Cornell Law Scoops

Scoops Issue

October 22, 2018

This Week’s Events

Week of October 22, 2018

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

Monday, October 22

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

12:15 - 1:45 PM, Room 290
The (Ir) Relevance of Law in Egypt's Failed Transition to Democracy 
Speaker: Sahar F. Aziz
Lunch will be provided, please RSVP here

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

12:00 - 1:00 PM, Room G39
Opportunities with the Air Force JAG 

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. 

Wednesday, October 24

4:30 PM, 1L 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. You must register for the Exam4 software, but you do not need to register for the exam. The exam roster and room assignments will be emailed to you on Monday, October 22.

Thursday, October 25

4:30 - 5:30 PM, Saperston Student Lounge 
Lawyers Helping Lawyers
Members of the New York State Bar Association’s Lawyers Assistance Program will be on hand to have candid conversations with students about the programs available to lawyers who are facing addiction, substance abuse and mental health issues.

•Judge John C. Rowley, Tompkins County

•Judge Rick Wallace, Ithaca City Court

•Judge Lenore LeFevre, ’94, Town of Cortlandville

Refreshments will be Provided 

5:00- 6:00 PM, Room 182
National Lawyers Guild: General Body Meeting 

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

Friday, October 26

8:45 - 2:15 PM, Room 279
New Frontiers in Securities Fraud 

12:30 - 1:30 PM, 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.

Beyond Next Week

Monday, October 29

12:00 - 1:30 PM, Room 290
1L Introduction to Public Interest Careers and Clerkships: What Are They and How to Get One 

12:00 - 1:30 PM, Room 277
Berger International Speaker Series- Mohamed Arafa

4:00 - 5:00 PM, Call Auditorium, Kennedy Hall 
Panel Discussion: Celebrating 150 Years of Ezra Cornell's Promise: Reflections on What 'Any Person...Any Study' Means

4:15 - 6:45 PM, Room 182
Berger Event: Film Screening of Home Truth

Tuesday, October 30

6:00 - 7:00 PM, Room G85
Is Business the Business of the Roberts Court? Is the Roberts Court Pro-Business, Pro-Market, Pro-Conservative, or What?

Wednesday  October 31

12:15 – 1:15 pm. Room 290 
Appellate Judging – Collective Decisionmaking
Join U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit Judges Dennis Jacobs and Richard Wesley for a conversation on judicial decisionmaking.
Moderated by Dean Eduardo Peñalver. Please RSVP here ( ) by October 26th.

Thursday, November 1

4:00 - 5:30 PM, Room 290
1L Writing Workshop (Atlas - Lawyering)

4:15 -5:45 PM, Room 182
Copyright Law, Technology, Media & Entertainment with Cesie Alvarez

5:00 - 6:00 PM, Room 186
Federalist Society Free Speech 


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. You must register for the Exam4 software, but you do not need to register for the exam. 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..

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.


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 22 (Room 126F Hughes Hall)

Monday:                   11:00—12:00 p.m.
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 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 11:00—1:00 Rm G28R


It’s time.  A quick look at the calendar tells us that not much time remains until Thanksgiving, and finals start almost immediately after that.  Every day counts.  Now is a great time to get a handle on your work.  I am glad to work with students who want to set an efficient and effective schedule to get from now to finals.  We can plan a detailed (and personalized) calendar on how to get the Open Memo completed in a professional and appropriate fashion while leaving plenty of time to study. The Dean of Students and I will be meeting with each of you individually over the next few weeks, so my usual office hours have changed.  Email me to schedule an appointment—I’m happy to help.  Also, look for more information on Blackboard about an upcoming workshop to practice exam-taking skills.


Study Breaks.  Can you expect your car to work well if you abuse it or don’t use the proper fuel?  Likewise, your brain won’t work well if you haven’t taken care of yourself. While all of this planning for exams may have you a bit stressed, take time to de-stress by exercising, eating healthy foods (the “proper fuel”), sleeping at least six hours a night, and doing something non-law school related.  Try carefully timed and planned study breaks, with a defined beginning and ending time.  Take one hour a night to catch up on Netflix.  Read one chapter of a good fiction novel.  Take a swing-dance class. Go for an hour-long run.  Meditate—people who meditate report that it helps them sharpen mental focus and gain more control over their emotions (like anxiety and stress). Just be sure to include the vital task of de-stressing on a daily basis, no matter which healthy activity you choose to regain focus and feel more relaxed.


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,

·         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.

Teaching Assistant
Professor Chutkow is now accepting Teaching Assistant applications for her spring 2019 undergraduate course Nature, Functions, and Limits of Law. The class meets MW, 2:55-4:10 (although TAs are not expected to attend all class meetings). The course investigates how our legal system pursues the goals of society, what functions law ought to serve, and what law can and cannot accomplish. TAs will conduct small sections, administer exams, comment on papers, and meet with students. If interested, please email your resume to Professor Dawn Chutkow at



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:

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 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 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: