Cornell Law Scoops

Scoops Issue

October 1, 2018

This Week’s Events

Week of October 1, 2018

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

Monday, October 1

4:00 -6:00 PM, Room 182
Federalist Society Event: Paul Avelar

4:15 – 5:30 PM, Room 290
American Constitution Society – Supreme Court Panel

Tuesday, October 2

5:30 – 8:00 PM, Room 184
Bigoness – S&C Mock Negotiation

Wednesday, October 3

8:00 – 10:00 AM, 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.

12:00 – 1:00 PM, L28, Zhu Faculty Workshop
WLC Lunch Talk with Caitlin Halligan

12:10 – 2:45 PM, Room G90
Judged for More than Her Crime: A Global Overview of Women Facing the Death Penalty
Center on the Death Penalty Worldwide
The event will be lead by a special guest from the United Nations: Dr. Agnes Callamard

4:15 – 5:15, Saperston Student Lounge, Room G65
A Clerkship Conversation with Judge Virginia Kendall
Join Judge Virginia Kendall, United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, as she shares her thoughts on career and clerkships. Snacks provided. Please RSVP here ( by September 28th.

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.

Thursday, October 4

12:15 – 1:15 pm. Room 186
Future Strategies in the Fight Against Human Trafficking
Join Judge Virginia Kendall, United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, as she discusses the domestic and international developments that are supplementing traditional criminal justice strategies to combat human trafficking. Lunch provided. Please RSVP here ( by September 28th.

4:15 – 5:10 PM, Room 277
JLSA General Body Meeting

4:30 – 6:00 PM, Statler Auditorium
Please mark your calendars for this lecture featuring James Forman, Jr., of Yale Law School, and Pulitzer Prize winning author of "Locking Up our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America," presented by the Cornell Institute for the Social Sciences'. This event is co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of Inequality.
A reception and book signing will take place after the lecture in the atrium.
If you need accommodations to participate in this event, please contact

Beyond Next Week

Monday, October 8 - Friday, October 8

Fall Break


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 discuss the latest disappointing season for the Seattle Mariners, Edgar Martinez’s chances of being inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, or any other topic, may sign up in advance with Becca Johnson by e-mail (, in room 263, or by phone (607-255-3527).

Dean Miner’s Office Hours for Students on Monday 10/1/18

Dean Miner will be holding office hours for students on Monday afternoon. Please feel free to stop by between 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. on Monday, October 1. Check in with her assistant, Jannica Moskal in 126 Hughes Hall.

Registrar's Office

First-year practice exam

Class of 2021 and LLM students enrolled in 1L classes: A practice exam is given each year for students enrolled in first-year courses during the fall semester. Each student will be given an exam in one of his or her courses. The scheduled date for the practice exam is Wednesday, October 24, from 4:30-5:20pm. You are encouraged to take the practice exam, but you are not required to do so. It will not count towards your grade. The exam roster and room assignments will be emailed to you on Monday, October 22.

Using your laptop for the first-year practice exam

Students in first-year courses will receive information about using Exam4 software for the Practice Exam on Wednesday, September 26. Please read that email carefully and be mindful of the deadline to download the software.

University course pre-registration for Spring 2019

Students interested in enrolling in courses in other divisions of the University for the spring 2019 semester may pre-enroll using the University Enrollment process. Law students will use the University system to select their non-law courses. The pre-registration period for law students to select non-law courses is scheduled for October 24-26. To pre-enroll you must use the Student Center. The University Registrar's Office strongly encourages you to review the enrollment information to optimize your enrollment period.Please note: Pre-enrollment does not guarantee enrollment in the course. Students enrolling in non-law courses for JD credit will also need to complete the required petition, Law Credit for Non-law Courses, with the Law School Registrar's Office. A student electing a course outside the Law School for credit or otherwise, must also register for at least 9 credit hours in the Law School each term. Regardless of the number of courses elected outside the Law School, a student must earn 72 semester credit hours in professional law subjects. This applies to all law students, including those in joint degree programs.

Law school clinic and course pre-registration for Spring 2019

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.
  • Mid-January
    Add/drop begins and students can make changes to their schedule.

Using your laptop for the Fall 2018 final exams

You will receive information about the exam registration process by email in early November.  Old versions of the exam software will not work.

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 exam deferral link will be available in mid-October.

Dates to remember for Fall 2018

Fall Break for the Law School begins on Saturday, October 6. Classes resume on Monday, October 15.  Click here to see the law school academic calendar.

Final exams begin on Wednesday, December 5 and end on Monday, December 17.  Click here to see the fall exam schedule.


Students interested in a part-time or full-time externship for Spring 2019 or Fall 2019 and students interested in the Pro Bono Scholars program for Spring 2019 must attend at least one informational meeting. Meetings will be held:

Thursday, September 27 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. - Room 279

Thursday, October 4 from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. – G80

Tuesday, October 30 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. – G81

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 October 1 (Room 126F)

  • Monday: 11:00 - 12:00
  • Tuesday: 11:00 - 12:00
  • Wednesday: 11:00 - 12:00
  • Thursday: 2:30 - 4:00
  • Friday: 11:00 - 12:00

Or by appointment:  (607) 255-0146;

APA Office Hours Week of 10/2: 

  • Julia: Tuesdays, 2:30 - 4:00 Wellness Room (126F in Dean of Students suite)
  • Tayler: Wednesdays, 4:00 - 5:30 Rm 244

The Three “R’s”—Refreshed, Reviewed, and “Readied.”  Isn’t it fall break, yet?  Yes, actually, it is.  You are wrapping up your closed memo assignment right now and looking forward to the break.  You need to take some time to breathe, reflect, and relax.  Reconnect with the people in your life you may have been neglecting unintentionally.  Get some sleep and exercise.  Eat excellent food. 

But this break is not like an undergraduate break—the time is too precious to forget completely about law school.  The second half of the semester is much more intense, and you need to use your break to prepare for it.  Plan what you want to accomplish over the break.  Plan your work and free time.  Start outlining, review your notes to make sure you understand everything you’ve been taught so far, test your knowledge, and plan how you will tackle exams.  If you’re unsure how to approach exams, fall break is an excellent time to read books on the subject, like Getting to Maybe by Fischl & Paul (I have a few copies if you want to check one out of my library over the break).  If you use your time wisely during fall break, you will return to school feeling refreshed, reviewed, and ready to take on the final 8 weeks before exams.  You will also feel prepared for the practice exam the week after you return. 

If you need help with your fall break strategy, please come see me during office hours or make an appointment. 

Exam Skills Intro:  How to Get the Most Out of the Practice Exam.  Monday, October 15 at 12:15 in 290.  Speaking of the practice exam, make sure you take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to see what a law school exam is like and to test whether you are preparing effectively.  The practice exam is not graded, but there are still things you can do to make sure you get the most out of the experience.  The APAs and I will discuss how you approach the practice exam, what you can do to prepare, and what to do with any feedback you get from your professor. 

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

Welcome to Cornell Law School. Keep up to date on the programs offered by our office through Scoops, the email listserve and the TV screens around Myron Taylor.

  • Tuesday, October 16, 4:30pm, Rm 184
    Introduction to the 1L Summer Job Search: The Career Services Office and the Office of Public Service will discuss opportunities in the private and public sectors, judges’ chambers, government, academia, and study abroad programs, along with the next steps for beginning your 1L summer job search. Pick up useful resource books.
  • October 29 - November 2
    Resume-A-Thon Week: Sign-up for a 15-minute appointment with a counselor to have your resume reviewed in preparation for applying to 1L summer positions. No resume?  No problem! Come for a 15-minute strategy session. More instructions to come.

2L Students

  • If you have an OCI interview in Myron Taylor Hall, these interviews will take place the Career Services Suite (128) in MTH. On the day of the interview, check the Career Services Office door to find your interview room.
  • 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.
  • 2018 Fall Recruiting Dates:-OCI #3: Monday, October 1, Myron Taylor Hall

Positions Available

3L Student Positions Available

Professor Richard Booth is seeking two third year law students to assist him with his environmental law course and his land use law course in the Spring 2019 semester: i.e., CRP 4440/5440, NTRES 4440 Resource Management and Environmental Law and CRP 4590/5590 Legal Aspects of Land Use Planning.

Professor Booth is a lawyer who teaches in the Department of City and Regional Planning.  He specializes in environmental law and land use law.  Applicants should send a CV, law school transcript (an informal transcript is fine), and writing sample to Professor Booth at  .  His office is in Room 117 West Sibley Hall, and his phone number is 255-4025.

Student Volunteer

The Office of Admissions and Financial Aid is looking for student volunteers to engage with prospective law students through: tours, social media, emails, panels, open houses, and admitted student day events. Ideally, we would like to create a group of volunteers that we can reach out to throughout the school year to volunteer a few hours of their time for different Admissions related activities. If you would like to be included on this list of student volunteers please email Amanda Scheutzow at Please indicate what volunteer activities interest you most! As opportunities arise, Amanda will email you directly with specific details.

