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November 2, 2020

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources and Updates

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

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 2, 2020

Monday, November 2 
6:00 - 7:00 PM, CLSA Virtual Yoga
To Register:

Wednesday, November 4 
11:15 AM - 12:10 PM,  Berger International Speaker Series: Mausi Segun will discuss “Working on Human Rights in Uncertain Times”
Please RSVP by November 3 -

4:30 - 5:30 PM, Weekly Perk- A Post Election Discussion with Professor Rana facilitating

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 5
6:00 - 7:00 PM, Cahill Gordon Corporate Practice Briefing -Learn what corporate practitioners do and what law students interested in the field need to know. Presented by: Doug Horowitz, Partner

Friday, November 6
2:30 - 3:30 PM, Please join the Christian Legal Society for a weekly Bible study over Zoom!
Join Zoom Meeting:

Beyond This Week

Tuesday, November 10
12:00 - 1:00 PM, Coffee and Counsel with Associate Dean of Cornell Tech Matthew D'Amore - Associate Dean Matt D’Amore (Matt) (he/his) came back to Cornell after more than 20 years in the New York office of Morrison & Foerster practicing IP law.  Join Matt to talk through life as a big law associate and partner, how law practices and careers have changed, and what you might expect as you embark on yours.

Wednesday, November 11 
Berger International Speaker Series with Bill Frelick
Registration link:

Friday, November 13
6:00 - 7:30 PM, CLSA Paint Night -CLSA will be holding a virtual paint night. Paint kits will be mailed to those who RSVP and everyone will join a virtual meeting where the instructor will lead the session.

Official Announcements

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.


Law School Seeks Nominations for Prizes

Please give some thought to possible nominees for the following Law School prizes. While all students, faculty, and staff may submit nominations, only 3L students are eligible to receive these awards. Nominations, in the form of a one-page statement concerning the nominee and designating the award(s) for which the student is being nominated, are due to the Dean of Students,, by Friday, November 6.

The Freeman Award for Civil-Human Rights was established from the estate of Professor Emeritus Harrop A. Freeman, J.D. 1930, J.S.D. 1945. A cash prize is awarded to the law student or students who have made the greatest contribution during their law school career to civil-human rights.

The Stanley E. Gould Prize for Public Interest Law was established by Stanley E. Gould, J.D. 1954. A cash prize is awarded each year to a third-year student or students who have shown outstanding dedication to serving public-interest law and public-interest groups.

The Seymour Herzog Memorial Prize was endowed in honor of the late Seymour Herzog, LL.B. 1936. A cash prize is awarded each year to a student or students who demonstrate excellence in the law and commitment to public-interest law, combined with a love of sports.

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 (

Additional “Dean-tinis” for 1Ls
Grab your favorite beverage and your laptop, and join Dean Peñalver and a small group of your fellow 1Ls for drinks and casual conversation via Zoom!  Interested 1L students may sign up for a session on Nov. 9 or Nov. 18 from 5:00-6:00pm at this link:

Academic Support

Office Hours the week of November 2 (Zoom link here:
Monday:                         12:30—1:30 p.m.             
Tuesday:                         12:30—1:30 p.m.
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.  I’m excited to announce that the APAs will be assigned to specific Sections (one section has two just because the schedules worked out that way).  They’ve have experience with at least one professor in common with their section, but they are always happy to work with students from any section.   This week they can answer general questions about outlining and reviewing or time management.

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.   

Making a Plan. Time seems to have sped up—it can’t possibly be November, right?  A quick look at the calendar tells us we have three-and-a-half weeks until Thanksgiving.  It is critical to plan your time well.  You need to balance sleep and wellness with work.  Come see me if you need help planning your schedule.  Make sure it includes working on your papers, outlines, and exam practice.  The APAs and I will be reviewing practice questions and giving feedback.  Check the Academic Support Canvas page for more information.  Whatever your plan to finish the semester, include some exam practice—you’ll feel much better prepared.  And don’t forget that the library has free access to study guides you can use to quiz yourself.

Health and Wellness

Elect and Reflect: Meditation and Reflection for Election 2020

Special online support spaces on November 3 & November 4
Feeling anxious about the election? Throughout Election Day and the following day, “Let's Meditate” guides, CURW Chaplains, and members of the Dean of Students team will host 15-minute online reflections/meditations to help you calm anxiety, find comfort, and support your mental and spiritual well-being. See the “Elect and Reflect” schedule here.

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

Sleep: Make it your super power

Want to improve your sleep? Enroll in Refresh, Cornell Health’s online sleep program, for evidence-based information and strategies proven to help you catch more high-quality ZZZs. Refresh is a free, eight-week self-help program open to undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Enroll in Refresh by Wednesday, October 28  to participate in the program beginning November 1.  (Time commitment is only 15 – 20 minutes a week!)

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:

Legal Careers

Diversity Fellowships:
See the Diversity Fellowships section of the Document Library in Symplicity for diversity fellowship brochures and applications.

All Students 

All times Eastern Standard unless otherwise noted.

November 10, 2020, 6:00 PM
Winston & Strawn: Tips for Final (Stress Management)

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

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

November 2, 2020
Davis Polk: Summer Panel Discussion and Q&A

Fox Rothchild Forum Series – Nov. 5 – Dec. 3
Thursday, November 5 | 3-3:30 pm ET – Intellectual Property Practice
Friday, November 6 | 3-3:30 pm ET – Building a Diverse and Inclusive Community
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 5, 2020
6:00 PM
Selendy & Gay: Litigating in NY
Email this address to register

6:00 PM
Cahill Gordon Virtual Corporate Practice Briefing
RSVP to Noelle Fletcher at

November 6, 2020
Crowell & Moring: Pre OCI Panels 
11/6 registration link:

November 12, 2020
3:00 PM
Covington & Burling: The Covington Summer Experience

Linklaters Information Session 2 - Email to RSVP,

5:00 PM 
Reed Smith: Diversity Recruiting Panel

7:00 PM
Gibson Dunn: Defending the First Amendment: White House Press Battles & Protests at Lafayette Square

November 13, 2020
Arnold & Porter: Tackling Imposter Syndrome
An interactive and informative program on imposter syndrome led by Michelle Silverthorn, Diversity Speaker, Culture Change Expert, and Founder of Inclusion Nation. 
RSVP via

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 this semester:  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

Cornell Votes Canvas Course 

Cornell Votes Canvas Course ( prepared by the Public Service Center with information about how, when, and where students can vote. 

Events Related to the U.S. election, Nov. 3, 2020

Check out the election related events taking place this week

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 

Now Open! 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 Honorable Joel K. Asarch Elder Law and Special Needs Section Scholarship 

One 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 2020-2021 academic year and is actively participating in an Elder Law Clinic at the school during the 2020-2021 academic year or performs other substantial efforts which demonstrate interest in the legal rights of the elderly or those with disabilities
Application Link:
Submission Deadline: November 13, 2020

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

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

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


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:
Submission Deadline: November 7, 2020

E. Barrett Prettyman/Stuart Stiller Fellowship Program at Georgetown Law (Washington, DC)
DEADLINE: Applications will be accepted from September 1, 2020 through October 31, 2020
The goal of the fellowship is to provide high quality representation to adults and adolescents accused of crimes and provide recent law school graduates with rigorous training in criminal trial advocacy and clinical teaching. Fellows spend two years in the program, after which they are awarded a master’s degree in Advocacy.

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.