Cornell Law Scoops

Scoops April 16 Issue

Calendar of Events

From Maurice Haltom
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

Positions Available

From Chenay Weyble
Lecturer of Law and Director of Academic Support

From Eduardo M. Peñalver
The Allan R. Tessler Dean

From John DeRosa
Associate Dean for Career Services

From Terry Thompson

From Graduate Legal Studies

From Melody Padgett
Bar Certification Coordinator

From Kristine Hoffmeister
Director of Alumni Affairs

From Markeisha Miner
Dean of Students

The Berger International Speaker Series

Campus/Community Resources


Convocation Information

Calendar of Events

Week of April 16, 2018

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

MONDAY, April 16

4:30-5:30 p.m. Room 186. BLSA/LALSA/NALSA Writing Competition & Finals Review.

Contact: Lizbeth Cordova,

5:00-6:00 p.m. Room 277. Advice on How to Successfully Transition From Law School to the Practice of Law.

Speaker: Robert M. Fields, JD '78, Law Offices of Robert M. Fields, PLLC. Please respond to Jamie Weber at no later than 3:00 pm on April 16.

TUESDAY, April 17

4:00-5:00 p.m. Room 263. Office hours for students with Dean Peñalver.


4:30-5:30 p.m. Room 186. PILU Cover Letter Workshop.

Contact: Abby Yeo,

Wednesday, April 18

8:15-10:00 a.m. The Commons. The Weekly Perk.


10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Room G80. Regalia Distribution.


2:30-4:30 p.m. Room 126B Hughes Hall. Let's Talk.


Thursday, April 19

8:00-10:00 a.m. Saperston Student Lounge. 1L Law Firm Program: Hodgson Russ Drop-In Breakfast.


12:15-1:15 p.m. Room 277. Bringing Up Bastards in Medieval France.


Friday, April 20

12:15-1:15 p.m. Room 186. Refugee Protection at a Crossroads: The Central American Crisis and the U.S. Response.


3:00 p.m. Deadline for 3L students to submit Concentration Certificate form.

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Positions Available

Professor Whitehead is seeking a research assistant to work this summer.  S/he will do research on corporate and financial regulatory matters.  Interested students should send their resume and transcript (unofficial is ok) to Gina Jackson ( by April 30.

Meridian 180 is seeking 5 students interested in short term volunteer internships to assist with membership research. Interns will assist with review of Meridian member information, updates, and flagging for key initiatives. We are seeking three interns who are native speakers of Japanese, Chinese (Mandarin), and Korean, as well as two interns to review English-speaker member data.  The research period is April-early June but could be shorter based on individual speed.  The research can be done remotely.  For more information, contact Julie Petrie (  Help us find out more about our amazing members - and see potential for future opportunities! Meridian 180 is a multilingual forum for transformative leadership, founded by Cornell Law Professor Annelise Riles. Its global membership of 800+ thought leaders in academia, government, and business work to generate ideas and guidance on important problems of our time. Collaborative work takes place in English, Japanese, Korean, and Chinese on a digital platform and through live meetings and multidisciplinary working groups. Born out  of the 2011 nuclear disaster in Japan, Meridian 180 continues to expand its role in anticipating and confronting matters of global concern.

The Farmworker Legal Assistance Clinic seeks law student summer interns to support ongoing case work for the summer of 2018. The Clinic's docket is comprised of immigration and employment cases on behalf of farmworkers in upstate New York and beyond, and students will have the opportunity to engage in client interviewing, legal research, case theory development, and other work related to our ongoing cases. Students will also be able to participate in any outreach to farmworker communities and other events with community partners as such opportunities arise, as well as any court hearings that may be scheduled over the summer. Interested students should submit a cover letter, resume, and a writing sample to Clinical Teaching Fellow Briana Beltran at

The Graduate Legal Studies Office seeks several JD students to serve as Teaching Assistants for the introductory LLM course being offered in the two weeks before school starts (commencing August 6th). Depending on your Fall schedules and financial needs, you could complete for credit or pay. The course - Introduction to the American Legal System - will run from August 6th to August 20th, and your presence will be required some hours each day (both in and outside of class) during that time frame. It will be a fun and rewarding way to get to know the incoming LLMs. TAs will conduct small section sessions, comment on papers, and meet with students. If interested, please send an email, explaining your interest, with a copy of your resume attached to

The Cornell Center on the Death Penalty Worldwide seeks research and advocacy Interns for full-time positions in summer 2018.

The ideal candidates will have a demonstrated commitment to human rights, death penalty, or criminal justice issues. The internship is full-time and typically requires a 10-week commitment. While the internship is unpaid, the Center will work with interns to secure funding.

Responsibilities: Interns will conduct legal research on foreign jurisdictions' laws, jurisprudence, and practices; analyze international human rights law; and write and edit information to be uploaded to the Death Penalty Worldwide database. Interns will also support the Makwanyane Institute for Capital Defenders, an intense training workshop for attorneys from Africa that will take place in Cornell during summer 2018.

