Cornell Law Scoops

Scoops Issue

November 16, 2020

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources and Updates

Please bookmark and continue to monitor the following resource websites for updated and relevant information: 

Student Recognition for COVID-19 Prevention Efforts

In early November, the Employee Assembly (EA) voted unanimously to pass Resolution 4 (R4): In Recognition and Appreciation of Cornell University Students. This resolution is a formal recognition of the Cornell University students response to the COVID-19 pandemic and to share appreciation for their efforts to protect Cornell’s Ithaca campus community. The Employee Assembly is impressed and grateful for how adaptable and quick to respond Cornell students have been in making massive and difficult changes for everyone’s protection, in such a short amount of time.

This Week’s Events

Unless otherwise noted, these events are intended for the Cornell Law School Community 
All times posted are Eastern Standard Time 

Week of November 16, 2020

Monday, November 16
5:30 - 6:30 PM, 1L Writing Workshop
Zoom Link:

6:00 - 7:00 PM, CLSA Virtual Yoga - Sponsored by Akin Gump
To Register:

Wednesday, November 18
3:00 - 4:00P PM, Raising a Seed: The Legal Fundamentals for Startups
Please register ON-LINE by Tuesday, November 17. Should you have any questions,
please email
You will receive the login instructions via Zoom when you register.

5:00 - 6:00 PM, CLSA Meeting -CLSA's Executive Board meets weekly to discuss past and future events/matters. Every meeting is open to the public.
Join Zoom Meeting:

Thursday, November 19
12:00 - 1:00 PM, Cornell Law School Alumni Association and the Mary Kennedy Brown Society Present: "Working from Purpose"
Please register ON-LINE(  by Wednesday, November 18. Should you have any questions,
please email
You will receive the login instructions via Zoom when you register.

Friday, November 20
2:30 - 3:30 PM, Please join the Christian Legal Society for a weekly Bible study over Zoom!
Join Zoom Meeting:

6:00 - 7:00 PM, A Conversation About Corporate Power with Zephyr Teachout - Cornell Law's American Constitution Society chapter will be holding a virtual discussion on Friday, November 20 at 6pm with Fordham Law Professor Zephyr Teachout about corporate power. 
Zoom link:

Beyond This Week

Wednesday, November 24
Thanksgiving Recess Begins

Official Announcements

Fall 2020 Final Examinations - Exam Conflicts
Please review the exam deferral policy (found on page two of the exam schedule): An examination may be deferred only if a student has examinations scheduled in direct conflict with each other, two in one day, more than two exams in the first week, three in three days (same week), or four in one week. An examination week is Monday through Saturday. No examinations may be taken before the scheduled examination period. Any examinations permitted to be deferred will be rescheduled at the earliest possible examination period consistent with the rules above.

The deferral request link will be available on the Registrar's website on November 12th. You must submit your deferral request by 12:00 noon on November 20.

Using Your Laptop for the Fall 2020 Final Exams
Exam registration will be available November 16 through 12 noon on November 24. 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 2021
Will be in January 2021. More information will be sent to students in the next few weeks.

Winter Intersession and Summer Study
Students may petition the faculty for permission to take law courses in summer-school programs or winter intersession programs of other ABA-approved law schools, and upon their successful completion, to receive credit toward their Cornell J.D. degree. In no case is credit in excess of 6 hours granted for all such summer or intersession law studies. The Summer/Winter Intersession Course Credit  form is available online at the Registrars website under Forms & Requests. Interested students should submit this form request to the Law School Registrar’s Office (addressed to Dean Miner) by November 20 for winter intersession programs and by April 9 for summer 2021 programs.

Designated Eating Spaces
You have asked and we have listened! We are pleased to announce that the Commons, Saperston Student Lounge, and the Ground Floor carrels in the Library have been designated as eating spaces for students. You will not need a reservation for the Commons or Student Lounge. You will need to reserve ( Ground Floor carrel, however just-in-time reservations are welcome, meaning you can reserve the space upon arrival. Masks are required at all times in these spaces when you are not eating or drinking. Please be sure to sanitize your space using the available supplies.

Reminder to Students
When you are in the Law School buildings you should be wearing a Cornell Law School nametag or your lanyard with the Cornell Law Student ID visible. Thank you for your cooperation. 

