participation in the caring community around you. Visit the website for more resources and to learn about Cornell's Caring Community. 

How to Report Concerning Behavior

Cornell University will not tolerate sexual abuse, rape, sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, sexual coercion, or other forms of sexual violence by or against students, staff, faculty, alumni, or visitors. University Policy 6.4 (link to policy here: prohibits all members of the university community from engaging in prohibited discrimination, protected-status harassment, sexual harassment, and sexual assault/violence.

Policy 6.4 provides definitions and explains the procedures employed for investigating and adjudicating allegations of sexual misconduct.

You may use the anonymous online reporting form ( link to reporting form here:  to report any concerning behavior. Even though reporter's name is requested, it is not a required field.

Issues related to the Campus Code of Conduct (link to code here: Alleged violations should be reported to the Judicial Administrator at 255-4680 or email:

RAVE Guardian - From Cornell Police

With safety as a priority, Cornell University is making available a free mobile app for faculty, students and staff on the Ithaca campus. RAVE Guardian ( turns your smartphone into a personal safety device.

By downloading the app on your mobile phone, you can invite friends and family to join your network as your "Guardians." You can then request one or more of your Guardians to virtually walk with you on or off campus. It's like having an emergency blue light system and a trusted friend with you at all times.

The app also has a safety feature that directly connects you to campus police (or 9-1-1 if off-campus) in an emergency situation, as well as the ability to submit an anonymous tip to campus police should you see something suspicious.The Guardian app augments emergency communications and safety. All students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to enhance their personal safety and the safety of their friends by downloading the free app at the Apple App Store or the Android app on Google Play

Office of the University Ombudsman

The Office of the University Ombudsman is a safe place where any member of the Cornell Community can discuss academic or non-academic concerns. The office is confidential and conversations are off-the-record. No issue is considered too small or too large.

To schedule an appointment: Call: 607-255-4321 or Email:

Learn more about the Office of the University Ombudsman. You can visit their website using this link:

Health and Community 

Cornell strives to create a caring community supportive of its members' intellectual, physical, emotional and spiritual health. For comprehensive information about the wealth of opportunities and services available to Cornellians, visit the following link:

Spotlight on Cornell Resources - Student Disability Services

Did you know that support is available for conditions such as hearing, learning, medical conditions, vision, mobility, mental health, ADHD?  Student Disability Services (SDS) is the designated office at Cornell that obtains and files disability-related documents, certifies eligibility for services, determines reasonable accommodations, and develops plans for the provision of accommodations for students. SDS facilitates services and accommodations so that Cornell students with disabilities enjoy the same exceptional opportunities as their peers with the greatest degree of independence possible.

Contact a SDS Counselor to discuss your situation:

Phone: 607-254-4545


Location: Cornell Health, Level 5, 110 Ho Plaza

Office hours are 8:15 - 4:45 pm Monday-Friday

Learn more about Student Disability Services and visit their website:

Take a stand against sexual assault  

Our community stands together against sexual harassment, assault, dating/domestic violence, and other forms of violence. Confidential support is available on campus and in the community. Find resources for care and reporting information at


Legal Careers

1L Students:

Spring Law Firm Programs: 

Goodwin 1L Exams Breakfast: Thursday, May 2, 9:00 - 11:00 AM - Saperston Student Lounge
No RSVP necessary, stop by at your convenience for breakfast an coffee! 


Positions Available

Professor Hay is interested in hiring one or more law students as his Teaching Assistants for his Fall 2019 undergrad Economics course, Economics and Law. The class will meet MW 2:55-4:10, quite possibly not in the Law School. TA’s must be able to attend class. Prior exposure to Economics preferred. Ability to communicate clearly in English is essential. Compensation is two hours of Supervised Teaching credit. Interested students should email Professor Hay directly:

Professor Chutkow would like to hire several law students to serve as Teaching Assistants for her undergraduate course, Constitutional Politics for fall 2019. 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 Dawn Chutkow at if you are interested.

EXAM TUTORING - College student looking to hire a law student for 1-2 hours of tutoring a week for the next 3 weeks to learn basics of legal methodology and help her do well in a Discrimination Law class. Please contact for further info if you’re interested. Thanks!

Cornell Law School alum Muzaffar Chishti seeks a research assistant for a short-term (about 20-30 hours) assignment researching the Andean Common Market (ANCOM), which comprises Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela. ANCOM was established under the Acuerdo de Cartagena (Cartagena Agreement) in 1969. The principal ANCOM document that regulated the activities of foreign corporations in the region was the Andean Investment Code, formally titled Decision 24 of the ANCOM Commission.

Research question: How have the Andean Investment Code and the ANCOM (referred to as the Andean Community since 1996) evolved over the years, and have they succeeded in achieving their intended goals? What factors are responsible for their achieving or not achieving those goals?

Pay is at the normal law school rate. Because most ANCOM documents are in Spanish, Spanish speakers are preferred. If interested, email a writing sample, transcript and statement of interest to Mr. Chishti at

General Announcements

Cornell-Paris I Summer Institute – Apply Today!

