Cornell Law Scoops

Scoops Issue

December 2, 2019

This Week’s Events

Week of December 3, 2019

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

Tuesday, December 3
9:00 - 11:00 AM, Saperston Student Lounge 
White & Case 1L Coffee Break 

11:00 AM - 2:00 PM, The Foyer
PILU Finals Care Package Fundraiser 

Wednesday, December 4
8:00 - 10:00 AM, 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.

5:00 - 6:00, The Squash Court 
Yoga - All skill levels are welcome. Increase your physical and mental well being. Bring your mat and join in! Sponsored by Akin Gump. 

Thursday, December 5
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM, Room 389
Lambda Study Session 

4:00 - 6:00 PM, Saperston Student Lounge
End of Semester Therapeutic Massage Party - Sign ups in the hall outside the Student Lounge available at 3:30 PM

4:00 - 4:30 PM, Room G26
Let's Meditate -Let’s Meditate is a free, guided, mindfulness meditation series sponsored by Cornell Health, in collaboration with numerous campus partners.

Next Week

Monday, December 9 
11:30 AM - 1:15 PM, Saperston Student Lounge
Pet Therapy

Official Announcements

Law School Registrar Announcements

Please add these dates to your calendar. More information will be sent to students in the next few weeks.

Late December (After all exams end) - Registrar will release lottery results to all students.

Mid - January - Add/drop begins and students can make changes to their schedule.

Using Your Laptop for the Fall 2019 Final Exams
The deadline to register your laptop for exams is December 4, at noon. Registering for final exams is a two-step process.  First, register for exams using the link on the Registrar’s website in the Important Deadlines column, Next, download the fall 2019 version of the exam4 software.  The link for this will appear after you complete step 1.  You will need to re-download Exam4 again, if you already did it before November 13, 2019.  

If your laptop is not working correctly, email the Law Registrar ( as we will direct you to IT to see if they can assist you.  You may view the exam procedure’s guide from our website.  It provides step-by-step instructions on how to use the software and general exam procedures. 

First Year Students
Lawyering for the Spring 2020 term begins Tuesday, January 14, 2020.

Tuition Statements
The Office of the Bursar sends monthly electronic billing statements via Cashnet(Cashnet Link: ). Paper bills will not be sent. You, the student, will be sent an email to your Cornell email address each month notifying you when your new bill is available. If you are not paying your student bill yourself, you are responsible for setting up other users/payers on your Cashnet .

Electronic monthly e-bills are static and updated once a month at billing. However, by clicking on the Recent Activity link in Cashnet, you can review the miscellaneous transactions that post between billing cycles. A single Bursar statement includes the Bursar and CornellCard accounts, which are two separate accounts.

Financial requirements for registration (link here: is summarized on your July and December statements. Tuition and fees not billed in July and December are due before registration, regardless of the due date of the bill.

Students may view current Bursar transactions before the next billing date on Student Center Current CornellCard transactions are available through CornellCard Student Accounting. Link to Cornell Student Accounting: 

Winter Weather & University Operating Status
To find out if the University (and Law School) is open or closed due to inclement weather conditions, check the University Operating Status site ( or University Special Conditions site ( ) or call the Inclement Weather phone (607) 255-3377. If the University is closed, the Law School is also closed. If the Law School is closed, classes and exams for that day are cancelled. Make-up plans will be announced as soon as the plans are available. If the University remains open, classes and exams will take place as scheduled. Faculty may cancel their class as needed and reschedule make-ups at their discretion.

Law Library Announcements

Law Library Restricted Access During Exams: Effective Friday, Dec. 6 – Friday, Dec. 20 use of the Law Library is limited to Law School students, faculty, and staff. Non-law students may access the Law Library to retrieve books and ask reference questions, but they are not allowed to occupy study space.  Accordingly, library staff will be periodically walking through the library and asking non-law students to leave. Please have your Cornell ID card with the law school sticker readily available at all times while studying --- in fact, feel free to leave it face-up on the table next to you. This will allow us to check your status with minimal disruption to your studies. If you have questions about our restricted access policy, please visit our website here.

