Cornell Law Scoops

Scoops Issue

November 18, 2019

This Week’s Events

Week of November 18, 2019

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

Monday, November 18
4:00 - 5:00 PM, Room G90
How to Successfully Network your Way into a Job

Tuesday, November 19
5:00 - 6:15 PM, The Gallery 
SALSA Chai & Chat Social

6:00 - 7:00 PM, Room G85
Hong Kong, China, and the United States: How Did We Get Here? 

Wednesday, November 20
8:00 - 10:00 AM, The Commons 
Weekly Perk- Coffee and conversation on Wednesday from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. in The Commons. Stop by for a cup! Breakfast food also provided.

1:30 - 2:30 PM, Room G85
1L Introduction to the Public Interest Summer Job Search 

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.

5:00 - 6:00, The Squash Court 
Yoga - All skill levels are welcome. Increase your physical and mental well being. Bring your mat and join in! Sponsored by Akin Gump. 

Thursday, November 21
4:00 - 4:30 PM, Room G26
Let's Meditate -Let’s Meditate is a free, guided, mindfulness meditation series sponsored by Cornell Health, in collaboration with numerous campus partners.

Friday, November 22
12:15 - 1:15 PM, Room 276
Berger International Speaker Series: Enrique Gonzalez will discuss “Rethinking U.S. Immigration Policy: The Path Forward”
Please RSVP by November 18 -

Beyond Next Week

Monday, November 25
9:30 - 10:30 AM, Saperston Student Lounge 
Climate and Coffee with Professor Kim Diana Connolly

12:30 - 2:30 PM, Room 276
Social Justice Entrepreneurship Projects @ Cornell Law School 

4:30 - 5:30 PM, Room 186
1L Summer Job Panel for the California Market 

5:00 - 6:00 PM, Room 182
Sports and Hormone Regulation: The IAAF and Caster Semenya

5:30 - 8:30 PM, Room G90
National Lawyers Guild (NLG) November General Body Meeting

Tuesday, November 26
12:00 - 1:45 PM, Saperston Student Lounge
Human Rights Africa

Wednesday, November 27 - 29 
Thanksgiving Break 

Official Announcements

Law School Registrar Announcements

Law School Clinic and Course Pre-Registration for Spring 2020
Please add these dates to your calendar. More information will be sent to students in the next few weeks.

November 11 - November 18 at 12:00 PM/Noon - Upperclass students see results of clinic pre-registration and can drop (not add) clinics. Upperclass students pre-register for upperclass and seminar courses. 1L students pre-register for 1L elective.

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.

Using Your Laptop for the Fall 2019 Final Exams
You will receive information about the exam registration process by email in early November.  Old versions of the exam software will not work.

Law Library Announcements

After Hours Policy: The Law Library is accessible to members of the law community 24/7 via electronic key access.  The hours of the circulation desk are posted here:  Students are asked to keep their IDs with law stickers showing at closing time so as to not be disturbed by staff doing rounds to ensure that undergraduates do not stay in the library after hours, or during the exam and study periods.  If a law students needs a new sticker or did not get a sticker during orientation, they can inquire at the circulation desk.

Graduate Legal Studies/LL.M Students

Volunteer Opportunity for Bilingual and Multilingual Students
The Translator-Interpreter Program (TIP) of the Cornell Public Service Center is currently seeking volunteers.  TIP is a student-run program that trains bilingual and multilingual Cornell students to serve as volunteer translators/interpreters for community agencies in emergency and non-emergency situations.  TIP volunteers have provided free language translation and interpretation services to over 300 community agencies in Tompkins County and surrounding areas since 2000.  Interested in getting involved to help bridge the language gap and aid the local community?  Visit TIP’s website to find out more and register to attend an upcoming Volunteer Training Session.

Please join us for the following upcoming programs:

  1. How to Successfully Network Your way into a Job, on Monday, November 18 at  4p.m. in MTH G90. I will discuss strategies on how to build your professional network and distinguish yourself from other applicants.

