Cornell Law Scoops

Scoops Issue

March 18, 2019

This Week’s Events

Week of March 18, 2019

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

Monday, March 18

12:15 - 1:15 PM, Room 182
Berger International Speaker - Arijit Sen, Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs 

12:15 - 1:15 PM, Room 285
Meredith Williams-Range & Lawrence Baxter will talk about 

4:30 - 6:00 PM, Room 184
Writing Competition Personal Statement 

4:40 - 6:30 PM, Room 182
Intelligence Community Support for National Policymakers 

6:00 - 7:00 PM, Room 186
Women's Law Coalition General Body Meeting & Elections 

Tuesday, March 19

11:15 AM - 12:10 PM, Room G85
Briggs Society of International Law Elections

12:00 PM, Meet in The Foyer
Walk with the Dean of Students and Staff
Feeling stressed?  Anxious?  Don't have time to do anything but study?  Join Dean Miner for a walk to enjoy our beautiful campus, clear your mind, and return to your work refreshed.  Your wellness is worth it!  Meet in the Foyer promptly at 12:00.  We'll be back by 1:15 in time for afternoon classes.

4:00 - 5:00 PM, Room 277
CALSA Elections 

4:15 - 5:15 PM, Room G85
Info Session: The Professional Development Institute 
The Professional Development Institute (PDI) is a two-credit experiential learning course taught by faculty and practitioners. By working on teams to solve real-world transactional and litigation problems, students will develop skills to help them to hit the ground running in the workplace. PDI 2020 will be held next January, but students will register for it with fall classes.

Join us to hear from students who took the course this year:  

Justin Cajero ('20)
Robin Grieff ('19)
Dylan Penza ('19)
Mercedez Taitt-Harmon ('19)

4:45 - 5:45 PM, Squash Court
Free Barre Class 
Develop the length and tone of a dancer in this upbeat, fast-paced class.  No dance experience necessary!  Burn calories and build strength through a series of exercises inspired by Pilates, Yoga, dance technique, and traditional weight training.

Please RSVP here (https://www.lawschool.cornell.edu/news-center/event-Detail.cfm?ID=157177) by March 14th.

5:00 - 6:30 PM, Room 186
If/When/How, ACS, NALSA Teach-In on Forced Sterilization

5:00 - 6:00 PM, Room 276
The Business of Law: How Firms Operate

6:00 - 7:30 PM, Room 182
Federalist Society: Judge McFadden (D.C. District Court) 

7:00 - 9:00 PM, Room G85
Lambda Law Association Elections

Wednesday, March 20

8:00 - 10:00, The Commons 
Healthy Weekly Perk- Coffee and conversation on Wednesday from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. in The Commons. Stop by for a cup! Healthy breakfast food also provided.

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 - 5:30 PM, Room 186
PILU Elections and General Body Meeting 

5:00 - 6:00 PM, Squash Court
Free Yoga Class 
FREE weekly Yoga session. All members of the Cornell Law School community and all skill levels welcome. Increase your physical and mental well-being. Co-presented by the Dean of Students Office and CLSA.

5:00 - 7:00 PM, Room G85
IRAP Pre-Election Meeting 

6:00 - 8:00 PM, Room 186
NLG Elections

Thursday, March 21

12:00 - 1:30 PM, Student Lounge
Cornell Companions- Pet Therapy 
Animals from the Cornell Companions, a pet visitation program, will be visiting the Law School. Stop by the Student Lounge to experience the therapeutic effects of animal companionship.  

12:15 - 1:15 PM, MacDonald Moot Court Room, Room 390
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 Friday, March 15. You may register using the following link: https://www.lawschool.cornell.edu/news-center/event-Detail.cfm?id=154707

12:15 - 1:30 PM, Room G90
How the Rich Hide Their Money 

3:00 - 4:00 PM, Room 182
NLG Teach-In: Concentration Camps in China 

4:00 - 4:30 PM, G39 Hughes Hall
Let's Meditate 
Individuals who meditate seem to feel better, do better, and find that the practice sustains them in their personal and professional lives. Come join in this opportunity to practice a relaxing and restorative technique. Everyone is welcome, Come as you are.

