Cornell Law Scoops

Scoops Issue

November 12, 2018

This Week’s Events

Week of November 12, 2018

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

Monday, November 12 

12:00 - 1:00 PM, Saperston Student Lounge 
Veteran's Day Reception 
Join Cornell Law School in celebrating the veterans and active duty military in our student body, faculty and staff. Please stop by to show your appreciation, to meet fellow veterans, and for some refreshments. 

4:30 -6:00 PM, Room 182
Social Justice Entrepreneurship Projects at Cornell Law School 
Join Doug Lasdon and the students in the Social Entrepreneurship class as they present their Social Justice projects. Light snacks served.

4:30 - 5:30 PM, Room 186
1L Summer Internship Panel 
Join PILU, SALSA, APALSA, CALE, NLG and WOCC for a panel of upperclassmen who will talk about their prior summer internships, discuss how and when to apply to them, and give general advice. Pizza will be served!

Tuesday, November 13

12:15 - 1:15 PM, MacDonald Moot Court, Room 390
The Dean’s Office presents a lecture featuring Stephen Robinson, AB `81, JD `84
Please join us for the Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series with Judge Stephen Robinson, Partner at Skadden Arps.  His lecture will be on “Being a Lawyer in the Best Sense in Today’s America”.
All are welcome to attend. Lunch will be provided for guests registered by Tuesday, November 6.

Wednesday, November 14

8:00 - 10:00, The Commons 
The Weekly Perk- Coffee and conversation every Wednesday from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. in The Commons. Stop by for a cup! Breakfast food also provided. This week's pastries will be provided by SALDF.

12:15 - 1:15 PM, Saperston Student Lounge
Know Your Rights Training
A panel discussion between Professor Jaclyn Kelley-Widmer, Professor Rachel T. Goldberg, and 3L student Amanda Wong to deliver valuable community awareness on how to protect oneself and others under the threat of ICE and Border Patrol abuse, police brutality, and violations of human and constitutional rights. 

12:30 - 2:00 PM, G90
CLS Know Your Rights Training 
A practical workshop aims to empower both documented and undocumented people by informing them of their rights when interacting with police or immigration officials.

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 Monday through Friday. Speaking with a counselor can help provide insight, solutions, and information about other resources. No appointment needed.

6:00 - 7:30 PM, Room 186
California 1L Job Panel 
Come hear from upperclassmen about finding a 1L internship in California. Learn about the process and other tips and tricks. Thai food will be served!

Thursday, November 15

12:30 - 2:30 PM, The Foyer 
SWJ Tabling 

5:00 - 6:00 PM, Room 186
BLSA, NALSA, LALSA Career Panel 

5:00 - 7:30 PM, G90
Low Income Taxpayer Symposium
The Farmworkers' Legal Assistance Clinic as well as the Cornell Accounting Association present the 2nd Annual Low-Income Taxpayer Symposium on Friday November 15 & 16, 2018 in G90. Students from various disciplines are coming together to share their research surrounding issues regarding the taxation of low income individuals, presenting their findings on public policy considerations. The event will feature a panel of academics and practitioners to provide their insights into these issues. All are welcome.

Friday, November 16

9:00 - 2:00 PM, Room G90
Low Income Taxpayer Symposium
The Farmworkers' Legal Assistance Clinic as well as the Cornell Accounting Association present the 2nd Annual Low-Income Taxpayer Symposium on Friday November 15 & 16, 2018 in G90. Students from various disciplines are coming together to share their research surrounding issues regarding the taxation of low income individuals, presenting their findings on public policy considerations. The event will feature a panel of academics and practitioners to provide their insights into these issues. All are welcome.

12:00 - 1:30 PM, Saperston Student Lounge
LII Supreme Court Bulletin Buzz

12:30 - 2:30 PM, G85
SWJ Tabling 

7:00 - 9:00 PM, Saperston Student Lounge 
Holiday Dinner and Move 

Beyond Next Week

Monday, November 19

12:15 - 1:15 PM, Saperston Student Lounge 
ACS Clerkship Conversation with Zach Gina 

4:15 - 5:15, Room G29
Ward Greenberg Diversity Program Info Session 

5:00 - 6:00 PM, Room G85
International Environmental Agreements 
Professor Gerald Torres will about how international environmental agreements are formed, what kinds of considerations they have to take into account and how they function as a institutional matter.

