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October 5, 2020

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources and Updates

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

Wellness Week 2020

Law School Mental Health Day for Law Schools - October 10, 2020

Now, more than ever, it is important to commit to your well-being. This week Cornell Law School, along with the ABA Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs(CoLAP), recognizes Mental Health Day on October 10, 2020. Throughout the week, we will share ways to be mindful and help you take a break from some of the stresses and challenges that this year has presented. 

Step Challenge 2020

Are you up for a challenge? How about some friendly competition? The Dean of Students Office invites law students, faculty, and staff to participate in a Step Challenge. Groups will be created for each of the graduating classes: JD Class of 2023, 2022, and 2021, LLM Class of 2021 (including LLM Tech and JSDs). There will also be a separate group for Faculty/Administration and Staff. 

So charge your devices!! Starting tomorrow, over the course of the next few weeks you can track your steps using the Google Form:

The winner by October 16, 2020 will be the group with the highest number of steps! 

Let's Meditate Fall 2020

You can see the entire Fall 2020 schedule here: You may also check out our new guided meditation recordings from our  Skorton Center for Health Initiatives.

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:

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 5, 2020

Tuesday, October 6 
5:00 - 6:00 PM - Coffee and Counsel with Professor Kelley-Widmer @Courtyard Tent - Purcell Courtyard
Please RSVP to attend:

Wednesday, October 7
12:00 - 1:00 PM - Coffee and Counsel with Professor Goldberg @Courtyard Tent - Purcell Courtyard 
Please RSVP to attend:

3:00 PM -Conceptualizing Migrant Farmworker Rights in Asia -Professor Beth Lyon will give a Zoom talk about migrant farmworker rights in Asia.  The food industry has a long history of driving and shaping low wage labor migration regimes, and around the world agriculture is often a site for large undocumented workforces, exploitative visa arrangements, and a disproportionate share of human trafficking compared with other industries. Professor Lyon and Pranoto Iskandar will discuss their efforts to assist migrant farmworkers in Asia.
To register for the talk, go to

3:00 - 4:30 PM, Voting Rights Town Hall 
Please register ON-LINE. ( you have any questions, please email
You will receive the login instructions via Zoom when you register.

4:00 - 5:00 PM, The Weekly Perk 
Join Zoom Event:

5:00 - 6:00 PM, Allies, not Heroes: Immigrant Rights Lawyering in the Trump Era
Preregister at to receive a link to the event. 

5:00 PM - CLSA Meeting -CLSA's Executive Board meets weekly to discuss past and future events/matters. Every meeting is open to the public.
Zoom Event:

Thursday, October 8
12:00 - 1:00 PM - Coffee and Counsel with Professor Blume @Courtyard Tent - Purcell Courtyard 
Please RSVP to attend:

12:00 - 1:00 PM -Perspectives on Restructuring and Bankruptcy Trends in a Time of Crisis, High profile corporate bankruptcies and reorganizations continually appear in the headlines as COVID-19 disrupts business operations. Join us for a moderated discussion on emerging strategies and developing trends in bankruptcy, in the U.S. and globally, featuring Dan Moss, JD ’07, Partner at Jones Day and Antonio M. Alvarez III, MBA '91, Managing Director at Alvarez & Marsal Europe, Ltd. (UK), moderated by Alexandra Bargoot, JD '16.
Please register ON-LINE by Wednesday, October 7. Should you have any questions,
please email
You will receive the login instructions via Zoom when you register.

4:30 - 5:30 PM - A Mental Health Webinar-Exploring the Intersection Between Racial Justice, Social Activism, and Mental Health 
A national Zoom Webinar featuring Professor Rhonda Magee, Author of The Inner Work of Racial Justice: Healing Ourselves and Transforming Our Communities Through Mindfulness, law professor at the University of San Francisco School of Law, and a new member of the ABA CoLAP. The webinar will include an Introduction by Janet Stearns, Dean of Students, University of Miami School of Law, and Member of the ABA CoLAP as well as Ayat Nizam, Law Student, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law and Chair, ABA Law Student Division. 
Webinar - 

Friday, October 9
10:15 AM - StayHomecoming Featured Event: State of the University Address & Keynote Panel “Keeping the Promise: Stories from the Front Lines”
Join Martha E. Pollack, President, Cornell University, for a State of the University address, followed by Keeping the Promise: Stories from the Front Lines, a keynote panel moderated by Eduardo Peñalver ’94, Allan R. Tessler Dean and Professor of Law.
This program will be available via Live Stream ( no registration required. 
Should you have any questions, please email

1:00 - 2:00 PM - National Workshop with the ABA Law Student Division, Law School SBA Presidents and ABA Representatives; featuring Jordana Confino, Fordham Law School, author of Where Are We on the Path to Law Student Well-Being (a report of the ABA COLAP Law School Survey); Dean Janet Stearns (University of Miami School of Law) and Dean David Jaffe (Washington College of Law, American University) to discuss practical strategies that law students can undertake in the year ahead with their law schools, the ABA, and with the state bar board of examiners.
Attend the workshop:

2:30 - 3:30 PM- Christian Legal Society Bible Study
Zoom Event:

Saturday, October 10 
Social Media Hashtag Campaign - A day of well-being. Each and every one of us can up our commitment to make the time to move around, whether outdoors or indoors, and stay healthy. Choose your activity, and post a picture using the hashtags #CornellLawMentalHealth, #LawStudentWellness and #ABAMentalHealth.