4:00 - 6:30 PM, Room 285
Arbitration Panel

5:00 - 6:00 PM, Room G85
BLSA, NALSA, LALSA Post- Bootcamp/AJF Panel 

5:00 - 6:20 PM, Room 186
Frederick Douglass: Self-Made Man Book Talk 

6:00 - 8:00 PM, Room G85
SALSA General Body Meeting and Elections 

Friday, March 22

9:00 - 5:00 PM, Room 290
Sierra Club Water Law Symposium 

7:00 - 9:00 PM 
Admitted Students Day 

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

Beyond This Week

Monday, March 25

11:15 AM- 12:00 PM, Student Lounge
IPTSA Experiences from Professionals & Elections 

5:00 - 7:00 PM, Room 184
IRAP Elections 

Tuesday, March 26

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM, Room 279
National Security Law and Policy Society Elections 

4:30 - 5:30 PM, Room 186
JLSA Elections 

4:25 – 5:40 PM, Sage Hall, B09
The 2019 Day Family Ethics Lecture:  Kristin Behfar “Ethics in Interpersonal Conflict”  
Reception 5:45 – 6:45 pm Ramin Parlor, Sage Hall

5:20 - 6:30 PM, Room 182
Federalist Society: David Bahnsen 

Wednesday, March 27

12:15 - 1:15 PM, Room 182
Berger International Speaker - E. Tendayi Achiume 

Thursday, March 28

12:15 PM - 1:15 PM, Room G85
Berger International Speaker- Judge Jeffrey S. Chase 

12:05 - 1:25 PM, Room 390
How the Rich Hide Their Money 

 


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 March 19-25 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.

Using Your Laptop for Spring 2019 Exams
You must register for exams and download the new Spring 2019 version of Exam4 software March 19-25. You will receive information about the process by email to your Cornell NetID email address. All students who wish to use their laptops for final exams will be required to download, install and test the Spring 2019 version of Exam4. Other previous versions will have expired and will not work for the May 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 at: https://support.law.cornell.edu/students/forms/Summer_Winter_Credit_Petition.pdf.

Dates to Remember for Spring 2019
Spring Break for the Law School begins on Saturday, March 30. Classes resume on Monday, April 8.  The law school academic calendar can be found at:  https://support.law.cornell.edu/students/forms/2018-19_Academic_Calendar.pdf.

Final exams begin on Thursday, May 2 and end on Tuesday, May 14.  The spring 2019 exam schedule can be found at: https://support.law.cornell.edu/students/forms/Spring_Exam_Schedule.pdf.

Law School Convocation is Saturday, May 11 and University Commencement is Sunday, May 26.

Law School Course Pre-registration for Fall 2019

Current 1Ls and 2Ls: Online pre-registration for fall 2019 Law School courses will take place in early summer. You will be notified by email to your Cornell NetID email account when the pre-registration site is available. Instructions and details for online Law School course pre-registration, updated course offerings, registration forms, and degree requirements will be available online.

University Course Pre-registration for Fall 2019

Students interested in enrolling in courses in other divisions of the University for the fall 2019 semester may pre-enroll using the University Enrollment process. Law students will use the University system to select their non-law courses. The pre-registration period for law students to select non-law courses is scheduled for April 10-12, 2019. You must use Student Center (http://studentcenter.cornell.edu/) to pre-enroll in non-law classes. The University Registrar's Office strongly encourages you to review the enrollment information (https://registrar.cornell.edu/Student/enroll.html) to optimize your enrollment period. Please note: Pre-enrollment does not guarantee enrollment in the course. Students enrolling in non-law courses for JD credit will also need to complete the law credit for non-law courses (http://www.lawschool.cornell.edu/registrar/forms.cfm) form. A student electing a course outside the Law School for credit or otherwise, must also register for at least 9 credit hours in the Law School each term. Regardless of the number of courses elected outside the Law School, a student must earn 72 semester credit hours in professional law subjects. This applies to all law students, including those in joint degree programs.

Bar Information for Class of 2019 Students
Class of 2019 Degree Date: May 26, 2019.

New York State Bar Exam
Applicants may apply to sit for the NY bar exam by filing an online application (https://www.nybarapply.org/intro.aspx) which is available on the Board's website.

Application Filing Period: April 1-30, 2019. Any application not filed within this time period will be denied and returned. There is no provision for late filing.

