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October 26, 2020

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources and Updates

Please bookmark and continue to monitor the following resource websites for updated and relevant information: 

This Week’s Events

Unless otherwise noted, these events are intended for the Cornell Law School Community 
All times posted are Eastern Standard Time 

Week of October 26, 2020

Monday, October 26
6:00 - 7:00 PM, CLSA Virtual Yoga
To Register:

Tuesday, October 27 
6:00 - 7:00 PM, Foreign Election Interference, Misinformation, and the Breakdown of Democratic Institutions 
Zoom Meeting:

Wednesday, October 28
12:00 - 1:00 PM, "Over the Horizon - The Intersection of Business and Law During a Time of Crisis" 
Please register ON-LINE by Tuesday, October 27. Should you have any questions, please email You will receive the login instructions via Zoom when you register.

12:15 - 1:15 PM, Regulating Robots in the Financial Markets
All Are Welcome To Attend: Register via the link:

5:30 - 7:00 PM, Launching Into a Career in Sports Law" with Proskauer Associate, Krista Whitaker. Interested in Sports Law? Come listen to Krista Whitaker, who the National Bar Association recognized in 2019 as one of the Nation's Best Advocates, talk about her experience. 
Zoom link: 

6:30 - 8:00 PM, The Cornell Prison Education Program and Cornell Law School present: “Leading the Charge for Justice”
Please register ON-LINE by Tuesday, October 27. Should you have any questions, please email You will receive the login instructions via Zoom when you register.

Thursday, October 29 
12:00 - 1:00 PM, Saving the Economy or Saving the Planet? The Federal Reserve’s COVID Response and the Climate Change Agenda. Speaker: Graham Steele, Director of Corporations and Society Initiative, Stanford University, Graduate School of Business. 
Please register to receive the Zoom webinar link:

5:00 - 6:00 PM, Intro to Private Funds with Simpson Thacher & Houston 
Please RSVP to receive a Zoom link:

7:00 - 8:30 PM, Return to the Classroom: Democracy in America -Join us for Return to the Classroom: Democracy in America. This program will be held just four days before the Presidential election! You won’t want to miss our expert panelists discuss the most current, and pressing, issues of our time.
Please register ON-LINE by Wednesday, October 28. Should you have any questions, please email Livestream link provided in registration confirmation.

7:00 - 10:00 PM, Law School Halloween Movie Night at the Ithaca Drive-in
CLSA is hosting a free Movie Night at the Ithaca Drive-In. Admission is free, but you must bring your Cornell ID to gain admission. Movie TBD

Friday, October 30
5:00 - 6:00 PM, Myron Taylor Mixer - Come dressed in your Halloween Costume! There will be a Halloween themed game of Scattegories and a costume contest! You won't want to miss this mixer!

Saturday, October 31
4:00 - 5:45 PM, 2020 Francis P. Cuccia Family Moot Court Competition
Register in advance for this virtual event at:

Beyond This Week

Monday, November 2 
6:00 - 7:00 PM, CLSA Virtual Yoga
To Register:

Wednesday, November 4 
4:30 - 5:30 PM, Weekly Perk- A Post Election Discussion with Professor Rana facilitating

Thursday, November 5
6:00 - 7:00 PM, Cahill Gordon Corporate Practice Briefing -Learn what corporate practitioners do and what law students interested in the field need to know. Presented by: Doug Horowitz, Partner

Official Announcements

Fall 2020 REVISED Exam Schedule
Thank you for sharing your feedback and participating in the CLSA survey about the exam schedule. Typically, the exam schedule is not changed once published as students make plans in reliance on it, but the circumstances of this unusual year warranted some consideration. The exam schedule has been adjusted slightly with your input in mind and within the limits of various regulations that restrict changes after the semester begins. The revised schedule extends the reading period by 2 days, provides a consistent break of at least 2 days between each 1L exam, and minimizes exam conflicts for upperlevel courses with the highest enrollment. Exams will still conclude by the originally scheduled date. The revised exam schedule is available here:

Reminder to Students
When you are in the Law School buildings you should be wearing a Cornell Law School nametag or your lanyard with the Cornell Law Student ID visible. Thank you for your cooperation. 

