Cornell Law Scoops

Scoops Issue

October 15, 2018

This Week’s Events

Week of October 15, 2018

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

Monday, October 15

11:00 - 12:00 PM, The Foyer 
WLC Selling Tickets for Seneca Falls Trip 

12:15 - 1:00 PM, Room 290
1L Exam Skills Intro: How to Get the Most Out of Your Practice Exam. Pizza will be served. 

5:00 - 7:00 PM, Room G90
Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law 
Is Israel's democracy in danger? Defending human rights traditions without a written constitution.
Law Professor Avi Bell will be speaking about upholding human rights in a democratic system without a written constitution. Food will be provided. Event starts at 5:30

Tuesday, October 16

11:45 AM - 1:15 PM, Room 276
Working for a NYS City Government - Bronx DA 
The Public Service Office will be hosting, Ms. Sherry Cohen, from the Bronx DA office to discuss what it is like to work for a city government, specifically in the state of New York. Lunch will be provided for RSVP'd guests. 

12:00 - 1:00 PM, The Foyer 
WLC Selling Tickets for Seneca Falls Trip 

4:30 - 5:30 PM, Room 184
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.

Wednesday, October 17

8:00 – 10:00 AM, The Commons
The Weekly Perk- Coffee and conversation. 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.

2:50 - 4:45 PM, Student Lounge
Women of Color Collective, Mid Semester Check-in Hour
Facilitate conversations about emotional well-being with 1Ls and LLM students, check in on how students are doing, and provide academic support.

5:30 - 6:30 PM, The Squash Court 
Weekly Yoga 
CLSA and Dean of Students present free weekly yoga classes at the Squash Court. Join for some evening yoga to create strength, awareness, and harmony in both the mind and body. All levels welcome. Extra mats are provided but feel free to bring your own.

Thursday, October 18 

6:00 PM, Room G90
WLC Event with Judge Ridway

Friday, October 19

12:00 - 1:00 PM, Room 186
Joint Ventures in Real Estate Deals 

3:00 - 4:30 PM, Room G85
How to Successfully "Network" Your Way into a Job
Judge Delissa Ridgway of the U.S. International Trade Court, New York City will explain: Sending out dozens of cover letters and resumes is definitely not the way to get a job in the current economy. This fast-paced, highly practical workshop will highlight creative, innovative, proven tactics and strategies that you can easily implement to help build hour professional "network," distinguish yourself from other applicants, and land a rewarding position that capitalizes on your unique background and skill set. 

Saturday, October 20
11:00 AM, Big Red Barn
Graduate Student & Families Pumpkin Carving at Big Red Barn
Graduate students and families come out to carve your best pumpkin! Be as creative as you want! Pumpkins and all necessary tools will be provided. Just bring your imagination. Donuts, apple cider, and apple juice will be served.

Beyond Next Week

Monday, October 22

11:15 - 12:00 PM, Room 290
1L Elective Information Session 

4:00 - 6:00 PM, Room 182
Fed Soc Event: Brian Knight 

4:30 - 6:00 PM, The Student Lounge 
LII Supreme Court Bulletin
Preview of cases in the Supreme Court's current term. 

Tuesday, October 23

4:00 - 6:00 PM, The Student Lounge 
Clinical Programs Open House 
There will be presentations by clinic faculty followed by a chance to speak with individual faculty and students immediately after.  Light refreshments will be served. 

5:00 - 7:00 PM, Room 390
Mock Trial - External Competitions and Tryouts Information 

Thursday, October 25

5:30 - 8:00 PM, Room 186
Fed Soc Event: Bryan Tramont & FCC Chairman 

Friday, October 26

12:30 - 1:30PM, Room 184
The Economics of the Law Firm 

5:00 - 6:30 PM, The Commons 
Myron Taylor Mixer 

6:45 - 9:15 PM, The Student Lounge 
LLMA's Open Mic Night for the Graduate Community
Hosting an open mic night at the law school for people to showcase their hidden and not so hidden talent! Food will be served.



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).

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.

1L Elective Information Session

Do you have questions about selecting an elective course for Spring 2019? The Registrar's Office and the Dean of Students will be having an information session on Monday, October 22 at 11:15 a.m.-12:10 in Room 290. We encourage you to attend the information session. We will review the pre-registration timeline, how the registration process works, and degree requirements.

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 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.

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 October 22nd..


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.  The next meeting will be held:

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

To all 2L and 3L students – Spring pre-enrollment begins soon!


Cornell Law School’s array of clinics and practicums are designed to introduce you to the real-world practice of law – don’t miss the opportunity to develop your skills while working with actual clients.  For more information on the programs offered for Spring 2019, stop by the Clinical Programs Open House on Tuesday, October 23rd, 4:00 to 6:00 pm in the Saperston Student Lounge.  There will be presentations by clinic faculty followed by a chance to speak with individual faculty and students immediately after.  Light refreshments will be served. 

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 15 (Room 126F)
Monday:                Workshop 12:15 290
Tuesday:                11:00–12:00 p.m. 
Wednesday:          11:00–12:00 p.m. 
Thursday:               By Appointment
Friday:                    No Office Hours

Or by appointment:  (607) 255-0146;

APA Office Hours 10/15—10/19: 
Julia:             Tuesdays  2:30—4:00 Wellness Room (126F in Dean of Students suite)
Tayler:          Wednesdays  4:00—5:30 Rm 244
Emily:           Thursdays 12:15—2:00 Rm G28R

Welcome back!  I hope you feel refreshed and energized after your break.  Can you believe how far you’ve come since your first day of class?  You’ve learned how to read cases, synthesize rules, and apply the rules to new fact patterns.  You’ve drafted a predictive memo and learned how to manage your study time.  These skills are necessary for exams and also for your future legal practice.  After you pat yourself on the back, you need to devise a plan to tackle the final seven weeks of the semester by incorporating extra review time into your schedule.  If you have any questions about how to do this, I am happy to help. 

You may also be thinking about the practice exam this week.  Everyone keeps telling you that law school exams are different, and this is a wonderful opportunity to experience one.  The knowledge gained from this practice will be extremely helpful as you prepare for your real exams.  Hopefully you reviewed all your subjects during the break so you won’t need to relearn material for the practice exam.  You do need to review some for the practice exam, but you don’t want to do so at the expense of sleep or preparation for other classes.

Exam Skills Intro: Getting the Most Out of the Practice Exam, Monday October 15 at 12:15 in 290.  The APAs and I will host a brief workshop about practice exams Monday, October 15.  We’ll discuss some of the things you can do to get the most out of your practice exam, including: deciding what legal issues are raised by the fact patterns, applying the law to the facts, stating all the steps in your analysis, using your time wisely, and organizing your answer in a clear way.  We’ll also discuss how to interpret any feedback you receive, what to do after your exam, and how to practice taking exams the rest of the semester. 

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:

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

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.

o    Tuesday, October 16, 4:30pm, Rm 184

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.

o    October 29 – November 2

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

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

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

ELI Constitutional Environmental Law Writing Competition

The Environmental Law Institute (ELI) is pleased to announce the 2018-2019 ELI Constitutional Environmental Law Writing Competition. Submissions are due on April 8, 2019. For more about the competition and past winners, please visit

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 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 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: November 1, 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)

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: