Cornell Law Scoops

Scoops Issue

October 29, 2018

This Week’s Events

Week of October 29, 2018

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

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 

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

6:15 PM, Room 186
Home Truth: A Film Screening and Discussion on Domestic Violence and Human Rights
Dinner will be served. Film begins at 6:30 PM
A discussion will follow the film with Jessica Lenahan, activist, film subject, and Dorothea S. Clarke Visitor at Cornell Law School

Tuesday, October 30

12:30 - 1:30 PM, Room G90
Mandatory Introduction Cabaret 2019 Meeting
Introduction to Cabaret 2019 for 1Ls. We will go over the PIF grant for 1L summer, an overview of director positions and Cabaret requirements, and what 1Ls can expect in the coming months in preparation for the event.

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

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.

12:15 – 1:15 pm, Room 290 
Appellate Judging – Collective Decision making
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.

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.

3:00 - 4:30 PM, Halloween Trick or Treat
Participating Offices
Admissions - 115 MTH
Dean of Students - 126 HH
Career Services & Public Service - 128 HH
Registrar's Office - 160 MTH
2nd Floor Faculty Admins - 249 HH
Dean's Office - 263 MTH
3rd Floor Faculty Admins - 315 MTH
Legal Information Institute - 317 MTH
IT - 373 MTH 
Alumni Affairs & Development - G28 HH
Administration, Finance, & HR - G58 HH
Facilities - G62 MTH
International Programs - L46 HH
Law Journals Admin - 2L39 HH

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

5:30 - 6:30 PM, Room 186
Just Sayin’ – How the False Equivalence of Speech with Action Undermines the Freedom of Speech

5:30 - 6:30 PM, Room 184
AALSA Fall Exam Panel 
BLSA, LALSA, and NALSA will be hosting an exam panel. This panel will focus on exam prep and strategies.

Beyond Next Week

Monday, November 5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

Fall 2018 Final Examinations - Exam Conflicts

The exam deferral link will be available the week of October 29th and run through Monday, November 9th under the Important Deadlines section of the Registrar’s website here.

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. 

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.

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.


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

Attention 3L's
Fraser Prize -A first prize of $200 and a second prize of $100 are the gift of William Metcalf, Jr., LL.B., 1901, in memory of Alexander Hugh Ross Fraser, former librarian of the Law School.

The prizes are awarded each fall to third-year students whose law study through the end of the second year has been taken entirely at Cornell University and who have most fully evidenced high qualities of mind and character by superior achievements in scholarship and by attributes that earn the commendation of teachers and fellow students.  The award is made on recommendation of the third-year class by vote, from a list of members submitted by the faculty as eligible by reason of superior scholarship.  The holders of the Boardman Prize and the Kerr Prize are not eligible, nor are transfer students.

3L's may cast a vote for two of the ten candidates listed below by emailing  two choices by 4:00 p.m. on October 31.

Candidates for the Class of 2019 Fraser Prize

Matthew Battaglia
Alex Bransford
Joshua Dulberg
Garrett Gerber
Andrew Guiang
Madeline Horn
Kristina Hurley
Leonardo Mangat
Kara Ramsey
Douglas Wagner

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.

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 29 (Room 126F Dean of Students Suite)

Monday:                 11:00—12:00 p.m. 
Tuesday:                 11:00—12:00 p.m.
Wednesday:           11:00—12:00 p.m. 
Thursday:                  2:00—4:30 p.m.
Friday:                     11:00–12:00 p.m.

Or by appointment:  (607) 255-0146;

APA Office Hours Week of 10/29—11/2: 

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

Later, Dude.  Your time is precious these days—reading for class, drafting the Open Memo, outlining, and taking practice exams take up a lot of your time.  It’s easy to put the rest of your life off until “later” (“I’ll work on that after break” or “I’m going to get some sleep this weekend, I promise”).  But there is always another deadline waiting.  Those who tell themselves, “I’ll relax after finals” find that they are already looking ahead to “relaxing after the job search letters are done” or “relaxing during spring break.”  The practice of law can be very similar—“I’ll take a vacation after this trial” turns into “I’ll take a vacation when I make partner.”  The deadlines come and go so quickly that you may find yourself looking back at a career of untouched goals you postponed until after the immediate deadlines were past.  You need to look at what you are working on and what you are working towards.  Make sure you are balancing your deadlines in a way that matches your priorities so that you are not putting off important things until “later.”  I’m available during office hours or by appointment to discuss strategies to get you closer to some of your most immediate deadlines, like the Open Memo and exams, while balancing the important things in your life.    

Exam Skills Workshop:  You’ll receive your practice exam back soon.  How do you feel about it?  Want to talk about it?  Please make an appointment with me or come by during office hours.  Also, the Academic Peer Advisors are holding a small workshop on Monday, November 5 from 4:30—5:30 to practice exam-taking skills.  You’ll go over a short problem, from picking out the facts and spotting the issues to outlining and writing your answer.  Space is limited, so please R.S.V.P. on the Blackboard Workshop link by Wednesday October 31 to reserve your slot.  We’ll email you back with a room assignment.  If interest is high, we’ll schedule another workshop in the future. xed.


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 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,

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 

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

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

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)

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