Cornell Law Scoops

Scoops Issue

February 18, 2019

This Week’s Events

Week of February 18, 2019

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

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.  

Wednesday, February 20 

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. 

11:30 - 12:30 PM, Room 182
Our Broken Immigration System and How to Fix It 
Immigration is at the forefront of U.S. politics. President Trump has called for building walls, imposing bans on Muslim immigrants, and restricting legal immigration. Does immigration help or hurt America? Stephen Yale-Loehr, professor of immigration law practice, will explain why our current immigration system is broken and what you can do to help fix it.  The talk is free and open to the public

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 

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

Thursday, February 21

12:05 - 1:25, Room G90
Operation Car Wash (Lava Jato)- Biggest Corruption Scandal in Latin America 

3:00 - 4:00 PM, Room 276
CALSA Spring General Body Meeting 

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

Friday, February 22

7:00 AM - 6:00 PM, Saperston 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!

12:30 - 2:30 PM, Room 186
LII Writing Competition Information Meeting 

5:00 - 6:30 PM, The Commons
Myron Taylor Mixer
Cornell Law Welcomes Women's Law Coalition Alumnae and guests. Please remember to bring your government-issued photo ID and Cornell Law name tag. 

Beyond This Week

Sunday, February 24

7:40 - 10:50 PM, Saperston Student Lounge
SELS presents: Oscar's Viewing Night 

Monday, February 25

12:15 - 1:15, Room 182
Office of the Dean will host a talk with Meredith Williams-Range 
Meredith L. Williams-Range is Shearman & Sterling's Chief Knowledge & Value Officer. She oversees global strategy in conflicts, governance, new business intake, records, legal project management, knowledge management, research services and more. Ms. Williams-Range is widely recognized as a leading authority in innovation and the practice of law changes for the legal field, and is a frequent presenter and author

Tuesday, February 26

12:15 - 1:15 PM, Room 186
IPTA Talk with Wendy Larson
The Intellectual Property and Technology Association and the Office of the Dean Present: Wendy C. Larson's talk on Superheroes, Social Media and Sorbet: Tales from a Trademark Attorney
Please RSVP no later than February 21, 2019 : https://www.lawschool.cornell.edu/news-center/event-Detail.cfm?ID=156005

3:45 - 4:45 PM, Room 185
First - Year Students: Introduction to Clerkships
What’s a post-grad clerkship? Why should you do one? How do you land one? Join Dean Peck to learn more! Snacks provided. Please RSVP here (https://www.lawschool.cornell.edu/news-center/event-Detail.cfm?ID=156673 ) by February 21st.

Wednesday, February 27

6:00 - 7:00 PM, Room 184
PILU Pro Bono Panel 

Thursday, February 28

12:30 - 1:30, Room G90
LDB Speaker Series: Col. Eli Bar-on will be speaking on the Israel Defense Forces' implementation of the law of armed conflict. Lunch will be served. 

Saturday, March 2 

9:00, LakeWatch Inn
Barristers' Ball 


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 (rlj76@cornell.edu), in room 263, or by phone (607-255-3527).

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.

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.(https://support.law.cornell.edu/students/forms/Summer_Winter_Credit_Petition.pdf)

Registration with Bar Authorities

Deadlines for bar examination applications may be approaching. The rules of certain states (not New York) require either notifying the bar admission authorities of intent to begin the study of law or registering with the authorities when law studies begin. Students should obtain instructions from the proper source (usually the state board of bar examiners or the clerk of the court of highest jurisdiction) in the state in which they intend to practice. Failure to comply with the instructions may substantially delay admission to the bar. You can find more information on the National Conference of Bar Examiners website: http://www.ncbex.org/.

Bar Applications Requiring Fingerprinting

NY does not require fingerprinting. Not all State bar applications require fingerprinting. Fingerprinting is available on campus at the Public Safety Office, G-2 Barton Hall, 24 hours a day. You will need to take the fingerprint card with you, and two forms of picture ID.


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: https://health.cornell.edu/services/counseling-psychiatry/lets-talk

Academic Support

Office Hours Week of February 18 (126F Hughes Hall Dean of Students Office):

Monday:                    1:00—2:00 p.m.

Tuesday:                     NO OFFICE HOURS

Wednesday:              11:30—12:30 p.m.

Thursday:                   11:30—12:30 p.m.

Friday:                         By Appointment Only

Or by appointment:  (607) 255-0146; cbw75@cornell.edu

APA Office hours: This Week’s Focus:  Class Prep Strategies

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

 

Gimme a Break.  You’ve completed your Lawyering assignment, read for every class, and done your best to stay healthy during this crazy flu season.  Do you feel exhausted?  Right now would be a fantastic time for winter break—if there was one.  While accomplishing a big task makes you feel like taking time off, there is no time off right now.  Unlike the fall semester, when you had breaks every six weeks followed by a long holiday break, the spring semester is more like the real world.  You have more demands on your time and less time to catch up.  You won’t have a break until April, so you need to make your own mini-breaks now in order to stay focused.

How do you do that?  Plan short breaks every week so that you can recharge.  Walk outside for half an hour every day.  Go to the gym from 4:30 to 5:30 every other day.  Watch one episode of your favorite show every evening.  See a movie from 7 to 9 on Saturday.   Do an activity that relaxes you, but make sure you set a starting and ending time to the activity.  While you need breaks to make sure you don’t burn out, you will be more stressed out if your breaks get out of control and reduce your working time.  If you want more ideas on how to motivate yourself to study while also scheduling breaks, drop by my office during office hours or schedule an appointment.