Traveling over Thanksgiving break?
Remember to take all documents needed for re-entry into the U.S. – even if traveling within the U.S.

  • Valid passport (must be valid for at least 6 months into the future)
  • Valid (unexpired) U.S. visa stamp in your passport (except Canadian citizens)
  • Valid I-20 for those in F-1 or F-2 status (signed for travel on page 2 by an Office of Global Learning advisor with the last year (6 months for Canadian students) OR valid DS-2019 for those with J-1 or J-2 status
  • Evidence of financial funding (whatever funding mentioned on your I-20 or DS-2019)
  • Proof of enrollment (from the Registrar’s office or print your own certificate)

If you have questions regarding the documents above, please contact the Office of Global Learning:
International Services, Office of Global Learning
300 Caldwell Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853
Drop-in advising hours: Monday - Friday:  10:00-12:00 and 1:00-4:00

Forgot your I-20 or DS-2019?
If you have left the U.S. and realize that you do not have a valid travel signature on your I-20 or DS-2019, or you forgot your I-20 / DS-2019 altogether, the Office of Global Learning can send you a new copy of your current form with an updated travel signature wherever you are in the world.  If you fill in the request form the Office of Global Learning will send your new form by regular mail within two business days after submission.  You can find additional information, including directions for how to request expedited shipping, on the Office of Global Learning’s website.

Not Enough Time to Request your I-20 or DS-2019?
If you are traveling back to the U.S. too soon for the Office of Global Learning to get a new form to you, don't panic! When you reach the port of entry, explain to the port of entry officer that you forgot your I-20 or DS-2019, and ask if the officer will please let you in to the U.S. with an "I-515A."  The "I-515A" will allow you entry to the U.S. in F-1 or J-1 status for 30 days.  If you get an I-515A at the port, visit the Office of Global Learning as soon as you arrive back in Ithaca and they will help you complete the requirements.

Campus/Community Resources

Dean Peñalver’s Office Hours for Students

Due to Dean Peñalver's travle schedule, he will not be holding office hours this week. 

Impeachment Hearing Broadcast

The impeachment hearings during the week of November 18 will air in, L30 Hughes Hall, beginning at 9 a.m. for anyone who wishes to watch them. This will provide the necessary flexibility for our community to view these historic proceedings given existing room availability due to regularly scheduled courses and events.

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:

Academic Support

Office Hours the week of November 18 (Room 126F Dean of Students Suite)
Monday: 3:00 - 4:00 PM
Tuesday: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM             
Wednesday: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM                      
Thursday: 3:00 - 4:00 PM   
Friday: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM                                       

Or by appointment:  (607) 255-0146;

APA Office Hours Week of 11/18: 

Section A:            Natalie Greenfield Tuesday 9:00—10:00 Rm G81
                            Zach Sporn  Wednesday 4:30—5:30 Rm 244
Section B:            Tayler Woelcke  Monday 4:30—5:30  Rm 244
Section C:           Alizah Charaniya  Wednesday 1:30—2:30  Rm. G80
Section D:           Julia Hollreiser  Thursday 4:15—5:15  Rm. 244
Section E:            Lily Coad  Thursday 11:10—12:10 Rm. 244
Section F:            Emily Szopinski  Monday 12:15—1:15 Rm. G80 

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 online in the Neumann Connected Casebook, “Legal Reasoning and Legal Writing,” on how to write an exam answer.   Look for new podcasts on Canvas giving 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 10 (the day before exams start). Look for specific times in Scoops.

Winter Weather Preparedness 

Ithaca weather provides an opportunity for you to experience all four seasons, sometimes in the same day. Severe weather for the Ithaca region includes winter snow (an annual average of 64 inches of snow), ice storms, tornadoes, floods, hazardous temperatures, and severe thunderstorms with dangerous lightning, high winds, heavy rain, and hail. Understanding the local weather and preparing for it can help keep you comfortable and safe. The information below will guide you to local weather forecast resources and National Weather Service safety information about the common weather hazards in our region.

