Cornell Law Scoops

Scoops Issue

February 11, 2019

This Week’s Events

Week of February 11, 2019

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

Monday, February 11

10:00 - 3:00 PM, The Foyer
BLSA Candygram Fundraiser 

12:30 - 1:30 PM, Room 277
Westlaw Edge 1L Training 

12:30 - 2:30 PM, Room G90
Center on Death Penalty Worldwide 

3:45 - 4:45 PM, Room 182
LALSA Spring General Body Meeting 

Tuesday, February 12

10:00 - 3:00 PM, The Foyer
BLSA Candygram Fundraiser 

12:20 - 2:30 PM, Zhu Faculty Workshop, L28 Hughes Hall
Judged for More than Her Crime: Women on Death Row 
Lunch will be provided

4:50 - 6:00 PM, Room 182
National Lawyers Guild General Body Meeting 

6:00 - 8:30 PM, Room 182
BLSA/NLG Movie Night 

6:30 - 7:30 PM, Room 277
Clearing the Smoke: A Discussion on the Cannabis Regulatory Framework

Wednesday, February 13

8:00 - 10:00, The Commons 
The Weekly Perk- Coffee and conversation every Wednesday from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. in The Commons. Stop by for a cup! Breakfast food also provided - this week's food will be donuts and bananas. 

10:00 - 3:00 PM, The Foyer
BLSA Candygram Fundraiser 

12:15 - 1:15 PM, MacDonald Moot Court Room, 390 Myron Taylor Hall 

The Dean’s Office presents a lecture featuring Claire Chino, JD `91

Please join us for the Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series with Claire Chino, Managing Executive Officer, President, and CEO of ITOCHU Corporation and ITOCHU International Inc.  Her lecture will be on “Lawyers in the Best Sense – How Legal Training Brought Me to the C-Suite”.

All are welcome to attend. Lunch will be provided for guests registered by Wednesday, February 6. 

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 - 6:30 PM, Room G85
Music Law Panel 

5:00 - 6:00 PM, Squash Court 
Yoga in the Squash Court 

Thursday, February 14 

12:00 - 3:00 PM, The Foyer
Cabaret Ticket Sales 

Friday, February 15

12:15 – 1:15 PM, Room 186. 
Why Clerking for a Federal Magistrate Judge is a Path to Career Success
Join Magistrate Judge Sanket Bulsara, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, as he shares his thoughts on the benefits of clerkships with magistrate judges. Lunch provided. Please RSVP here ( by February 11th.

Beyond This Week

Monday, February 18

2:30 - 4:30 PM, Room 285
Mohamed Arafa - Guest Speaker Ramy Essam 

Tuesday, February 19

12:15-1:15. MacDonald Moot Court Room, 390 Myron Taylor Hall.

The Dean’s Office presents a lecture featuring Andrew Berger, AB '66, JD '69 and Marshall Phelps, JD '69

Please join us for this lecture with Andrew Berger, Counsel of Tannenbaum Helpern et al. and Adjunct Professor at Cornell Law School. As well as Marshall Phelps, Forbes Columnist, Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Microsoft Corp. (ret.).  Their lecture will be on “Guidance on Building and Growing an IP Practice – Whether in House or at a Law Firm”.

All are welcome to attend. Lunch will be provided for guests registered by Tuesday, February 12.  You may register using the following link:  

Wednesday, February 20 

11:30 - 12:30 PM, Room 182
Our Broken Immigration System and How to Fix It 

3:00 - 4:00 PM, Student Lounge
SLC First Meeting 2019

Thursday, February 21

5:30 - 9:00 PM, Room 186
Black History Month Movie Screening 

Friday, February 22

7:00 AM - 6:00 PM, Student Lounge
WLC and WOCC Career Day 
The Women’s Law Coalition and Women of Color Collective are hosting their 8th Annual Career Day. Career Day is a day dedicated to connecting current students with alum and highlighting the experiences of women in big law, clerkships, and public interest.  Our day will feature a breakfast in the student lounge, five panels, and mock interviews for students.  It will conclude with a Myron Taylor Mixer in the Commons.  Our panels are geared towards students in every class, and highlighted this year is our panel Breaking Down Barriers on how to use networking to get to the top of the field.  We look forward to seeing you there!

5:00 - 6:30 PM, The Commons
Myron Taylor Mixer 

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 the greatness of Edgar Martinez or any other topic, may sign up in advance with Becca Johnson by e-mail (, in room 263, or by phone (607-255-3527).

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. Enrollment in courses does not constitute or imply university registration. Students must be registered by February 8 or they risk being withdrawn from the university. When withdrawn, they will be dropped from classes, and services such as (but not limited to) library access, housing, dining, door access, Blackboard, and bus services will be terminated. Students who become registered for the Spring semester after February 8 will be charged a $350 late fee, in additional to finance charges. Students who register after the sixth week of classes will be charged a $500 late fee, in additional to finance charges. 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. Use Student Essentials ( to check your registration status.

S/U Grading Option

Each JD student and LLM students who have elected the JD scale may elect to take up to two upperclass courses at Cornell Law School on an S/U basis. Shortly after the close of Add-Drop students will receive an email when the S/U Grading Option link is available on the Registrar's website. S/U grade elections, if made, are irrevocable. Students may not make this election in courses that they use to satisfy the Law School's upperclass writing requirement. In addition, instructors may designate specific courses that they teach as not eligible for the S/U grade election. Check individual course descriptions ( for more information. Students must submit the online form no later than 12 noon on February 13.

Spring 2019 Final Examinations

The online Deferral Request link will be available in March on the Registrar's website.  Students who have exam conflicts are reminded to notify the Law School Registrar's Office, in writing, of the conflict and should note which exam they wish rescheduled once the Deferral Request link becomes available.

Buying Textbooks

Please keep in mind that e-textbooks may not be used during classroom exams.  You will not have access to the internet during classroom exams.

Summer School Study

Students may petition the faculty for permission to take courses in law summer school programs of ABA-approved law schools and, upon their successful completion, to receive credit toward the Cornell J.D. degree. Such petitions are considered on an individual basis, and in no case is credit in excess of six hours granted for all such summer school law study. For timely consideration of the petition, interested students should submit their petitions to the Law School Registrar's Office (addressed to Dean Miner) prior to April 1. Petition forms are available online.(

Class Recording Request Form

The Law School IT department has created a class recording request form. ( 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.

Release of Information

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

Campus/Community Resources

Let's Talk

Let's Talk is a program that provides easy access to informal confidential consultations with counselors from Cornell Health Services. Counselors hold walk-in hours at sites around campus Monday through Friday. Speaking with a counselor can help provide insight, solutions, and information about other resources.

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

Link for additional hours and locations:

Academic Support

Office Hours Week of February 11 (126F Hughes Hall):

Be sure to stop by my office hours to borrow supplements from my lending library:

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

Or by appointment:  (607) 255-0146;

Make an appointment with me here.  (

APA Office hours:   This Week’s Focus:  Time Management

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

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

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

Winter Doldrums.  Despite the lovely warm spell we had last week, Ithaca is back in the grips of an icy winter.  It’s not unusual to feel unmotivated when your mood matches the gloomy weather outside.  To jumpstart your motivation, focus on the positive.  Take a step back to evaluate what you hope to accomplish with a law degree and why you are here.  Reminding yourself of your ultimate goal will help you focus on the process necessary to get there.  Get organized with a structured study schedule instead of just a daily “To Do” list.  It is too easy to put off studying in a structured way when you think you have all day to review Criminal Law.  Instead, don’t give yourself a choice—schedule specific course review for specific times and days.  You’ll feel so much better when get your work done rather than procrastinate.  Breaking down tasks into smaller pieces can also provide motivation.  You can accomplish more—like balancing the work for your Lawyering assignment with reviewing for class—if you set and stick to a schedule.  If you want more ideas on how to motivate yourself to study, drop by my office during office hours or schedule an appointment.  The APAs will also be giving specific advice on Time Management this week.   Look for information next week about a spring APA panel discussion suggesting adjustments to make your second semester better. 

