Cornell Law Scoops

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October 7, 2019

This Week’s Events

Week of October 7, 2019

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

Monday, October 7
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM, Room G28R
NALSA October General Body Meeting 

1:25 - 2:30 PM, Room 184
Law-First Generation Student Association Board Meeting 

4:30 - 5:30 PM, Room 182
When at Times the Mob Swayed: A Citizen's Guide to Defending the Republic

4:30 - 5:30 PM, Room 279
CLVA First General Body Meeting 

5:00 - 6:30 PM, Room 285
Topics in ADR & Native American Tribal Conflict Mediation 

5:00 - 7:00 PM, Room 290
Is Progressive Prosecution an Oxymoron? A Conversation hosted by the National Lawyers Guild 

Tuesday, October 8
4:30 - 5:30 PM, Room 182

5:00 - 7:00 PM, Room 186
VGLA & SELS Free Play Day

Wednesday, October 9
8:00 - 10:00, The Commons 
Weekly Perk- Coffee and conversation on Wednesday from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. in The Commons. Stop by for a cup! Breakfast food also provided.

12:00 PM, Meet in The Foyer
Walk with the Dean of Students and Staff
Feeling stressed?  Anxious?  Don't have time to do anything but study?  Join Dean Miner for a walk to enjoy our beautiful campus, clear your mind, and return to your work refreshed.  Your wellness is worth it!  Meet in the Foyer promptly at 12:00.  We'll be back by 1:15 in time for afternoon classes.

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.

4:30 - 5:30 PM, The Gallery 
NALSA & WLC: Spill the Tea

6:00 - 8:00 PM, Room G90
Yom Kippur Break Fast 

Thursday, October 10
12:00 - 1:30 PM, Saperston Student Lounge, G65
Self-Care for Law Students  - A discussion about wellness and strategies for effective management of the challenges faced during law school. 
Reception to follow, please RSVP:

12:00 - 1:00 PM, Room 285
IRAP Training 

1:45 - 3:00 PM, Room 130 Hughes Hall 
Open Office Hours with Cameron Stout, regarding Self-Care for Lawyers

3:30 - 6:00 PM, Room G85
Introduction of Point Bar Review

4:00 - 4:30 PM, Room G26
Let's Meditate -Let’s Meditate is a free, guided, mindfulness meditation series sponsored by Cornell Health, in collaboration with numerous campus partners.

9:00 AM - 1:00 PM, Room G396
1:00 - 4:00 PM, Room G28R
4:00 - 5:00 PM, Room G285R
Tribal In-House Counsel Indigenous Law Conference Screening (NALSA)

5:00 - 8:00 PM, 2L46 Hughes Hall (JLPP Office) 
Proving Party 29.3
Notes Meeting Dinner 

Friday, October 11
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM, Room G81
8:45 AM - 12:15 PM. Room G28R
12:45 - 4:00 PM, Room G39
Tribal In-House Counsel Indigenous Law Conference Screening (NALSA)

Beyond this week

Saturday, October 12 - Friday, October 18 - Fall Break

Enjoy your Fall Break! 

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 talk about burritos and sandwiches, legal positivism, or anything else, may sign up in advance with Becca Johnson by e-mail (, in room 263, or by phone (607-255-3527).

Law Library Study Room Reservation:  To reserve a study room in the library visit Study rooms can typically only be reserved for at most 120 minutes per day and 1 week in advance. If you need to reserve a room more than 1 week in advance for an interview, or need to reserve a room for more than 120 minutes per day, please visit for instructions.

Attendance in Class
ABA standards dictate that a law school shall require regular and punctual class attendance and that students comply with the attendance policy. Per the Cornell Law School Student Handbook: (

• Regular and punctual class attendance, beginning on the first day of the semester, is required of all students.

• Faculty members monitor attendance and may enforce the rule by reporting the student to the Dean of Students for J.D. students or to the Assistant Dean of Graduate Legal Studies for students in our LL.M. and J.S.D. degree programs; by removing a student from the course or excluding a student from an exam (after reasonable written warning); or by another mechanism announced in the course syllabus prior to the end of add/drop. If a student is excluded from an exam, a grade of F is entered, or in the case of a clinical course, the student may receive a lowered grade or a grade of U.

• Students who are ill or have another valid reason for missing class are encouraged to contact the instructor directly and are required to notify the Dean of Students or the Assistant Dean for Graduate Legal Studies, depending on the student's degree program, if more than three days are missed.

Winter Session Add/Drop 
Deadline to drop winter session courses is noon on October 16, 2019. 

Update Your Preferred Name and Address Info
If you wish to update your preferred name, use the link in the My Information tab ( on the Registrar's website. All students should make sure their address info is up to date as well. To update your address, use the link in the My Information tab ( the Registrar's website.

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 20 or they risk being withdrawn from the university. Students who become registered for the Fall semester after September 20 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 ( for 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 ( to check your registration status.

Class Recording Request Form
The Law School IT department has created a class recording request form( The form is available on the Registrar's website. You may use the form to request a video recording of a class.  In order view a class recording, a request must be completed and submitted for approval. Approval to view class recordings is at the instructor's discretion, and the decision of the instructor is final. Students who receive a class recording link, do so on the condition they will not share it with anyone else. Please note that recording requests for make-up classes and review sessions have not yet been integrated into the form.  If you have a request for one of these recordings, please email the instructor for permission.  If the instructor grants you permission, forward that email to IT ( and they will send you the recording. Students who have approved accommodations should not use the request form, but should work with the Dean of Students Office instead.

Release of Information
A reminder to all students. Students asking faculty members to write recommendations will need to complete a release form ( with the Law School Registrar's Office if the faculty member wishes to view the student's record.

Fall 2019 Externship Information 
Any student interested in participating in the Externship Program or the Pro Bono Scholars Program must first attend an informational meeting.  Meetings will be held on the following dates and times:

Wednesday, November 6, 7:00 p.m. in Room 389

Applications for the Pro Bono Scholars Program for Spring 2020 are due in late September.

Applications for externships for Spring 2020 are due at the end of the Fall 2019 semester.

Name Pronunciation
We are pleased to announce a new initiative that we believe all members of our community will find helpful. We want to be respectful by pronouncing your name correctly. Help us do so by recording your full name (preferred first name_surname) on your mobile phone or computer in .mp3 format. For consistency and the ability to match the recording to your record, you must save the file by netID (example: abc123.mp3). Once you have recorded and saved the file, upload it to:

For iPhone users: You can create and share a voice memo using the instructions found here:  This will create an .m4a file that you will need to convert to an .mp3 file.  This can be done using iTunes or a host of free online services such as or

For Android users: There are many free apps for recording voice files available at the Google Play Store.


Traveling over Fall break?
Remember to take with you all documents needed for re-entry into the U.S., even if you only travel within the U.S.  For information on all the documents you need to have with you when you travel please visit the Office of Global Learning International Services website here:

Have a wonderful break!

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.

Link for additional hours and locations:

Academic Support

Office Hours the week of October 7 (Room 126F)

Monday:                     By Appointment

Tuesday:                   11:00—12:00 

Wednesday:              11:00—12:00 

Thursday:                  2:30—3:30 

Friday:                        No Office hours 

Or by appointment:  (607) 255-0146;

APA Office Hours: 

Section A:      Natalie Greenfield Tuesday 9:00—10:00 Rm G81
                      Zach Sporn  Wednesday 4:30—5:30 Rm 244

Section B:      Tayler Woelcke  Monday 4:30—5:30  Rm 244

Section C:     Alizah Charaniya  Wednesday 1:30—2:30  Rm. G80   
                     Joshua Howard  Friday 10:30—11:30 Rm. 244

Section D:     Julia Hollreiser  Thursday 4:15—5:15  Rm. 244

Section E:      Lily Coad  Thursday 11:10—12:10 Rm. 244

Section F:      Emily Szopinski  Monday 12:15—1:15 Rm. G26

The Three “R’s”—Refreshed, Reviewed, and “Readied.”  Isn’t it fall break, yet?  Yes, actually, it is.  You are wrapping up your closed memo assignment right now and looking forward to the break.  You need to take some time to breathe, reflect, and relax. Reconnect with the people in your life you may have been neglecting unintentionally.  Get some sleep and exercise.  Eat excellent food. 