University Operations During Inclement Weather

While Cornell strives to minimize disruptions due to inclement weather there are times when normal university operations are suspended due to severe weather. For details related to inclement weather refer to the Inclement Weather Frequently Asked Questions and university Policy 8.2: Inclement Weather

How To Receive Severe Weather Warnings

You can receive severe weather warnings and other emergency alerts by subscribing to New York Alert or other community notification services. Customized alerts can be received by phone, text message, e-mail, and fax. You can also receive weather alerts using a NOAA Weather Radio.

CornellALERT is the university’s emergency notification system and is used for situations involving an immediate threat to the health and safety of the community.  Active CornellALERT messages appear in the right sidebar of this website (at the top of the page on mobile and small screen devices).

You can receive alerts on your cellular phone if you have provided your contact information or installed the Rave Guardian app and activated it for the Cornell Ithaca Campus. Messages are also sent to the e-mail addresses of current students, employees, and affiliates.

If you receive a CornellALERT message you should promptly follow the directions given in the message and monitor this emergency web site for additional information.

Cornell Food Pantry

The pantry, located at 109 McGraw Place, opened on October 16. The pantry is staffed by student employees and open to any members of the Cornell community, including students, staff, and faculty. Free, confidential access to food and personal care items will be offered. Visit the Food Pantry on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., on Wednesdays and Fridays from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., and on Sundays from 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Anabel's Grocery 

Anabel's Grocery provides fresh, nutritious, and affordable food for Cornell students! Their website lists hours and more information, 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 for more resources and to learn about Cornell's Caring Community. 

The Nathaniel Rand ’12 Memorial Gorge Safety Education Program

The two gorges that run through the Cornell campus – Cascadilla and Fall Creek – represent more than 10,000 years of beauty. They help to make Cornell one of the world’s most iconic campuses. While the gorges are wonderful for recreation and hiking, they can be very dangerous.

The Nathaniel Rand ’12 Memorial Gorge Safety Education Program, Cornell University’s gorge safety educational effort, is named in memory of a student who died in a gorge drowning accident in 2011. The program’s goal is to prevent future tragedies by informing visitors about safe and responsible use of the gorges.

The program includes educational initiatives such as the gorge stewards, orientation hikes for new students, educational programming for orientation leaders and residence advisors, a gorge safety video and brochure (pdf). These educational efforts are just one part of a comprehensive safety program that includes providing safe recreational alternatives, enforcement, and maintenance of gorge infrastructure.

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: 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:  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: Alleged violations should be reported to the Judicial Administrator at 255-4680 or email:

Legal Careers

1L Students:
Welcome to Cornell Law School. Keep up to date on the programs offered by our office through Scoops, the email listserv and the TV screens around Myron Taylor.

White & Case Coffee Break: Celebrate the last week of class and stop by the Student Lounge for a coffee and chat with White & Case attorneys.

  • December 3rd, 9:00am – 11:00, Student Lounge

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 look for the registration email in early November. Registration is due by November 22.

1L & 2L Students:
Volunteer Legal Internships with the U.S. Department of Justice Webinar

Positions Available

Seeking Volunteers: We are seeking student volunteers to contribute to building a collaboration with a group of impact litigators about a recent Executive Order (EO) affecting how the US protects refugee rights. The EO would essentially give local communities a "veto" over the resettlement of refugees to the United States.  (See Trump Order May Give Veto To People Who Hate Or Fear Refugees and Executive Order on Enhancing State and Local Involvement in Refugee Resettlement) We are seeking student volunteers to (a) help conduct legal research and draft memoranda (almost certainly related to the Administrative Procedure Act) and (b) help draft related non-litigation documents and engage with stakeholders. We expect to be able to accommodate different degrees of availability over the course of the remainder of the fall semester as we evaluate what is a developing matter and collaboration. (Because this request involves contemplated litigation, kindly do not publish or distribute this call for volunteers outside the Cornell Law School community.) Students who have studied or have work experience involving immigration and refugee law or the federal administrative procedure act are particularly encouraged to volunteer. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions or concerns – or to volunteer: Ian Kysel (, Chantal Thomas ( and/or Stephen Yale-Loehr (