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:

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.

S/U Grading Option
Will open on Wednesday, September 16th. Each JD student and LLM students who have elected the JD scale may elect to take up to two upper-class courses at Cornell Law School on an S/U basis. Shortly after, the close of Add-Drop students will receive an email when the S/U Grading Option link is available on the Registrar’s website. S/U grade elections, if made, shall be irrevocable. Students may not make this election in courses that they use to satisfy the Law School’s upper-class writing requirement. Also, instructors may designate specific courses that they teach as not eligible for the S/U grade election. Check individual course descriptions ( more information. Students must submit the online form no later than 12 noon on October 20th.

University Registration
To become a registered student at Cornell University, a person must: settle all financial accounts, including current semester tuition; satisfy New York State and university health requirements; have no holds from their college, Cornell Health, or the Bursar. Students must be registered by September 18, or they risk being withdrawn from the University. Students who become registered for the Fall semester after September 18 will be charged a $350 late fee. Students who fail to become registered will be withdrawn from the University on October 7. See University Registration ( more information.  Failure to register will impact financial aid, loan deferments, health benefits, and other privileges relying on in-school status. This may also affect the ability to use certain services on campus such as your Cornell Card, Library Services, and Cornell Health. Use Student Essentials ( check your registration status.

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.

Annual Flu Vaccine Clinic

Cornell's annual flu vaccine clinics will take place at various campus locations between August 26 and October 24. Please see below for the clinic schedule and details.

* Fall 2020 flu vaccination requirement for students *

Per Cornell's COVID-19 Behavioral Compact, flu vaccination is required for all students studying on the Ithaca campus during the Fall 2020 semester. (Exceptions may be made for those who receive a medical, religious, or other exemption.) Learn more below about why Cornell is requiring flu vaccination for students.

DEADLINE: Students are expected to receive their flu vaccination by October 24. Information about dates and clinic locations can be found here:


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 (

Student Services Announcements

Connect with Us!
Missing your interaction with staff from our student facing offices? You can now get answers to your questions as they relate to the offices of Dean of Students, Registrar, and International Programs, with just the click of a button. Visit each of the offices' individual web pages, and look for the blue “Connect with Us” button in the bottom right hand of the screen. Click, and you will be connected to staff from their respective virtual offices for assistance. Staff will be available during *normal operating hours, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday.

Registrar’s Office:

Office of the Dean of Students:

International Programs:

*Subject to change based on availability due to calls, inquiries, and meetings with other students.

Academic Support

Office Hours the week of October 5 (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.   

How Do I Know?  It’s halfway through the semester, and you’re probably wondering if you are really “getting it.”  You know how to read for class and take notes, but how do you know if you’re doing what’s necessary for exams?  Am I thinking like a lawyer?  Are my outlines going to be helpful?  Now is a great time for a self-assessment: are you practicing what you are going to be tested on?  Just like you have to do more than just read about a violin in order to perform in a concert, you must do more than just read the law—you must practice using it to solve problems.  I have a “Progress Check” questionnaire on the Academic Support Canvas page.  Ask yourself these questions and give honest responses.  It’s a great way to assess whether you are doing what you need to do at this point in the semester or whether your current strategy could use a tweak.  If you don’t know how to incorporate review and application of the law into your schedule, please come see either me or the APAs.  We can help.   You want to start practicing application now so you will get the most out of the practice exam in a few weeks.  

Exam Skills Intro:  How to Get the Most Out of the Practice Exam.  Monday, October 19 at 4:30.  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.   We look forward to seeing you at this Zoom session. 