Tuesday, November 20 

4:00 - 5:00 PM, Saperston Student Lounge
ACS/NLG Conversation: Is Socialism the Way Forward for Democrats? 

Wednesday - Sunday, November 21-25
Thanksgiving Break 

Tuesday, November 27 

12:30 - 2:30 PM, The Foyer 
PILU Finals Care Package Fundraiser 
As a gift before final exams begin, buy care packages for your friends! Each package costs $5, and proceeds will be donated to Cornell Students for Hunger Relief!

12:30 - 1:15 PM, Room 290
PILU Cover Letter and Resume Review Workshop 
Join PILU and Dean Akyea for a workshop where cover letter and resume advice and samples will be shared for applications to public interest summer internships! Food and drinks will be served!

Wednesday, November 28

4:00 - 6:00 PM, Saperston Student Lounge
End of the Semester Therapeutic Massage Party

Thursday, November 29

11:00 - 3:00 PM, The Foyer 
PILU Finals Care Package Fundraiser 
As a gift before final exams begin, buy care packages for your friends! Each package costs $5, and proceeds will be donated to Cornell Students for Hunger Relief!


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 Seahawks’ playoff chances 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).

Registrar's Office


Using Your Laptop for the Fall 2018 Final Exams

Exam registration will be available November 7 through 12 noon on November 19. If you wish to use your laptop for final exams, you must download the new version of the exam4 software. Old versions of the exam software will not work. The software from the 1L Practice Exam in October will not work.

The Registrar's Office will offer exam information sessions in mid-November. We will go over exam procedures and step-by-step instructions on how to use the software. This will be a Zoom Meeting presentation.

Law School Clinic and Course Pre-Registration for Spring 2018

Please add these dates to your calendar. More information will be sent to students in the next few weeks.

Nov 8 through 12 noon on Nov 19

Upperclass students see results of clinic pre-registration and can drop (not add) clinics. Upperclass students pre-register for upperclass and seminar courses.

Late-December (after all exams end)

Registrar will release lottery results to all students.

Mid-January

Add/drop begins and students can make changes to their schedule.

First Year Students

Lawyering for the Spring 2019 term begins Tuesday, January 15, 2019.

Tuition Statements

The Office of the Bursar sends monthly electronic billing statements via Cashnet  (Cashnet Link: https://www.dfa.cornell.edu/bursar/students-parents/paying-your-bill/cashnet ).  Paper bills will not be sent. You, the student, will be sent an email to your Cornell email address each month notifying you when your new bill is available. If you are not paying your student bill yourself, you are responsible for setting up other users/payers on your Cashnet .

Electronic monthly e-bills are static and updated once a month at billing. However, by clicking on the Recent Activity link in Cashnet, you can review the miscellaneous transactions that post between billing cycles. A single Bursar statement includes the Bursar and CornellCard accounts, which are two separate accounts.

Financial requirements for registration (link here: https://www.dfa.cornell.edu/bursar/students-parents/registration) is summarized on your July and December statements. Tuition and fees not billed in July and December are due before registration, regardless of the due date of the bill.

Students may view current Bursar transactions before the next billing date on Student Center link here: https://registrar.cornell.edu/classes-enrollment/student-center . Current CornellCard transactions are available through CornellCard Student Accounting. Link to Cornell Student Accounting: https://cornellcard.scl.cornell.edu/cc 

The Professional Development Institute

The Professional Development Institute (“PDI”) will accept pre-registration from 2L and 3L J.D. students on November 8 through 19. PDI is a Winter Intersession course that will take place over two weeks (Jan. 7-11 and 14-18), for two S/U experiential credits (which will not count towards the spring semester maximum). Students will learn collaborative and creative problem-solving skills while working in teams with executive coaches to address transaction- and litigation-based legal problems. The class will be taught by Professors Brad Wendel, Keir Weyble, Franci Blassberg, and Jocelyn Hurwitz. See the course description for details. (link for course description: https://support.law.cornell.edu/Students/students/CourseDescriptions/index.cfm) 


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.

