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February 1, 2021

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources and Updates

Please bookmark and continue to monitor the following resource websites for updated and relevant information: 

This Week’s Events

Unless otherwise noted, these events are intended for the Cornell Law School Community 
All times posted are Eastern Standard Time 

Week of February 1, 2021

Tuesday, February 2 
Lawyering Program instruction begins for first-year students

Monday, February 8
Spring term instruction begins 

Thursday, February 11 
4:30 - 5:30 PM, Weekly Perk - Meet Interim Dean Jens Ohlin 

Friday, February 12
12:00 - 1:00 PM, "What I Wish I Knew" Navigating a fast-paced career can pose its challenges, at times prompting a person to ask the following questions: How do I? Where do I? Who do I? Those are questions we have all asked at some point in our professional lives, in particular at significant junctures and crossroads such as graduating from law school, starting a new career, or becoming an entrepreneur.
Join our panel discussion with Cornell Law School alumni who graduated within the last decade and practiced in various areas of law as they provide valuable insight and tools to consider when navigating your professional life. The panelists will discuss important stages in their careers such as navigating the public interest world, the non-profit sector, transitioning to in-house, big law, clerking, workplace best practices, lateral move, legal markets, and many more.


Academic Support

Zoom Office Hours for Academic Skills Support by appointment only

Perspective.  I hope you had a wonderful break and got some much-needed rest.  Recharging your batteries now is necessary preparation for the spring semester.  While you will have more obligations this semester—job search, moot court, memos, oral arguments, and student organization elections in addition to normal class preparation, outlining, and exam practice—you can avoid feeling “burned out” if you approach the semester with a specific plan to balance your workload with relaxation time.  Have you calculated the time between important deadlines?  Have you decided when, how, and how long you will study this semester?  Please come see me if you need help with a schedule. 

Also, be sure to keep your fall grades in perspective and consider how much you learned last semester, both about the law and law school.  That knowledge will serve as a building block for this semester.  Whether you are pleased with or disappointed in your grades, you should reflect on your performance and make a plan for improvement.  I’m available to work with anyone who wants advice on how to work more efficiently and effectively this semester.  Welcome back!

Cornell Law Library

Studying in the library: Welcome back!  To use library study spaces, you will have to reserve a spot online.  We have spaces set aside for online class participation, quiet study, eating and drinking, and select seats with light therapy lamps.  Review the rules and book a seat on our online reservation page.(

Longer hours in the library: Seats are now available 8:00am-11:00pm, seven days a week.  Stay safe!  Remember to clean your space before and after you use it and to keep your mask on whenever possible.  

Graduate Legal Studies/General LL.M. Students 

General LL.M. Course Counseling Sessions – General LL.M. students starting their first full semester of classes must schedule a course counseling meeting prior to February 15th.  Returning LL.M. students may also schedule an optional meeting to discuss their Spring semester course enrollment.  Please review available times and schedule a meeting here.  

General LL.M. Optional Legal Research Refresher Sessions – The Cornell Law Library staff will present two optional refresher sessions on Thursday, February 4 starting at 8:00am ET and 3:30pm ET. These refresher sessions will briefly review legal research information introduced during August Orientation and cover library resources and services.  There will be an opportunity to ask questions about the library and US legal research at the end of each session.  You can join the live Zoom sessions using the following log-in information.  A recording will be made available for those who cannot attend synchronously.

Thursday, February 4 at 8:00am ET - Zoom Meeting ID: 932 2156 8449; Passcode: 675094; Direct Link:

Thursday, February 4 at 3:30pm ET - Zoom Meeting ID: 967 3799 1316; Passcode: 234760; Direct Link:

General LL.M. Student Arrival in Ithaca – Be sure to complete the Office of Global Learning’s online check in process after you arrive to maintain valid visa status.  For those who have not yet arrived, please update your Spring Checklist as you finalize your plans.  As a reminder, you can find a summary of Cornell’s current arrival testing and quarantine requirements here.  After you complete the required arrival testing and quarantine, and are cleared to be on campus, you can arrange to pick up your Cornell ID card from a GLS staff member.  Your ID card will allow access to campus facilities based on your clearance.

Annual Flu Vaccination – Per Cornell’s COVID-19 Behavioral Compact, flu vaccination is required for all students studying in Ithaca during 2020-2021 academic year.  If you have not yet received your flu shot, Cornell Health recommends getting it prior to the start of the Spring semester.  You can review information about vaccination options, including upcoming on-campus flu clinics, on Cornell Health’s website.  Students who do not meet their requirement by February 15 will not be able to enter campus facilities or attend in-person classes beginning February 16.  If you will arrive late, please contact Cornell Health directly to discuss a plan to meet your requirement. 

