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March 16, 2020

This Week’s Events

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources and Updates

Cornell officials are proactively working with local and state public health organizations to monitor this concern and to protect the health and well-being of the Cornell community. Please bookmark and continue to monitor the following resource websites for updated and relevant information: 

https://www.cornell.edu/coronavirus/

https://www.lawschool.cornell.edu/COVID-19/COVID-19.cfm 

Week of March 16, 2020

All University and Law School events, on or off campus are cancelled. Beginning today, March 16, appointments with administrative offices and faculty will be held by phone or Zoom. Contact the appropriate office for details. 

March 16 - 20 Pause in Ithaca-based instruction

Monday, March 16
As the Law School is working on moving courses online, we would like to understand your current computing capabilities outside of the Law School buildings. If you have not already done so, please complete the following short survey by today, Monday, March 16
https://cornell.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_dik44sMfxxkdwot

Wednesday, March 18
Access to the Law School buildings will close at 5:00 PM 

Monday, March 23
Ithaca-based online instruction resumes 


Official Announcements

Law School Registrar Announcements

Registration with Bar Authorities
The rules of certain states (California) 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/.

Registration for Bar Exams
Deadlines for bar examination applications may be approaching. You can find more information on the National Conference of Bar Examiners website: http://www.ncbex.org/.

Deadlines for jurisdictions popular with CLS graduates:
NY: April 30 (application opens April 1)
CA: April 1
DC: May 2
MA: 75 days prior to exam
TX: deadline was Febraury 1, late file is May 1
FL: May 1

Bar Applications Requiring Fingerprinting
NY does not require fingerprinting. Not all State bar applications require fingerprinting. Contact a law enforcement agency near you to arrange fingerprinting if your jurisdiction requires it. You will need to take the fingerprint card with you, and two forms of picture ID. It is strongly recommended that you call in advance to access and comply with the agencies' COVID-19 precautionary measures. 

Law Library Announcements

Information specifically related to the Law Library will be posted and updated regularly on the Law Library website and at https://www.lawschool.cornell.edu/COVID-19/COVID-19-Student-FAQ.cfm#library. You can continue to send us questions by email lawlib@cornell.edu.

Graduate Legal Studies/LL.M Students

Office of Global Learning Tax Information

All nonresident aliens in the US are legally required to file a tax return if they received US income (https://international.globallearning.cornell.edu/employment-and-taxes/us-income-tax-basics) during 2019.  The Office of Global Learning – International Services’ Tax prep website has information on U.S. taxes and how to file. 

Additionally, Cornell University has arranged free access to SprintaxFederal Tax Preparation for you. Sprintax will guide you through the tax preparation process, arrange the necessary documents and check if you’re due a tax refund. Sprintax is coded for non-resident aliens; do not use any software that’s for residents if you’re a non-resident. (See the IRS information, (https://www.irs.gov/individuals/international-taxpayers/determining-alien-tax-status) or let the Sprintax software determine your residency status for you.)

To use Sprintax:
1.       Follow the instructions found at the following link: https://international.globallearning.cornell.edu/employment-and-taxes/file-your-return-sprintax
2.       Complete the online questionnaire.
3.       Enter your unique code found on the Kerborized page from Step 2 on the ‘Review your order’ page.
4.       Sprintaxwill prepare your tax return. Sprintax will also complete any applicable State returns for you. There is a fee for State returns.
5.       Finally, once you complete the preparation process in the Sprintaxsoftware, you must print, sign and mail your documents to the IRS.

If you have any questions on the software or how to answer its questions, the Sprintaxteam will be happy to help via their 24/7 live chat facility. If you have questions on your Cornell-issued W-2 or 1042-S form, please come to a free workshop (https://events.cornell.edu/event/tax_workshop_for_international_students) hosted by the Tax Compliance Office, the Office of Global Learning and the Graduate School.


Campus/Community Resources

Academic Support

Academic Support Office Hours will be held via Zoom. Please email cbw75@cornell.edu, to schedule your appointment with Professor Weyble. 

