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March 30, 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: 

Week of March 30, 2020 - All times posted are Eastern Standard Time 

All University and Law School events and appointments will be held by phone or Zoom. Contact the appropriate office for details or see Zoom links below. 

Friday, April 3
1:30 PM 
Coffee & Virtual Conversation with Graduating Students 
Zoom link will be provided to graduating students later this week.

1:30 PM - 2:00 PM 
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Thursday, April 9 
4:30 - 7:00 PM
ACS General Body Meeting and Elections- Join Zoom Meeting -

Official Announcements

Dean Peñalver's Office Hours for Students 

Dean Peñalver will be holding office hours via Zoom for students on Monday afternoons, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Students wishing to speak with the Dean, may sign up in advance with Becca Johnson by e-mail (

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:

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:

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

Handwriting Sample for the NY Bar Exam
If you plan to sit for the NY Bar exam, as part of your registration,you are required to submit a verified handwriting sample.

Because the building is not accessible to students going forward, the Handwriting Sample Sessions have been canceled. If you were not already able to fill one out, please know that you have plenty of time and other options to complete the form!
1.       When you register for the NY Bar Exam (April 1-30) the examiners will e-mail you a barcoded form to complete. You can fill it out and mail it to Melody Padgett to verify and submit.  She will compare your writing to writing we have on file for you. This form will come in an e-mail in early May. You must return by the form by JUNE 5th.
2.      Fill the form out “now” and mail it to: Cornell Law School Registrar’s Office, 160 Myron Taylor Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853.
3.      Fill out the form where you are in front of a notary public and you submit it to the Bar Examiners. Please let Melody Padgett know if you are using this option as she has to give them a letter stating why you completed it off campus.

Feel free to send ANY Bar exam questions you have to  You can expect various informational messages and well as reminders of to-dos and due dates.

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

The Law Library continues to support your learning. Check out our new resources for online learning, and keep checking back as these are being updated: 

To complement Law School guidance on Bar Exam Impact ( in light of online learning, the Law Library is compiling updates and information about state bar distance learning requirements ( across the 50 states and DC.

Research librarians continue to be available to help you with your research and to answer your questions about these and other library resources. Please direct inquiries and Zoom consultation requests to

And don’t forget to regularly check our Library Services FAQ ( for updates.

Externship Information 

Any student interested in an externship for the 2020-2021 academic year or the Pro Bono Scholars program for Spring 2021 should contact Prof. Mooney directly by email:

Campus/Community Resources

Wellness Corner 

Cornell continues to be a caring community even though we are not physically together. We will embody this by offering continual wellness advice and ways to connect with your classmates beginning on the new Cornell Law Student Services Facebook ( page. Additionally, we will be sponsoring a Weekly Wellness Challenge for all students The Wellness Challenges are:

Week 1:          March 30-April 3                   Take a Walk
Week 2:          April 6-April 10                     Facetime/Zoom with a law school friend to catch up
Week 3:          April 13-April 17                   Cook a new recipe
Week 4:          April 20-April 24                   Try a new activity – a craft, a podcast, a new type of online fitness class…

Work from Home Tips from the Dean of Students Office

We have also transitioned to working remotely. Here is advice we have found helpful:

1- Have a separate “work” space for studying and classes that is separate from where you use technology to relax (playing games, Netflix, etc.) It does not need to be a dedicated office with a door that closes. Chose a space where you can be productive.

2- Create and maintain a schedule. Try to study around the same times and schedule in breaks. Keep up with your morning routine as opposed to just rolling out of bed – though your clothes may be more comfortable! 

3- If you are caring for others, don’t beat yourself up if you need to take more breaks than you are used to. Here are some specific tips for parents. Common Sense Media has a lot of great resources for educational apps and games as well as age appropriate recommendations for movies and TV., an online wellness resource with guided meditations and more, has made several of its features free. Learn more here.

Let's Talk 

Let's Talk services are suspended for the rest of the Spring 2020 semester.
You can speak with a licensed therapist from ProtoCall, a 24/7 support team of mental health professionals, any time by calling 607-255-5155 (#2).

Let's Meditate 

Let’s Meditate is a free, guided, mindfulness meditation series sponsored by Cornell Health, in collaboration with numerous campus partners.

During this unprecedented time of Coronavirus and social distancing protocol meditation sessions will be held virtually via Zoom meeting links. Check the website for schedule information:


Yoga with Batsheva, Wednesday's at 5:00 PM
Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 274 424 559

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Join by Skype for Business

Academic Support

Office Hours Week of March 23 (Zoom link on Academic Support Canvas page or email me for the link):

Monday: No Office Hours
Tuesday:11:00—12:00 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:

APA Zoom Office hours (Check the APA information under the Canvas Modules for their Zoom link):

Tayler Woelcke                 Monday 11:15—12:15
Alizah Charaniya              Monday 12:15—1:15   
Emily Szopinski                Tuesday 12:20—1:20
Julia Hollreiser                 Wednesday 11:15—12:15
Zach Sporn                      Wednesday 4:30—5:30 
Nathalie Greenfield         Thursday 9:00—10:00 
Lily Coad                          Thursday 11:15—12:15 

Work or WORK? I’m a planner.  I like to know what I need to do, when I need to do it, and what I need to prioritize.  I get anxious if I’m not accomplishing something.  I feel in control when I make a list, create a schedule, and take stock of what I’ve done.   My fourteen-year old daughter is much more organized than me—she has a more detailed list of things to do each day.  Creating a nice looking list makes her feel in control and checking things off the list makes her feel a sense of accomplishment.  Here’s her list from Wednesday (notice the two lunches, which by the way, are never really small):