Health and Wellness

Let's (Tele)Talk

Let’s Talk has gone virtual! We are now offering Let's Talk drop-in consultations by Zoom. Visit their website for a schedule:

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.  


Headspace has created a special New York collection of meditation, sleep, and movement exercises to support you through these challenging times. Visit the website to experience what Headspace has to offer:

Legal Careers

1L Students:

Intro to Recruiting and August Job Fair – March, date TBA

Recruiting Season Interview Program – April, date TBA

Lexis Nexis Firm Research Workshop – April 13, 2021, 4:30PM (EST) via Zoom

2021 Loyola Patent Program – July 22 – 23, 2021

Student registration February 18 – March 19

More details to come

Cornell Law August Job Fair (virtual) – August 3-5, 2021

2L and 3L Students

Cooper & Cooper “Renting in NYC” Workshop – March 1, 2021, 4:30PM (EST) via Zoom

Topics Include: Starting Your Search, Neighborhoods & Subways, Apartment Shapes & Sizes, The Application Process, Paperwork Requirements, Income & Credit Guidelines, The Real Estate Market

Register via this link

Positions Available

Professor Atiq is looking for a research assistant this Spring for several projects in legal and moral philosophy. One of the projects is urgent and involves targeted research associated with an article. Knowledge of debates in general jurisprudence and/or history of the common law is a plus, but not essential. Facility with the bluebook and article editing is required. RAs will be paid at the standard hourly rate for graduate and professional students. In addition, you will have the option of working with Prof. Atiq on an academic research project of your own. If interested, please email your CV to Prof. Atiq ( directly, with the subject line “Research Assistantship.” 

Professor Yale-Loehr needs some research assistants this summer to help update his immigration law treatise. Prior exposure to immigration law is helpful but not required. Pay is at the standard law school rate. This is an excellent job for a bright 1L.  If interested, please email an unofficial transcript, resume, and writing sample to Professor Yale-Loehr at Please also indicate your dates of availability. Students can work anywhere; you don’t need to be in Ithaca. The job is full-time, so students interested in attending the Paris or other summer law programs need not apply. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, so applicants should apply as soon as possible.

Winter Research and Advocacy Intern: The Cornell Center on the Death Penalty Worldwide seeks interns for part-time positions in the winter semester 2021. For information about the position and to apply please email

Summer Research and Advocacy Intern: The Cornell Center on the Death Penalty Worldwide seeks an intern for a full-time position for Summer 2021. For information about the position and to apply please email

Research Intern - China: The Cornell Center on the Death Penalty Worldwide seeks interns fluent in Mandarin  (including the ability to read and write simplified Chinese) for part-time positions in winter and spring semester 2021.  For information about the position and to apply please email

The Department of Policy Analysis and Management is seeking two Teaching Assistants for the spring 2021 course entitled, Corporations, Shareholders, and Public Policy (PAM 3340/5334). This course meets Mon/Wed 11:25-12:40. It will be a hybrid of in-person and online teaching. The ideal candidates will have a law background as well as undergraduate coursework in economics or other equivalent familiarity with the course topics. TAs typically work 10 hours per week, on average, at a rate of $20/hour.  Please contact Professor Rick Geddes ( if you are interested. 

General Announcements

Cornell Law School Photo Directory

Calling all 1Ls! When the public health restrictions lift, the Law School will be taking professional headshots, but until then, help us update our Cornell Law School photo directory by uploading a current headshot of yourself.

How to Navigate Social Networks at Cornell 

Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at noon. Register to join the staff of the Big Red Barn and Janna Lamey from the Graduate School to learn how to navigate social networks as a new student (or a returning student who wants new ideas).  ?Hear from panelists from a variety of backgrounds on how they successfully connect to networks during the challenging times of a global pandemic.
To register:

Navigating COVID-19 Peer Consultants - Spring 2021 

Are you passionate about supporting the health and safety of the Cornell community during the Spring 2021 semester?

