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November 19, 2018

This Week’s Events

Week of November 19, 2018

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

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 

Beyond Next Week

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

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. 

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.

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

Thursday, November 29

8:00 - 10:00 AM, Saperston Student Lounge
White & Case 1L Coffee Break 

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!

Monday, December 3 

12:00 PM, Saperston Student Lounge 
It’s that time once again for pet therapy! Stop by the Student Lounge on December 3rd @ NOON to unwind with everyone’s favorite llama Late for Breakfast and several therapy dogs from the Cornell Companions pet visitation program. There will also be an opportunity to enter a drawing to win the library mascot Lloyd the Llama! Spouses, partners and children are welcome. No RSVP required.

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 (, 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 the week of November 19 and run through 12 noon on November 29. 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.

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.


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

Thanksgiving Break

No classes on Wednesday, November 21. The Registrar's Office and the Office of the Dean of Students will be closed that day. We will reopen at 8:00am on Monday, November 26.  Classes resume on Monday, November 26.

First Year Students

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

Winter Weather & University Operating Status

To find out if the University (and Law School) is open or closed due to inclement weather conditions, check the University Operating Status site ( or University Special Conditions site ( ) or call the Inclement Weather phone (607) 255-3377. If the University is closed, the Law School is also closed. If the Law School is closed, classes and exams for that day are cancelled. Make-up plans will be announced as soon as the plans are available. If the University remains open, classes and exams will take place as scheduled. Faculty may cancel their class as needed and reschedule make-ups at their discretion.


Assuming no unusual computer difficulties either here at the Law School or in the University Registrar's Office, grades for Fall 2017 should be available to view online at the University Student Center on the afternoon of Tuesday, January 8, 2019.

Tuition Statements

The Office of the Bursar sends monthly electronic billing statements via Cashnet  (Cashnet Link: ).  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: 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: . Current CornellCard transactions are available through CornellCard Student Accounting. Link to Cornell Student Accounting: 

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 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: 

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. *There will be no Let's Talk on November 21 due to the Thanksgiving Holiday*
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 19 (126F Dean of Students Suite)

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

Or by appointment:  (607) 255-0146; Email:

APA’s Office Hours:

Julia                     Monday 11:15—1:15 Wellness Room (126B Dean of Students suite)

Freaking out is not a plan.   Many of you are really starting to stress about exams and how you spend your Thanksgiving Break.  I hope that all of you travel safely (if you’re traveling).  This time of year, many other obligations can pile on top of our law work.  Whether it is missing family or seeing them that causes you stress, make sure you are getting a little time to relax over the upcoming long weekend.  You also need a realistic plan for studying.  You have no surer way of making yourself miserable than telling yourself you’re going to study twelve solid hours a day for four days.  Not only will you not do it, you’ll feel bad for thinking you could and then failing.  Keep in mind that your family and friends will be very excited to see you.  It’s a good idea to let them know that you need to study and will only be able to participate in some of the family preparations and activities. 

Set some reasonable and realistic goals for what you’re going to accomplish over the break.  For one thing, you should make sure you take at least 24 hours completely off—whether you take a full day or spread it out over the break.  But do it on your terms.  Pick which day or times and pick what you’re doing.  Make it count—don’t use your travel day as your day off.  You’ll feel much better if you take some control over your life instead of reacting to what other folks are doing (or telling you to do).  Eat a nice slice of pie, talk to your grandmother, and see a movie. Just take some time to relax.  And make sure you that you have beginning and ending times to your relaxation time.

How do you use the rest of your time?  Treat the rest of your time over the break—including travel time—like at least an eight-hour workday.  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.  Review CALI lessons and CALI quizzes, quiz yourself with question and answer books, and work on old exam questions under real exam time constraints.  You may not know all the answers, but it is helpful to know now what areas of the law you need to work on.  You’ll be tested on how you analyze legal problems with the law.  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 during the break, please stop by my office hours or make an appointment.    

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:

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.

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:

Learn more about the Office of the University Ombudsman. You can visit their website using this link:

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,

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, , 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 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 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. Tickets may be purchased through the following link:

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)

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.

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

Big Red Barn Winter Holiday Party 

Saturday, December 8
2:00 PM, Big Red Barn 
Holiday party for Graduate and Professional students and their families. Crafts, cookies & cocoa, entertainment and a visit with Santa! 

Any Person, Any Story Social Media Campaign

Share YOUR story with Cornell Minds Matter!  The goal of the Any Person, Any Story social media campaign is to raise awareness about mental health struggles as well as strengths and experiences around our campus. Whether you are a student, faculty member, or member of the Cornell community, we want to HEAR and share your story.  If you feel comfortable sharing your story, please reach out to us at or Sign-up to share your story here:

Fork and Gavel 

Fork and Gavel Kitchen (Level B):  Curry Bar Mondays, Mac and Cheese Wednesdays, Baked Chicken Thursdays
EFG (Express Fork and Gavel, Commons Level): Hot Apple Cider, snacks and COFFEE.
Open Monday and Tuesday - Thanksgiving Week.
Open November 26th through December 6th.
Visit the Fork and Gavel website for up to date information and learn about their catering options:

Dwyer Dam Bridge Closed 11/19/18 - 11/21/18 

Dwyer Dam Bridge at Route 366 and Hoy Road will be closed November 19 - 21, 7 am - 5 pm, for sealant joint repair. This work is weather-dependent and the closure dates may be delayed or extended if conditions are not suitable. Motorists approaching campus on Route 366 will be detoured to Tower Road or Judd Falls Road. Hoy Road from Campus Road to the parking garage will remain open, with all entrances/exits accessible. Pedestrian access will be maintained on one side of the bridge at all times.

Please comply with all safety signage, barriers, and traffic control devices. Thank you for your patience.

Cornell University Transportation Services
116 Maple Avenue, Ithaca NY 14850
Office Hours: 7:30 am - 4 pm, Monday - Friday

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
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 
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:
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
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: 
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: 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: 
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
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
Application Deadline:  June 15, 2019

Spring Housing 

House available spring semester, dates negotiable to suit your schedule arriving in and leaving Ithaca.  Rent $1000/month for February, March and April, prorated for the amount of time you need to stay in January and May.  Beautiful country home 20 minutes drive from the law school, on a school route, so the roads get plowed early in the morning.  Suitable for 1-3 people – one queen bedroom, one double, and one single, two baths.  Three very friendly cats in residence.   If you are interested, contact Professor Bowman at