Handwriting Sample for the NY Bar Exam
If you plan to sit for the NY Bar exam, you will need to submit a verified handwriting sample, which must be completed in the presence of a law school official. The Registrar's Office will hold handwriting sessions during the application filing period. Please make every effort to attend one of these sessions. The process will take about five to ten minutes so come anytime during the time scheduled and leave as soon as your form is completed and turned in. If you are studying abroad or away on a full-term externship, please contact Melody Padgett (mlp57@cornell.edu) for more information on how to submit the handwriting sample.

Handwriting Sessions for JD Students
April 9th any time between 2:00pm-3:00pm room G90

April 10th any time between 9:00am-10:00am the Commons

                  any time between 3:00pm-4:00pm room G85

April 11th any time between 9:00am – 10:00am room G90

                  any time between 2:00pm – 3:00pm room G90  

April 12th any time between 9:00am-10:00am the Commons

                  any time between 1:00pm-2:00pm room G90

Handwriting Sessions for LLM Students
TBD in April, check the next issue of Scoops!

MPRE
The MPRE (Multi-state Professional Responsibility Exam) is a 2 hour multiple-choice exam covering standards of lawyer's professional conduct. The MPRE is required by most jurisdictions (New York is one that requires it). The next exam is March 23rd and you would have had to register before now. After that, the next exam is August 10th and the registration deadline is June 13th. It is recommended you have taken a professional responsibility course beforehand, Law Governing Lawyers, for example. Register at the NCBE (National Conference of Bar Examiners) website, http://www.ncbex.org/.

NYLC and NYLE (NEW YORK LAW COURSE AND NEW YORK LAW EXAM)
Are you taking the New York Bar Exam in July? In conjunction with the Uniform Bar Examination (UBE) in New York, you must take an online course, known as the New York Law Course (NYLC), and a timed, online, open book exam on New York specific law, known as the New York Law Exam (NYLE). The next exam is March21st with a registration deadline of February 19th. After that, the next exam is June 13th with a registration deadline of May 14th. For more information, please see the NY Bar website, http://www.nybarexam.org/Content/CourseMaterials.htm.

Other Jurisdictions
Certification of Law School attendance/graduation is required by state bar authorities. Many states require the certification on a specific form; others accept the certification on Law School letterhead.  It is your responsibility to obtain any necessary documents, and submit them to the Law School Registrar's Office with instructions for: (a) when they must be submitted, and (b) where they must be sent. Do not wait until the last minute to do this. Keep in mind that certificates of Law School graduation executed before May 26, 2019 must be prospective. You may drop your forms off before graduation and we will make sure to wait until after graduation to process and submit them with the correct conferral date.

Please check the Bar Admissions Requirements Guide at  http://www.ncbex.org/ or view the hard copy at the Registrar's service desk for complete information on jurisdiction requirements.

Notary
Check to see if any of your bar application materials require a notary signature.  If so, you may contact one of the notary publics here at the Law School.  Please note you may need to plan ahead for notary service. Available notaries: Melody Padgett, Room 160, Registrar's Office; Scott Hulslander, Room 160, Registrar’s Office; Jannica Moskal,  Room 126 Hughes Hall, Dean of Students Office and Connie Pendergast, Room 115, Admissions Office.

Fingerprinting 
If you are applying for a bar exam, you should find out if the application requires fingerprinting. The New York State bar exam does not 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.

General LL.M. & J.S.D. Students - - Save the Date
A cocktail reception celebrating General LL.M. and J.S.D. commencement will be held on Friday, May 10, 2019 from 4:30 – 6:30 PM at the Carrier Ballroom at Statler Hall. An official invitation with a link to R.S.V.P. will be sent later this semester.


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 March 18 (126F Dean of Students Suite):

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

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

Wednesday:              11:00—12:00 p.m.

Thursday:                    11:00—12:00 p.m.

Friday:                          11:00—12:00 p.m.

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

APA Office hours:  This Week’s Focus:  Review

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

“Spring is the time of plans and projects.”—Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina.    Although it doesn’t feel like spring right now, the days will start to get warmer (I hope soon).   Use that springtime energy well.  Get outside to do your work and talk a walk or two.  Plan how you will use the next six weeks before exams.  Get caught up with your outlines.  Start working heavy review and practice exams into your weekly schedule. You should also plan how you will use your spring break wisely.  If you want help planning your study schedule or reviewing practice exams, please contact me or the APA’s. 