Cornell Law School Photo Directory
Calling all 1Ls! When the public health restrictions lift, the Law School will be taking professional headshots, but until then, help us update our Cornell Law School photo directory by uploading a current headshot of yourself.

International Students: Office of Global Learning Online Check-in
If you are a new international student with F-1 or J-1 visa status and have arrived in Ithaca, and your DS-2019 was issued by Cornell, be sure to complete your check-in.  ( If you do not complete the check-in procedure within 30 days after the start date listed in your SEVIS record, you may lose your valid immigration status.


Dean's Office Announcements

Dean Peñalver will be holding office hours via Zoom for students on Monday afternoons, 2:00pm – 3:00pm. Students who would like to discuss the greatness of Jamal Adams or speak with the Dean about any other topic, may sign up in advance with Becca Johnson by e-mail (

Academic Support

Office Hours the week of November 16 (Zoom link here:
Monday:                         12:30—1:30 p.m.             
Tuesday:                         No Office Hours
Wednesday:                    12:30—1:30 p.m. 
Thursday:                        12:30—1:30 p.m.
Friday:                             12:30—1:30 p.m.

Or by appointment: or through Bookings here

APA Office Hours: *Check their APA links on Canvas for their Zoom meeting link.  While each APA is assigned to a specific section (because they have some experience with the section professors), feel free to reach out to any of the APAs during their office hours.

Section A:            Natalie Greenfield (nmg76) Wednesday 8:00—9:00 a.m.
Section B:            Lily Coad (lac353)                 Thursday 1:00—2:00 p.m.
Section C:            Benjamin Ahn (bma59)        Tuesday 5:00—6:00 p.m.
Section D:            Zach Sporn (zks3)                Wednesday 5:00—6:00 p.m.
                             Tanmayi Sharma(ts844)       Monday 4:35—5:35 p.m.
Section E:            Zach Zaremba (zaz7)            Thursday 5:00—6:00 p.m.
Section F:            Julia Mikolajczk (jem554)      Monday 11:00—1:00 p.m.   

So Much.   There’s a lot to do right now, but breaking everything down into smaller chunks and prioritizing your goals will help.  Once you’ve completed your Lawyering memo, you’ll want to think about how to spend your time.  What’s going to help you most for exams?  Is it better to color code your outline and clean your desk, or practice answering questions?  Better to re-read old cases or make sure you have the current version of Exam 4 downloaded?  Focus your efforts on tasks that are necessary for exams and will sharpen the skills being tested—solving problems using the law and explaining your rationale under timed conditions.  If you go home for Thanksgiving, you’ll want to establish set times to interact (safely) with loved ones.  They’ll be excited to see you, so it’s a good idea to let them know in advance that you’ll only be available certain times because you need to study.  Take some time to relax, but schedule beginning and ending times.  Carefully plan which subjects you will review and for how long.  Finalize your outlines (but remember they are just tools and don’t need to be perfect), reduce them to short, one or two page mini-outlines, and memorize the black-letter law.  Quiz yourself and work on old exam questions under real exam time constraints.  You’ll never know the law perfectly, so don’t put off testing yourself.  Just keep a list of subjects you need to review, and cross them off the list after you’ve reviewed them.  Most of you would not want to be the subject of a surgeon’s first attempt at surgery.  Likewise, don’t make your final exam your first attempt at taking an exam.  If you want more advice about how to study effectively without increasing your stress, please make an appointment.

End of semester office hours. As the semester ends, the APAS and I will have normal office hours until the end of classes.   After the Thanksgiving break, I will offer extended office hours until (the day before exams start). Look for specific times in Scoops.

Health and Wellness

Let's Meditate

Join fellow law Students on Mondays: 11:00–11:30 am — Meditation with Conor and Seth from the Law School via Zoom (recurring)
Meeting URL:
Meeting ID: 937 6314 2961
Password: 395846
To dial in: 1-646-876-9923

Let's (Tele)Talk

Let’s Talk has gone virtual! We are now offering Let's Talk drop-in consultations by Zoom.

How it works: Let’s (Tele)Talk is available during the times listed below. If interested, please use the relevant link to access the Zoom meeting with a counselor. Students will be seen individually on a first-come, first-served basis. There may be a wait in the virtual waiting room if the counselor is seeing another student. Please wait and we will be with you as soon as we can.