But this break is not like an undergraduate break—the time is too precious to forget completely about law school.  The second half of the semester is much more intense, and you need to use your break to prepare for it. Last week we discussed planning what you want to accomplish over the break.  Plan your work and free time.  Start outlining, review your notes to make sure you understand everything you’ve been taught so far, test your knowledge, and plan how you will tackle exams.  Make sure your goals are realistic—getting all of your outlines up to date is not a realistic goal, but maybe working on one or two outlines is.  Just starting your outlines will help you review and get ahead later in the semester. 

If you’re unsure how to approach exams, fall break is an excellent time to read books on the subject, like Getting to Maybe by Fischl & Paul (I have a few copies if you want to check one out of my library over the break).  If you use your time wisely during fall break, you will return to school feeling refreshed, reviewed, and ready to take on the final 8 weeks before exams.  You will also feel prepared for the practice exam the week after you return.  I’ll hold a workshop on how to approach the practice exam and what you can expect.  Please R.S.V.P. if you want to learn more about it or feel free to contact me or the APAs.

If you need help with your fall break strategy, please come see me during office hours or make an appointment. 

Exam Skills Intro:  How to Get the Most Out of the Practice Exam.  Monday, October 21 at 12:15 in G90.  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.  

Health and Community 

Cornell strives to create a caring community supportive of its members' intellectual, physical, emotional and spiritual health. For comprehensive information about the wealth of opportunities and services available to Cornellians, visit the following link:

New mental health services from Cornell Health
Cornell Health has implemented changes to its mental health services to provide increased access to care and flexibility in follow-up options. Students can now access free 25-minute counseling appointments that can often be scheduled as soon as the same day. When needed, 25- or 50-minute follow-up appointments are coordinated with the student’s counselor (50-minute appointments have a $10 copay). Counselors may also recommend group counseling(, skills-based workshops(, or other support services. Additionally, CAPS psychiatrists and primary care medical clinicians can assess a student’s need for medication related to mental health concerns and provide access to prescriptions and medication management as needed. Students can receive these services whether or not they receive CAPS counseling. Learn more at

Caring Community 

Whatever support you need to pursue a healthy lifestyle, there are variety of resources easily accessible on campus. Living well to learn well is an essential foundation of your active participation in the caring community around you. Visit the website for more resources and to learn about Cornell's Caring Community. 

How to Report Concerning Behavior

Cornell University will not tolerate sexual abuse, rape, sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, sexual coercion, or other forms of sexual violence by or against students, staff, faculty, alumni, or visitors. University Policy 6.4 (link to policy here: prohibits all members of the university community from engaging in prohibited discrimination, protected-status harassment, sexual harassment, and sexual assault/violence.

Policy 6.4 provides definitions and explains the procedures employed for investigating and adjudicating allegations of sexual misconduct.

You may use the anonymous online reporting form ( link to reporting form here:  to report any concerning behavior. Even though reporter's name is requested, it is not a required field.

Issues related to the Campus Code of Conduct (link to code here: Alleged violations should be reported to the Judicial Administrator at 255-4680 or email:

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. You can visit their website using this link:

Spotlight on Cornell Resources - Student Disability Services

Did you know that support is available for conditions such as hearing, learning, medical conditions, vision, mobility, mental health, ADHD?  Student Disability Services (SDS) is the designated office at Cornell that obtains and files disability-related documents, certifies eligibility for services, determines reasonable accommodations, and develops plans for the provision of accommodations for students. SDS facilitates services and accommodations so that Cornell students with disabilities enjoy the same exceptional opportunities as their peers with the greatest degree of independence possible.