Pet Therapy Day Announcement: It’s time once again for Pet Therapy! Stop by the Saperston Student Lounge on Monday, December 9 at noon to unwind with everyone’s favorite llama, Late for Breakfast, and several therapy dogs from the Cornell Companions pet visitation program. Spouses, partners and children are welcome. Take a great selfie with Late for Breakfast? Get any super cute videos of the therapy dogs? If so, please share them with us by tagging the Law Library and using the hashtags #lawlibraryllama #PetTherapy2019 when you post on Facebook (@Cornell Law Library), Twitter (@Cornell_Lawlib), or Instagram (@cornelllawlibrary)! No RSVP required.

Notice: Law Library Laptops and Taking Exams Library laptops cannot be used for exams because of software issues (i.e. the laptops will not allow the exam software to save work). 

Graduate Legal Studies/LL.M Students

Traveling over Winter break?
Remember to take all documents needed for re-entry into the U.S. – even if traveling within the U.S.

  • Valid passport (must be valid for at least 6 months into the future)
  • Valid (unexpired) U.S. visa stamp in your passport (except Canadian citizens)
  • Valid I-20 for those in F-1 or F-2 status (signed for travel on page 2 by an Office of Global Learning advisor with the last year (6 months for Canadian students) OR valid DS-2019 for those with J-1 or J-2 status
  • Evidence of financial funding (whatever funding mentioned on your I-20 or DS-2019)
  • Proof of enrollment (from the Registrar’s office or print your own certificate here)

If you have questions regarding the documents above, please contact the Office of Global Learning:
International Services, Office of Global Learning
300 Caldwell Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853
Drop-in advising hours: Monday - Friday:  10:00-12:00 and 1:00-4:00

Forgot your I-20 or DS-2019?
If you have left the U.S. and realize that you do not have a valid travel signature on your I-20 or DS-2019, or you forgot your I-20 / DS-2019 altogether, the Office of Global Learning can send you a new copy of your current form with an updated travel signature wherever you are in the world.  If you fill in the request form the Office of Global Learning will send your new form by regular mail within two business days after submission.  You can find additional information, including directions for how to request expedited shipping, on the Office of Global Learning’s website here.

Not Enough Time to Request your I-20 or DS-2019?
If you are traveling back to the U.S. too soon for the Office of Global Learning to get a new form to you, don't panic! When you reach the port of entry, explain to the port of entry officer that you forgot your I-20 or DS-2019, and ask if the officer will please let you in to the U.S. with an "I-515A."  The "I-515A" will allow you entry to the U.S. in F-1 or J-1 status for 30 days.  If you get an I-515A at the port, visit the Office of Global Learning as soon as you arrive back in Ithaca and they will help you complete the requirements.

Other Announcements 

The 2020-21 Study Abroad Online Application is Now Open
The deadline for applying to study abroad during the 2020 fall and 2021 spring semesters has been changed to: January 15, 2020 at midnight.
Changing the deadline will enable us to provide students with the lottery results sooner and prior to the spring add/drop deadline.  

Students who wish to be considered for a fall 2020 and spring 2021 semester abroad, must complete the online application and provide supporting documents no later than midnight on January 15, 2020. 

The online application can be found at Cornell Student Application for Semester Abroad

Please note: If you’d like to study abroad with a partner or friend, you will both need to complete the form exactly the same (ie, make all the same choices in the same order), and then send an email to me at indicating that you’d like to study together, with your names and reason for the request.  The other supporting documents, requested on the application, should also be uploaded on the application site.

For further information about our exchange programs with partner schools, visit our Semester Abroad website.
Please don’t hesitate to contact Dawne Peacock ( if you have trouble with the online application, questions or would like to meet to discuss your options further.

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 December 2 (Room 126F Dean of Students Suite)
Monday:           No Office Hours - Campus Closed 
Tuesday:            11:00—12:00 p.m.
                            2:30—4:00 p.m.
Wednesday:       11:00—12:00 p.m.
                             2:30—4:00 p.m.
Thursday:            2:30—4:30 p.m.
Friday:                10:00—11:00 p.m.

