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August 24, 2020

This Week’s Events

Week of August 24, 2020

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources and Updates
Please bookmark and continue to monitor the following resource websites for updated and relevant information: 

All times posted are Eastern Standard Time 
Monday, August 24
8:30 - 12:00 PM - Purcell Courtyard 
In-Person Registration for 1Ls. See email instruction for your check in time. 

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Transfer Student Orientation - See email for schedule and zoom links. 

4:00 - 5:00 PM Virtual Coffee and Conversation with the Classes of 2021 & 2022

Tuesday, August 25
First day of Class - Will follow a Monday Schedule 

Wednesday, August 26
5:00 - 6:00 PM - Zoom Event (link to come) 
Student Org Orientation - This event is for incoming presidents and their designees of our Student Orgs. Check your email for the link to join. 

Beyond this week

Thursday, September 3
4:30 - 5:30 PM - Zoom Event:
You, Your Career, and Cornell Law: A meeting for first-year students to learn about how the law school’s three career departments can help you launch your legal career in the months and years ahead. This is an extended part of your orientation to the law school, so join us to meet the staffs of the Career Services Office, the Office of Public Service, and the Office of Judicial Engagement. 

Official Announcements

Dean's Office Announcements

Dean Peñalver will be holding office hours via Zoom for students on Monday afternoons, 2:00pm – 3:00pm. Students who would like to compare favorite quarantine recipes or speak with the Dean about any other topic, may sign up in advance with Becca Johnson by e-mail (

Law School Registrar Announcements

First Day of Classes
Law school classes begin on Tuesday, August 25, following a Monday schedule. Classes on Wednesday, August 26, will follow a regular Wednesday schedule and so on.

Students taking non-law/undergrad classes: The University follows a different academic calendar.  Courses in other university colleges and schools will begin on Wednesday, September 2, and will follow a normal Wednesday schedule for those non-law/undergrad classes. 

Here are the 2020-21 calendars for your reference:  Law School Academic Calendar ( and the University Academic Calendar ( your reference.

Law School Registrar's Virtual Office Hours
The Registrar's Office hours.  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 7 - Labor Day
Cornell Law School will not hold classes on Monday, September 7. The Registrar's office will be closed that day and will reopen on Tuesday, September 8.

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 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 before 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 a 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, September 2. Students may add/drop unlimited enrollment law courses until 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 3. Non-law courses must also be add/dropped by 3:00 p.m. on September 3. 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 ( 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 18, or they risk being withdrawn from the University. Students who become registered for the Fall semester after September 18 will be charged a $350 late fee. Students who fail to become registered will be withdrawn from the University on October 7. See University Registration ( 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 ( check your registration status.

Information from the Bursar's Office
If the university Student Center indicates your registration is on hold, you must contact the Bursar's Office,, to clear your student account by September 18 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 2020 semester is found on the Bursar's Website:

Internal (unofficial) transcripts are available at the Law School Registrar's office (written request required). The online unofficial transcript request form ( 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 ( 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 to 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 the 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.

Book & Coat Lockers
We will not be assigning books and coat locker for the fall 2020 semester.

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 found on the Emergency Action Guide: (

Looking for a Writing Course (to satisfy your writing requirement) this Fall? 
The Supreme Court and Tax Law (Law 7771) is a writing seminar devoted to investigating tax law through the lens of U.S. Supreme Court tax cases. Over the semester we read 25 - 30 Supreme Court cases decided during the past 100 years involving a broad array of tax-related topics. The course provides students with a broad overview of tax law, and is especially useful for those intending to pursue a business-related career in law (although it is no less relevant to other types of law practice). The course paper assignment involves a detailed analysis of a single Supreme Court case. Professor Reinhold works closely with students in honing their analysis of the case, and working through an outline and draft of the paper. Although Federal Income Tax is indicated as a prerequisite, Professor Reinhold is amenable to waiving the prerequisite in appropriate cases; please contact him at if you wish to discuss taking the course without having satisfied the prerequisite.

