Cornell Law Scoops

Scoops Issue

September 3, 2019

This Week’s Events

Week of September 3, 2019

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

Wednesday, September 4

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.

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 PM, The Gallery 
Student Activity Fair 

Thursday, September 5

4:30 - 5:30 PM, Saperston Student Lounge
1st BLSA General Body Meeting 

5:00 - 6:15 PM, Room G90
Schoolyard Scandal: A Recap of the 12-Year-Long Battle Over School Vouchers 

5:35 - 6:30 PM, Saperston Student Lounge
LALSA's First General Body Meeting

Friday, September 6

12:45 - 1:15 PM, Room 186
WOCC General Body Meeting 

Beyond this week

Monday, September 9

4:30 - 6:00 PM, Room G90
Women's Law Coalition General Body Meeting 

5:00 - 6:30 PM, Saperston Student Lounge
First Generation Student Reception 

5:00 - 6:30 PM, Room 184
Business Law Society Elections 

6:30 - 7:30 PM, Room 182
SALSA Meeting 

Tuesday, September 10 

4:20 - 6:30 PM, Room 184
APALSA First General Body Meeting 

6:30 - 8:30 PM, Room 186
National Lawyers Guild First General Body Meeting 

Wednesday, September 11

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.

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.

Thursday, September 12

11:45 - 1:25 PM, Room 285
Berger International Speaker Series:
Hon. Pantoporn Chalodhorn will discuss “Current Issues of Juvenile Justice in Thailand”
Please RSVP ( by September 9

4:30 - 5:30 PM, Room G85
Plaintiff-Side Litigation Talk with Eric Fastiff (Lieff Cabraser) 

5:30 - 7:30 PM, Room 184
A Discussion on the Constitutionality of Government Surveillance and the Future of Privacy, 

Friday, September 13

5:00 - 6:30 PM, The Commons
Myron Taylor Mixer 

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).

Individual Online Subscriptions: The Library provides law students with individual, online subscriptions to the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, (includes publications such as: The American Lawyer, The National Law Journal, The New York Law Journal, and Supreme Court Brief), and the Financial Times (U.K.-based global and financial daily newspaper).  Access requires use of your Cornell email address.  Additionally, topical email newsletters are available for each of these subscriptions.  For complete information, please visit our research guide ( As to the New York Times, sometime in late August or early September, all Cornell Law students will receive in their Cornell email inbox an invitation to register for online access to the New York Times.  (Please remember to also look in your Junk email folder.)  For access to, use this link ( to create a new account. After you create a username and password, go to “My Account” and click on “Newsletters Subscriptions” to subscribe to email newsletters of your choice.  Please contact Peter Hook in the Law Library,, if you have any questions. 

Textbook Information
Please review the Textbook Information ( (available in the Resources section on the Registrar's website).

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.

Upperclass Course Changes
Students must add/drop limited enrollment courses by 12 noon on Wednesday, September 4. Students may add/drop unlimited enrollment law courses until 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 5. Non-law courses must also be add/dropped by 3:00 p.m. on September 5. Please remember to email the Law School Registrar ( you add or drop a non-law course through the University online add/drop so we can adjust your law school schedule.

S/U Grading Option
Each JD student and LLM students who have elected the JD scale may elect to take up to two upperclass 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 upperclass writing requirement. In addition, instructors may designate specific courses that they teach as not eligible for the S/U grade election. Check individual course descriptions ( for more information. Students must submit the online form no later than 12 noon on September 19.

Grading Election for LLM Students
LLM candidates are graded on the scale of High Honors (HH), Honors (H), Satisfactory (S), and Unsatisfactory (U), except that an LLM student may, after consultation with the Assistant Dean for Graduate Legal Studies, elect to be graded on the JD scale and curve. This election applies to the entire academic year and must be made by submitting the online form by 12 noon on September 19.

The Assistant Dean for Graduate Legal Studies will counsel LLM students during this initial four-week period on the risks and benefits of opting into the JD grading scale. Election of the JD grading scale cannot be reversed. To elect the JD grading scale, please use the link in the Important Deadlines column on the Registrar's website (

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.

Information from the Bursar's Office
If University Student Center indicates your registration is on hold, you must first stop by the Bursar's Office, 260 Day Hall to clear your student account by September 20, and then proceed to the Office of the University Registrar, B7 Day Hall. A refund schedule for withdrawals and leaves of absence for the Fall 2019 semester is available here(

Internal (unofficial) transcripts are available at the Law School Registrar's office (written request required). The online unofficial transcript request form ( is available at the Registrar's site. Please 

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:

Monday, September 12, 9:30 a.m. in Room G81
Tuesday, October 8, 6:00 p.m. in Room 277
Wednesday, November 6, 7:00 p.m. in Room 389

In addition, there will be a meeting on Thursday, September 12 at 9:30 a.m. in Room G81 for anyone interested in a full-time or a part-time externship with the U. S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of New York, in Syracuse, New York.  Carina Schoenberger, Assistant US Attorney, will discuss the work of the office and describe the application process. 