Cornell Law School Photo Directory
Calling all 1Ls! When the public health restrictions lift, the Law School will be taking professional headshots, but until then, help us update our Cornell Law School photo directory by uploading a current headshot of yourself.

International Students: Office of Global Learning Online Check-in
If you are a new international student with F-1 or J-1 visa status and have arrived in Ithaca, and your DS-2019 was issued by Cornell, be sure to complete your check-in.  ( If you do not complete the check-in procedure within 30 days after the start date listed in your SEVIS record, you may lose your valid immigration status.


Law School Seeks Nominations for Prizes

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 6.

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.

Dean's Office Announcements

Dean Peñalver will be holding office hours via Zoom for students on Monday afternoons, 2:00pm – 3:00pm. Students who would like to discuss the greatness of Jamal Adams or speak with the Dean about any other topic, may sign up in advance with Becca Johnson by e-mail (

Additional “Dean-tinis” for 1Ls
Grab your favorite beverage and your laptop, and join Dean Peñalver and a small group of your fellow 1Ls for drinks and casual conversation via Zoom!  Interested 1L students may sign up for a session on Nov. 9 or Nov. 18 from 5:00-6:00pm at this link:

Academic Support

Office Hours the week of October 26 (Zoom link here:
Monday:                         12:30—1:30 p.m.             
Tuesday:                         12:30—1:30 p.m.
Wednesday:                    12:30—1:30 p.m. 
Thursday:                        12:30—1:30 p.m.
Friday:                             12:30—1:30 p.m.

Or by appointment: or through Bookings here

APA Office Hours: *Check their APA links on Canvas for their Zoom meeting link.  I’m excited to announce that the APAs will be assigned to specific Sections (one section has two just because the schedules worked out that way).  They’ve have experience with at least one professor in common with their section, but they are always happy to work with students from any section.   This week they can answer general questions about outlining and reviewing or time management.

Section A:            Natalie Greenfield (nmg76) Wednesday 8:00—9:00 a.m.
Section B:            Lily Coad (lac353)                 Thursday 1:00—2:00 p.m.
Section C:            Benjamin Ahn (bma59)        Tuesday 5:00—6:00 p.m.
Section D:            Zach Sporn (zks3)                Wednesday 5:00—6:00 p.m.
                             Tanmayi Sharma(ts844)       Monday 4:35—5:35 p.m.
Section E:            Zach Zaremba (zaz7)            Thursday 5:00—6:00 p.m.
Section F:            Julia Mikolajczk (jem554)      Monday 11:00—1:00 p.m.   

Justify.  Imagine three years from now that you have a really big case, and you feel confident you’ll win.  You walk into the courtroom, describe the legal issue in controversy, state the law governing that issue, and then state “we win.”  Do you think this will convince the judge?  Legal controversies are just that—controversies—and you have to show why, based on the law, you should win and the opposing argument should lose.  You have to show your work and “justify” your answer. 

Writing exam answers is a similar process. You need to say why you reach a particular conclusion by taking the reader step-by-step through your application of the law to inferences from the facts.  Sure, your professors know the law and how to analyze it because they are experts and wrote the exam problems.  But what the professors want to know is whether you can analyze a legal problem using the law, not whether you just come up with a conclusion.  This takes practice.  Over the next few weeks, the APAs and I will provide opportunities for you to practice “showing your work.”  Look for mini-labs on the Canvas page.  We’ll also have a mini-exam workshop in the beginning of November.  Meanwhile, be sure to practice justifying your answer.  Write answers to some E&E or CALI questions and compare your answer to the sample given.  Did you use the law to justify your answer?  Did you say why you reach your conclusion?  If you need help with analysis or exam strategies, the APAs and I will be happy to help.

Admissions Office Announcements

Join Admissions/Financial Aid as we partner with the Dean of Students office for a Throwback Halloween Costume Contest! Costume submissions must be at least one-year old. Your picture will be featured, with your name, class year or title, on the Admissions Instagram page and the winner will be selected by students already admitted for the Class of 2024! The winner will be announced at the Myron Taylor Mixer on Friday, October 30th at 5pm and yes, there is a gift card prize!

