Cornell Law Scoops

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August 26, 2019

This Week’s Events

Week of August 26, 2019

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

Monday, August 26

Transfer Student Orientation 

Tuesday, August 27

First day of Class - Will follow a Monday Schedule 

Wednesday, August 28

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.

Thursday, August 29

12:00 - 2:00 PM, Cornell Law School
Law School Open House 

4:00 - 5:00PM, Room G85
Qualifying to take the NYS Bar Examination 

Beyond this week

Monday, September 2

No Classes - Labor Day 

Wednesday, September 4

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.

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.

4:30 PM, The Gallery 
Student Activity Fair 

5:00 PM, Saperston Student Lounge 
BLSA General Body Meeting 

Official Announcements

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 to talk about burritos and sandwiches, legal positivism, or anything else, may sign up in advance with Becca Johnson by e-mail (, in room 263, or by phone (607-255-3527).

Using the Law Library 101: Whether it’s your first year or last, it never hurts to have a refresher on all the services the Cornell Law Library has to offer. Check out our research guide Using the Law Library 101. You’ll find information on everything from hours of operation and collections to scheduling personalized research consultations.

First Day of Classes
Law school classes begin on Tuesday, August 27 following a Monday schedule. Classes on Wednesday, August 28 will follow a normal Wednesday schedule and so on.

Students taking non-law/undergrad classes: The University follows a different academic calendar.  Classes in other university colleges and schools will begin on Thursday, August 29 and will follow a normal Thursday schedule for those non-law/undergrad classes. 

Here are the 2019-20 Law School Academic Calendar ( and the University Academic Calendar ( for your reference.

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

Monday, September 3 - Labor Day
Cornell Law School will not hold classes on Monday September 2. The Registrar's office will be closed that day and will reopen on Tuesday, September 3.

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

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

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

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

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

Upperclass Course Changes
Students must add/drop limited enrollment courses by 12 noon on Wednesday, September 4. Students may add/drop unlimited enrollment law courses until 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 5. Non-law courses must also be add/dropped by 3:00 p.m. on September 5. Please remember to email the Law School Registrar ( you add or drop a non-law course through the University online add/drop so we can adjust your law school schedule.

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

University Registration
To become a registered student at Cornell University, a person must: settle all financial accounts, including current semester tuition; satisfy New York State and university health requirements; have no holds from their college, Cornell Health, or the Bursar. Students must be registered by September 14 or they risk being withdrawn from the university. Students who become registered for the Fall semester after September 20 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 ( for more information.  Failure to register will impact financial aid, loan deferments, health benefits, and other privileges relying on in-school status. This may also affect the ability to use certain services on campus such as your Cornell Card, Library Services and Cornell Health. Use Student Essentials ( to check your registration status.

Information from the Bursar's Office
If University Student Center indicates your registration is on hold, you must first stop by the Bursar's Office, 260 Day Hall to clear your student account by September 20, 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 2019 semester is available here(

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Release of Information
A reminder to all students. Students asking faculty members to write recommendations will need to complete a release form ( with the Law School Registrar's Office if the faculty member wishes to view the student's record.

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

Emergency Phone Numbers
A listing of emergency phone numbers is available here(

Fall 2019 Externship Information 
Any student interested in participating in the Externship Program or the Pro Bono Scholars Program must first attend an informational meeting.  Meetings will be held on the following dates and times:

Thursday, August 29, 4:00 p.m. in Room G39
Monday, September 12, 9:30 a.m. in Room G81
Tuesday, October 8, 6:00 p.m. in Room 277
Wednesday, November 6, 7:00 p.m. in Room 389

In addition, there will be a meeting on Thursday, September 12 at 9:30 a.m. in Room G81 for anyone interested in a full-time or a part-time externship with the U. S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of New York, in Syracuse, New York.  Carina Schoenberger, Assistant US Attorney, will discuss the work of the office and describe the application process. 

Applications for the Pro Bono Scholars Program for Spring 2020 are due in late September.

Applications for externships for Spring 2020 are due at the end of the Fall 2019 semester.

Remedies Class - Space Available
Professor Sherwin is looking for more students for her Remedies class.  This class is designed to provide good practical knowledge for use in both litigation and transactions, a review of core first year subjects, as well as useful information for the bar that you might not find elsewhere.  Enticement: 3-4 textbooks will be raffled on the first day.