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/

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

1L Students:

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:

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

RSVP using the following link: https://wgm.weil.com/183/1176/landing-pages/rsvp-generic.asp?sid=adbf5ced-7934-4063-a9e1-bccaecf3933d

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

RSVP to Allison Kobrick akobrick@paulweiss.com

Davis Polk: Monday, April 8th , 6:30pm – Agava (381 Pine Tree Rd)

 RSVP using the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/C3SK3ZQ

Transportation will be provided to and from Agava

Morgan Lewis: Wednesday, April 10th, 6:30 PM - Statler Hotel 

Sullivan & Cromwell: Tuesday, April 16th, 5:00pm – 186 MTH

Reception to follow in the Commons, 6:00pm

RSVP to Jordin Dubin, dubinj@sullcrom.com 

Weil Open House Lunch: Thursday, April 18th, 11:00am – 1:00pm – Student Lounge

More details to come

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:

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

Cornell Law School alum Muzaffar Chishti seeks a research assistant for a short-term (about 20-30 hours) assignment researching the Andean Common Market (ANCOM), which comprises Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela. ANCOM was established under the Acuerdo de Cartagena (Cartagena Agreement) in 1969. The principal ANCOM document that regulated the activities of foreign corporations in the region was the Andean Investment Code, formally titled Decision 24 of the ANCOM Commission.

Research question: How have the Andean Investment Code and the ANCOM (referred to as the Andean Community since 1996) evolved over the years, and have they succeeded in achieving their intended goals? What factors are responsible for their achieving or not achieving those goals?

Pay is at the normal law school rate. Because most ANCOM documents are in Spanish, Spanish speakers are preferred. If interested, email a writing sample, transcript and statement of interest to Mr. Chishti at muzaffar.chishti@nyu.edu

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 law student interns for full-time positions in summer 2019. The ideal candidates will have a demonstrated commitment to human rights, death penalty, or criminal justice issues and strong writing skills. The internship is full-time and typically requires a 10-week commitment. While the internship is unpaid, the Center is willing to work with interns to secure funding. Applicants should send a cover letter explaining their interest in the Center and its work, any relevant experience, and what they hope to gain from the internship along with a CV or resume to deathpenaltyworldwide@cornell.edu with the subject line “DPW Summer 2019 Legal Internship”. References and writing samples may be requested from short-listed candidates. For more information about responsibilities and required qualifications please contact: Randi Kepecs rk16@cornell.edu 
The application deadline is rolling, and applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. 

 


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.

Student Child Care Grant Application for Spring 2019

All graduate and professional students who did not receive a grant in Fall 2018 and meet eligibility requirements are encouraged to apply.  The deadline is March 28, 2019.

In 2004, Cornell University became one of the first universities in the nation to offer a child care grant for student-parents. Since then, the objective remains the same: to provide financial assistance to as many Cornell students with child care expenses as possible, ultimately allowing student-parents to better attend to their academic responsibilities.

The program assists Cornell students by subsidizing some of the eligible costs associated with child care, including infant and toddler child care, preschool/pre-k day care, and before/after school care. The Spring 2019 application cycle is designed to support students with families whose eligibility may have changed since Fall 2018 and now find themselves in situations where they would be eligible for the grant program. Students can receive one taxable grant subsidy each year (either Fall or Spring) based on the grant funds available, their annual household income, and the age and number of child(ren) in care.

Applications and further information can be found on the  Students with Families Student Child Care Grant Program webpage http://studentswithfamilies.cornell.edu/

Graduate Student & “Better Half” Happy Hour

First Thursday of the month: 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

Tax Information Sessions for Graduate and Professional Students

The Graduate School, the Office of Global Learning, and. the Cornell University Tax Office will present an overview of the tax forms that graduate and professional students receive from Cornell University, as well as next step options to complete and file taxes for 2018. Since taxes are different for U.S. citizens/permanent residents and international students, please attend the relevant session. If you are an international student who received any U.S. based income (wages, fellowship for living expenses, or a travel grant), you must file some U.S. tax forms.