Additional hours and locations

Academic Support

Office Hours the week of November 12 (Room 126F Dean of Students Suite)

Monday:                 By Appointment only 

Tuesday:                 11:00–12:00 p.m. 

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

Thursday:                 2:30–4:00 p.m.

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

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

 

APA’s Office Hours Week of 11/12—11/16:

Julia               Tuesday         2:30—4:00 p.m. Room 126B Dean of Students Suite

Tayler             Wednesday   4:00—5:30 p.m. room 244

Emily              Thursday       1:00—1:00 p.m. Room G28R

 

Are we there yet?  Just over three weeks remain until the first exam, and everything feels overwhelming.  You are writing your Open Memo, completing outlines, and reviewing, in addition to preparing for class.  You also need to incorporate practice exams into your routine.  If you are looking for copies of old exams to take, I have a few copies in my office, the library has copies of exams up to 2006, and there are copies of more recent exams in the registrar’s prior exam collection online (look under “Student Life/Registrar’s office/Grades/Exam Information & Grades/Exam Archive”).  In case you are unsure of how to write a law school exam, there is a short chapter on how to write an exam answer on Blackboard.  Look for a webinar on Blackboard soon that gives more tips on taking exams. As always, I am happy to meet with you if you have any particular questions about exams or just want help planning how you should spend your remaining time. 

End of semester office hours. As the semester ends, I wanted to let you know that while I will have normal office hours during classes, I will offer extended office hours until Tuesday, December 4 (the day before exams start). Look for specific times in Scoops.

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 turns your smartphone into a personal safety device. Check out the FAQs for more information.

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.


Legal Careers

From John Derosa, Associate Dean for Career Services & Employer Relations; Lyndsey Bullock, Director of Recruiting and Employer Relations.

Career Services

1L Students:

Symplicity: Login information for your Symplicity account was emailed out. If you did not receive yours or are having trouble logging in please contact Director Bullock, ldb27@cornell.edu

Winter Break Shadow Program: If you wish to be matched with a Cornell Law alum for a shadow experience in the location where you will be spending your winter break be sure to return your registration to Director Bullock, ldb27@cornell.edu , by November 20th

2L Students:

If considering offers from law firms, please keep in mind the NALP Standards for Timing and Offers of Decisions. The full text of the guidelines can be found at www.nalp.org. Speak to a counselor if you have any questions.


Positions Available

Check back soon...

 

 


General Announcements

Cornell-Paris I Summer Institute – Apply Today!

The Cornell-Paris I Summer Institute 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.

31st Annual Traditional American Thanksgiving Feast 

If you plan to be in Ithaca for the Thanksgiving Break, you will have an opportunity to have a Thanksgiving meal here on campus. The International Students and Scholars Office will host the 31st Annual Traditional American Thanksgiving Feast on Thursday, November 22nd in the Robert Purcell Marketplace Eatery on North Campus. There are two available dining times: at 12:00 p.m. or at 1:30 p.m. Cornell Law School's Dean of Students Office will provide tickets to law students interested in attending on a first-come, first- served basis. Please RSVP by Wednesday, November 14th to let us know if you would like a ticket and your preferred seating time (12 p.m. or 1:30 p.m.). RSVP here: https://www.lawschool.cornell.edu/Events/Thanksgiving-Dinner-2018.cfm

Mental Health at Cornell Law School 

Many of you have expressed your concerns about student holistic health and well-being. We are excited to announce the Law Student Lifestyle Survey, the results of which will help our community more effectively address these important issues. Please complete the anonymous survey on or before Monday, November 19th. If you are pressed for time, you may exit the survey and log in at a later time to complete it. You may also access the survey by copying and pasting the following link:

https://cornell.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9XBkm8h5FqhXNC5.