The Cornell-Paris I Summer Institute ( is a four-week academic program in international and comparative law that is co-sponsored by Cornell Law School and the Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne. From July 2-27, 2019, students may take up to six credits in Paris, France. Up to ten 50% off tuition, need-based, scholarships are available for select students. Contact to learn more.

Graduate Student & “Better Half” Happy Hour

First Thursday of the month: May 2 - 6:30-7:30, The Big Red Barn

  • Get to know other non-single students and their partners
  • All graduate students and all significant others are welcome
  • Feel free to come as a couple or fly solo
  • Light snacks and soda provided
  • $1/beer (don’t forget your Cornell ID/driver’s license

Anabel's Grocery (at Anabel Taylor Hall) 

Anabel's Grocery is reinventing themselves. They're now a pick-up location for staff, faculty, and graduate students to pick up a summer CSA share from the Full Plate Collective. To participate and for more information you can visit the website for Full Plate Collective ( 

Extending and Terminating On-campus Housing Contracts

If you are currently living in Cornell University housing and would like to either extend your lease or terminate your lease early, you must contact the Housing & Dining Contracts Office. While an accommodation is not guaranteed you should send your request to or call 607-255-5368 as soon as possible.

Smith-Doheny Legal Ethics Writing Competition

Notre Dame Law School sponsors an annual writing competition on the topic of legal ethics. All students with an interest in legal ethics are invited and encouraged to participate. Information on how to enter can be found at the following link:
Application Deadline: April 26, 2019

Biunno Scholarship Program

The Essex County Bar Association and its Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, in conjunction with the Hon. Vincent J. Biunno Memorial Fund, is pleased to announce the continuation of the Biunno Scholarship program. The scholarship is designed to offer financial assistance to persons with disabilities who are currently attending law school. For an application please stop by the Dean of Students Office, 126 Hughes Hall. 
Application Deadline: May 3, 2019

Judge John R. Brown Award 

The Judge John R. Brown Scholarship Foundation is pleased to announce the twenty-sixth 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. More information about the award can be found at the following link:
Application Deadline: June 3, 2019

Robert Cantwell Research 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 Cornell Law Library Robert 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. All papers must have been written in the time period spanning May, 2018 – May, 2019.  Work product generated through summer or other employment will not be accepted.  Papers must be a minimum of 2500 words and must follow the scholarly citation formats required by THE BLUEBOOK (20th ed. 2015).

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.  For submission procedure and selection criteria, please visit  Papers will be accepted on an ongoing basis through May 1, 2019

The American College of Employee Benefits - Writing Competition

The American College of Employee Benefits Counsel is an IRC Section 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to elevating the standards and advancing the public’s understanding of the practice of employee benefits law.  In pursuit of this goal, the College encourages the study and development of employee benefits laws, initiates professional discussions of significant employee benefits issues and sponsors an extensive list of Continuing Legal Education programs.

In addition to the monetary prizes, the law students who submit the winning papers will be an honored guest at the College's annual black tie dinner in Washington, DC on September 21, 2019.    More information can be found online at
Application Deadline: June 3, 2019

Employment Law Annual Law Student Writing Competition for 2018-2019

The ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law and The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers are pleased to announce their 2018-2019 writing competition. Competition rules can be found on the College website at 
Application Deadline:  June 15, 2019

2019 American Inns of Court Warren E. Burger Prize 

A writing competition designed to promote scholarship in the areas of professionalism, ethics, civility, and excellence. Rules for the prize writing competition can be found at
Application Deadline: July 1, 2019

2019 Chicago-Kent College of Law/Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize

A Scholarly writing competition that honors an outstanding article or book on a topic exploring the tension between civil liberties and national security in contemporary American society. The winner will receive a cash stipend of $10,000. The article or book must be in draft form or have been published within one year prior to the July 1 deadline. As a condition of accepting the award, the winner will present his or her work at Chicago-Kent. All reasonable expenses will be paid. Please submit entries to Ms. Tasha Kincade, assistant to Dean Harold J. Krent, at 
Application Deadline: July 1, 2019

2019 William W. Greenhalgh Contest

This Competition is sponsored by Criminal Justice (“Section”) of the American Bar Association (“ABA”), 321 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60654 (the “Sponsor”). The goal of the Competition is to encourage law students to become involved in the Section. It is also intended to attract students to the Criminal Justice practice field, and to encourage scholarship in this field. For more information please visit:
Application Deadline: July 1, 2019

Tannenwald Writing Competition

Named for the late Tax Court Judge Theodore Tannenwald, Jr., and designed to perpetuate his dedication to legal scholarship of the highest quality, the Tannenwald Writing Competition is open to all full- or part-time law school students, undergraduate or graduate.  Papers on any federal or state tax-related topic may be submitted in accordance with the Competition Rules (viewable at
Application Deadline: July 9, 2019