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:

Flu season is here!  

If you missed Cornell’s fall flu vaccine clinics, you can still get your flu shot at Cornell Health (it’s free!) - Visit Cornell Health’s website ( for additional flu prevention tips, and advice about what to do if you get sick. You can also call Cornell Health for consultation at 607-255-5155 (24/7 for urgent concerns).

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

All Students:

  • Women in Private Equity Panel with Kirkland & Ellis: Presented by the Women’s Law Coalition: Wednesday, February 27th, 5:00pm – Terrace Lounge in the Statler Hotel

1L Students - Career Services Recruiting Season Programs: 

  • 2019 Recruiting Season Launch: Thursday, April 18th, 4:30pm, 184. This program will be recorded.

Spring Law Firm Programs: During the course of this spring semester, a number of law firms will host events to introduce you to their people, practice areas, and summer programs. Most events consist of a presentation and reception; you are welcome to attend one or both. You will receive more information about each via email:

Debevoise & Plimpton: Thursday, February 21st 4:30 pm – 182 MTH

Reception to follow in the Commons, 5:30 pm

RSVP here or by visiting this website:

Kirkland & Ellis: Wednesday, February 27th, details TBA

Gibson Dunn: Tuesday, March 5th , 4:30 pm – 184

Reception to follow in the Commons, 5:30 pm

RSVP to Hanna Lee at

Cahill Gordon: Tuesday, March 12th, 4:30 pm – 182 MTH

Reception to follow in the Common, 5:30 pm

RSVP to Noelle Fletcher

Weil Gotshal: Tuesday, March 19th , 6:30 pm  – Johnson Museum of Art

Paul Weiss: Thursday, March 21st, 6:00 pm – Johnson Museum of Art

Sullivan & Cromwell: Tuesday, April 16, 4:30 pm - 186 MTH 

Reception to follow in The Commons, 5:30 pm

Davis Polk: TBA

Fried Frank: TBA

2L & 3L Students:

Renting in New York City - Presented by Cooper & Cooper Real Estate: March 5th, G90, 12:15. Will you be living in New York City during your 2L summer or upon graduation? Want to find a safe and clean apartment within your budget? Confused about all the different living options? Join Jeremy and Jordan Cooper for a detailed presentation about how to effectively search for a place to live in New York City.

Pizza lunch provided


Externship Meetings Coming Up:

Any student interested in participating in an externship or in the Pro Bono Scholars program must attend an informational meeting.  The times and places of the meetings are as follows:

Wednesday, 2/20 – 5:00 p.m. G85

Monday, 3/4 – noon  G80

Friday, 3/22 – 11:00 a.m.  G81

Thursday, 4/18 – 2:00 p.m.  G28R

All applications for externships must be completed and approved in the semester preceding the externship.  There will be a meeting of all approved externs for the Fall 2019 semester in Room 387 on Friday, April 26 at noon.  Contact Prof. Mooney for further information (


Positions Available

Professor Lyon is looking for a law student to work as a paid research assistant with a community partner who is writing a piece on the intersection of immigration and disability law. Please send Professor Lyon ( your CV as soon as possible if you might be interested in assisting with this project.

Professor Sandra Babcock is hiring a research assistant for summer 2019 to work on comparative research regarding the application of the death penalty worldwide.  Interested students should submit a resume and a cover email explaining their interest in the position to

The Cornell Center on the Death Penalty Worldwide ( seeks a Research Associate for the 2019­–2020 academic year. This paid, full-time position (40 hours/week) is an opportunity to become part of the core staff of one of the country’s leading centers on the death penalty and international law. Applicants must have a Juris Doctor, LL.M., or graduate degree in a related field and send the following materials to with the subject line “DPW Research Associate”: (1) a cover letter explaining their interest in the Center and its work, any relevant experience, and what they hope to gain from the position; (2) CV or resume; and (3) a writing sample demonstrating ability to write clearly and concisely. References may be requested from short-listed candidates. Please note that applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. The deadline to apply is March 1, 2019.