Legal Careers

2L & 3L Students

October 5, 2020, 12:00 PM (EST)
Latham advised longtime client, a secure messaging and file-sharing service provider, from incorporation to its acquisition by Zoom Video Communications, Inc. The acquisition accelerated Zoom's plan to build end-to-end encryption that can reach current Zoom scalability. Join Latham attorneys for a behind-the-scenes look at the deal, including the incorporation, Series A financing and acquisition. RSVP to

October 6, 2020, 6:00PM (EST)
The Kate Stoneman Project: Practicing in NYC Panel- Law students are invited for a panel discussion focused on the benefits of practicing at New York City firms.
Register using this link:

October 7, 2020, 3:00 - 4:30 PM (EST) 
Perspectives from BigLaw - A Conversation with Latham's Asian & Middle Eastern Lawyers Group
Register using this link,

October 8, 2020, 12:00 - 1:00 PM (EST) 
Latham’s Pro Bono Program: A Cornerstone of Our Culture – NAACP v. East Ramapo Central School District
Register using this link,

October 9, 2020, 4:00PM (EST)
Morgan Lewis Session 1: Meet Our Associates - Register using this link,

October 16, 2020, 12:00PM (EST)
Linklaters Information Session 1 - Email to RSVP,

October 16, 2020, 12:00PM (EST)
Morgan Lewis Session 2: Meet Our Cultural Drivers - Register using this link,

October 23, 2020, 4:00PM (EST)
Morgan Lewis Session 3: Meet Our Market Leading Practice Groups - Register using this link,

October 30, 2020, 12:00PM (EST)
Morgan Lewis Session 4: Meet Our Hiring Committees - Register using this link,

November 12, 2020, 4:00PM (EST)
Linklaters Information Session 2 - Email to RSVP,

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

Positions Available

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

StayHomecoming Spirit Week

Be sure to save the date for next week’s StayHomecoming Spirit Week, featuring exciting in-person and virtual events. This is a great opportunity for students in Ithaca or studying remotely to connect, engage and build community.

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:\

ABA Media Law Diversity Moot Court Competition

The application for the ABA’s 13th Annual First Amendment and Media Law Diversity Moot Court Competition is officially open! The competition is designed to introduce minority law students to the practice of media law and to many of the lawyers who are active in the communications law bar. The competition offers cash awards for superior performance in appellate briefing and oral argument. Additionally, the four finalists in the January 2021 competition—which will be held virtually— will be offered the opportunity of summer employment opportunities with a top law firm, media company, or First Amendment nonprofit, thanks to the generous support of ABA Forum sponsoring organizations.
The competition website and application can be accessed by using the following link:
Submission Deadline: October 15, 2020

"China and the International Legal Order" Virtual Symposium

The ILJ Fall Symposium “China and the International Legal Order” will take place virtually on Thursday, October 15. This symposium is a unique collaboration between the Harvard International Law Journal, Yale Journal of International Law, and Oxford University’s “China, Law and Development” project and Commercial Law Centre.
Webinar Registration -

Georgetown Law Journal Student Notes Contest

To commemorate the 50th edition of The Annual Review of Criminal Procedure, The Georgetown Law Journal is thrilled to announce its inaugural Student Notes Contest. More information found on the web:
Submission Deadline: October 18, 2020

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


Immigrant Justice Corps Justice Fellowship (National)
DEADLINE: October 7, 2020
Immigrant Justice Corps (IJC) is the country’s first fellowship program dedicated to meeting the need for high-quality legal assistance for immigrants seeking citizenship and fighting deportation.  Inspired by Chief Judge Robert Katzmann of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, IJC brings together the country’s most talented advocates, connects them to New York City’s (and beyond) best legal and community institutions, leverages the latest technologies, and fosters a culture of creative thinking that will produce new strategies to reduce the justice gap for immigrant families, ensuring that immigration status is no longer a barrier to social and economic opportunity.

Law students who will graduate in 2021, 2020 law graduates, and 2019 law graduates whose clerkship or other fellowship will end by August 2021, are eligible to apply.

Cornell Law School Frank H.T. Rhodes and Robert B. Kent Public Interest Law Fellowships (National/International)
DEADLINE: October 12, 2020
The two-year Rhodes Fellowship and the one-year Kent fellowship will enable Cornell Law Students to partner with an organization to work on an issue of interest. Do not hesitate to reach out to the Office of Public Service with any questions.

Justice Catalyst Fellowship (national)
DEADLINE: Rolling until October 13 (resume and prospectus); Rolling until November 30 (full application)
The Catalyst is looking for projects from diverse, creative, self-starting fellows who will pursue year-long fellowships, with a possibility of renewal. The Catalyst prioritizes groundbreaking ideas, including early-stage projects that are boundary-pushing in the pursuit of systemic solutions to major injustices, whether at an established legal organization or an organization looking to hire its first lawyer. In addition, you can submit a prospectus without a host organization, and work with the fellowship to identify a way to launch the project.

The Presidential Management Fellowship (Washington, DC)
This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in leadership positions in the federal government. 
Application Dates: September 30- October 14, 2020
Program dates can be found under the 2021 Application webpage.  The initial edition of the 2021 PMF Assessment Preparation Guide can be found under the Assessment Process webpage.  Please check these webpages frequently for any updates. Please read everything carefully – there are a number of moving parts to the process. 

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.