Please note: Let’s Talk is not a substitute for counseling and does not constitute mental health treatment. Let’s Talk consultants can listen to specific problems, help explore solutions, and introduce you to what it’s like to speak to a member of our staff. Other options for care include individual counseling, group counseling, workshops, and 24/7 phone consultation. In a crisis, please call 911 or one of these recommended hotlines

Cornell Health Fall 2020 Virtual Group Therapy Program

Support groups and group therapy offer a safe environment to discuss problems with others who are dealing with similar concerns. Most students – although somewhat apprehensive at first – report that they find the group experience to be helpful far beyond their expectations. Currently, groups are being offered by secure Zoom platform. Visit the Group Counseling website for more information:


Headspace has created a special New York collection of meditation, sleep, and movement exercises to support you through these challenging times. Visit the website to experience what Headspace has to offer:

Wellness Workshops 

Below are 60-minute virtual, psycho-educational, drop-in workshops focused on helping students to thrive during this difficult time. They are free and open to any student regardless of location. To participate in a workshop, please register using the link(s) below. You will then receive the Zoom meeting link by email. All Times Eastern Standard 



Wednesday, 11/18 - 2:00-3:00 HOW TO MANAGE, NAVIGATE & THRIVE IN AN AGE OF UNCERTAINTY, Karen Williams, PhD

Thursday, 11/19 - 2:00-3:00 -THE SCIENCE (AND ART) OF PROCRASTINATION, Wai-Kwong Wong, PhD

Thursday, 11/19 - 3:30-4:30 INTRODUCTION TO MINDFULNESS, Thaddeus Bates, LMSW


Legal Careers

All Students 

All times Eastern Standard unless otherwise noted.

November 16, 2020, 6:30 PM
Ropes & Gray: Crossing the Finish Line: Practice Groups Working Together to Get Deals Done

November 18, 2020, 5:30 PM 
Reed Smith: What I Wish I Knew Then: A Conversation with our Asian American Attorneys

November 19, 2020, 3:00 PM 
Covington & Burling: Commitment to Pro Bono and Social Justice

2L Students 

All times Eastern Standard unless otherwise noted.

Latham & Watkins: Live Well Fridays: Various well-being opportunities offered to law students. Occurs every Friday from October 16 – November 20
Register via this link

Fox Rothchild Forum Series – Nov. 5 – Dec. 3
Tuesday, November 10 | 3-3:30 pm ET – Transactional vs. Litigation
Friday, November 13 | 3-3:30 pm ET – Life as a Summer Associate
Monday, November 16 | 3-3:30 pm ET – Wellness Initiatives
Thursday, December 3 | 3-3:30 pm ET – Virtual Interviewing Tips: How to Make Yourself Stand Out

November 16, 2020
5:00 PM 
Kasowitz Benson: Virtual Firm Info & Litigation Panel

Akin Gump: Shaping Your Future: Career Perspectives from Practicing Lawyers : Akin Gump Strauss Hauer& Feld LLP’s Black Firmwide Resource Group (FRG) invites you to a virtual discussion on topics related to your future career as a practicing lawyer and an opportunity to learn from its members and allies. Topics will include diversity and inclusion in large law firms, building one’s brand and insight into life as a junior associate in transactional and litigation practices.

Multiple dates and times from November 17 – November 19. See link for more information
Foley & Lardner: Information Panels

November 17, 2020
6:00 PM 
Kirkland & Ellis: What is Restructuring Law?

November 20, 2020
12:00 PM (CST) 
Skadden Chicago: Diverse Law Student Reception

January 8 & 9, 2021 
Bay Area Diversity Career Fair
Registration opens October 19, 2020. Registration and bidding closes November 27, 2020

January 14 & 15, 2021 (virtual)
Patent Law Interview Program (

Positions Available

Professors Sandra Babcock and Zohra Ahmed are seeking student volunteers to assist in a social media and clemency campaign for a woman facing execution on December 8. Students with previous experience in graphic design, narrative storytelling, and various social media platforms would be particularly helpful. Students should be prepared to work at least two hours per week. Interested students should contact Professor Babcock at

Visiting Professor David Yellen is looking to hire a research assistant to work on his Criminal Justice Reform seminar and do some other criminal justice related projects.  Please submit resumes to   