Consider joining the COVID-19 Peer Consultants program! By participating in this volunteer effort, you can:

  • Serve as part of a student think tank contributing weekly observations and to identify risky dynamics within the student experience (student organizations, clubs, teams, Greek chapters, academic classes or departments, fields/labs, etc.) and develop skills for effective interventions
  • Work within your respective communities/organizations to identify upstream strategies (i.e., prevention or early intervention) to reduce the transmission of the virus.
  • Promote positive shifts in culture and behavioral practices to promote adherence to COVID-19 public health guidelines
  • Learn how you can make a difference within your living space, organizations and greater community by being a peer influencer and normalizing a culture shift that promotes our shared responsibility.
  • Become involved in various COVID-19 initiatives including helping to promote public health messages via social media.

By volunteering as a COVID-19 Peer Consultant, you align yourself with a group of like-minded peers. During the Fall 2020 semester, 94% of COVID-19 Peer Consultants said they were able to make a positive impact on the University’s COVID-19 response.
Time Commitment: A minimum of 2 hours/week (one of those hours is attending a dedicated weekly meeting at a set time facilitated by the Public Health Fellows @ the Skorton Center for Health Initiatives: Adaeze Okorie ‘20 or Johan Kjorven ‘19). If you’re interested, complete this interest form ( by Wednesday February 3, 2020. We look forward to you joining this effort! If you have questions, please contact

CIArb NY Branch International Arbitration Student Article Competition

The Competition is open to all JD, LLM and JSD students who are enrolled on a full-time basis for the 2020/21 academic year at an ABA-accredited law school located anywhere in the States of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. All details regarding the competition rules and registration are available on the Branch’s website here
Submission Deadline: February 9, 2021

The Kenneth G. Standard Diversity Internship

The Kenneth G. Standard Diversity Internship Committee is pleased to announce our first ever virtual open house event on Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021 at 6 pm via Zoom. 
This program will consist of: 

  • A brief introduction to the Diversity Internship Committee, including why the NYSBA Corporate Counsel Section created the Kenneth G. Standard Diversity Internship Program;
  • A segment about host companies and why they value the KGS Diversity Internship Program; and
  • A panel discussion with former KGS interns.  The moderator will take audience questions in real time during the panel discussion.

Register for the Open House:

2020-2021 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, see the AILR writing competition website at
Submission Deadline: Friday, February 26, 2021, at 6 p.m. Eastern Standard Time

The Washington Attorneys with Disabilities Association Scholarship 

The Washington Attorneys with Disabilities Association is thrilled to offer a scholarship to be granted this academic year to a law student who has shown commitment to helping promote meaningful inclusion of people with disabilities throughout the legal profession and by sharing the personal experience of a person with disabilities while pursuing a legal career. Please see the attached for additional information or visit
Submission Deadline: March 30, 2021

The University College Dublin Law Review Seeking Submissions 

The UCD Law Review is among Ireland’s leading student-run peer-reviewed legal journals. The Review seeks to publish, on an annual basis, a comprehensive and distinguished journal of legal scholarship. Further details, including information on submissions and the editorial process, may be found at
Submission Deadline: March 31, 2021

Howard C. Schwab Memorial Essay Contest 

The purpose of the Howard C. Schwab Memorial Essay Contest is to create greater interest in the field of family law among all law students, and particularly the Law Student Division of the American Bar Association. The Section is now accepting entries for the 2021 contest! Eligible second or third-year law students are welcome to submit original essays on any aspect of family law. First, second, and third-place winners are awarded monetary prizes, as well as publication of the winning entries on the Section's website, and more! Information can be found on the website:
Deadline Submission: All essays must be e-mailed on or before April 23, 2021. Remember, in order to be assigned a number, you must send us your entry form by April 9, 2021. These dates must be strictly adhered to.

The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and American Bar Association Section of 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 2021 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, 2020. Graduate students in law school (LLM candidates) are not eligible. Complete rules should be read in their entirety. Competition rules can also be found on the College website at
Submission Deadline: June 15, 2021


Trusts and Estates Law Section Fellowship 

The fellowship is open to first-year (1L) and second-year (2L) law students who are currently enrolled in law schools in the State of New York to work in trusts and estates law positions in the public sector in the State of New York during the summer months. The ultimate goal of the Fellowship is to create a network and forge relationships among trusts and estates law attorneys throughout the State of New York. Information available:
Submission Deadline: February 8, 2021

Honorable Charles L. Brieant, Jr. Fellowship 

The fellowship is open to all first year (1L) students and second year (2L) students as of spring 2021 semester enrolled in a law school in the State of New York. Contact the Dean of Students Office for information on how to apply
Submission Deadline: March 19, 2021