Do you have an all-time favorite costume that you want to submit for the contest? Please email your picture as an attachment to Amanda Moser at: by Wednesday, October 28th.

Health and Wellness

Sleep: Make it your super power

Want to improve your sleep? Enroll in Refresh, Cornell Health’s online sleep program, for evidence-based information and strategies proven to help you catch more high-quality ZZZs. Refresh is a free, eight-week self-help program open to undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Enroll in Refresh by Wednesday, October 28  to participate in the program beginning November 1.  (Time commitment is only 15 – 20 minutes a week!)

Let's Meditate

Join fellow law Students on Mondays: 11:00–11:30 am — Meditation with Conor and Seth from the Law School via Zoom (recurring)
Meeting URL:
Meeting ID: 937 6314 2961
Password: 395846
To dial in: 1-646-876-9923

Let's (Tele)Talk

Let’s Talk has gone virtual! We are now offering Let's Talk drop-in consultations by Zoom.

How it works: Let’s (Tele)Talk is available during the times listed below. If interested, please use the relevant link to access the Zoom meeting with a counselor. Students will be seen individually on a first-come, first-served basis. There may be a wait in the virtual waiting room if the counselor is seeing another student. Please wait and we will be with you as soon as we can.

Please note: Let’s Talk is not a substitute for counseling and does not constitute mental health treatment. Let’s Talk consultants can listen to specific problems, help explore solutions, and introduce you to what it’s like to speak to a member of our staff. Other options for care include individual counseling, group counseling, workshops, and 24/7 phone consultation. In a crisis, please call 911 or one of these recommended hotlines

Cornell Health Fall 2020 Virtual Group Therapy Program

Support groups and group therapy offer a safe environment to discuss problems with others who are dealing with similar concerns. Most students – although somewhat apprehensive at first – report that they find the group experience to be helpful far beyond their expectations. Currently, groups are being offered by secure Zoom platform. Visit the Group Counseling website for more information:


Headspace has created a special New York collection of meditation, sleep, and movement exercises to support you through these challenging times. Visit the website to experience what Headspace has to offer:

Legal Careers

Diversity Fellowships:
See the Diversity Fellowships section of the Document Library in Symplicity for diversity fellowship brochures and applications.

2L Students - All times Eastern Standard unless otherwise noted. 
Latham & Watkins: Live Well Fridays: Various well-being opportunities offered to law students. Occurs every Friday from October 16 – November 20
Register via this link

October 26, 2020
5:00 PM
Cadwalader: Manafort Double Jeopardy Case: Fighting Prosecutorial Overreach in a Politically Charged Environment

October 27, 2020
4:00 PM
Alston & Bird: Life as a Litigator in a COVID-19 World

Crowell & Moring: Pre OCI Panels 
10/27 registration link:

October 28, 2020
6:00 PM
WilmerHale: Conversation with Veterans in the Legal Profession

7:00 PM
Davis Polk 2L Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Event - Panel & Breakout Rooms 

October 29, 2020
Crowell & Moring: Pre OCI Panels
10/29 registration link:

October 30, 2020
Morgan Lewis Session 4: Meet Our Hiring Committees - Register using this link,

November 5, 2020
6:00 PM
Selendy & Gay: Litigating in NY
Email this address to register

November 6, 2020
Crowell & Moring: Pre OCI Panels 
11/6 registration link: 

November 12, 2020
Linklaters Information Session 2 - Email to RSVP,

January 8 & 9, 2021 
Bay Area Diversity Career Fair
Registration opens October 19, 2020. Registration and bidding closes November 27, 2020 

January 14 & 15, 2021 (virtual)
Patent Law Interview Program (

Positions Available

Professors Sandra Babcock and Zohra Ahmed are seeking student volunteers to assist in a social media and clemency campaign for a woman facing execution on December 8. Students with previous experience in graphic design, narrative storytelling, and various social media platforms would be particularly helpful. Students should be prepared to work at least two hours per week. Interested students should contact Professor Babcock at

