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February 8, 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 8, 2021

Monday, February 8
Spring term instruction begins 

Thursday, February 11 
12:00 - 1:00 PM, Reimagining Citizenship: Prospects for Immigration Reform in the Biden Administration
To register, go to

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.

Beyond This Week

Monday, February 15
Fork & Gavel opens for the spring 2021 semester. Open daily 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM with free coffee. Specialty coffee and food for purchase. 

Thursday, February 18
12:15 - 1:15 PM, Berger Speaker Series Webinar with Sarah Nouwen 
More information on the series:

Friday, February 19
2:30 - 5:30 PM, Clinical Programs Multi-Clinic Orientation - Orientation for clinic and experiential practicum students.

Saturday, February 20
WLC Career Day 

Official 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.

The Weekly Perk

The Dean of Students Office invites you to meet Interim Dean Ohlin and hear about his vision for the Law School and to answer your questions.

Thursday, February 11, 2021 from 4:30 – 5:30 PM

Please RSVP for this Virtual Program:

Dean Ohlin will be holding office hours via Zoom for students on Monday afternoons, 2:30pm – 3:30pm. Students wishing to speak with the Dean, may sign up in advance with Becca Johnson by e-mail (


Academic Support

Zoom Office Hours Week of February 8 with Director Weyble for Academic Skills Support by appointment only here

APA office hours:  Check the Canvas page this week

Seeing Your Shadow.  Did you pay attention to Punxsutawney Phil’s prediction on Groundhog Day last week?  Whether you’re ready for spring flowers or more snow showers, you should similarly take this opportunity to examine your own “shadow.”  Did you accomplish what you wanted last semester? Do you feel like you took the steps necessary to reach short-term and long-term goals?  Just like Bill Murray’s character in the movie “Groundhog Day,” if you don’t make positive changes in your approach, you’ll find yourself in a time loop—repeating last semester.  Because this is the start of the spring semester, there’s time to make adjustments.  But you can’t make effective changes if you don’t know what to do differently.  I’m happy to help anyone who wants to evaluate their study approach from last semester and make changes.   

Welcome back!

Cornell Law Library

Studying in the library: 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. Student Arrival in Ithaca –If you are an international student with F-1 or J-1 visa status and have just entered the US with a DS-2019 issued by Cornell, be sure to complete the Office of Global Learning’s online check in process 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.

Office of Global Learning Tax Information & Workshops available
The Office of Global Learning – International Services’ Tax prep website has information on U.S. taxes and how to file. 

Health and Wellness

Sleep: Make it your super power

Want to improve your sleep? Enroll in Refresh, ( Health’s online sleep program, for evidence-based information and strategies proven to help you catch more high-quality ZZZs. Refresh is a free, eight-week self-help program open to undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Enroll in Refresh by Thursday, February 11, 2021 to participate in the program beginning February 15th.  (Time commitment is only 15 – 20 minutes a week!)

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(  You can check your compliance status in your Spring Checklist.  If you are not yet in compliance with Cornell's flu vaccination requirement, your options include:

Attend one of two on-campus flu vaccine clinics planned for February 9 & 10.  Details are available in the Spring Checklist. 

Get your flu shot off campus.  Vaccination is available at most pharmacies (local pharmacies include Wegmans Pharmacy, CVS Pharmacy at Target, and CVS, Kinney Drugs, and Walgreens) and is covered by most insurance plans, including SHP and SHP+.  Be sure to upload proof of your vaccination to meet your requirement. 

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. 

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.  

And for students studying outside of New York State, please see these counseling and support resources:


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:

Morgan Lewis: Corporate Trivia Night – February 11, 2021, 6:00PM (EST)
Hosted by transactional attorneys, please join us for a game that will allow you to be competitive while learning more about Morgan Lewis and the corporate world. The winning team gets a prize!

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

The Dean of Students Office seeks a student assistant to plan, promote, and execute student engagement initiatives for the spring 2021 semester. This paid position is virtual. Facility with videoconferencing software (Zoom, Teams, etc.), innovation, creativity, enthusiasm, discretion, and careful attention to detail is required.

Paid (Remote) Summer Jobs at Cornell The Legal Information Institute at Cornell Law School is hiring students to work on various projects during the summer of 2021.  LII work qualifies for PIF, but students need not be eligible for a PIF grant to work for LII.  Summer work for LII can be performed from anywhere within the United States--there's no need to be in Ithaca.  Please contact LII Co-Director Craig Newton ( to learn more about opportunities at LII.

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. 

Big Red Barn Positions
For graduate or professional students that are interested in applying for a position it the Big Red Barn (including a FAMILY FELLOW POSITION):
Job descriptions: (      
To apply -

General Announcements

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:

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

Jana Springer Behe Corporate Counsel Section Fellowship

Eligible candidates are the Class of 2023, which includes part-time students and rising 2Ls from a New York law school from under-represented groups capable of fulfilling the requested work hours and responsibilities. The fellowship goal is twofold.  First, to provide the selected organizations with the chance to have students from a diverse range of backgrounds provide assistance without cost and second, to provide students from a diverse range of backgrounds with an opportunity to experience in-house legal practice. Contact the Dean of Students Office for information on how to apply
Submission Deadline: February 12, 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