Contact a SDS Counselor to discuss your situation:

Phone: 607-254-4545


Location: Cornell Health, Level 5, 110 Ho Plaza

Office hours are 8:15 - 4:45 pm Monday-Friday

Learn more about Student Disability Services and visit their website:

Take a stand against sexual assault  

Our community stands together against sexual harassment, assault, dating/domestic violence, and other forms of violence. Confidential support is available on campus and in the community. Find resources for care and reporting information at

Legal Careers

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.

Introduction to the 1L Summer Job Search: The Career Services Office and the Office of Public Service will discuss opportunities in the private and public sectors, judges’ chambers, government, academia, and study abroad programs, along with the next steps for beginning your 1L summer job search. Pick up useful resource books.

  • October 29th, 4:30pm, Room 184

Resume-A-Thon Week: Sign-up for a 15-minute appointment with a counselor to have your resume reviewed in preparation for applying to 1L summer positions. No resume?  No problem! Come for a 15-minute strategy session. More instructions to come.

  • November 4th – 8th

Winter Break Shadow Program: If you wish to be matched with a Cornell Law alum for a shadow experience in the location where you will be spending your winter break be sure to look for the registration email in early November. 

Positions Available

Professor Richard Booth is seeking two third year law students to assist him with his environmental law course and his land use law course in the Spring 2020 semester: i.e., CRP 4440/5440, NTRES 4440 Resource Management and Environmental Law and CRP 4590/5590 Legal Aspects of Land Use Planning.    

Professor Booth is a lawyer who teaches in the Department of City and Regional Planning.  He specializes in environmental law and land use law.  Applicants should send a CV, a law school transcript (an informal transcript is fine), and a writing sample to Professor Booth at His office is in Room 117 West Sibley Hall, and his phone number is 607-255-4025.    

Cornell Law School’s Women & Justice Collection at the Legal Information Institute is the first vetted and searchable online database of gender justice jurisprudence, legislation, reports, and legal tools. The Collection is seeking part-time researchers to work on expanding the Collection and its partnership with the African Legal Information Institute at the University of Cape Town by editing caselaw and legislation summaries from all over the world, performing legal research and writing for African judges, and gathering resources related to women’s access to justice in southern Africa. To inquire further and for details on how to apply, please contact the Collection's Advocacy and Research Director, Jocelyn Hackett (  Researchers will begin work on a rolling basis throughout the semester. 

General Announcements

Info Session for 1L Clinic Spring 2020

The info session will NOT be held on October 8. Please stay tuned for an info session after fall break. Thanks!

Student Child Care Grand Program 2019-20 is taking applications! 

The deadline for the application is Wednesday, October 30, 2019 before 3:00 p.m.  

The application is available on the Students with Families website. The objective of the Student Child Care Grant is to provide financial assistance to as many Cornell students with child care expenses as possible, ultimately allowing student-parents to better attend to their academic responsibilities.

Partner and Spouse Information & Job Networking Session 

RSVP by Friday, October 11 on the Spouses and Partners page of the Students with Families website.
Information and Network Session with Cornell Human Resources |  Thursday, October 17  |  3:00 – 5:00 pm  (check-in at 2:45)  | G01 Biotech  |  Please RSVP (by Friday, October 11)
Special Happy Hour Reception following event.  Begins at 5:00 pm at the Big Red Barn Graduate and Student Professional Center.  Free drinks and snacks.