Name Pronunciation

We are pleased to announce a new initiative that we believe all members of our community will find helpful. We want to be respectful by pronouncing your name correctly. Help us do so by recording your full name (preferred first name_surname) on your mobile phone or computer in .mp3 format. For consistency and the ability to match the recording to your record, you must save the file by netID (example: abc123.mp3). Once you have recorded and saved the file, upload it to:

For iPhone users: You can create and share a voice memo using the instructions found here:  This will create an .m4a file that you will need to convert to an .mp3 file.  This can be done using iTunes or a host of free online services such as or

For Android users: There are many free apps for recording voice files available at the Google Play Store.


LL.M. Course Counseling Sessions
LL.M. students should schedule a course counseling meeting prior to September 5th.  Please use the link provided in the Admitted Student Portal to schedule.  For follow-up sessions please contact the office directly at or 607-255-5185.  Best of luck on your first week of class!

Office of Global Learning Online Check-in
If you are a new international student 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,
  • No more than 30 days before you begin your program,
  • And no later than 30 days after the start date on your I-20 or DS-2019.

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

Writing Skills Assistance
For students who need assistance with writing skills, you may utilize the following campus resources:

The Graduate Writing Service at the Knight Institute

English Language Support Office

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 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 the week of August 26 (Room 126F Hughes Hall)

Monday:            1:30—3:30 p.m.
Tuesday:             1:30—3:30 p.m
Wednesday:       2:30—4:00 p.m. 
Thursday:           2:30—3:30 p.m.
Friday:                 by appointment
Or by appointment:  (607) 255-0146;

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

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

  • You, Your Career and Cornell Law: Meeting for 1L's to learn about the services offered by the law school’s Public Service, Judicial Clerkship and Career Services Offices
    Wednesday, September 25th, 4:30pm, Rm 184
  • Introduction to the 1L Summer Job Search: The Career Services Office and the Office of Public Service will discuss opportunities in the private and public sectors, judges’ chambers, government, academia, and study abroad programs, along with the next steps for beginning your 1L summer job search. Pick up useful resource books.
  • Resume-A-Thon Week: Sign-up for a 15-minute appointment with a counselor to have your resume reviewed in preparation for applying to 1L summer positions. No resume?  No problem! Come for a 15-minute strategy session. More instructions to come.

2L Students:

  • If you have an OCI interview in Myron Taylor Hall, these interviews will take place the Career Services Suite (128) in MTH. On the day of the interview, check the Career Services Office door to find your interview room.
  • 2019 Recruiting Dates:
    -OCI #1: Monday & Tuesday, August 26 & 27, Myron Taylor Hall
    -OCI #2: Friday, September 13, Myron Taylor Hall 
    -OCI #3: Monday, September 30, Myron Taylor Hall

Positions Available

Professor Blume is looking to hire a Research Assistant to work on several article and book projects related to capital punishment.  Interested students should send a resume to him via email at

Professor Chutkow has several openings for Research Assistants. Work will involve various projects that explore how data may inform the development of legal doctrine as well as the behavior of legal institutions and the actors operating within these institutions. Interested students should email a resume to Professor Chutkow at

Professor Yale-Loehr needs a part-time research assistant for a paper he is writing on immigration court reform proposals. If interested, please email a transcript, resume, and writing sample to Professor Yale-Loehr at

The Law Library is hiring a law student for an evening position. The student will work independently at the circulation service desk - assisting patrons and performing a variety of library tasks. Please visit  for more information. Please send your cover letter and resume to Kathy Hartman ( if interested.

English Language Support Office (ELSO)  is looking for a tutor with a background in law. Please see the complete job posting here:

General Announcements

Welcoming event for Cornell's Military Community

August 28, 2019, 4:30 - 5:30 PM 
Willard Straight Hall, The Art Gallery 
Hosted by The Cornell Undergraduate Veteran Association & The Veterans Colleague Network Group. This event serves as an official orientation event for newly enrolled student-veterans while reconnecting military-affiliated students, faculty, and administrators. Among those in attendance will be Provost Michael Koltikoff. Drinks and light refreshments will be provided.  

FASPE 2020 Fellowship Programs 

FASPE (Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics) is a fully-funded, two-week summer program that uses the conduct of professionals in Nazi Germany as a launching point and backdrop for an intensive study of contemporary professional ethics. Fifteen Business Fellows will be chosen to participate in FASPE 2020 through a competitive application process. Fellowships cover all program costs including round-trip travel to Europe, as well as all European travel, lodging and food.  Business Fellows travel with Law and Journalism Fellows—shared insights are gained through formal and informal cross-discipline discussions. To learn more about the program, please visit their website:
Applications open: August 30, 2019
Application deadline: December 30, 2019