Or by appointment:  (607) 255-0146;

APA Office Hours Week of 12/2: 

Section A:            Natalie Greenfield Tuesday 9:00—10:00 Rm G81
                            Zach Sporn  Wednesday 4:30—5:30 Rm 244
Section B:            Tayler Woelcke  None due to Campus Closed 
Section C:            Alizah Charaniya  Wednesday 1:30—2:30  Rm. G80
Section D:            Julia Hollreiser  Thursday 4:15—5:15  Rm. 244
Section E:             Lily Coad  Thursday 11:10—12:10 Rm. 244
Section F:             Emily Szopinski  None due to Campus Closed 

Reading Period Office Hours December 9—10 (Room 126F Dean of Students Suite)

Monday               10:00–12:00 p.m.
                               2:30–4:00 p.m.
Tuesday               10:00–12:00 p.m.
                               2:30–3:30 p.m.
Or by appointment until December 10:  (607) 255-0146;

Inhale.  Hold.  Exhale.  This is the last week of classes, and most of you are feeling 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.  If you find that you need help with your final study plan or you want to talk about exams, I am available until December 10, and I have extended office hours.  I am happy to help. Don’t forget to breathe, eat well, and sleep.  Best of luck!   

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:

Legal Careers

1L Students:
Welcome to Cornell Law School. Keep up to date on the programs offered by our office through Scoops, the email listserv and the TV screens around Myron Taylor.

White & Case Coffee Break: Celebrate the last week of class and stop by the Student Lounge for a coffee and chat with White & Case attorneys.

  • December 3rd, 9:00am – 11:00, Student Lounge

All Students:
Bloomberg BNA Law Product Advocate: Bloomberg BNA is seeking an energetic, highly motivated and creative Bloomberg Law Product Advocate to support our organization at your school. The successful candidate will be fully trained to use Bloomberg Law and share expertise with fellow students. Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

o   Providing guidance on how to use Bloomberg Law to students at your school.
o   Assisting with planning and execution of on-campus Bloomberg Law marketing and training events, such as table days and Prepare to Practice training sessions.
o   Identifying and communicating additional opportunities to integrate Bloomberg Law into your school.
o   Building and maintaining positive relationships with law reviews, journals, and student organizations at your school.
o   Qualifications: Current Law Student, in good standing; Member of law review, journal and/or student organization(s); Strong legal research and analytical skills; Organized and flexible; Effective communication and organizational skills, both written and verbal; Self-starter and can work independently; Innovative and creative thinker, comfortable sharing new ideas; Ability to work in a fast paced, detail-oriented environment; Knowledge of Bloomberg BNA, Bloomberg Law, Bloomberg terminal and/or familiarity with competitor's products a plus
o   To apply, please email your cover letter and resume to Maxwell Sivin, Client Service Partner,, 516.902.0166

Positions Available

Professor Hay would like to hire a law student to do some research over the Winter break. Contact him directly:

Seeking Volunteers: We are seeking student volunteers to contribute to building a collaboration with a group of impact litigators about a recent Executive Order (EO) affecting how the US protects refugee rights. The EO would essentially give local communities a "veto" over the resettlement of refugees to the United States.  (See Trump Order May Give Veto To People Who Hate Or Fear Refugees and Executive Order on Enhancing State and Local Involvement in Refugee Resettlement)  We are seeking student volunteers to (a) help conduct legal research and draft memoranda (almost certainly related to the Administrative Procedure Act) and (b) help draft related non-litigation documents and engage with stakeholders. We expect to be able to accommodate different degrees of availability over the course of the remainder of the fall semester as we evaluate what is a developing matter and collaboration. (Because this request involves contemplated litigation, kindly do not publish or distribute this call for volunteers outside the Cornell Law School community.) Students who have studied or have work experience involving immigration and refugee law or the federal administrative procedure act are particularly encouraged to volunteer. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions or concerns – or to volunteer: Ian Kysel (, Chantal Thomas ( and/or Stephen Yale-Loehr (

The Cornell Center on the Death Penalty Worldwide seeks law student interns for full-time positions in summer 2020. The internship is full-time and typically requires a 10 to 12-week commitment. Ideally, the candidate will work from May 11 until July 31, but the exact dates are negotiable. While the internship is unpaid, the Center is willing to work with interns to secure funding. There is a possibility that this position will involve international travel, which would be covered by the Center. International travel is not required. The ideal candidate will have strong legal research and writing skills and a demonstrated commitment to human rights, the abolition of the death penalty, and/or criminal justice reform. French is strongly preferred but not required. Other foreign language skills (particularly Arabic, Farsi, and Chinese) and relevant coursework are assets. Applicants should send a cover letter and a CV or resume to by November 11, but 1Ls may submit their applications by December 1. Please check out our listing on Symplicity for more information about the position.