Information and Network Session with Cornell Human Resources 

Tuesday, November 27 | 3:00 – 5:00 pm (check-in at 2:45) | G01 Biotech | Please RSVP (by November 17)http://studentswithfamilies.cornell.edu/events/

Many student spouses and partners are interested in working at Cornell University. This event will be an opportunity to listen to a formal presentation by Ms. Sonja Baylor, Cornell Human Resources Recruiter, who will discuss job search tips, application process, and overall information about working at Cornell University. After this talk, join our Human Resource professionals representing various areas across the University. Receive information and network directly with hiring units. Please make sure that you bring copies of your resumes and dress is business. While this event is designed for those who have secured work authorization, our Global Learning Office - International Services will be present to talk about how to secure work authorization.

Student-Parent Night Workshop 

Wednesday, November 14  |  6:15 – 8:00 pm  |  RSVP by November 12  link to RSVP: http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=79rzv7nab&oeidk=a07efpo7iy4b6179aa3

While your child receives free dinner, childcare and age-appropriate activities at the Cornell Child Care Center, parents gather to learn, eat dinner, and network with one another.  On Wednesday, November 14, the topic will be “the current state of student-parents” where we will talk through your concerns, ideas, and opportunities to better improve the student-parent and student-spouse/partner experience.  Of course, there will be a time for discussion among participants!

The Cornell Program on Ethics and Public Life

Presents a 2018-19 series of public lectures on Politics and Justice in the Era of Donald Trump

  • Monday, Nov. 12: Brian Schaffner (Political Science, Tufts) on class, race and support for Trump

All Fall lectures will be 4:30-6:00 in Klarman Auditorium.

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Spring lectures will include Sheri Berman (Political Science, Barnard) on the rise of right-wing populism  in the US and abroad

For more information: philosophy.cornell.edu/epl, epl@cornell.edu

With support from the Riger-Potash Family Fund

Graduate Student & “Better Half” Happy Hour

First Thursday of the month: December 6, February 7, March 7, April 11, May 2 - 6:30-7:30, The Big Red Barn

  • Get to know other non-single students and their partners
  • All graduate students and all significant others are welcome
  • Feel free to come as a couple or fly solo
  • Light snacks and soda provided
  • $1/beer (don’t forget your Cornell ID/driver’s license)

Spring Housing

Any student or students (1-2) interested in living in a beautiful country home at a reduced market rate (3 cats included) during the coming spring semester, please contact Professor Bowman for details at cgb28@cornell.edu.

American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers

Announcing the 2019 Writing Competition, the winner(s) in any category of the competition receive a cash award and an expenses-paid trip to the Spring meeting of the College. Information about how to enter can be found at http://www.accfsl.org/writing-competition/
Application Deadline: December 1, 2018

The John Alexander Memorial Scholarship Fund, 2018-19 

The scholarship fund was created to provide scholarships for Schenectady County residents. The conditions for receipt of the scholarship are that the applicant must reside in Schenectady County and be a full time candidate for Juris Doctor or Bachelor of Law Degree at an accredited New York Law School. Please see the Dean of Students office for more information about how to apply. 
Application Deadline: December 1, 2018

The New York Bar Foundation – 2019 Diversity Summer Fellowship in Health Law

The Fellowship will be awarded to a law student who is currently enrolled in a law school in the State of New York, to work in a Health Law position in the public sector in the State of New York during the summer months. The guidelines to apply may be accessed at http://www.tnybf.org/uploadedFiles/Foundation/PDFs/2019%20HEALTH%20LAW%20SECTION%20FELLOWSHIP%20APPLICATION.pdf. 
Application Deadline: December 3, 2018

Real Property Law Section Melvyn Mitzner Scholarship 

One scholarship will be awarded to a second- or third-year law student. Efforts will be made to honor Melvyn Mitzner's commitment to professional achievement in the area of real property law including legal writing, lecturing and scholarship; and diversity in the profession.  
Application Deadline: December 3, 2018
Click here for application and information for the Real Property Law Section Melvyn Mitzner Scholarship

Real Property Section Lorraine Power Tharp Scholarship 

One scholarship will be awarded to a second- or third-year law student who best exemplifies the core values important to Lorraine Power Tharp–academic excellence, a demonstrated interest in public service, high integrity and, if possible, an interest in real property law. 
Application Deadline: December 3, 2018
Click here for application and information for the Real Property Section Lorraine Power Tharp Scholarship  