The Local and State Government Law Section Carol Van Scoyoc Scholarship

One scholarship will be awarded to a law student who is enrolled in a law school in the State of New York who best exemplifies the core values important to Carol Van Scoyoc, Esq., former chair of the Section and recipient of the Award for Excellence in Public Service.  The student shall show academic excellence, a demonstrated interest in public service and an interest in local government law.
Application link:
Application Deadline: October 11, 2019

Dr. Emanuel Stein and Kenneth D. Stein Memorial Writing Competition

To recognize excellence among law school students writing in the area of labor and employment law; and to cultivate the relationship between the Section and future labor and employment practitioners. Articles must be original from the applicant. Submissions should focus on any timely, compelling aspect of labor and employment law. Only one submission per student. More information on how to enter:
Application Deadline Extended to October 28, 2019

Samuel M. Kaynard Memorial Student Service Award 

The purpose of the awards is to enable New York State Law Schools to recognize excellence among their law students in the area of labor and employment law and to cultivate the relationship between the Labor and Employment Law Section and future labor and employment practitioners. More information can be found on the website:
Nomination Deadline Extended to October 28, 2019

Faith E. O'Neal Scholarship 

In 2005, in recognition of her outstanding work on behalf of the Queens County legal community and her overall professional excellence, the Queens County Women’s Bar Association established The Faith E. O’Neal Scholarship, honoring the memory of Faith E. O’Neal. If you are interested in applying for the Faith E. O’Neal Scholarship you may download further information and the application by clicking on the link below.
Application Deadline: October 30, 2019 

The Honorable Joel K. Asarch Elder Law and Special Needs Section 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.  The student shall be actively participating in an Elder Law Clinic at the school or perform other substantial efforts which demonstrate interest in the legal rights of the elderly or the practice of elder law.@Application link:
Application Deadline: November 22, 2019

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 real property law including legal writing, lecturing and scholarship; and diversity in the profession. 
Application link:
Application Deadline: November 22, 2019

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 real property law.
Application link:
Application Deadline: November 22, 2019

American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers

The American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers is pleased to announce its 2020 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
More information on the College and the writing competition may be found at:
Application Deadline: December 1, 2019

Diversity Summer Fellowship in Health Law 

One 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 Health law positions in the public sector in the State of New York during the summer months.
Application link:
Application Deadline: December 9, 2019

Artificial Intelligence Writing Competition 

The Center for Legal and Court Technology is pleased to announce its third annual writing competition dedicated to innovative legal issues likely to arise from Artificial Intelligence, the Internet of Things, and/or related technologies. For further details and writing competition rules visit:
Application Deadline: December 20, 2019

FASPE 2020 Fellowship Programs 

FASPE (Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics) is a fully-funded, two-week summer program that uses the conduct of professionals in Nazi Germany as a launching point and backdrop for an intensive study of contemporary professional ethics. Fifteen Business Fellows will be chosen to participate in FASPE 2020 through a competitive application process. Fellowships cover all program costs including round-trip travel to Europe, as well as all European travel, lodging and food.  Business Fellows travel with Law and Journalism Fellows—shared insights are gained through formal and informal cross-discipline discussions. To learn more about the program, please visit their website:
Application deadline: December 30, 2019

Annual International Refugee Law Student Writing Competition

The American Society of International Law's International Refugee Law Interest Group (IRLIG) announces its sixth annual International Refugee Law Student Writing Competition. Papers may address any topic related to international law and refugees, stateless persons, internally-displaced persons (IDPs), and forced migrants. More information about the competition and how to enter can be found here:
Application Deadline: January 15, 2020

René Cassin Thesis Prize 

The application for the René Cassin Thesis Prize is open to any candidates who defended their doctoral thesis in the course of the year 2019 in one of the following disciplines: 
? International Human Rights Law 
? Regional Human Rights Law 
? Comparative Human Rights Law 
? Legal Theory of Human Rights
Persons wishing to apply should send an electronic copy of their doctoral thesis accompanied by a report certifying their thesis defence or an equivalent document, to the following email address :
Application Deadline: January 31, 2020

2019/20 CIArbNY International Arbitration Student Article Competition

The New York Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators is pleased to announce the CIArb NY Branch International Arbitration Scholarly Article Competition (the “Competition”). The Competition is open only to qualified law students. It will award up to 3 cash honoraria for the best publishable articles in the area of international arbitration.
More information on the competition is available at    
Application Deadline: February 4, 2020