General Announcements

DACA Conference 2018

Cornell Law School Dreamer Conference: Dreamers and Beyond: Our Broken Immigration System

Friday, October 5, 2018
New York City Bar Association
42 West 44th St, New York, NY 10036

There is no charge to attend this conference however your committed reservation is required. Please visit the following link for information and to register:

Winter Break Trip to Dilley, TX

Professor Jaclyn Kelley-Widmer is leading a group of Cornell Law students and alumni on a trip to Dilley, Texas, to volunteer with the CARA Pro Bono Project from January 6-12, 2019. Participants will work principally with women and children seeking asylum and who are detained at the largest immigrant family detention center, the South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley, Texas. Interested students should review the information available here and fill out the application form. Submit applications by email to Gina Jackson at by September 23, 2018 at 9:00 p.m. Applicants will be notified of their selection by September 28.

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:

Fall 2018 National Scholarship for College Students with Disabilities

disABLEDperson, Inc announce our Fall 2018 National Scholarship Competition for College Students with Disabilities! This competition begins on August 15, 2018, and ends on October 19, 2018, for the award of $2000.00 (two thousand dollars)! For more information visit:

Faith O’Neal Scholarship

The Queens County Women’s Bar Foundation, Inc. (QCWBF) is pleased to announce the Faith O’Neal Scholarship. We will award two (2) scholarships, for Two Thousand ($2,000.00) Dollars at our Annual Judiciary Night, on Tuesday, November 27, 2018 at the Queens Theatre in Flushing Meadows Park. The deadline for the submission of completed applications is October 18, 2018. Applications may be downloaded from the website at

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

The Judicial Friends Association, 2018 Commitment to Justice Scholarship

Current law students in a Juris Doctor program at an ABA accredited law school in New York State or NYS residents, attending law school outside of New York State, who are currently enrolled are eligible to apply.  Please note that the deadline has been extended to October 1, 2018. Please stop by the Dean of Students Office, 126 Hughes Hall to pick up an application.

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

Ndaba Mandela Campus Visit, October 12, 2018 - Call Auditorium, Kennedy Hall

Entrepreneurship at Cornell, in collaboration with the Institute of African Development, is excited to bring Ndaba Mandela to campus on October 12th!   Ndaba is the grandson of Nelson Mandela, and is celebrating the 100th anniversary of Nelson’s birth and also his new book “Going to the Mountain”.   Ndaba will speak on the Building of Entrepreneurial Ecosystems Through Legacy, Humanity and Empowerment. 

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, Oct. 15: Michael Dawson (Political Science, Chicago) on the politics of identity in struggles for change
  • 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: October 4, November 1, December 6, February 7, March 7,

April 11, May 26:30-7:30, 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)

Students with Families

Searching for Local Employment, Thursday, September 27,  9:30 - 11:30 am,  Ithaca Visitors Center, 904 East Shore DrivePlease RSVP (by September 24)

The Graduate School and Tompkins Workforce have teamed together to offer you valuable information about how to conduct an effective job search in the Ithaca area and resources available to support you.  In addition, participants will also network with one another and be given the opportunity to talk about their own experience so that we can better meet your needs. This session is designed for spouses/partners who have secured work authorization in the United States. Light breakfast will be served.   

Also, sign up for the Student Spouse/Partner Employment E-List.  This e-list is designed for student spouse/partners seeking employment in the Ithaca area.  As positions become available, job announcements are emailed to e-list members.  In addition, any employment workshops/services open to student spouses and partners are shared through this list.

More information on job support for spouses/partners

Cornell University’s Child Care Grant Program helps faculty and staff pay for child care expenses by granting awards of up to $5,000 a year, tax-free. The deadline for faculty and staff to apply is Friday, September 28 at 4:30 p.m. For more information and to apply, please visit

The Telluride House

The Telluride House is an interesting educational experiment to combine intellectual inquiry, self-governance, and community living for college students and scholars (both grad and undergrad). In addition to receiving free room and board during residents’ stay at the House, residents govern and organize events, make important House decisions, and expand their knowledge horizons in conversations with each other.

The Telluride House of Cornell is now soliciting applications for resident fellows the academic year 2019-2020. Scholarship applications are now open! Please attend one of our open houses to tour the house and learn more about life in the house through conversations with house members and resident faculty fellows. The open house date is October 16th 6-8pm. The deadline for applying is the 24th of October — more information on the application process can be found at our website: Feel free to email for inquiries. Check out the FB event: