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November 23, 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 23, 2020

Monday, November 23
6:00 - 7:00 PM, CLSA Virtual Yoga - Sponsored by Akin Gump
To Register:

Wednesday, November 25
Thanksgiving Recess Begins

Official Announcements

For more information on final exams FAQ and Exam Procedures you can view them at

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.

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.


Academic Support

Office Hours the week of November 23 (Zoom link here:
Monday:                         12:30—1:30 p.m.             
Tuesday:                         12:30—1:30 p.m.             
Wednesday:                    No Office Hours 
Thursday:                        No Office Hours 
Friday:                             No Office Hours 

Or by appointment: or through Bookings here

APA Office Hours through 11/24: *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)                 email for M/T appointment
Section C:            Benjamin Ahn (bma59)        Tuesday 5:00—6:00 p.m.
Section D:            Zach Sporn (zks3)                email for M/T appointment
                             Tanmayi Sharma(ts844)       Monday 4:35—5:35 p.m.
Section E:            Zach Zaremba (zaz7)            email for M/T appointment
Section F:            Julia Mikolajczk (jem554)      Monday 11:00—1:00 p.m.   

Inhale.  Hold.  Exhale.  This is the last week of classes, and most of you are feeling incredibly stressed.  While this feeling is normal, you need to keep in mind that you know more of the law than you realize.  Just breathe, deeply and slowly, to help calm your nerves.  Channel that nervous energy into studying and solving problems.  Your study and review efforts will help you go beyond merely memorizing the law to actually understanding the law and allow for a much deeper analysis on exams.  If you find that you need help with your final study plan or you want to talk about exams, I am available until December 1, and I have extended office hours.  I am happy to help.  Don’t forget to breathe, eat well, and sleep.  Best of luck!     

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:

Positions Available

Paid (Remote) Summer Jobs at Cornell:   The Legal Information Institute at Cornell Law School is hiring students to work on various projects during the summer of 2021.  Summer work can be performed from anywhere within the United States--there's no need to be in Ithaca.  Please contact LII Co-Director Craig Newton ( to learn more about opportunities at LII.

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

Legal Careers

All Students 

Diversity Fellowships:

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

2L & 3L Students 

All times Eastern Standard unless otherwise noted.

Message from Dean DeRosa: Our best wishes to you and yours for a very happy Thanksgiving!  We will be available to you throughout the winter break period to provide any assistance you may need, and you need not feel any pressure to take on any aspect of the recruiting process until your exams are behind you and you have taken some much-deserved time to decompress.  That said, if you have any thoughts or concerns that you would like to discuss now, please feel free to make an appointment with one of us – and don’t hesitate to let us know if you have any trouble finding an appointment time that suits your schedule.

December 3
3:30 PM Fox Rothchild Forum Series 
Thursday, December 3 | 3-3:30 pm ET – Virtual Interviewing Tips: How to Make Yourself Stand Out

December 4
2:00 PM Crowell & Moring: New York Office Information Session

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 (

General Announcements

The New York State Bar Association Antitrust Law Section invites you to attend

What Kind of Antitrust Lawyer Do You Want to Be? Webinar Panel & Networking Reception -Junior attorneys and law students are encouraged to attend this informative webinar panel led by seasoned antitrust practitioners who will assist them in answering the question: What kind of antitrust lawyer do you want to be?  Panelists will discuss their paths to becoming antitrust attorneys and their unique practices areas within the diverse practice of antitrust law. 
Thursday, December 3rd
Noon-1:30 p.m.
Registration link:

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

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!

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 30, 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


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