“You’ll Never Plough a Field by Turning it Over in Your Mind.”  An Irish saying meaning that you won’t get very far just thinking about what you need to do—you need to actually do it!  If you’ve looked at the calendar, then you know that over half of the semester is over and spring break is still thirteen days away (not that I’m counting).  But have you looked at the other important deadlines you have coming up: two weeks until your final persuasive assignment is due and seven weeks until you take exams? Four weeks until classes are taught remotely?  And all of these deadlines are in addition to your regular class preparation, review, organization events, and preparation for exams!  Instead of worrying about it, schedule how you will spend your remaining weeks of school.  Incorporate outlining and exam preparation into your nightly and weekend schedules—including taking old exams.  Try to get your persuasive assignment completed early.  Plan exactly what you will study over spring break and how you will allocate your time for each subject.  Make these schedules and stick to them.  If you follow through with your study plan, you’ll have no trouble managing the extra work that seems to accumulate at the end of the semester.  If you want help planning your study schedule or reviewing old exams that you take, please contact me or the APA’s—we can meet in person until spring break and via Zoom after the break.


Legal Careers

From the Career Services Office

1L Students:
Diversity Fellowships:

New York Intellectual Property Law Education Foundation (NYIPLEF) Scholarship
Diversity scholarship opportunity in the amount of $10,000.00 for the 2020-2021 academic year.
Completed application must be received by Wednesday, March 25, 2020. It is available online: https://nyiplef.org/2020-scholarship-application/.


Positions Available

Remote work options are being assessed. Please reach out to the contacts listed below with questions. 

Cornell Law School’s Women & Justice Collection at the Legal Information Institute is seeking full-time and part-time summer 2020 researchers to work remotely. The researchers will work on a variety of international and comparative law projects related to gender justice for the Collection and its partners. To inquire further and for details on how to apply, please contact the Collection's Advocacy and Research Director, Jocelyn Hackett (jjh283@cornell.edu). 1Ls are encouraged to apply. Students planning to split their summers should send their proposed schedule. These positions are PIF-qualified employment.

The Farmworker Legal Assistance Clinic seeks law student summer interns to support ongoing case work for the summer of 2020. 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 Briana Beltran at briana.beltran@cornell.edu.

The First Amendment Clinic at Cornell Law School invites applications for its 2020 Summer Fellowships. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. The Fellowship will run from May 18 to July 31, 2020, 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 $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. 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 30, 2020. Early applications are encouraged.

The Office of Admissions and Financial Aid is looking to hire a Seasonal Admissions Recruiter!  
 This position is from September-November 2020, includes all travel costs and salary. The recruiter does not need to live in Ithaca. If you are interested in this position or would like further details, please email Director Michael Cummings at  mjc396@cornell.edu. If you love Cornell Law School and enjoy traveling, this may be a great position for you

Paid Summer Jobs at the LII:   The Legal Information Institute at Cornell Law School is hiring law students to improve the materials in its WEX collection.  WEX is a free online legal reference that aims to provide the general public with straightforward and viewpoint-neutral explanations of legal topics and issues.  Summer work can be performed from anywhere--there's no need to stay in Ithaca.  Please contact LII Co-Director Craig Newton (craig@liicornell.org) for more information.


General Announcements

The Immigration Law and Advocacy clinic

The Immigration Law and Advocacy clinic will offer a free webinar on Tuesday March 17 from noon-1 pm Eastern time on the new public charge rule affecting immigrants. Immigrants can find out if they are subject to the new rule and if so, how to comply.  Get answers to questions such as:

* Can I get food from the local food pantry?

* Can my child still get free school lunches?

* Will I be deported if I go to the emergency room?

* Can I see my doctor if I am pregnant?   

To log on to the webinar, go to https://cornell.zoom.us/j/286626580. The webinar will also be recorded for later viewing. 