International Students (No need to register, please just plan to attend one of the sessions)

Wednesday, March 20 from 11:30 - 1:00 p.m. - G10 Biotech

U.S. Citizens/Permanent Residents

Monday, March 11 from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. - G10 Biotech

2019 GPSA Faculty Teaching, Advising, and Mentorship Awards are open! 

Since 2011, the GPSA has recognized outstanding faculty who excel in their teaching, mentorship, and advising of graduate and professional students. The award committee reviews letters from current or recent graduate students in support of a professor. Know a professor you think deserves this award? Upload a one to two page letter to the submission form below that describes how this professor has excelled as an advisor, teacher, and mentor. 

Nominations are due by April 1st, 2019 and can be submitted at the following website: https://cornell.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bBNZQxewPV0cAwR

If you have any questions, or if you would like to join the committee to help decide this year's winners, please reach out to the committee chair, Carol-Rose Little at crl223@cornell.edu
Any Cornell graduate and professional student is welcome to serve on the committee.

Extending and Terminating On-campus Housing Contracts

If you are currently living in Cornell University housing and would like to either extend your lease or terminate your lease early, you must contact the Housing & Dining Contracts Office. While an accommodation is not guaranteed you should send your request to housing@cornell.edu or call 607-255-5368 as soon as possible.

Berger International and Comparative Legal Studies Summer Fellowships

Applications are due by April 8, 2019.  The fellowships are open to all J.D., LL.M., and J.S.D. students, and up to two fellowships will be awarded. Students who will graduate in May are welcome to apply, and fellowships may support work that begins in the late summer or fall, in addition to positions with more traditional summer timelines.  

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.edu  with the subject line Berger Summer Fellowships.

Your resume, Your transcript (you may send this via Cornell dropbox for heightened security), 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.

If you have any questions about the Berger Summer Fellowships, please contact Professor Elizabeth Brundige, Assistant Dean for International Programs, at elizabeth.brundige@cornell.edu.

Judicial Friends Association 

The Judicial Friends Association, an organization consisting of African-American Judges in New York, is hosting a summer internship with a $3,000 stipend. We are looking for an exceptional 1L or 2L student who has demonstrated a commitment to justice and equal opportunities for all, academic excellence and community service. Please visit or write the Dean of Students Office for more information: law.dos@cornell.edu 
Application Deadline: March 27, 2019

Berkeley Technology Law Journal Writing Competition 

We will accept submissions from graduate-level 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. For more information visit: http://btlj.org/2019/01/berkeley-technology-law-journal-2019-writing-competition/
Application Deadline: March 27, 2019

Apply for AEF’s 2019 Summer Fellowships

Every year, AEF awards summer fellowships and grants to law students from around the nation ($6,000 for one Robert E. Wone Fellowship and $4,000 for AEF Fellowships).  The primary purpose of the fellowships is to fund a student’s internship with a public interest organization that benefits either the metropolitan Washington, D.C. community-at-large and/or the Asian Pacific American community.  Such organizations include governmental organizations, judicial internships, and non-profits serving the public interest.

For all recipients of a fellowship, AEF requires that the internship be unpaid (except for nominal payment for such items as transportation), arranged by the student, and extend at least ten weeks or a total of 400 hours. The deadline to apply is Sunday, March 31, 2019, 11:59 p.m. ET, and the application may be found at http://www.aefdc.org/fellowships/
Application Deadline: March 31, 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

Judge Bernard S. Meyer Scholarship  

The scholarship is open to all second-year (2L) students as of spring 2019 semester enrolled in a law school in the State of New York. The scholarship will be awarded to one law school student who excels in legal writing and advocacy skills. Criteria for judging entries will be: organization, practicality, originality, quality of research, clarity of writing and advocacy. The scholarship is valued at $5,000, and will be applied to the student’s tuition for the 2019-2020 academic year.  The guidelines for the scholarship may be accessed at http://www.tnybf.org/
Application Deadline: April 12, 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

Judge John R. Brown Award 

The Judge John R. Brown Scholarship Foundation is pleased to announce the twenty-sixth 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. More information about the award can be found at the following link: https://www.brownsims.com/about-brown-sims/affiliations/judge-john-r-brown-award/
Application Deadline: June 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