Graduate Legal Studies Announcements

General LL.M. Course Counseling Sessions
General LL.M. students continuing their studies this Fall semester should schedule a course counseling meeting prior to August 31.  Please use the link received in August 13 email to schedule.  For follow-up sessions please contact the office directly at  Best of luck on your first week of class!

Student ID Cards 
General LL.M. students arriving during the Fall semester should update the GLS office with expected arrival date and confirm once they have completed the Re-entry Checklist (including Cornell Behavioral Compact) to then schedule ID card pick-up.

Office of Global Learning Online Check-in
If you are a new international student arriving in Ithaca to attend classes this Fall with F-1 or J-1 visa status, and your DS-2019 was issued by Cornell, be sure to complete your check-in:

  • After you have entered the United States in F-1 or J-1 student status for this Cornell program,
  • And no later than 30 days after the start date listed in your SEVIS record.

If you do not complete the check-in procedure, you may lose your valid immigration status.

Testing & Quarantine
All students residing in the greater Ithaca area this fall are required to be screened for COVID-19 upon arrival and to participate in ongoing 'surveillance testing' throughout the fall semester. Compliance with all testing is required as part of the Cornell Behavioral Compact. Self-quarantining for 14 days upon arrival is appropriate for students who are arriving from an international location or states with a NYS travel advisory. Please continue to review health requirements on Cornell Health’s website.

International Graduate and Professional Student Orientation
The Office of Global Learning (OGL) invites all new international students to this year’s virtual International Graduate and Professional Student Orientation on Saturday, August 29 from 8:30 to 10:30 am EDT. The orientation will provide essential immigration and legal information, guidelines on health and safety, OGL services and programs and tips for academic success. Included on the agenda is a panel discussion addressing such topics as transitioning to a new academic culture, academic expectations and ethical concerns at Cornell, tips for developing a relationship with your faculty advisor, language barriers and other issues.

Registration is required for this event. Register for the Orientation using the following link

Students with Spouses
In addition to the orientation, OGL will be holding a session on Student with Spouses on Sunday, August 30 from 8:30 am to 9:45 am EDT. The session will feature a panel of spouse volunteers who will talk about their experiences and the challenges and solutions they found come with being the spouse of a Cornell student. Topics will be guided by the participants, but might include volunteer opportunities, spouse support organizations, childcare issues and healthcare.

Registration is required for this event. Register for the Students with Spouses session using the following link:

Writing Skills Assistance for General LL.M. Students
For General LL.M. students (not available for J.D. Students)who need assistance with writing skills, you may utilize the following campus resources:

Both programs offer one-on-one tutoring for students who feel they need writing assistance.  Please keep in mind Cornell Law School's Code of Academic Integrity has strict guidelines on the submission of student work.  If you utilize either of the services listed above, it is important to let the tutor know the expectations of our Code prior to beginning your session.

Campus/Community Resources

Let's (Tele)Talk

Let’s Talk has gone virtual! We are now offering Let's Talk drop-in consultations by Zoom.

How it works: Let’s (Tele)Talk is available during the times listed below. If interested, please use the relevant link to access the Zoom meeting with a counselor. Students will be seen individually on a first-come, first-served basis. There may be a wait in the virtual waiting room if the counselor is seeing another student. Please wait and we will be with you as soon as we can.

Please note: Let’s Talk is not a substitute for counseling and does not constitute mental health treatment. Let’s Talk consultants can listen to specific problems, help explore solutions, and introduce you to what it’s like to speak to a member of our staff. Other options for care include individual counseling, group counseling, workshops, and 24/7 phone consultation. In a crisis, please call 911 or one of these recommended hotlines

Academic Support

Virtual Office Hours the week of August 24 (Zoom link here) 
Monday:           by appointment 
Tuesday:           12:30—1:30 p.m. 
Wednesday:      12:30—1:30 p.m.   
Thursday:          12:30—1:30 p.m. 
Friday:               by appointment 

Or by appointment: or through Bookings

Balance.  You’ve moved into a new town, met your classmates and some of your professors, familiarized yourself with the law school, and accomplished this all while trying to navigate the limitations of this pandemic.  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, trying to solve legal problems, 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 have to balance on a 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.  Look for announcements introducing the Academic Peer Advisors and announcing future workshops on balance, outlining, the practice exam, and exam-taking.  Or reach out to me anytime you have a question about law school—I’m happy to help. 