The Cornell Center on the Death Penalty Worldwide is seeking native French speakers to assist on a volunteer basis in translating short documents relating to the application of the death penalty.  The documents will be used in an upcoming training for francophone African lawyers defending individuals facing the death penalty.  The translations are generally 5-10 pages long, and the deadline is February 15.  Interested students should contact Delphine Lourtau at

The First Amendment Clinic at Cornell Law School invites applications for its 2019 Summer Fellowships. The First Amendment Clinic provides law students interested in the fields of freedom of the press, freedom of information, freedom of speech, freedom of association, and where applicable, freedom of religion, with the opportunity to enrich their understanding of these vital rights by working on cutting-edge litigation, advocacy, and policy work. A key component of the Clinic’s efforts will be to support journalists and media outlets in their vital work.

Summer fellows may undertake work involving the following: 1) Conducting intakes and vetting potential cases that could have significant impact on existing law; 2) Interviewing clients and supporting fact and expert witnesses; 3) Conducting in-depth offensive and defensive legal research; 4) Drafting and editing party and amicus briefs; 5) Appearing in court; 6) Drafting press releases and blog and other social media posts; 7) Conducting legislative and policy analysis; and 8) Working collaboratively in a team-based environment. Fellows will work under the direct supervision of clinical faculty members and supervising attorneys, and will have significant responsibility for each case or project on which they work. 

The Fellowship will run from May 22 to August 21, 2019, with some flexibility as to start and end dates. Part-time work or full-time work for a portion of the Fellowship period may also be possible. These are paid positions, with a salary of $7500.04 for 12 weeks of full-time work ($15.63/hour). If the fellows are Cornell Law students, the fellows will be expected to use their public interest fellowship funds to cover a portion of the costs of their summers. 

Students who are eligible for summer funding from their own sources and who need an early decision on their applications to qualify for outside support are encouraged to advise the Clinic of their situations and to request expedited review of their candidacies. 

Interested students should email a cover letter, a resume, a writing sample stating the degree of review and editing it was given, transcript, and contact information for two references to (Transcripts, if not immediately available, can be sent after the initial application, but before the submission deadline.) The final deadline to submit application materials is March 15, 2019. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. 

The Farmworker Legal Assistance Clinic seeks law student summer interns to support ongoing case work for the summer of 2019. The Clinic’s docket is comprised of immigration and employment cases on behalf of farmworkers in upstate New York and beyond. We anticipate that students will have the opportunity to engage in client interviewing, legal research, case theory development, and other work related to our ongoing cases during the summer. Students will also be able to participate in any outreach to farmworker communities and other events with community partners as such opportunities arise, as well as any court hearings that may be scheduled over the summer. Because of the Clinic’s client base, Spanish proficiency is an added benefit, but is not required, as interpreters will be available. Interested students should submit a cover letter, resume, and a writing sample to Clinical Teaching Fellow Briana Beltran at

Cornell Law School’s Women and 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 full-time summer research fellows 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, performing legal research and writing for African judges, and offering other assistance in gender research justice as needed. The fellowships will begin around May 20 and end around August 2, 2019. To inquire further and for details on how to apply, please contact the Collection's Advocacy and Research Director, Jocelyn Hackett (, by February 16, 2019.  

General Announcements

Cornell-Paris I Summer Institute – Apply Today!

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

Graduate Student & “Better Half” Happy Hour

First Thursday of the month: March 7, April 11, May 2 - 6:30-7:30, The Big Red Barn

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

Food Drive 

HSA@Cornell is inviting all members of the Cornell community to contribute to this food drive for a food pantry that will be open to any member of the Cornell community (undergrads, grad students, postdocs, staff, and faculty) navigating food security challenges. There are collection boxes in OADI (200 CCC), the Graduate School (384 Caldwell), Cornell Health, Big Red Barn, and several other locations throughout campus.