Visiting Professor David Yellen is looking to hire a research assistant to work on his Criminal Justice Reform seminar and do some other criminal justice related projects.  Please submit resumes to   

Professor Guard is looking for a research assistant to assist in working on a book looking at legal developments in higher education and the role of college general counsel over the past ten or so years.  It would be fully remote, a couple hours a week, and paid.  The research associate would work directly with Professor Guard( and  co-author Joyce Jacobsen (  Anyone interested should send an email and resume to<

Professor Chantal Thomas is seeking to hire 2 Research Assistants to help with research questions related to her Law and Development course. Specifically, the research will relate to Export Processing Zones & Investment Regulation and Investor-State Disputes and “Full Protection and Security” Provisions. Please send resumes or CV to

Adjunct Professor Sujata Gibson is looking for one upper-level law student to work as paid Law Clerk on litigation work in her private practice this semester. Work will include legal research, writing, editing and general litigation support in a number of matters.  All work will be remote. Hours are flexible approximately 2-5 hours per week. There may be opportunities to continue in the Spring. Interested students can contact Sujata Gibson, Please attach a transcript (informal copy is fine), along with your resume and the names of two references.

Cornell's Legal Information Institute (LII) is calling all history buffs, Supreme Court watchers, and anyone who is looking for an interesting and important do-anywhere, part-time research position this semester:  The Oyez Project ( is conducting a precise count of the number of cases each of the Supreme Court's most prolific advocates argued from 1789 to present. Attorney Jim Thunder of DC’s Kellogg, Hansen, Todd, Figel & Frederick, PLLC, has made his initial findings, and Cornell's Legal Information Institute (LII) has offered to assemble a team of students to verify the results and help publish the first ever comprehensive analysis.  If interested, please contact LII co-Director Craig Newton at

General Announcements

Cornell Votes Canvas Course 

Cornell Votes Canvas Course ( prepared by the Public Service Center with information about how, when, and where students can vote. 

Cornell Student-Parent Dependent Care Fund Available Now

Application Deadline is October 30. If you are a student-parent, funds may be available to support you!
Please go to:

American Society of International Law (ASIL) Membership Discount:

Cornell Law School’s partnership with the American Society of International Law (ASIL) allows all faculty, staff, and students receive a 50% discount on individual ASIL memberships. To sign up, visit and click “JOIN ASIL.” On the payment, page, you will be able to enter the discount code: ASILACADPART.

Students enjoy free access to the ASIL member-only Jobs Board, which includes postings on summer and semester internships, as well as full time jobs related to international law. Simply create an account (individual ASIL membership not required) using your university email address. You must register with your university email address to receive access!

Fork and Gavel 

Now Open! Offering online ordering and pick-up available from Express Fork & Gavel, The Commons, Myron Taylor Hall
Open Monday - Friday 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM, Visit website for more infomation:\

Carol Van Scoyoc Scholarship 

The New York Bar Foundation is pleased to announce the Local and State Government Law Section Carol Van Scoyoc Scholarship. The scholarship has been established by the Foundation through a gift from the Local and State Government Law Section of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) to honor the memory of Carol Van Scoyoc, Esq., a former chair of the Section and recipient of the Association's Award for Excellence in Public Service, recognizing her extraordinary contributions to the legal profession and the public good. 
Each year, a $5,000 scholarship will be awarded to a law student who best exemplifies the core values important to Carol: academic excellence, a demonstrated interest in public service and an interest in local government law.
Application Link:
Submission Deadline: October 30, 2021

The Honorable Joel K. Asarch Elder Law and Special Needs Section Scholarship 

One 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 2020-2021 academic year and is actively participating in an Elder Law Clinic at the school during the 2020-2021 academic year or performs other substantial efforts which demonstrate interest in the legal rights of the elderly or those with disabilities
Application Link:
Submission Deadline: November 13, 2020