Second Semester Focus:  APA Lunch Discussion.  Monday February 25 12:15—1:15 Rm 285

Nearly one-third of the semester is under your belt.  Now’s a great time to adjust your study efforts.  Are you taking too long with your reading and not reviewing enough?  Are you trying to figure out how to practice exam skills? Now that you know what law school exams look like, it’s a great time to learn what to focus on in your spring semester.  The Academic Peer Advisors are holding a session on how to adjust your skills to be more efficient and effective the remainder of this semester.  They’re happy to answer questions and work with you further to help prepare for the upcoming exam season.  Please R.S.V.P so we know how much pizza to order:  Lyndsey at lyc8@cornell.edu

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 https://caringcommunity.cornell.edu/ 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: https://www.dfa.cornell.edu/policy/policies/prohibited-bias-discrimination-harassment-sexual-misconduct) 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: https://cm.maxient.com/reportingform.php?CornellUniv&layout_id=6_)  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: https://www.dfa.cornell.edu/policy/policies/campus-code-conduct): Alleged violations should be reported to the Judicial Administrator at 255-4680 or email: judadmin@cornell.edu.

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 (https://www.raveguardian.com) 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: ombudsman@cornell.edu

Learn more about the Office of the University Ombudsman. You can visit their website using this link: https://www.ombudsman.cornell.edu/

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: https://newstudents.cornell.edu/spring-2019/graduate-professional/health-community

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

E-mail: sds_cu@cornell.edu

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: https://sds.cornell.edu/

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!) - https://health.cornell.edu/services/medical-care/annual-flu-vaccination. Visit Cornell Health’s website (https://health.cornell.edu/about/news/flu-information-resources) 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 share.cornell.edu.

 


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: https://media.debevoise.com/48/1734/compose-email/20190221-cornell-reception.asp

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 HLee@gibsondunn.com

Latham & Watkins: Thursday, March 7th, 5:00 p,,m, The Commons 

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

Reception to follow in the Common, 5:30 pm

RSVP to Noelle Fletcher nfletcher@cahill.com

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

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

Davis Polk: Monday, April 8th

Morgan Lewis: Wednesday, April 10th 

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

Reception to follow in The Commons, 5:30 pm

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

RSVP at www.coopercooper.com/Cornell

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:

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 (ajm31@cornell.edu).

 


Positions Available

Immigration attorney in Ithaca seeks native Chinese speaker for client translations. E-mail Carolyn Lee (carolyn@carolynleepllc.com)

J.D. Students - - Hiring Teaching Assistants – Introduction to the American Legal System
The Graduate Legal Studies office seeks several J.D. students to serve as Teaching Assistants for the introductory LL.M. course being offered in the two weeks before school starts (commencing August 12th).   The course, Introduction to the American Legal System, will run from August 12th to August 26th, and your presence will be required some hours each day (both in and outside of class) during that time frame.  It will be a fun and rewarding way to get to know the incoming LL.M. students and work with Professor Kong.  TA's will conduct small section sessions, comment on papers, and meet with students.  If interested, please send an email, explaining your interest, with a copy of your résumé attached to gls@cornell.edu.

The Cornell Center on the Death Penalty Worldwide (http://www.deathpenaltyworldwide.org/) 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 deathpenaltyworldwide@cornell.edu 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 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 firstamclinicfellows@cornell.edu. (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 briana.beltran@cornell.edu


General Announcements

Cornell-Paris I Summer Institute – Apply Today!

The Cornell-Paris I Summer Institute (https://www.lawschool.cornell.edu/international/study_abroad/paris_summer/about.cfm) 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 paris.law@cornell.edu 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 Pantry & Drive 

Bread N Butter, a food pantry founded and run by a graduate student, currently operates out of the space previously utilized by Anabel’s Grocery and is open Wednesdays 4 – 6 p.m. and Fridays 9 – 11 a.m. HSA@Cornell is inviting all members of the Cornell community to contribute to a food drive for the food pantry that is 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. 

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 marja.hinfelaar@saipar.org
Application Deadline: February 22, 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 (https://www.niaba.org/resources/Documents/NLGC%202019%20NIABA_SIF%20Flyer.pdf) and students may apply directly here.(https://sonsofitalyfoundation.submittable.com/submit/129899/national-italian-american-bar-association-niaba-sons-of-italy-foundation-scho.) 
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 https://www.tnybf.org/uploadedFiles/Foundation/PDFs/2019%20Commercial%20Federal%20Fellowship%20Application.pdf

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 https://www.eli.org/constitution-courts-and-legislation/diamond-constitutional-environmental-law-writing-competition
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: https://law.nd.edu/assets/303223/2019_nd_law_school_writing_poster.pdf
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 https://www.acebc.com/public-docs/ACEBC-Writing-Competition-Announcement-2019.pdf
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 www.laborandemploymentcollege.org. 
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 https://home.innsofcourt.org/burgerprize
Application Deadline: July 1, 2019

2019 Chicago-Kent College of Law/Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize

A Scholarly writing competition that honors an outstanding article or book on a topic exploring the tension between civil liberties and national security in contemporary American society. The winner will receive a cash stipend of $10,000. The article or book must be in draft form or have been published within one year prior to the July 1 deadline. As a condition of accepting the award, the winner will present his or her work at Chicago-Kent. All reasonable expenses will be paid. Please submit entries to Ms. Tasha Kincade, assistant to Dean Harold J. Krent, at tkincade@kentlaw.iit.edu. 
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: https://www.americanbar.org/groups/criminal_justice/awards/writing_competition/
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 http://www.tannenwald.org).
Application Deadline: July 9, 2019