Qualifications: This is a legal internship, open to 2Ls, 3Ls, and LL.M students only. We seek applicants who demonstrate excellent research/writing skills and attention to detail, including the ability to follow research and citation guidelines.

To Apply: Applicants should send a cover letter explaining their interest in the internship along with a CV or resume to with the subject line "DPW Summer 2018 Legal Internship." Please note that applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

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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 Becca Johnson in room 263, by e-mail (, or by phone (607-255-3527).


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From Terry Thompson


Exam Schedule

The spring 2018 exam schedule is available on the Registrar's website. Exams begin on Wednesday, May 2 and end on Tuesday, May 15.

Concentration Declaration

3Ls: The concentration declaration link is now available on the Registrar's website.  Please read the Concentration Option memo before making your declaration.  Students declaring a concentration must complete and submit the declaration form no later than 3:00pm on April 20.

Book & Coat Lockers

3Ls and LLMs: Do you plan to stay in Ithaca this summer for bar study? If so, please email by April 27 and let us know.

Students who are not staying for bar study must clean out their lockers by the Friday after university commencement (June 1).

Students who are staying for bar study must clean out their lockers by the Friday after the bar exam (July 27).

Reminders will be sent closer to the deadlines.

Continuing Students: Locker assignments stay the same year to year. You do not need to clean out your locker if you are a current 1L or 2L student.

Questions about lockers? Contact the Law Registrar ( 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 June 1 to be sure the change has been recorded.

Visas for International Guests

The International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) has provided detailed instructions on how your family can obtain a tourist visa to attend the Law School Convocation and University Commencement. Please note that the U.S. consulate does not require an official letter from any office at Cornell, and Cornell does not provide such letters for your family's visa application.

Law School Course Pre-registration for Fall 2018

Current 1Ls and 2Ls: Online pre-registration for fall 2018 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 offerings, registration forms, and degree requirements will be available online.

Spring Term Grades

Spring term grades are tentatively expected to be available on Student Center on Friday, June 1.

Summer Email Address

1Ls and 2Ls: We will be using your Cornell NetID email address to communicate with you during the summer. 3Ls and LLMs: We will continue to use your NetID email address if we need to contact you over the summer. For information on the forwarding service after graduation, please visit the Cornell Alumni Office site:

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From Melody Padgett
Bar Certification Coordinator


Bar Information for Class of 2018 Students

Class of 2018 Degree Date: May 27, 2018.


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, 2018. Any application not filed within this time period will be denied and returned. There is no provision for late filing.


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 to ten 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, away on a full-term externship, or missed the sessions last week, please contact Melody Padgett for more information on how to submit the handwriting sample.


The MPRE (multi-state professional responsibility exam) is a 2 hour multiple-choice exam covering standards of lawyer's professional conduct. The MPRE is required by most jurisdictions (New York is one that requires it). The next exam is August 11th and the registration is June 21st -27th. It is recommended you have taken a professional responsibility course beforehand, Law Governing Lawyers, for example. Register at the NCBE (National Conference of Bar Examiners) website,

NYLC and NYLE (New York Law Course and New York Law Exam)

Are you taking the New York Bar Exam in July? In conjunction with the Uniform Bar Examination (UBE) in New York, you must take an online course, known as the New York Law Course (NYLC), and a timed, online, open book exam on New York specific law, known as the New York Law Exam (NYLE). The next exam is June 14th with a registration deadline of May 15th. For more information, please see the NY Bar website,


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 27, 2018 must be prospective. You may drop your forms off before graduation and we will make sure to wait until after graduation to process and submit them with the correct conferral date.

Please check the Bar Admissions Requirements Guide at or view the hard copy at the Registrar's service desk for complete information on jurisdiction requirements.


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 126, 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.


For more information, see the 2018 JD Bar Exam Info Memo or the 2018 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 20 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.

Monday, April 30

5:00-8:00 p.m. Room G10 Biotechnology. 2018 Graduate Diversity & Inclusion Spring Recognition Banquet.

RSVP by April 23 (regrets not necessary):

Make a Difference: Provide Feedback and Make Recommendations on Campus Mental Health Initiatives

The newly-formed the Graduate and Professional Student Mental Health Advisory Council will provide feedback and make recommendations on mental health initiatives focused on graduate and professional students to the leadership of the Graduate School, Professional Schools, and Cornell Health. Please complete the application at: The deadline to apply is Monday, April 30.


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Campus/Community Resources

Register Today: Campus Emergency Notification System

CornellALERT is the university's emergency notification system and is used for situations involving an immediate threat to the health and safety of the community. Sign up to receive voice or text messages on your cell phone. If you have previously signed up then please review and update your information. Additionally, please monitor for updates on Cornell's operating status in inclement weather and any other emergency situations.