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.


Office of Global Learning Online Check-in
If you are a new international student with F-1 or J-1 visa status, and your DS-2019 was issued by Cornell, be sure to complete your check-in: (
·         After you have entered the United States in F-1 or J-1 student status for this Cornell program,
·         No more than 30 days before you begin your program, 
·         And no later than 30 days after the start date on your I-20 or DS-2019.

If you do not complete the check-in procedure, you may lose your valid immigration status.

·         To check in, complete the online check-in form (

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 September 2 (Room 126F)

Monday:              CLOSED FOR LABOR DAY 
Tuesday:              11:00—12:00 p.m. 
Wednesday:        11:00—12:00 p.m. 
Thursday:                2:30—3:30 p.m. 
Friday:                 11:00—12:00 p.m. 
Or by appointment:  (607) 255-0146;

By now, you are starting to get the swing of the semester.  You spend a lot of time preparing for class.  You may find yourself thinking, “I’ll just grab some instant noodles for dinner tonight and worry about groceries next week” or “Maybe when things settle down, I’ll find time to go to the gym or museum.”  Here’s the problem—it doesn’t get any easier after this.  The schedule you are building now becomes the habit you are forming for the rest of the semester (or year or three years or life).  Your level of work will increase as your skills increase. But if you stick with a carefully planned schedule, you will have time to take care of yourself. There is never so much work that you can’t build in a few hours’ break for yourself.  The attorneys who are most satisfied with their jobs tend to schedule at least an hour of relaxation every day.  Some attorneys may choose not to, but it does not increase their productivity.  If you find that you are not feeling capable of scheduling relaxation time, not because you don’t want to, but because you feel like you can’t, then you are likely overwhelming yourself already.  Now is a good time to look at that and decide how you want to spend the rest of your life—overwhelmed or in control. I will hold a time management workshop in a couple of weeks, but if you would like advice on a study schedule now, please feel free to stop by during drop-in hours or by appointment.  I like to help.

Study Breaks:  You should take advantage of the many wonderful events at Cornell and in Ithaca.  Did you know that Cornell offers meditation sessions around campus four days a week?  Studies show that lawyers who meditate seem to feel better and do better in practice.  Participation is free.     There are also free lunchtime concerts monthly on campus—sometimes right next door at Anabel Taylor Hall. Check out Cornell Botanic Gardens. Try paddle boarding on Cayuga Lake while the weather is still warm. Take a hike, go to the lake, or check out the many cultural events, including First Friday Gallery nights on the Commons, or the free concerts offered all over town.  Make sure you enjoy Ithaca while working hard in school!  

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

Start the semester strong
A new school year means a new opportunity to establish healthy habits. Prioritize time management, sleep, and self-care to support your academic success and well-being throughout the year. See more tips for thriving at Cornell(  

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 listserve and the TV screens around Myron Taylor.

  • You, Your Career and Cornell Law: Meeting for 1L's to learn about the services offered by the law school’s Public Service, Judicial Clerkship and Career Services Offices
    Wednesday, September 25th, 4:30pm, Rm 184
  • 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.
  • 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.

2L Students:

  • If you have an OCI interview in Myron Taylor Hall, these interviews will take place the Career Services Suite (128) in MTH. On the day of the interview, check the Career Services Office door to find your interview room.
  • 2019 Recruiting Dates:
    -OCI #2: Friday, September 13, Myron Taylor Hall 
    -OCI #3: Monday, September 30, Myron Taylor Hall

Positions Available

Professor Blume is looking to hire a Research Assistant to work on several article and book projects related to capital punishment.  Interested students should send a resume to him via email at

Professor Chutkow has several openings for Research Assistants. Work will involve various projects that explore how data may inform the development of legal doctrine as well as the behavior of legal institutions and the actors operating within these institutions. Interested students should email a resume to Professor Chutkow at

The Law Library is hiring a law student for an evening position. The student will work independently at the circulation service desk - assisting patrons and performing a variety of library tasks. Please visit  for more information. Please send your cover letter and resume to Kathy Hartman ( if interested.

English Language Support Office (ELSO)  is looking for a tutor with a background in law. Please see the complete job posting here:

General Announcements

Pipeline survey

The New York City Bar Association Office of Diversity and Inclusion is conducting research to assess and address the challenges underrepresented students face in trying to enter the legal profession.  Law students and attorneys who graduated from New York State law schools are being asked to participate. The survey data will help determine the metrics and trends among pipeline programs that contribute to successful entry into the legal profession, informing strategic planning and development of programs that will most effectively serve students. Please consider completing the survey : 

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: October 1, 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: October 1, 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

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:
Applications open: August 30, 2019
Application deadline: December 30, 2019

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