The Honorable Joel K. Asarch Elder Law and Special Needs Section Scholarship 

The Scholarship has been established by The Foundation through a gift from the Elder Law and Special Needs Section of The New York State Bar Association. The $2,500 scholarship will be awarded to a second year (2L) or third year (3L) law student who is enrolled in a law school in the State of New York during the 2018-2019 academic year and is actively participating in an Elder Law Clinic at the school during the 2018-2019 academic year or performs other substantial efforts which demonstrate interest in the legal rights of the elderly or those with disabilities. 
Application Deadline: December 12, 2018
Click here for application and information for the Honorable Joel K. Asarch Elder Law and Special Needs Section Scholarship

Writing Competition for JD (or Equivalent) LLM and Doctoral Students

The Center for Legal & Court Technology is looking for best papers tackling innovative legal issues likely to grow out of artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, and related technologies. Details for the 2018 Essay Competition can be found here: https://law.wm.edu/academics/intellectuallife/researchcenters/clct/artificial-intelligence-writing-competition.php
Application Deadline: December 18, 2018

Antitrust Section Law Student Fellowship

The fellowship is open to all first-year and second-year law students, and will take place during the summer to spend 10 weeks working on antitrust matters. The application also may be accessed at http://www.tnybf.org/
Application Deadline:  January 12, 2019

The 5th Annual International Refugee Law Student Writing Competition 

The 5th Annual International Refugee Law Student Writing Competition is open to papers addressing any topic related to international law and refugees, stateless persons, internally displaced persons, and forced migrants. The Annual International Refugee Law Student Writing Competition is sponsored by the American Society of International Law (through its International Refugee Law Interest Group); along with the Global Migration Centre, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies Geneva; the International Law Students Association; the International Journal of Refugee Law, and Oxford University Press. More information can obtained about this competition from the Dean of Students Office: law.dos@cornell.edu 
Application Deadline: January 15, 2019

Cornell Law School's 14th Inter-University Graduate Conference

Revolutionary Law: Legal Insurgence and Juridical Rebellions - April 10-11, 2019
Is it ever right to “break” the law? The history of the world is shaped by revolutions. For better or worse, rebellious acts in the name of equality and justice have changed the way we live in every age and in every country. Insurgents “break” the rules with the firm belief that their insubordination will create a positive change. 
The questions that we have yet to answer are, inter alia, the following: Who gets to decide if a rebel act is legitimate or not? When is a revolution justified? What is the role of legal practitioners and scholars on starting juridical rebellions? What is the role of the judiciary on legal insurgences?
The J.S.D. Association is pleased to announce that the theme for the Cornell Law School’s 14th Inter-University Graduate Conference is "Revolutionary Law: Legal Insurgence and Juridical Rebellions." Hoping to continue with the debate of these concerns, the conference will be organized along six fields of research: (1) Legal Theory; (2) Human Rights and Social Justice; (3) Business, Trade, and Economy; (4) Science and Innovation; (5) International Law; and (6) Environmental Justice.
Please send an abstract of up to 500 words including a working title for the paper and a brief statement that indicates your discipline and institution.
Submissions should be sent to the following email address: gls@cornell.edu. Submissions are welcome from researchers in law and other disciplines. Selected participants will be notified by February 4, 2019. Papers must be sent by March 27, 2019. Unfortunately, we will not be able to provide funding for travel or accommodations. Feel free to contact us with any questions. Submissions must be received by Friday, January 18, 2019.

2018 - 2019 Louis Jackson National Student Memorial Writing Competition in Employment Labor Law 

The Louis Jackson National Student Writing Competition in Employment and Labor Law is an annual law student writing competition that honors the memory of Louis Jackson, a founding partner in Jackson Lewis LLP. Competition rules can be found here: https://www.kentlaw.iit.edu/institutes-centers/institute-for-law-and-the-workplace/louis-jackson-writing-competition. 
Application Deadline: January 23, 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

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