Student Child Care Grant Application for Spring 2020

All Cornell student-parents who did not receive a grant in Fall 2019 and meet eligibility requirements are encouraged to apply.  The deadline is Friday, March 27, 2020. Applications and further information can be found on the Students with Families Student Child Care Grant Program webpage

Berger Summer Fellowship Program 

Eligible applicants: All J.D., LL.M. and J.S.D. students, with a preference to those with a demonstrated interest in international or comparative legal studies
Grant amount and fellowship duration: Pro-rated, based on length of internships up to 8 weeks (e.g., $2500 for 4 weeks; $5000 for 8 weeks). Students should specify their desired length of stay in their application.
Application instructions:
Students are expected to find internship placements themselves, in advance of applying. Once a placement is found, submit the following materials by email attachment to international.law@cornell.eduby Monday, April 6, 2020, with the subject line Berger Summer Fellowships.
i. Your resume
ii. Your transcript (you may send this via Cornell dropbox for heightened security)
iii. A cover letter that includes the following:

  • Describe the organization or agency, the legal work it does, and the clients it serves.  Include the web site address, and, if available, a description of the summer legal internship program. Please also explain how your work will engage international or comparative law.
  • Your desired length of stay at the organization.
  • Discuss your motivation for applying.  Describe how a public international summer internship with the particular employer you will work for (or hope to work for) facilitates your long-term legal career goals.
  • Any other information that you feel is relevant.

Application Deadline: April 6, 2020

Summer Fellowships - Cornell Law School’s Women & Justice Collection at the Legal Information Institute 

Cornell Law School’s Women & Justice Collection at the Legal Information Institute is seeking two full-time summer 2020 fellows. Fellows will receive funding for an internship in gender justice advocacy in Cape Town, South Africa, for up to eight weeks. Fellows will have the opportunity to gain field research experience in southern Africa as well as in-office legal experience. To inquire further and for details on how to apply, please contact the Collection's Advocacy and Research Director, Jocelyn Hackett (jjh283@cornell.edu). 1Ls are encouraged to apply. Students planning to split their summers should send their proposed schedule.

Honorable Charles L. Brieant, Jr. Fellowship

The fellowship is open to all first year (1L) students and second year (2L) students as of spring 2020 semester enrolled in a law school in the State of New York. Application link:  https://www.tnybf.org/uploadedFiles/Foundation/PDFs/2020%20Hon.%20Charles%20Brieant%20Jr%20Fellowship%20Application.pdf
Application Deadline: March 20, 2020

Sixth Annual Elder and Special Needs Law Journal Writing Competition

The Elder Law and Special Needs Section of the New York State Bar Association is pleased to announce their annual writing competition, for all students attending an accredited ABA law school within New York State. For more information on how to apply, please contact the Dean of Students Office at law.dos@cornell.edu 
Application Deadline: March 22, 2020

2020 Kay Crawford Murray Commercial Division Diversity Fellowship

The New York Bar Foundation is pleased to announce the 2020 Kay Crawford Murray Commercial and Federal Litigation Section Diversity Fellowship which has been established by The New York Bar Foundation through a gift from the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section of the New York State Bar Association. 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 2020.
Application link: https://www.tnybf.org/uploadedFiles/Foundation/PDFs/2020%20ComFed%20Fellowship%20Application.pdf 
Application Deadline: March 23, 2020

NYIPLEF's Diversity Scholarship 

NYIPLEF’s 2020 Diversity Scholarship provides funds to diverse law students currently enrolled at an accredited law school in the New York area, in good academic standing, and demonstrating intent to engage in the full-time practice of intellectual property law. The scholarship is intended to be used by the law student for tuition and expenses related to attending law school. To be considered for this year’s diversity scholarship, the completed application must be received by Wednesday, March 25, 2020. It is available online: https://nyiplef.org/2020-scholarship-application/.  
Application Deadline: March 25, 2020

Senior Lawyers Section Fellowship

The fellowship will be awarded to a New York Law student (1L, 2L, 3L) who is a member of the New York State Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section to intern with a legal service agency to work on legal needs of seniors during the summer of 2020.
Application link: https://www.tnybf.org/uploadedFiles/Foundation/PDFs/2020%20Senior%20Lawyer%20Section%20Fellowship%20Application.pdf
Application Deadline: March 30, 2020

