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November 26, 2018

This Week’s Events

Week of November 26, 2018

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

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

4:15 - 5:15 PM, Room G29
Ward Greenberg Diversity Program Info Session 

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!

Beyond Next Week

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.

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 2018 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 Current CornellCard transactions are available through CornellCard Student Accounting. Link to Cornell Student Accounting: 

Bar Exam Information 

As part of the UBE (Uniform Bar Exam) in New York, you are required to take the NYLC (New York Law Course) and the NYLE (New York Law Exam). The next administration of the NYLE is DECEMBER 20th.

Link to the NY Bar site and information on the NYLC and NYLE:

As part of the UBE you also need to take the MPRE (Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam.) The registration for the 2019 exams opens on December 10th. Please check the NCBE webpage for more information:


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. 
Where: Hughes Hall, Room 126B
No appointment necessary. Just drop in.

Link for additional hours and locations:

Academic Support

Office Hours November 26–November 30 (Room 126F Dean of Students Suite)

Monday:               11:00—12:00 p.m.
                                2:30—4:00 p.m.
Tuesday:                 1:00—12:00 p.m.
                                2:30—4:00 p.m.
Wednesday           11:00—12:00 p.m.
                                 2:30—4:00 p.m.
Thursday                 2:30—4:30 p.m.
Friday                     10:30—11:30 p.m.
                                 1:30—4:00 p.m.

APA’s Office Hours Week of November 26:

Julia:                    Tuesday 2:30—4:00 Wellness Room (Dean of Students Suite)

Tayler:                  Wednesday 4:00—5:30  Room 244

Emily:                   Thursday 11:00—1:00 Room G28R

Reading Period Office Hours December 3-4 (Room 126F Dean of Students Suite)

Monday               10:30–12:00 p.m.
                               2:30–4:00 p.m.
Tuesday               10:30–12:00 p.m.
                               1:30–3:00 p.m.

Or by appointment until December 4:  (607) 255-0146;

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.  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 4, and I have extended office hours.  I am happy to help. Don’t forget to breathe, eat well, and sleep.  Best of luck!   

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,

Ward Greenberg will be hosting a brief info session about their 2019 Diversity Program. Jeffrey Harradine, Cornell Law alum, will provide an overview of the program and answer any questions you may have. The session will take place Monday, November 28th, at 4:15pm in room G29.

White & Case Coffee Break: 8:00 – 11:00 AM Thursday, November 29th, Student Lounge

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.

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 November 26th through December 6th.
Visit the Fork and Gavel website for up to date information and learn about their catering options:

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