The Cornell Center on the Death Penalty Worldwide seeks law student interns for full-time positions in summer 2020. The internship is full-time and typically requires a 10 to 12-week commitment. Ideally, the candidate will work from May 11 until July 31, but the exact dates are negotiable. While the internship is unpaid, the Center is willing to work with interns to secure funding. There is a possibility that this position will involve international travel, which would be covered by the Center. International travel is not required. The ideal candidate will have strong legal research and writing skills and a demonstrated commitment to human rights, the abolition of the death penalty, and/or criminal justice reform. French is strongly preferred but not required. Other foreign language skills (particularly Arabic, Farsi, and Chinese) and relevant coursework are assets. Applicants should send a cover letter and a CV or resume to by November 11, but 1Ls may submit their applications by December 1. Please check out our listing on Symplicity for more information about the position.

Summer Employment: Gender Justice in South Africa
Cornell Law School’s Women & Justice Collection at the Legal Information Institute is the first vetted and searchable online database of gender justice jurisprudence, legislation, reports, and legal tools. The Collection is seeking two full-time summer 2020 research fellows. Fellows will receive funding for an internship at the Women's Legal Centre in Cape Town, South Africa, for up to eight weeks. With the guidance of the Collection's Director and the Democratic Governance & Rights Unit at the University of Cape Town, fellows will spend one week prior to their internship partnering with a local law student to interview diverse South African women about access to justice issues. With the Collection’s Director, the students will analyze their findings in a report to be published in the Collection’s database. The fellowships will begin around May 25 and end around August 1, 2020. To inquire further and for details on how to apply, please contact the Collection's Advocacy and Research Director, Jocelyn Hackett ( 1Ls are encouraged to apply. Students planning to split their summers should send their proposed schedule.

Women & Justice Collection Semester Research Opportunity
Cornell Law School’s Women & Justice Collection at the Legal Information Institute is the first vetted and searchable online database of gender justice jurisprudence, legislation, reports, and legal tools. The Collection is seeking part-time researchers to work on expanding the Collection and its partnership with the African Legal Information Institute at the University of Cape Town by editing caselaw and legislation summaries from all over the world, performing legal research and writing for African judges, and gathering resources related to women’s access to justice in southern Africa. To inquire further and for details on how to apply, please contact the Collection's Advocacy and Research Director, Jocelyn Hackett (  Researchers will begin work on a rolling basis throughout the semester. 

General Announcements

Mental Health Review

Help us improve student mental health at Cornell—take the Mental Health Review survey!

Cornell University has undertaken a comprehensive Mental Health Review the Ithaca campus this year.

  • An internal (on-campus) Mental Health Review Committee (MHRC) has been tasked with examining the Cornell academic and social environment, climate, and culture related to mental health.
  • An External Review Team is examining clinical services and campus-based strategies.

Students, faculty, and staff can contribute:

  • through focus groups - A focus group for students who are registered with Student Disability Services (food provided!) will be:
    Friday, November 22nd, 12:15-1:15pm, Cornell Health, Tang Conference Room 127A Please RSVP to: by November 18th
  • through an online online survey (answer as many questions as you wish)


Invitation from the Cornell Latino Alumni Association to Cornell Graduate Students!

The Cornell Latino Alumni Association (CLAA) was founded to promote and facilitate the interests and activities of Latino alumni and also to offer resources to current Latino students on campus. We not only want to support undergraduates but also graduate students in any way possible. If you are interested in joining our list serv, please email us at

Presidents, Populism, and American Democracy 

A discussion with Prof. William Howell, Sidney Stein Professor in American Politics, University of Chicago - Contemporary politics is full of jeremiads warning that the runaway expansion of presidential power threatens the very fabric of American democracy.  But might a strengthened presidency be part of a solution, rather than the root cause of America's institutional malaise?

This panel discusison—featuring Professor William Howell, chair, Department of Political Science, University of Chicago, and director of the Project on Political Reform at the Harris School of Public Policy—will explore the complicated relationships between presidential power, populism, and the future of American democracy.
Monday, November 18
4:30 - 6:00 PM, Physical Sciences 120

Cornell Law School cordially invites you to the 89th Curia Society Annual Dinner.

“Limited Government, Human Dignity, and the Quest for Good Judges.”

In this talk, Leonard Leo, AB ’87, JD ’89, Executive Vice President of The Federalist Society, will argue that judicial enforcement of limited government is essential for preserving human dignity and discuss how the judicial selection process takes this into account.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019
6:00 PM Reception / 7:00 PM Dinner
The Lotos Club
5 East 66th Street
New York, NY 10065
Space is limited.  Please register by calling the Alumni Affairs Office at 607.255.5251.

Eduardo M. Peñalver, AB ’94, Allan R. Tessler Dean and Professor of Law, Cornell Law School, cordially invites you to a Cornell Law Alumni Reception.

Thursday, November 21, 2019
6:00 – 8:00 PM
(Remarks at 6:30 PM)
Winstead PC
500 Winstead Building, 2728 N. Harwood Street
Dallas, Texas 75201
Please register by calling the Alumni Affairs Office at 607.255.5251. 
A special thanks to Ladd Hirsch, JD ’83, and to his law firm, Winstead PC for sponsoring this event!

Apply to be Cornell’s Newman Civic Fellow

Applications due Thursday, November 21, 2019
This Campus Compact program supports community-committed students who are public problem-solvers. Cornell will nominate one student for the yearlong fellowship, which includes training, resources and networking opportunities to help students develop strategies for social change. Watch a video about the fellowship.

The Judicial Friends' Annual Scholarship 

Current second (2L) year and third year (3L) law students in a Juris Doctor program at an ABA accredited law school in New York State or NYS residents, attending law school outside of New York State, who are currently enrolled for the 2019-2020 academic year are eligible to apply. The scholarship will be awarded to the applicant who best demonstrates academic excellence, community service, and a passion for justice. For information on how to apply, please contact the Dean of Students office ( 
Application Deadline: November 18, 2019

The Honorable Joel K. Asarch Elder Law and Special Needs Section 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.  The student shall be actively participating in an Elder Law Clinic at the school or perform other substantial efforts which demonstrate interest in the legal rights of the elderly or the practice of elder law.@Application link:
Application Deadline: November 22, 2019

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 real property law including legal writing, lecturing and scholarship; and diversity in the profession. 
Application link:
Application Deadline: November 22, 2019

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 real property law.
Application link:
Application Deadline: November 22, 2019

The John Alexander Memorial Scholarship Fund, 2019-2020

The John Alexander Memorial Scholarship Fund administered by the Schenectady County Bar Association provides scholarships for Schenectady County residents. The conditions for the 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 more infomration on how to apply for the scholarship, please contact the Dean of Students office: 
Application Deadline: December 1, 2019

American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers

The American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers is pleased to announce its 2020 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
More information on the College and the writing competition may be found at:
Application Deadline: December 1, 2019

Diversity Summer Fellowship in Health Law 

One 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 Health law positions in the public sector in the State of New York during the summer months.
Application link:
Application Deadline: December 9, 2019

Artificial Intelligence Writing Competition 

The Center for Legal and Court Technology is pleased to announce its third annual writing competition dedicated to innovative legal issues likely to arise from Artificial Intelligence, the Internet of Things, and/or related technologies. For further details and writing competition rules visit:
Application Deadline: December 20, 2019

2020 Antitrust Writing Award: Best Student Paper 

The Antitrust Writing Award for Best Student Paper rewards one student paper that stands out by its originality or relevance to current antitrust issues. The goal of the Award for Best Student Paper is to promote antitrust laws, antitrust economics, and antitrust policies among Law and Economics students and to support student scholarship in the field.
For information on how to apply, please contact the Dean of Students office ( 
Application Deadline: December 22, 2019