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:

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


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

If you would like to make an appointment with the Career Services Office, please visit our Bookings page ( or email Lisa Carberry, Administrative Assistant,

1L Students 
You, Your Career, and Cornell Law: September 3, 4:30PM (EST) 
Meet the Career Services, Public Service and Judicial Clerkship staff, learn about how they will work with the entering class in the coming months  
Zoom Webinar Link:

2L Students
Recruiting Season & Job Fair Update: September 10, 4:30PM (EST) 
Updates on the timeline of the 2020/2021 law firm recruiting season
Zoom Webinar Link:

Positions Available

Professor Margulies is looking for two to three student volunteers to help with a short-term research project on the death penalty. The students will help complete a paper on the application of the death penalty to defendants who neither killed nor intended to kill. Work is anticipated to take approximately 6 weeks @ 5-7 hours/week. Interested students can contact Prof. Margulies by email:

The Complainants' Advisors Office is comprised of law students who advise and counsel students at all stages of investigation and adjudication under Cornell Policy 6.4 (prohibited discrimination, protected status harassment, and sexual and related misconduct). You can reach out to the Complainants’ Advisors Office if you have questions about Policy 6.4 or if you are interested in pursuing a complaint. You do not need to have made a formal complaint to speak to a Complainants' Advisor. You can reach the Complainants’ Advisors at

Cornell's Legal Information Institute (LII) is calling all history buffs, Supreme Court watchers, and anyone who is looking for an interesting and important do-anywhere, part-time research position this semester:  The Oyez Project ( is conducting a precise count of the number of cases each of the Supreme Court's most prolific advocates argued from 1789 to present. Attorney Jim Thunder of DC’s Kellogg, Hansen, Todd, Figel & Frederick, PLLC, has made his initial findings, and Cornell's Legal Information Institute (LII) has offered to assemble a team of students to verify the results and help publish the first ever comprehensive analysis.  If interested, please contact LII co-Director Craig Newton at

English Language Support Office (ELSO) is looking for a tutor with a background in law. For more information about the ELSO tutoring programs, visit:  For information on how to apply, contact the Dean of Students Office,

General Announcements

Fork and Gavel 

Re-opening August 25, 2020! Offering online ordering and pick-up available from Express Fork & Gavel, The Commons, Myron Taylor Hall
Open Monday - Friday 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM, Visit website for more infomation:\

Achieving Social Justice Webinar

Hear how law students and attorneys like you are achieving social justice - Alphonso David, President of the Human Rights Campaign speaks about issues and priorities with Georgetown Law Professor Sheila Foster and Fordham Law Professor Joseph Landau. RSVP to to attend

Big Red Ventures(BRV)

The Fund Managers at BRV ( are recruiting Associates for the upcoming 2020-2021 academic year. If you are interested in seeing how a venture capital fund works—and would like to maximize your exposure to the venture industry—please consider applying for the Associate role. Primary responsibilities center around the due diligence process and include: understanding business models, market analysis, and financial projections. The application opens August 26th at 12:00 PM and closes September 6th at 5:00 PM. The application can be found on this site:

Second Weera Centre International Legal Essay Competition

We issue this Call for Submissions with the following assumptions – first, that the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed deep-seated biases in our democracy against vulnerable sections of our population; and second, that law remains one of the best tools to understand, respond and mitigate some of these biases. Any submission is, therefore, expected to either address or critique both assumptions. It can range from identification of the issue to forging a valid response to it.
More information can be found on the Centre's website:
Submission Deadline : September 30, 2020

The Puerto Rican Bar Association Scholarship Fund 

The PRBA Scholarship Fund, Inc. was created in 1978 to promote diversity in the legal profession by providing financial awards to Puerto Rican and Latino law students. Puerto Rican and Latino students permanently residing in New York State, attending law school in New York State, or with a commitment to work in New York State upon completion of their law school education. The application can be found here:
Submission Deadline: September 30, 2020