My Schedule for Tomorrow:

                7:00 a.m.—wake up, walk dog, feed pets
                7:15 a.m.—eat breakfast and read
                8:00 a.m.—get dressed, brush teeth, get ready for the day
                8:30 a.m.—read school emails, make a check/to do list for today
                9:00 a.m.—start schooling and work on all coursed, GSD
                12:00 p.m.—eat a small lunch, stretch, and get ready for Zoom class
                1:00 p.m.—take ballet barre class
                2:00 p.m.—eat another small lunch, walk the dog, clean out purple bucket, tidy up main floor
                3:00 p.m.—do laundry, read, do whatever is left on your to-do list, get ready for Zoom classes
                4:00 p.m.—begin Zooming again
                6:00 p.m.—help with dinner, bake, make a schedule for tonight to follow

She has just about every minute of her day planned out, and she feels a sense of accomplishment by just making the schedule.  However, there is a difference between “busy work” that might feel satisfying (like making a nice, color coded to-do list or color coding your outlines) and WORK that will help you with exams—making sure you understand the law and practicing application.  While it is crucial to keep a list of things you need to accomplish right now, make sure you focus more of your energy on the tasks that will help you with exams instead of on busy work.  A messy, quickly jotted to-do list will be just as helpful as a beautifully color-coded one.  Likewise, don’t let the idea of perfection (making a perfect outline) be your goal.  Your goal should be doing the hard work of legal application, and less than beautiful outlines can help you learn the law so that you can practice application.  Make sure your to-do list—color coded or not—includes plenty of time for that.  

And speaking of tools that can help you with learning the law, Cornell Law Library has compiled some wonderful resources for remote learning strategies and supplements.  These pages are updated frequently, so check them regularly.

Online learning strategies:

And online supplements and review materials:

I’ll still be available for Zoom consultations.  The APAs are still available for Zoom conferences during their office hours.  We are determined to help you with your study skills during this unusual time.  Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me for assistance with your study skills.          

Online Writing & Presenting Tutoring Available Now 

*Please note: Tutoring is available for international students in their respective programs. Lawyering students must obtain writing advice from their Lawyering professor and Honors Fellows rather than ELSO.

Do you suddenly have some extra time? It’s a great opportunity to work on your writing projects and presentations. ELSO is here for you.

All ELSO Writing & Presenting tutors now offer tutoring synchronously online. When you book an appointment at, under “Meet Online?” select “Yes, Schedule Online appointment.” Then at the time of your appointment, find your timeslot on the schedule, select it, and you will see this prompt in red letters: “Start or Join Online Consultation.” Select that link, and you will connect to the tutor.

Writing & Presenting tutoring also offers asynchronous tutoring through email. When you book an appointment, under “Meet Online?” select “Yes, Schedule eTutoring appointment.” Then find your tutor’s email address that is listed above on the form, and email your tutor your document. Tutors will return your document with their comments before your session ends.

For best results in eTutoring, email you document as early as you can and include detailed instructions of the following: (1) What is your document? Is it a class paper? Part of a dissertation? An email to a professor? (2) Does your document have a due date? If so when? (3) How important is the document? Is it a cover letter that must be perfect? Is it a first draft of something you will re-write? (4) Have you received other comments on the paper? If so, what were they? (5) Were you given instructions on how to write the document, such as a writing prompt? If so, please include them. (6) What do you want the tutor to focus on? The overall structure and ideas? A certain section? Looking for word-level mistakes?

As long as you are a postdoc or Cornell international graduate or professional student, all ELSO tutoring services are included in your tuition fees and do not require additional payments. You can book up to two Writing & Presenting sessions a week.

To learn more about ELSO’s tutoring services and to see the bios of all our tutors, visit  If you have any questions, contact ELSO Writing & Presenting Tutoring Director Nathan Lindberg at

Legal Careers

From the Career Services Office

If you would like to make an appointment with the Career Services Office, please email Lisa Carberry, Administrative Assistant, 


Positions Available

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

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 (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 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 ( for more information.

General Announcements

Student Child Care Grant Application for Spring 2020

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 2020 application cycle is designed to support students with families whose eligibility may have changed since Fall 2019 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. The deadline is April 24, 2020. Applications and further information can be found on the Students with Families Student Child Care Grant Program webpage

Lawyer to Lawyer Roundtable Support Discussion 

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the current state of the world and the practice of law feels like it is changing minute by minute, leaving many lawyers uneasy, anxious, and unsure. If you are experiencing these feelings, you are not alone.

Join other lawyers, law students and judges from across the state in a free and confidential support group being held on Thursdays at 4pm via Zoom, . The group will be facilitated by Libby Coreno, Chair of the Attorney Wellbeing Committee and Kerry O'hara, PsyD. Each group session will be loosely organized under a theme for discussion. All participants will be given the opportunity to share if they wish, with supportive discussion to follow.

This group is a support and discussion group. It is not a 12-step recovery group nor a therapeutic group. Its purpose is to discuss and share concerns, while connecting and supporting others in the profession.

Registration is not required, and participation is free. All group meetings are confidential. If you have any questions, please email Stacey Whiteley, Lawyer Assistance Director,

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 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

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:
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:
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:
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

2020 Robert E. Wone and AEF Fellowships 

Any student at an accredited law school who is enrolled at least part-time, as determined by the school, who is in good standing, who is a candidate for a law degree, and who has not previously received a fellowship from AEF, is eligible to apply. Please see the AEF website for more information:
Application Deadline: April 24, 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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
Application Deadline: July 1, 2020