Cornell Law Scoops

Scoops Issue

November 5, 2018

This Week’s Events

Week of November 5, 2018

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

Monday, November 5

2:30 - 3:30 PM, Room G81
NALSA General Body Meeting

4:15 - 5:55 PM, Rooms L39, G28R, G29, G39, 244, 279, 
Exam Skills Practice  

5:00 - 6:00 PM, Room 186
BLS 1L Summer Job Panel

6:00 - 8:00 PM, Room 182
Living Proudly: LGBT Restrictions, Resistance, and Resilience in Uganda and the USA

Tuesday, November 6

4:45 - 6:00 PM, Room G90
The Criminalization of Women and LGBT People of Color
The Women's Law Coalition, Women of Color Collective, National Lawyer's Guild, American Constitution Society, and South Asian Law Students Association are hosting Andrea Ritchie to present a talk on the criminalization of women and LGBT people of color.

5:00 - 6:00 PM, Room 276
Info Session on New JD-TECH program 
Thai food provided
RSVP to Gina Jackson ( by 12:00 noon on Nov. 5

Wednesday, November 7

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.

12:30 - 2:00 PM, Room G90
Fed Soc Event: Phillip Munoz

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.

5:00 - 6:30 PM, Room 390
Mock Trial External Competition Information Session 

Thursday, November 8

12:15 - 1:15 PM, Room 276
Berger Event: Mohamed Arafa
Professor Mohamed Arafa will discuss "Uniquely Human and Unthinkable: Is Compatibility Achievable between Islamic (Shari'a) Law and Human Rights Law? Please RSVP:

3:30 - 5:30 PM, Room G85
Lecture of a Panel of Arbitrators 

Friday, November 9

12:30 - 3:30 PM, The Commons 
AALSA Block Party 

4:00 - 5:30 PM, Room G90
Contracts Final Review Session with Michael Milazzo
Professor Hillman's former TA, Michael Milazzo, will review an exam question, provide a model answer, and discuss issue-spotting techniques.

Beyond Next Week

Monday, November 12 

12:00 - 1:00 PM, Saperston Student Lounge 
Veteran's Day Reception 
Join Cornell Law School in celebrating the veterans and active duty military in our student body, faculty and staff. Please stop by to show your appreciation, to meet fellow veterans, and for some refreshments. 

4:15 -6:15 PM, Room 182
Social Justice Entrepreneurship Projects at Cornell Law School 
Join Doug Lasdon and the students in the Social Entrepreneurship class as they present their Social Justice projects. Light snacks served.

4:30 - 5:30 PM, Room 186
1L Summer Internship Panel 
Join PILU, SALSA, APALSA, CALE, NLG and WOCC for a panel of upperclassmen who will talk about their prior summer internships, discuss how and when to apply to them, and give general advice. Pizza will be served!

Tuesday, November 13

12:15 - 1:15 PM, MacDonald Moot Court, Room 390
The Dean’s Office presents a lecture featuring Stephen Robinson, AB `81, JD `84
Please join us for the Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series with Judge Stephen Robinson, Partner at Skadden Arps.  His lecture will be on “Being a Lawyer in the Best Sense in Today’s America”.
All are welcome to attend. Lunch will be provided for guests registered by Tuesday, November 6.

Wednesday, November 14

12:15 - 1:15 PM, Saperston Student Lounge
Know Your Rights Training
A panel discussion between Professor Jaclyn Kelley-Widmer, Professor Rachel T. Goldberg, and 3L student Amanda Wong to deliver valuable community awareness on how to protect oneself and others under the threat of ICE and Border Patrol abuse, police brutality, and violations of human and constitutional rights. 

12:30 - 2:00 PM, G90
CLS Know Your Rights Training 
A practical workshop aims to empower both documented and undocumented people by informing them of their rights when interacting with police or immigration officials.

Thursday, November 15

3:50 - 5:00 PM, Room 182
National Lawyers Guild, November General Body Meeting 

5:00 - 6:00 PM, Room 186
BLSA, NALSA, LALSA Career Panel 

Friday, November 16

8:00 - 5:30 PM, Room G90
Low Income Tax Legal Assistance Conference 

12:00 - 1:30 PM, Saperston Student Lounge
LII Supreme Court Bulletin Buzz

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

Fall 2018 Final Examinations - Exam Conflicts

Please review the exam deferral policy (found on page two of the exam schedule): An examination may be deferred only if a student has examinations scheduled in direct conflict with each other, two in one day, more than two exams in the first week, three in three days (same week), or four in one week. An examination week is Monday through Saturday. No examinations may be taken before the scheduled examination period. Any examinations permitted to be deferred will be rescheduled at the earliest possible examination period consistent with the rules above.