Summer Employment: Gender Justice in South Africa
Cornell Law School’s Women & Justice Collection at the Legal Information Institute is the first vetted and searchable online database of gender justice jurisprudence, legislation, reports, and legal tools. The Collection is seeking two full-time summer 2020 research fellows. Fellows will receive funding for an internship at the Women's Legal Centre in Cape Town, South Africa, for up to eight weeks. With the guidance of the Collection's Director and the Democratic Governance & Rights Unit at the University of Cape Town, fellows will spend one week prior to their internship partnering with a local law student to interview diverse South African women about access to justice issues. With the Collection’s Director, the students will analyze their findings in a report to be published in the Collection’s database. The fellowships will begin around May 25 and end around August 1, 2020. 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.

Women & Justice Collection Semester Research Opportunity
Cornell Law School’s Women & Justice Collection at the Legal Information Institute is the first vetted and searchable online database of gender justice jurisprudence, legislation, reports, and legal tools. The Collection is seeking part-time researchers to work on expanding the Collection and its partnership with the African Legal Information Institute at the University of Cape Town by editing caselaw and legislation summaries from all over the world, performing legal research and writing for African judges, and gathering resources related to women’s access to justice in southern Africa. To inquire further and for details on how to apply, please contact the Collection's Advocacy and Research Director, Jocelyn Hackett (  Researchers will begin work on a rolling basis throughout the semester. 

General Announcements

Mental Health Review

Help us improve student mental health at Cornell—take the Mental Health Review survey!

Cornell University has undertaken a comprehensive Mental Health Review the Ithaca campus this year.

  • An internal (on-campus) Mental Health Review Committee (MHRC) has been tasked with examining the Cornell academic and social environment, climate, and culture related to mental health.
  • An External Review Team is examining clinical services and campus-based strategies.

Students, faculty, and staff can contribute:

  • through an online online survey (answer as many questions as you wish)


Conway-Walker Lecture Series - Rethinking Encryption

Thursday, December 5
11:40 AM, G01 Gates Hall 
Speaker: Jim Baker Host: Fred Schneider

Invitation from the Cornell Latino Alumni Association to Cornell Graduate Students!

The Cornell Latino Alumni Association (CLAA) was founded to promote and facilitate the interests and activities of Latino alumni and also to offer resources to current Latino students on campus. We not only want to support undergraduates but also graduate students in any way possible. If you are interested in joining our list serv, please email us at

Diversity Summer Fellowship in Health Law 

One fellowship will be awarded to a law student who is currently enrolled in a law school in the State of New York to work in Health law positions in the public sector in the State of New York during the summer months.
Application link:
Application Deadline: December 9, 2019

Artificial Intelligence Writing Competition 

The Center for Legal and Court Technology is pleased to announce its third annual writing competition dedicated to innovative legal issues likely to arise from Artificial Intelligence, the Internet of Things, and/or related technologies. For further details and writing competition rules visit:
Application Deadline: December 20, 2019

2020 Antitrust Writing Award: Best Student Paper 

The Antitrust Writing Award for Best Student Paper rewards one student paper that stands out by its originality or relevance to current antitrust issues. The goal of the Award for Best Student Paper is to promote antitrust laws, antitrust economics, and antitrust policies among Law and Economics students and to support student scholarship in the field.
For information on how to apply, please contact the Dean of Students office ( 
Application Deadline: December 22, 2019

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:
Application deadline: December 30, 2019