Berkeley Technology Law Journal 2020 Writing Competition

Now accepting submissions from law students on a wide variety of topics at the intersection of law and technology, including but not limited to: technology and the public interest, privacy, internet law, intellectual property, antitrust, First Amendment issues, entertainment and news media, telecommunications, biotechnology, and cybercrime. The first prize winner will receive $1,000 and be published in the Spring 2021 issue, if the Note meets BTLJ's publication standards. Additional prizes are available. Information to apply can be found on their website: https://btlj.org/2020/02/berkeley-technology-law-journal-2020-writing-competition/
Application Deadline: March 30, 2020

Queens County Bar Association Annual Scholarship

The Queens County Bar Association will, again, be awarding a scholarship to a deserving law student in the spring. The scholarship will be based upon personal financial need, a commitment to community service, and academic achievement as demonstrated by your personal statement and recommendation letters. You must be currently enrolled in St. John’s or CUNY law school or be a resident of Queens County. All are encouraged to apply. Information on applying can be found at the following website: https://blogs.law.nyu.edu/docket/student-affairs/queens-county-residents-scholarship-opportunity/44071/
Application Deadline: April 15, 2020

Judicial Friends Association - Summer Internship

The Judicial Friends Association, Inc. is an organization founded in 1976 by local, state and federal African-American judges in the State of New York. To advance these goals, the Judicial Friends Association, Inc. mentors law students, provides internships and scholarships to deserving law students and educates the community to improve understanding of the law and confidence in our court system. Contact the Dean of Students Office for information on how to apply. 
Application Deadline EXTENDED: April 15, 2020

Smith-Doheny Legal Ethics Writing Competition 

Any current student at an American or Canadian law school may submit an essay (minimum of ten pages and maximum of fifty pages) on any legal ethics topic. The essays that are submitted to the competition will be judged on their clarity, coherence, creativity, insight, and mastery of the rules and cases relevant to the topic of the essay in question. Information can also be found at the following website: http://www.law.nd.edu/smith-doheny.
Application Deadline: April 24, 2020

2020 Howard C. Schwab Memorial Essay Contest

Each year, the American Bar Association Section of Family Law conducts an essay contest to encourage law students to think about current issues in family law, and to encourage participation in the Section of Family Law. Students may write on any aspect of family law. The contest is open to second and third-year full-time J.D. students (and second through fourth-year part-time J.D. students) of all ABA-approved law schools, and to first year J.D. students where family law is taught as part of the first year curriculum. More information can be found on the essay contest webpage: https://www.americanbar.org/groups/family_law/awards-initiatives/essay_contest/
Application Deadline: April 24, 2020

The Judge John R. Brown Scholarship Foundation 27th Annual Brown Award 

The Award honors excellence in legal writing in American law schools. Any law student currently enrolled in an accredited law school in the United States seeking a J.D. or LL.B degree is eligible to submit a paper for the Award. Information about the award can be found at the following website: https://www.brownsims.com/about-brown-sims/affiliations/judge-john-r-brown-award/
Application Deadline: May 29, 2020

Labor and Employment Law Annual Law Student Writing Competition 

The ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law and The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers are pleased to announce their 2020 writing competition. This competition is open to articles written while the author is an active student at an accredited law school in the United States. Authors may not have graduated from law school prior to December 1, 2019. Graduate students in law school (LLM candidates) are not eligible. More information and details of the competition can be found on their website: https://www.laborandemploymentcollege.org/images/pdfs/AME_COL_WRITING_COMPETITION_ANNOUNCMENT_AND_RULES_2020.pdf
Application Deadline: June 15, 2020

2020 Warren E. Burger Prize

The American Inns of Court Warren E. Burger Prize is a writing competition designed to promote scholarship in the areas of professionalism, ethics, civility, and excellence. Interested authors are asked to submit an original, unpublished essay of 10,000 to 20,000 words on a topic that addresses issues of legal excellence, civility, ethics, and professionalism. The author of the winning essay will receive a cash prize of $5,000 and be published in the South Carolina Law Review. Rules for the competition are available on the American Inns of Court website: https://home.innsofcourt.org/burgerprize
Application Deadline: July 1, 2020