Practical Leadership - Foundations for a Career 

1 - Credit Saturday and Sunday Course - S/U only. Register online with an add/drop form. Deadline to drop course: February 15th by 12/noon. Questions regarding the course may be directed to: Tracy Vesley - 565 Statler Hall - 607-255-3846 - 
February 16-17, 2019, Statler Auditorium 

Robert and Barbara Kent Fellowship at the Southern African Institute of Policy and Research (SAIPAR)

The Robert and Barbra Kent Fellowship was established by the SAIPAR Board in 2014 in honor of the late Cornell Professor Robert Kent. SAIPAR is a well-established interdisciplinary research center in Lusaka, Zambia. The Fellowship recognizes the contribution of Professor Kent to legal education in Zambia and the United States. The fellowship which is awarded once a year, allows a law student to spend two months working in the corporate law firm of Musa Dudhia & Co. Musa Dudhia is one of Zambia’s largest firms and focuses on finance, banking, corporate law, labor employment and property transactions. It also has an extensive pro-bono program and offers free legal advice to start-ups at the innovative tech hub “Bongo Hive”. The fellowship promotes Professor Kent’s strongly held belief in the need for young American lawyers to understand foreign legal systems.
Fellowship terms
The fellowship will run for eight-weeks during the general time period of mid-May to Mid-August, 2019. The fellow will receive housing while in Lusaka, Zambia and a modest stipend to cover living costs. This fellowship is eligible for Public Interest Fellowship (PIF) funding (PIF is open to 1L and 2L JD students).
Application Instructions
Please e-mail your resume and cover letter to
Application Deadline: February 22. 2019

2019 Ed Mendrzycki Essay Contest 

An essay contest sponsored by the ABA Standing Committee on Lawyers' Professional Liability and Long & Levitt LLP for Law Students and Young Lawyers. For full essay contest hypothetical and rules visit:
Application Deadline: February 15, 2019

Anthony & Anne Rosinia Scholarship Fund

NIABA is proud to offer – from the Anthony & Anne Rosinia Scholarship Fund and  in conjunction with the Order Sons of Italy in America (OSIA) – a $5,000 scholarship to a law student of Italian descent. Further information about the scholarship is available online ( and students may apply directly here.( 
Application Deadline: February 28, 2019

Commercial and Federal Litigation Section Diversity Fellowship

The Fellowship will be awarded to a current first year (1L) diversity law student who is enrolled in a law school in the State of New York to work in a litigation position in the public sector in the State of New York during the summer of 2019. The application and guidelines also may be accessed at

Application Deadline: March 1, 2019

Queens County Bar Association

The Queens County Bar Association will be awarding a scholarship to a deserving law student in the spring. The scholarship will be based upon financial need, a commitment to community service and academic achievement as demonstrated by a personal statement and recommendation letters. You must be a resident of Queens County to apply. For an application, please visit the Dean of Students Office, 126 Hughes Hall. 
Application Deadline: March 15, 2019

Defense Association of New York

The Defense Association of New York will award two $2,000.00 scholarships to law students who, through education and future practice, are looking to improve the services of the legal profession, elevate the standard of trial practice, support and work for the improvement of the adversarial system of jurisprudence in our courts, and facilitate and expedite the trial of disputed claims. For an application, please visit the Dean of Students Office, 126 Hughes Hall.
Application Deadline: April 6, 2019

ELI Constitutional Environmental Law Writing Competition

The Environmental Law Institute (ELI) is pleased to announce the 2018-2019 ELI Constitutional Environmental Law Writing Competition. For more about the competition and past winners, please visit
Application Deadline: April 8, 2019

Smith-Doheny Legal Ethics Writing Competition

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

Biunno Scholarship Program

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

The American College of Employee Benefits - Writing Competition

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

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

Employment Law Annual Law Student Writing Competition for 2018-2019

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

2019 American Inns of Court Warren E. Burger Prize 

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

2019 William W. Greenhalgh Contest

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

Tannenwald Writing Competition

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