FASPE 2020 Fellowship Programs 

FASPE (Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics) is a fully-funded, two-week summer program that uses the conduct of professionals in Nazi Germany as a launching point and backdrop for an intensive study of contemporary professional ethics. Fifteen Business Fellows will be chosen to participate in FASPE 2020 through a competitive application process. Fellowships cover all program costs including round-trip travel to Europe, as well as all European travel, lodging and food.  Business Fellows travel with Law and Journalism Fellows—shared insights are gained through formal and informal cross-discipline discussions. To learn more about the program, please visit their website:
Application deadline: December 30, 2019

Entertainment Law Initiative Writing Competition 

The Recording Academy™, in concert with some of the nation’s most prominent entertainment attorneys, established the Entertainment Law Initiative to promote discussion and debate about the most compelling legal issues facing the music industry today.The ELI Writing Competition challenges students to identify, research, and write an essay with a proposed solution on a compelling legal issue confronting the music industry. A nationwide panel of music law experts will judge the papers in a blind process to select a winner and a runner up. This contest is open to Juris Doctorate (JD) and master of laws (LLM) candidates currently enrolled at an ABA-accredited law school. For more information visit the Academy's website:
Application Deadline: January 2, 2020

2020 Law360 Distinguished Legal Writing Award 

The Burton Awards academic board will select 10 law school students to honor with “Distinguished Legal Writing” Award. This great honor will be given to the authors of legal articles that demonstrate creativity, knowledge, and know-how. While the length and subject matter of the legal articles are not limited, the winners will display a true understanding and mastery of the law and their writing must be clear, cogent and concise. For details and how to apply, visit:
Application Deadline: January 3, 2020

2019 Donald C. Alexander Tax Writing Competition

The Federal Bar Association Section on Taxation sponsors an annual writing competition and invites law students to participate. The Section on Taxation has named this annual competition—the Donald C. Alexander Tax Law Writing Competition—in honor of former IRS Commissioner Don Alexander, who passed away in 2009. Throughout his career, Mr. Alexander was both a widely admired role model and an advocate for writing skills and style in tax law.Full or part-time JD and LL.M. Students are eligible. Any original paper concerning federal taxation between 20 and 50 double spaced pages is welcome. Please also see the Writing Competition webpage on the FBA Section on Taxation's website for more details.
Application Deadline: January 7, 2020

Annual International Refugee Law Student Writing Competition

The American Society of International Law's International Refugee Law Interest Group (IRLIG) announces its sixth annual International Refugee Law Student Writing Competition. Papers may address any topic related to international law and refugees, stateless persons, internally-displaced persons (IDPs), and forced migrants. More information about the competition and how to enter can be found here:
Application Deadline: January 15, 2020

Louis Jackson Memorial National Student Writing Competition in Employment and Labor Law

The Louis Jackson Memorial National Student Writing Competition in Employment and Labor Law is now accepting submissions for 2019-2020. The competition is sponsored by Jackson Lewis LLP and is administered by IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law’s Institute for Law and the Workplace (ILW). The top three winners receive scholarships: $3000 for the first-place winner, and $1000 each for the two second-place winners. More information can be found at the following website:
Application Deadline: January 22, 2020

René Cassin Thesis Prize 

The application for the René Cassin Thesis Prize is open to any candidates who defended their doctoral thesis in the course of the year 2019 in one of the following disciplines: 
- International Human Rights Law 
- Regional Human Rights Law 
- Comparative Human Rights Law 
- Legal Theory of Human Rights
Persons wishing to apply should send an electronic copy of their doctoral thesis accompanied by a report certifying their thesis defence or an equivalent document, to the following email address :
Application Deadline: January 31, 2020

2019/20 CIArbNY International Arbitration Student Article Competition

The New York Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators is pleased to announce the CIArb NY Branch International Arbitration Scholarly Article Competition (the “Competition”). The Competition is open only to qualified law students. It will award up to 3 cash honoraria for the best publishable articles in the area of international arbitration.
More information on the competition is available at    
Application Deadline: February 4, 2020

2019-2020 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, visit the AILR writing competition website at
Application Deadline: February 28, 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