The Real Property Law Section Melvyn Mitzner Scholarship

One scholarship is 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 who demonstrates Melvyn Mitzner’s commitment to professional achievement in the area of realproperty law including legal writing, lecturing and scholarship; and diversity in the profession. 
Application link:
Submission Deadline: November 20, 2020

The Real Property Law Section Lorraine Power Tharp Scholarship

One scholarship is 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 who best exemplifies the core values important to Lorraine Power Tharp; academic excellence, a demonstrated interest in public service, high integrity and an interest in realproperty law.
Application link:
Submission Deadline: November 20, 2020

American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers

The American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers is pleased to announce its 2021 annual writing competition to recognize significant written contributions to the field of U.S. consumer financial services law in the following categories: (a) books; (b) publishable articles, book chapters, or substantial book reviews by a professional in the field; (c) publishable student case notes, articles, or comments. The awards include cash payments of $5000, $3500, and $1500, respectively, and a Certificate of Recognition from the College. In any given year, depending on submissions, awards may be made in all, some or no categories. More information on the College and the writing competition may be found at:
Submission Deadline: December 1, 2020

Article Submissions to the Cambridge Law Review

The Cambridge Law Review (CLR) and its supplementary undergraduate law journal, De Lege Ferenda (DLF) are independent legal publications run by students of the University of Cambridge. The aim of the journals is to provide a forum for the discussion of contemporary and cutting-edge legal issues. For more information about the CLR and the DLF, visit
Persons interested in submitting an article for publication to the CLR or the DLF will have to fill in the relevant online form:
Submission Deadline: December 15, 2020

2020-2021 American Indian Law Review National Writing Competition

This year’s American Indian Law Review national writing competition is now welcoming papers from students at accredited law schools in the United States and Canada.  Papers will be accepted on any legal issue specifically concerning American Indians or other indigenous peoples.  Three cash prizes will be awarded: $1,000 for first place, $500 for second place, and $250 for third place.  Each of the three winning authors will also be awarded an eBook copy of Cohen's Handbook of Federal Indian Law, provided by LexisNexis. For further information on eligibility, entry requirements, and judging criteria, see the AILR writing competition website at
Submission Deadline: Friday, February 26, 2021, at 6 p.m. Eastern Standard Time


Diversity Summer Fellowship in Health Law 
The fellowship is open to students with a diverse background who are currently enrolled in a law school in the State of New York. The fellowship will provide the student an opportunity to experience health law practice and to work with a healthcare attorney or facility in the State of New York during the summer. 
Application link:
Submission Deadline: November 7, 2020

E. Barrett Prettyman/Stuart Stiller Fellowship Program at Georgetown Law (Washington, DC)
DEADLINE: Applications will be accepted from September 1, 2020 through October 31, 2020
The goal of the fellowship is to provide high quality representation to adults and adolescents accused of crimes and provide recent law school graduates with rigorous training in criminal trial advocacy and clinical teaching. Fellows spend two years in the program, after which they are awarded a master’s degree in Advocacy.

2021 Furman Family Fellowship: Supreme Court of Israel - Deadline Monday, November 16, 2020
The clerkship will last 12 weeks. Summer clerkships may start as early as May or as late as August and will be determined by the successful applicant and Court in light of the applicant’s availability.  Applications may also be considered for 12 week positions to begin later in the year.

Please submit your application as a single PDF. Each document included in the PDF should be clearly titled. At the top of the first page of the application, please write “Furman Family Fellowship Application.” The PDF should include the following documents:

  1. A cover letter addressed to the Supreme Court of Israel (address: Sha’arei Mishpat St.; Jerusalem 9195001; Israel).  Important: Please identify yourself as a Furman Family Fellowship applicant in the first paragraph of your letter. Please also indicate the period during which you would like to clerk at the court.  You may simply state that you are seeking a “12-week internship during the summer of 2021.”  Alternatively or additionally, you may indicate your availability for an internship to begin later in the year.
  2. A current resume
  3. Law School transcript
  4. A short sample of legal writing
  5. At least two recommendation letters, preferably one from a law professor (Recommenders may send their letters directly to by no later than November 16, 2020).

*Applicants should not expect to receive a response until early-April.