Professor Guard is looking for a research assistant to assist in working on a book looking at legal developments in higher education and the role of college general counsel over the past ten or so years.  It would be fully remote, a couple hours a week, and paid.  The research associate would work directly with Professor Guard( and  co-author Joyce Jacobsen (  Anyone interested should send an email and resume to<

Professor Chantal Thomas is seeking to hire 2 Research Assistants to help with research questions related to her Law and Development course. Specifically, the research will relate to Export Processing Zones & Investment Regulation and Investor-State Disputes and “Full Protection and Security” Provisions. Please send resumes or CV to

Adjunct Professor Sujata Gibson is looking for one upper-level law student to work as paid Law Clerk on litigation work in her private practice this semester. Work will include legal research, writing, editing and general litigation support in a number of matters.  All work will be remote. Hours are flexible approximately 2-5 hours per week. There may be opportunities to continue in the Spring. Interested students can contact Sujata Gibson, Please attach a transcript (informal copy is fine), along with your resume and the names of two references.

Cornell's Legal Information Institute (LII) is calling all history buffs, Supreme Court watchers, and anyone who is looking for an interesting and important do-anywhere, part-time research position over Winter Break.  The Oyez Project ( is conducting a precise count of the number of cases each of the Supreme Court's most prolific advocates argued from 1789 to present. Attorney Jim Thunder of DC’s Kellogg, Hansen, Todd, Figel & Frederick, PLLC, has made his initial findings, and Cornell's Legal Information Institute (LII) has offered to assemble a team of students to verify the results and help publish the first ever comprehensive analysis.  If interested, please contact LII co-Director Craig Newton at

General Announcements

Law Student Study Space Survey

The Asian American Bar Association of New York, in coordination with the Affinity Bar Collective, is looking into space at AABANY’s midtown Manhattan office (Rockefeller Center) and at other locations in New York City that can be used by law students who need space to study. This space would be made available to law students for free. We are sending this survey to law students to gauge the level of interest and demand for this service. Please take a moment to fill out this survey so that we can plan accordingly.

Take the Survey HERE

Inclusive Excellence Academy

Monday, November 16th from 3:00 - 4:30p.m. as part of the Inclusive Excellence Academy, we encourage you to attend the Undocu-Ally Training. Come learn about how to be inclusive and supportive of immigrants in our campus community and beyond, including undocumented individuals, those with tenuous immigration status, and those from mixed-status families. Assistant Clinical Professor Jaclyn Kelley-Widmer (law) and Residence Hall Director Amadou Fofana (Court-Kay-Bauer) will present on what it means to be undocumented and explain legal, social, personal, and economic challenges faced by this community. In this interactive session, participants will discuss concrete ways to be an ally to the immigrant community and practice putting those skills to use. To register, click here and prepare to enter your Cornell credentials to sign up.  

American Society of International Law (ASIL) Membership Discount:

Cornell Law School’s partnership with the American Society of International Law (ASIL) allows all faculty, staff, and students receive a 50% discount on individual ASIL memberships. To sign up, visit and click “JOIN ASIL.” On the payment, page, you will be able to enter the discount code: ASILACADPART.

Students enjoy free access to the ASIL member-only Jobs Board, which includes postings on summer and semester internships, as well as full time jobs related to international law. Simply create an account (individual ASIL membership not required) using your university email address. You must register with your university email address to receive access!

Fork and Gavel 

Offering online ordering and pick-up available from Express Fork & Gavel, The Commons, Myron Taylor Hall
Open Monday - Friday 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM, Visit website for more infomation:\

The Real Property Law Section Melvyn Mitzner Scholarship

One scholarship is 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 who demonstrates Melvyn Mitzner’s commitment to professional achievement in the area of realproperty law including legal writing, lecturing and scholarship; and diversity in the profession. 
Application link:
Submission Deadline: November 20, 2020

The Real Property Law Section Lorraine Power Tharp Scholarship

One scholarship is 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 who best exemplifies the core values important to Lorraine Power Tharp; academic excellence, a demonstrated interest in public service, high integrity and an interest in realproperty law.
Application link:
Submission Deadline: November 20, 2020

The John Alexander Memorial Scholarship Fund 

The Fund was established in 1980 by the Last Will and Testament of Elizabeth M. Alexander, widow of John Alexander. The Fund was created to provide scholarships for Schenectady County residents. The conditions for receipt of the scholarship are that the applicant reside in Schenectady County and be a full-time candidate for a Juris Doctor or Bachelor of Law Degree at an accredited New York Law School. For information on how to apply, please contact the Dean of Students Office:
Submission Deadline: December 1, 2020

American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers

The American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers is pleased to announce its 2021 annual writing competition to recognize significant written contributions to the field of U.S. consumer financial services law in the following categories: (a) books; (b) publishable articles, book chapters, or substantial book reviews by a professional in the field; (c) publishable student case notes, articles, or comments. The awards include cash payments of $5000, $3500, and $1500, respectively, and a Certificate of Recognition from the College. In any given year, depending on submissions, awards may be made in all, some or no categories. More information on the College and the writing competition may be found at:
Submission Deadline: December 1, 2020

Article Submissions to the Cambridge Law Review

The Cambridge Law Review (CLR) and its supplementary undergraduate law journal, De Lege Ferenda (DLF) are independent legal publications run by students of the University of Cambridge. The aim of the journals is to provide a forum for the discussion of contemporary and cutting-edge legal issues. For more information about the CLR and the DLF, visit
Persons interested in submitting an article for publication to the CLR or the DLF will have to fill in the relevant online form:
Submission Deadline: December 15, 2020

Nuremberg Moot Court 2021

The International Nuremberg Principles Academy and the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg are proud to announce the opening of the application for the Nuremberg Moot Court 2021 between 5 November 2020 and 14 January 2021. Further details can be found in the FAQ on the Nuremberg Moot Court website and in the Nuremberg Moot Court Rules.
Deadline: January 14, 2021

2020-2021 American Indian Law Review National Writing Competition

This year’s American Indian Law Review national writing competition is now welcoming papers from students at accredited law schools in the United States and Canada.  Papers will be accepted on any legal issue specifically concerning American Indians or other indigenous peoples.  Three cash prizes will be awarded: $1,000 for first place, $500 for second place, and $250 for third place.  Each of the three winning authors will also be awarded an eBook copy of Cohen's Handbook of Federal Indian Law, provided by LexisNexis. For further information on eligibility, entry requirements, and judging criteria, see the AILR writing competition website at
Submission Deadline: Friday, February 26, 2021, at 6 p.m. Eastern Standard Time

The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law Annual Law Student Writing Competition 

The ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law and The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers are pleased to announce their 2021 writing competition. This competition is open to articles written while the author is an active student at an accredited law school in the United States. Authors may not have graduated from law school prior to December 1, 2020. Graduate students in law school (LLM candidates) are not eligible. Complete rules should be read in their entirety. Competition rules can also be found on the College website at
Submission Deadline: June 15, 2021


2021 Furman Family Fellowship: Supreme Court of Israel - Deadline Monday, November 16, 2020
The clerkship will last 12 weeks. Summer clerkships may start as early as May or as late as August and will be determined by the successful applicant and Court in light of the applicant’s availability.  Applications may also be considered for 12 week positions to begin later in the year.

Please submit your application as a single PDF. Each document included in the PDF should be clearly titled. At the top of the first page of the application, please write “Furman Family Fellowship Application.” The PDF should include the following documents:

  1. A cover letter addressed to the Supreme Court of Israel (address: Sha’arei Mishpat St.; Jerusalem 9195001; Israel).  Important: Please identify yourself as a Furman Family Fellowship applicant in the first paragraph of your letter. Please also indicate the period during which you would like to clerk at the court.  You may simply state that you are seeking a “12-week internship during the summer of 2021.”  Alternatively or additionally, you may indicate your availability for an internship to begin later in the year.
  2. A current resume
  3. Law School transcript
  4. A short sample of legal writing
  5. At least two recommendation letters, preferably one from a law professor (Recommenders may send their letters directly to by no later than November 16, 2020).

*Applicants should not expect to receive a response until early-April.

Diversity Summer Fellowship in Health Law 
The fellowship is open to students with a diverse background who are currently enrolled in a law school in the State of New York. The fellowship will provide the student an opportunity to experience health law practice and to work with a healthcare attorney or facility in the State of New York during the summer. 
Application link:
Application Deadline: December 7, 2020