Entertainment Law Initiative Writing Competition 

The Recording Academy™, in concert with some of the nation’s most prominent entertainment attorneys, established the Entertainment Law Initiative to promote discussion and debate about the most compelling legal issues facing the music industry today.The ELI Writing Competition challenges students to identify, research, and write an essay with a proposed solution on a compelling legal issue confronting the music industry. A nationwide panel of music law experts will judge the papers in a blind process to select a winner and a runner up. This contest is open to Juris Doctorate (JD) and master of laws (LLM) candidates currently enrolled at an ABA-accredited law school. For more information visit the Academy's website:
Application Deadline: January 2, 2020

2020 Law360 Distinguished Legal Writing Award 

The Burton Awards academic board will select 10 law school students to honor with “Distinguished Legal Writing” Award. This great honor will be given to the authors of legal articles that demonstrate creativity, knowledge, and know-how. While the length and subject matter of the legal articles are not limited, the winners will display a true understanding and mastery of the law and their writing must be clear, cogent and concise. For details and how to apply, visit:
Application Deadline: January 3, 2020

2019 Donald C. Alexander Tax Writing Competition

The Federal Bar Association Section on Taxation sponsors an annual writing competition and invites law students to participate. The Section on Taxation has named this annual competition—the Donald C. Alexander Tax Law Writing Competition—in honor of former IRS Commissioner Don Alexander, who passed away in 2009. Throughout his career, Mr. Alexander was both a widely admired role model and an advocate for writing skills and style in tax law.Full or part-time JD and LL.M. Students are eligible. Any original paper concerning federal taxation between 20 and 50 double spaced pages is welcome. Please also see the Writing Competition webpage on the FBA Section on Taxation's website for more details.
Application Deadline: January 7, 2020

Annual International Refugee Law Student Writing Competition

The American Society of International Law's International Refugee Law Interest Group (IRLIG) announces its sixth annual International Refugee Law Student Writing Competition. Papers may address any topic related to international law and refugees, stateless persons, internally-displaced persons (IDPs), and forced migrants. More information about the competition and how to enter can be found here:
Application Deadline: January 15, 2020

12th Annual Essay Contest, Center for Alcohol Policy

The Center for Alcohol Policy is accepting entries for its 12th Annual National Essay Contest. To encourage participation in this year's contest, please visit the following website:
Application Deadline: January 17, 2020

Louis Jackson Memorial National Student Writing Competition in Employment and Labor Law

The Louis Jackson Memorial National Student Writing Competition in Employment and Labor Law is now accepting submissions for 2019-2020. The competition is sponsored by Jackson Lewis LLP and is administered by IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law’s Institute for Law and the Workplace (ILW). The top three winners receive scholarships: $3000 for the first-place winner, and $1000 each for the two second-place winners. More information can be found at the following website:
Application Deadline: January 22, 2020

René Cassin Thesis Prize 

The application for the René Cassin Thesis Prize is open to any candidates who defended their doctoral thesis in the course of the year 2019 in one of the following disciplines: 
- International Human Rights Law 
- Regional Human Rights Law 
- Comparative Human Rights Law 
- Legal Theory of Human Rights
Persons wishing to apply should send an electronic copy of their doctoral thesis accompanied by a report certifying their thesis defence or an equivalent document, to the following email address :
Application Deadline: January 31, 2020

2019/20 CIArbNY International Arbitration Student Article Competition

The New York Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators is pleased to announce the CIArb NY Branch International Arbitration Scholarly Article Competition (the “Competition”). The Competition is open only to qualified law students. It will award up to 3 cash honoraria for the best publishable articles in the area of international arbitration.
More information on the competition is available at    
Application Deadline: February 4, 2020

2019-2020 American Indian Law Review National Writing Competition

This year’s American Indian Law Review national writing competition is now welcoming papers from students at accredited law schools in the United States and Canada.  Papers will be accepted on any legal issue specifically concerning American Indians or other indigenous peoples.  Three cash prizes will be awarded: $1,000 for first place, $500 for second place, and $250 for third place.  Each of the three winning authors will also be awarded an eBook copy of Cohen's Handbook of Federal Indian Law, provided by LexisNexis. For further information on eligibility, entry requirements, and judging criteria, visit the AILR writing competition website at
Application Deadline: February 28, 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