Cornell Law Scoops

Scoops April 10 Issue

Calendar of Events

Convocation Information

Positions Available

From Maurice Haltom
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

From Eduardo M. Peñalver
The Allan R. Tessler Dean

From Chenay Weyble
Lecturer of Law and Director of Academic Support

From Terry Thompson

From Lawyering Program

From Melody Padgett
Certification Coordinator

From Clinical Programs

From Markeisha Miner
Dean of Students

From John DeRosa
Associate Dean for Career Services

Ask the Deans

From Graduate Legal Studies


From Law Library

Calendar of Events

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

Marcos Troyjo is the Co-Director of the BRICLab at Columbia University, a SIPA special forum on Brazil, Russia, India and China. Contact: Tamilla Nurizada,

12:15-1:15 p.m. Saperston Student Lounge.

Coffee, Conversation and Current Events: Presidential Powers Over Government.


3:30-5:30 p.m. Room 186. Film Screening and Panel Discussion on Dog Shootings by Police.


Cornell Law School's Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF) will be hosting a screening of award winning documentary Of Dogs and Men, which explores the rising epidemic of pet dog shootings by police. The film will be followed by a Q&A discussion with a panel of speakers. Contact: Shannon Nakamoto,

4:45 p.m. Room 184.

2017 Recruiting Season Launch.


Tuesday, April 11


11:00 a.m. Room 186. Briggs Event: The Geopolitics of Extraterritoriality.

Jan Dunin-Wasowicz, an associate from Hughes-Hubbard in DC, will discuss the geopolitics of extraterritoriality. Contact: Maciej Bukowski,

12:00-1:15 p.m. Room G81.

Workers' Rights in the Gig Economy.


12:15-1:15 p.m. Room 276. Residential Mortgages: Securitization, Secondary Markets, the Crash and Beyond.


Join us as Henry D. Edelman, JD '73 shares from his nineteen years of experience as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Federal Agricultural Mortgage Corporation. All are welcome to attend. Lunch will be provided for guests registered by Thursday, March 30. Contact: Emma Thompson,

2:30-3:30 p.m. Room G90. BARBRI Essential 2L Bar Info Session.

BARBRI Director of Legal Education, Melissa Byrne will share information about the Bar Exam and answer student questions. Contact: Daniel Ovadia,

4:00-5:00 p.m. Room 263.

Office hours for students with Dean Peñalver.


4:30-6:00 p.m. Room 290. Joint Journal Writing Competition - Nuts & Bolts Meeting.


Contact: Peter Kahnert,

6:00-8:00 p.m. Room 182. Criminal Justice Reform: A Film Screening and Round Table Discussion About the Criminal Justice Issues Affecting Native Americans.

Cornell Law School's Native American Law Students Association (NALSA) will be hosting a film screening of the documentary feature film, The Seventh Fire, which shines a light on the influence of gang culture on American Indian reservations and how our broken criminal justice system is failing Native Americans. Shot on the White Earth Indian Reservation and inside the Minnesota prison system, the film is a potent combination of humanism, social advocacy, and verite filmmaking. The film will be followed by a roundtable discussion with faculty. Contact: Shannon Nakamoto,

6:15-6:45 p.m. Room 387. National Security Law and Policy Society (NSLPS) Elections.

General body meeting and elections. Dominos will be served. Contact: Elizabeth Sullivan,

Wednesday, April 12
8:15-10:00 a.m. The Commons.

The Weekly Perk.


2:30-4:30 p.m. Room G59.

Let's Talk.



4:00-5:00 p.m. Room 285. Flag Burning, the First Amendment & More.


Come listen to Joey Johnson, the defendant in the famous Supreme Court flag burning case, talk about his experiences in litigation as well as his current activism. Contact: Trevor Martin,

4:00-5:00 p.m. The Commons. Dean Lukingbeal Award Ceremony.

Contact:McCahey Townsend,

4:20-6:00 p.m. Room 182. Lost in Translation: Keeping Our Promise to Our Wartime Allies.

No One Left Behind is a non-profit that advocates for and assists in resettling U.S. military interpreters through the Special Immigrant Visa Program. Learn more about how the Special Immigrant Visa program works and the people it affects. Contact: Katie Van Bramer,

4:30-6:00 p.m. Room 276. BLSA and Lambda Movie Screening.

Contact: Shelbi Vaughn,

5:00-6:30 p.m. Room 184.

Fall 2017 Externship Information Session.


6:30 p.m. Agava Restaurant.

1L Law Firm Program: Davis Polk.



Thursday, April 13


3:30-4:30 p.m. Room G90. The Intersection of Law & Medicine: Late-term Abortions.

Two doctors who perform late-term abortions will be sharing their experiences, with commentary from a law school professor. Food will be served. Contact: Kendall Karr,

4:30-5:45 p.m. Room 184. Career Services & BLS Recruiting Panel.

Contact: Lyndsey Bullock,

4:30-6:00 p.m. G10 Biotechnology Building.

The Legacy of the Immigrant Workplace: Lessons for the 21st Century Economy.


4:30-6:00 p.m. Room 290. Sports & Entertainment Law Society (SELS) Speaker Event.


A panel discussion with Brandie Lustbader, Senior Counsel at American Media and Cyrus Ghavi, Associate Counsel at the NFL.  Contact: Nicholas Velonis,

5:00-6:00 p.m. Room 285. Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law - General Meeting and Elections.

Contact: Scott Cohen,

5:30-6:30 p.m. Room G90. Unelected & Unaccountable: The Unchecked Power of the Administrative State.

Trevor Burrus will speak on the administrative state. Contact: Rebecca Duncan,

Friday, April 14
12:15-1:45 p.m. Room 277. Law and Medicine in 19th Century Egypt.

Speaker: Khaled Fahmy, Professor of History, American University of Cairo and Shawwaf Visiting Professor, Modern Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University. Sponsored by the Clarke Initiative for Law and Development in the Middle East and North Africa and Ottoman and Turkish Studies Initiative. All are welcome. Please RSVP here by April 12th to participate in the luncheon.

2:30-4:30 p.m. Room G95. Sovereign Debt:  The Crash Course.

Professor Lienau will introduce key terms, topics, and controversies in the world of sovereign debt. All are welcome. No reading assigned and no prior knowledge assumed. Pizza will be provided. Please RSVP no later than Wednesday, April 12th to Jamie Weber at

5:00-6:30 p.m. The Commons. Myron Taylor Mixer.

Discussion, drinks and hors d'oeuvres for students and faculty.

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Positions Available

Distinguished Practitioner in Residence and Urban Justice Center Executive Director Doug Lasdon is planning a fall 2017 course offering focused on poverty law. Professor Lasdon would like to hire a research assistant to work with him part time to shape the course. If interested, please send a resume with brief statement of interest and availability to

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From Eduardo M. Peñalver
The Allan R. Tessler Dean


Office Hours for Students

I will be holding office hours for students on Tuesday afternoons, 4:00-5:00 p.m. Students wishing to see me may sign up in advance with Connie McIntosh in room 263, by e-mail (, or by phone (607-255-3539).

Monday, April 17

12:15-1:15pm. Room 390, MacDonald Moot Court Room. Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series featuring Andrew M. Baker, JD `79.

Andrew Baker is the managing partner of Baker Botts.  Join us for his lecture on "Preparing Lawyers to Succeed:  Big Law's Response to Professional Development Challenges in a Dynamically Changing Marketplace." All are welcome to attend. Lunch will be provided for guests registered by Wednesday, April 12.Please register HERE.

Tuesday, April 18

12:15-1:15pm. Room 290. Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series featuring The Hon. Alison J. Nathan, AB `94, JD `00.

"A Conversation with The Honorable Alison J. Nathan" will be moderated by Dean Eduardo Peñalver. Judge Nathan is United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York. All are welcome to attend. Lunch will be provided for guests registered by Thursday, April 13. Please register HERE.

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From Terry Thompson


Law School Course Pre-registration for Fall 2017

To the Classes of 2018 & 2019 - Online Pre-registration for fall 2017 Law School courses will take place in early summer. You will be notified by email to your Cornell NetID email account when the pre-registration site is available. Instructions and details for online Law School Course Pre-registration, updated course information, registration forms, and degree requirements will be available online.

University Course Pre-registration for Fall 2017

Students interested in enrolling in courses in other divisions of the University for the fall 2017 semester may pre-enroll using the University Enrollment process. Law students will use the University system to select their non-law courses. The pre-registration period for law students to select non-law courses is scheduled for April 12-14, 2017. You must use the Student Center to pre-enroll in non-law classes. The University Registrar's Office strongly encourages you to review the enrollment information to optimize your enrollment period. Please note: Pre-enrollment does not guarantee enrollment in the course. Students enrolling in non-law courses for JD credit will also need to complete the required petition with the Law School Registrar's office, at the Registrar's website at the Forms and Requests tab; Law Credit for Non-law Courses. A student electing a course outside the Law School for credit or otherwise, must also register for at least 9 credit hours in the Law School each term. Regardless of the number of courses elected outside the Law School, a student must earn 72 semester credit hours in professional law subjects. This applies to all law students, including those in joint degree programs.

Course Forum

A Course Forum will be scheduled for interested students to learn about the curriculum for the 2017-18 academic year. Students will be notified by email of the date.

Book & Coat Lockers

Graduating students must remove all items from book and coat lockers by May 31. Graduating students staying in Ithaca over the summer to take a bar prep course must remove the contents of their lockers by July 21. The law school is not responsible for the contents of these lockers. Any student who has changed their locker assignment during the year should check with the Registrar's Office before May 31 to be sure the change has been recorded.

Spring Term Grades

Spring term grades are tentatively expected to be available on Student Center on Wednesday, June 7. Graduation letters will be mailed to Class of 2017 students on Wednesday, May 31.

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From Melody Padgett
Certification Coordinator


Bar Information for Class of 2017 Students

Class of 2017 Degree Date: May 28, 2017.

New York State Bar Exam

Applicants may apply to sit for the NY bar exam by filing an online application which is available on the Board's website.

Application Filing Period: April 1-30, 2017. Any application not filed within this time period will be denied and returned. THERE IS NO PROVISION FOR LATE FILING.

Handwriting Sample for the NY Bar Exam

If you plan to sit for the NY Bar exam, you will need to submit a verified handwriting sample which must be completed in the presence of a law school official. The Registrar's Office will hold handwriting sessions during the application filing period. Please make every effort to attend one of these sessions. The process will take about five minutes so come anytime during the time scheduled and leave as soon as your form is completed and turned in. If you are studying abroad or away on a full-term externship, please contact Melody Padgett for more information on how to submit the handwriting sample.

Handwriting Sessions for JD Students

Wednesday, April 19 between 2:00-3:30 p.m. room G90
Thursday, April 20 between 9:00-10:00 a.m. room 277

Handwriting Sessions for LLM Students

Wednesday, April 19 between 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. room 276
Friday, April 21 between 10:00-11:00 a.m. room 182

Other Jurisdictions

Certification of Law School attendance/graduation is required by state bar authorities. Many states require the certification on a specific form; others accept the certification on Law School letterhead.  It is your responsibility to obtain any necessary documents, and submit them to the Law School Registrar's Office with instructions for: (a) when they must be submitted, and (b) where they must be sent. Do not wait until the last minute to do this. Keep in mind that certificates of Law School graduation executed before May 28, 2017 must be prospective.


Check to see if any of your bar application materials require a notary.  If so, you may contact one of the notaries here at the Law School.  Please note you may need to plan ahead for notary service. Available notaries: Melody Padgett, Room 160, Registrar’s Office, Jannica Moskal,  room 165, Dean of Students Office and Connie Pendergast, Room 115, Admissions Office.


If you are applying for a bar exam, you should find out if the application requires fingerprinting. The New York State bar exam does not require fingerprinting. Fingerprinting is available on campus at the Public Safety Office, G-2 Barton Hall, 24 hours a day. You will need to take the fingerprint card with you, and two forms of picture ID.

Bar Exam Information Memos

For more information, see the 2017 JD Bar Exam Info Memo or the 2017 LLM Bar Exam Info Memo.  Hard copies will be available at the handwriting sessions.

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From Markeisha Miner
Dean of Students

Markeisha Miner

The Weekly Perk

Coffee and conversation every Wednesday from 8:15 to 10:00 a.m. in The Commons. Stop by for a cup! Breakfast food also provided.

Law School Prize - Call for Nominations

I am delighted to announce that the Law School will be awarding a prize in memory of John J. Kelly (Law School Class of 1947) to a graduating Cornell Law student who, in the judgment of the Dean of the Law School, best exemplifies qualities of scholarship, fair play, and good humor.  The prize is a cash gift.  Please submit written nominations to Dean Miner ( by Friday, April 21 at noon.  It will be very helpful to the selection committee if you indicate the reasons why you think the nominee would be an excellent candidate for this award.

Coffee, Conversation and Current Events


Weekly Spring Walks


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Ask the Deans

An anonymous Google form has been created for students to submit their questions to the new "Ask the Dean's" section of SCOOPS. Use the following link to access the form and submit your questions: If the link is not working, you can also email your questions to We hope that students will continue to submit questions!

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Convocation Information

To: The Graduating Class of 2017

Distribution of the regalia/photo and frame is one day only - Wednesday, April 19 from 10:00am-2:00pm in room G80.

If you cannot be there to pick up your regalia, you must arrange for a friend to do so, there are no other alternatives.

Try on the regalia before you leave the pick-up area. It is much easier to make exchanges at the time of pick-up as opposed to later.

If you missed ordering by the cut-off date, the company brings extra regalia in various sizes to the Law School on the distribution date. You need to bring $72.55 plus $10 late fee, i.e. $82.55. Arrive early for the best selection.

If you are NOT participating in University Commencement (see below), the rented regalia needs to be turned in to the Herff Jones representative no later than 5:00 p.m. on Convocation Sunday, May 14. Turn-in location will be the same as pick-up location.

Should you also wish to participate in University Commencement on Sunday, May 28 (and we encourage all students who will be in the area to do so), you may keep your rented regalia for the additional two weeks at no additional cost. The regalia should then be turned in that day to sites listed in the Commencement program.

Contact Linda Majeroni ( if you have any questions regarding Convocation.

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From Maurice Haltom, LCSW
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

Maurice Haltom

Let's Talk is a program that provides easy access to informal confidential consultations with counselors from Gannett 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: Myron Taylor Hall, Room G59

No appointment necessary. Just drop in.

For additional hours and locations:

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From Chenay Weyble
Lecturer of Law and Director of Academic Support

Office Hours for Week of April 10 (Room G57):

  • Monday: 11:00-12:00 noon
  • Tuesday: 11:30-12:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 11:00-12:00 noon
  • Thursday: 1:30-2:30 p.m.
  • Friday: No Office Hours

Or by appointment: (607) 255-0146 or

*Don't forget to check the Academic Support Blackboard page for the APA's office hours.

Welcome back.  I don’t know what the weather was like where you were over the break, but we had some warmer temperatures here in Ithaca.  Wherever you went, I hope that it energized you and that you returned ready to tackle the remaining weeks of school.  Time management is essential at this point in the semester.  You need to prepare for classes each day, while including time for oral arguments, moot court, outlining, and exam practice.  While it might be tempting to pull all-nighters in order to accomplish all of these tasks, you will ultimately decrease your retention and performance by skipping those ZZZs.  I am happy to help you plan a detailed study schedule.

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Lawyering Program

To: All First- and Second-Year Students

Applications to serve as a Lawyering Program Honors Fellow for the 2017-18 academic year are due by Friday, April 21, at 9:00 a.m., to Gina Jackson in the Lawyering suite.  Information about the position and the application process has been e-mailed to you and placed in your flex.  If you have any questions, please contact your Lawyering professor.

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Clinical Programs

Workers' Rights in the Gig Economy


1L and 2L students: Interested in a full-time or part-time externship?

Thinking about being a Pro Bono Scholar?  Come to an informational meeting on Wednesday, April 12 at 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. in Room 184.  We will discuss the benefits and possible drawbacks of an externship and the nuts and bolts of the identification and application process.  We will also discuss the Pro Bono Scholar program.  All students interested in an externship for the Fall of 2017 or the Spring of 2018 or the Pro Bono Scholar program for the Spring of 2018 must attend (unless you attended the meeting in February).  For further information, contact Professor Mooney at

Thursday, April 13

4:30-6:00 p.m. G10 Biotechnology Building. The Legacy of the Immigrant Workplace: Lessons for the 21st Century Economy.

Speaker: Leticia Saucedo, U.C. Davis. Standard approaches to employment law regulation in low-wage workplaces have overlooked how the structural impediments to full citizenship shape these workers' experience. Citizens in the workplace are able to exercise fully the workplace rights provided by statute, regulation and common law. But these regulations begin with the assumption that all employees are free to enter and exit the labor market as they see fit.  This narrative takes the level of freedom and the citizenship rights of the employee entering the workplace as a given - unchanging and equally applicable to all employees.  This presentation will explore how this narrative has failed in the case of immigrant workers and discuss the lessons we can derive from the immigrant worker experience for the emerging gig economy of the 21st century. All are welcome.  Co-sponsored by the Labor Law Clinic and Farmworker Clinic.

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From John DeRosa
Associate Dean for Career Services



Career Services Recruiting Season Programs

2017 Recruiting Season Launch: April 10, 4:45pm, Room 184.

Spring Law Firm Programs

During the course of this Spring semester a number of law firms will host evening events to introduce you to their people, practice areas, and summer programs. Most events consist of a presentation and reception; you are welcome to attend one or both. You will receive more information about each via email.

Law Firm Date Time Location RSVP
Davis Polk April 12 6:30pm Agava Restaurant. A shuttle will be provided to pick up/drop off students from the Anabel Taylor Bus Stop. There will be two pick up times and two return times: pick up at 6:10pm and 6:40pm; return at 8:15pm and 8:40pm. RSVP to
Paul Weiss Finals Breakfast May 2 8:30-10:00am Saperston Student Lounge. Enjoy breakfast courtesy of Paul Weiss LLP.  

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Graduate Legal Studies

Saturday, May 13

4:30-6:30 p.m. Johnson Museum of Art. Cocktail Reception Celebrating LLM and JSD Commencement.

The Graduate Legal Studies Office invites LL.M. and J.S.D. graduates to the Johnson Museum of Art to celebrate their upcoming graduation.  Part of the museum will be open for viewing during the reception.  Please RSVP online by Monday, May 1.

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Law Library

Law Library Reading Room April 20th Closure

The Gould Reading Room will be closed for a private event on Thursday, April 20th, starting at 12:00 pm. It will reopen at 8:00 am on Friday, April 21st with some moderate level of noise while breaking down chairs.  Please note that the rest of the Law Library will remain open during this closure.  We apologize for any inconveniences.

Join Habitat for Humanity for Women Build 2017

All are welcome Friday, May 12th and Saturday, May 13th to the 7th Annual Women Build Weekend in Ithaca on the corner of Morris Avenue and Third Street.

Cornell Law will be organizing a team and has a team fundraising page. To join us please join the Cornell Law Team on the event registration page. You can also donate directly to the Cornell Law Team page.

Please contact Margaret Ambrose ( if you are interested in attending the event as part of Team Cornell Law. This event is co-sponsored by Professor Johnson and Professor Whelan.

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