The deferral request link will be available on the Registrar's website on October 16. You must submit your deferral request by 12:00 noon on November 9.

Using Your Laptop for the Fall 2018 Final Exams

Exam registration will be available November 7 through 12 noon on November 19. 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 2018

Please add these dates to your calendar. More information will be sent to students in the next few weeks.

Oct 22 through 12 noon on Oct 29

Upperclass students pre-register for clinics. 1L students pre-register for 1L elective.

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.

Winter Intersession and Summer Study

Students may petition the faculty for permission to take law courses in summer-school programs or winter intersession programs of other ABA-approved law schools, and upon their successful completion, to receive credit toward their Cornell J.D. degree. In no case is credit in excess of 6 hours granted for all such summer or intersession law studies. The Summer/Winter Intersession Course Credit  form is available online at the Registrars website under Forms & Requests. Interested students should submit this form request to the Law School Registrar’s Office (addressed to Dean Miner) by November 2 for winter intersession programs and by April 3 for summer 2017 programs.

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 not 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.

Law Student Recognition: Nominations Accepted 

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 9.

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.

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.

Additional hours and locations

Academic Support

Office Hours the week of November 5 (Room 126F Dean of Students Suite)

Monday:              No Office Hours (workshop)
Tuesday:               11:00—12:00 p.m.
Wednesday:         11:00—12:00 p.m. 
Thursday:               2:30–4:00 p.m.
Friday:                  11:00—12:00 p.m.

Or by appointment:  (607) 255-0146;

APA Office Hours Week of 11/5: 

Julia:        Tuesdays  2:30—4:00 Wellness Room (126B in Dean of Students suite)
Tayler:     Wednesdays  4:00—5:30 Rm 244
Emily:      Thursdays 12:15—2:00 Rm G28R

If you remember the happy-go-lucky days before fall break when you thought you were busy, you are now probably looking back and thinking, “Good grief, if I’d only known.”  It’s a busy time of year now that we are within striking distance of the last days of the semester. This is the time of year that you may well feel extremely stressed by the time demands of law school and life in general.  If you want to talk about how to balance the need to study with the need to book an airline ticket home, stop by and we’ll chat.  You will want to make sure you are matching your considerable efforts with your well-considered priorities.  Sometimes the best way to shorten a to-do list is by deleting something that doesn’t need to be done.  Other times, the best way to shorten a to-do list is by focusing your effort to complete the task.  I’m glad to talk you through the process of figuring out which is which for your particular situation. 


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.

Legal Careers

From John Derosa, Associate Dean for Career Services & Employer Relations; Lyndsey Bullock, Director of Recruiting and Employer Relations.

Career Services

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.

Symplicity: Login information for your Symplicity account was email out last week. 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

Web Content Editor - The Cornell Center on the Dealth Penalty Worldwide
The Cornell Center on the Death Penalty Worldwide is looking for a part-time (10 hrs/week) WEB CONTENT EDITOR who will plan, write and edit web content for the Center’s website and blog at The hours are flexible and remote work is possible. Remuneration is on an hourly basis. Applications should  have excellent writing and communication skills, with a keen understanding of the special requirements of web writing; experience drafting blogs and using social media; and interest in and commitment to human rights issues. Applicants should send a cover letter explaining their interest in the position and the Center’s work, and describing any relevant experience; and  a CV or resume  to with the subject line “DPW Web Content Editor.”  References and work samples may be requested from short-listed candidates.



General Announcements

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 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

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

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.

The Cornell Program on Ethics and Public Life

Presents a 2018-19 series of public lectures on Politics and Justice in the Era of Donald Trump

  • Monday, Nov. 12: Brian Schaffner (Political Science, Tufts) on class, race and support for Trump

All Fall lectures will be 4:30-6:00 in Klarman Auditorium.


Spring lectures will include Sheri Berman (Political Science, Barnard) on the rise of right-wing populism  in the US and abroad

For more information:,

With support from the Riger-Potash Family Fund

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)

Graduate Students and Families Fun with Corn! 

All things Corny @ Big Red Barn 
Corn: The American Grass 
Saturday, November 10, 2018, 10:00 AM 
Snacks and drinks will be served. Sponsored by the BRB Family Fellow

Spring Housing

Any student or students (1-2) interested in living in a beautiful country home at a reduced market rate (3 cats included) during the coming spring semester, please contact Professor Bowman for details at