Building Access

Once the building is locked for the evening, it is accessible only to members of the law school community. This is designed to provide a study environment conducive to the demands of the rigorous legal education you are pursuing. Key card access is available from the College Ave. entrances, the Myron Taylor Hall breezeway, and the Hughes Hall doors near the P and HH parking lots, as well as the doors on the path near the gorge-side of the Hughes building. Please do not hold or prop open doors after hours. Anything holding doors open will be removed.

Here are a few helpful contacts that you may want to save to your cell:

For all emergencies: Call campus police 24/7, 607-255-1111 or 911.
For building maintenance emergencies and after-hours mechanic: Call 607-255-5322.
For general maintenance requests: Go to "Request Maintenance" link at
For building concerns at any time: Call Law School Facilities Manager, Mike Pado 607-255-3556.

Blue Light Escorts

If you are in the building late, please consider calling for a campus auxiliary officer to walk you to your vehicle or home if you live on or near campus. More information can be found on the Cornell University Police website, or call 607.255. 7373. There are also special Blue Light Bus Routes with late service. TCAT's Blue Light bus routes 92 and 93 serve central campus and Collegetown each evening, including weekends, from 6:30 p.m.-2:30 a.m., during the academic year. Use your Cornell ID when boarding and pay no fare.

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 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 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: Alleged violations should be reported to the Judicial Administrator at 255-4680 or

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Convocation Information

2018 Convocation Details

What: Convocation is the Law School's main ceremony
When: Saturday, May 12 at 2:00pm
Where: Newman Arena in Bartels Hall (no guest limit, no tickets required)
For more information:

Accommodation: If you or your guests need accommodation to participate, please contact Linda Majeroni at If you requested an accommodation on the RSVP form, you will be contacted in April via email with instructions.

For those whose families' religious observances would preclude them from attending Convocation on Saturday, May 12, Newman Arena @ Bartels Hall will be set up and available for informal photos from 4:30-5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 11. Please contact with any questions or concerns.

Regalia Distribution

Wednesday, April 18. 10:00am-2:00pm. Room G80 MTH.

No alternate date. If you cannot be there, you must make arrangements with a friend to pick up your items.

If you have any questions regarding Convocation, please contact Linda Majeroni at

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


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: Room 126B Hughes Hall (in Dean of Students' suite)

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 Week of April 16 (Room 126F Hughes Hall):

  • Monday: 11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon
  • Tuesday: 11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon
  • Wednesday:11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon
  • Thursday: 2:30-3:30 p.m.
  • Friday: By appointment

Or by appointment: (607) 255-0146 or

Academic Peer Advisors Office Hours:

  • Matthew: Tuesdays, 1:00-3:00 p.m., Room G28R
  • Aaron: Tuesdays, 1:30-3:30 p.m., Room G80
  • Angelica: Thursdays, 11:10 a.m.-1:10 p.m., Room L39
  • Kara: Thursdays, 11:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m., Room G29
  • Rebecca: Thursdays, 4:00-6:00 p.m., Room L39

Practice makes prepared. It’s the next to last week of classes, and you can feel the tension in the hallways.  Take a deep breath, eat and sleep properly, and focus your nervous energy on preparation.  As with any big presentation, you usually don’t stop with one practice session.    Did you attempt parallel parking for the first time during your driving test?  Probably not.  If you had to have major surgery, would you choose the surgeon who had only read about the surgery or the one who had actually performed the surgery many times?  The more experienced surgeon is likely to perform better, have more confidence, and be better prepared for the unexpected.

The same is true with law school exams—you can’t just memorize the law and expect an optimal outcome.  You need to actually practice (and often) taking exams and giving complete answers.  Test yourself first with easier quizzes like Q&As, E&Es, or CALI lessons before moving on to old exams taken under timed testing conditions.  The more “practiced” you are at taking an exam, the easier it will be to recognize the issues, apply the law to the facts, and give reasons for your analysis.  It is essential to know your professor’s testing style before you enter the examination room, so take as many of your professor’s old exams as you can.  When writing your exam answer, keep the following things in mind: (1) outline your answer first; (2) focus on your professor’s preferences/instructions; (3) don’t skip logical analytical steps in your analysis; and (4) make sure your answer gives reasons to support your conclusions.  If you find that you need help with your final study plan or you want to talk about exams, I am available until May 4 with extended office hours.  I am happy to help.

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From John DeRosa
Associate Dean for Career Services



Spring Law Firm Programs

During the course of this spring semester, a number of law firms will host 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.

Thursday, April 19

8:00-10:00 a.m. Saperston Student Lounge. Hodgson Russ Drop-In Breakfast.

RSVP to Shannon Scott,

Wednesday, April 25

8:30-10:30 a.m. Saperston Student Lounge. Fried Frank Drop-In Breakfast (rescheduled).


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Graduate Legal Studies

Friday, May 11

4:30-6:30 p.m. Park Atrium, Statler Hall. Cocktail Reception Celebrating LLM and JSD Commencement.

The Graduate Legal Studies Office invites LL.M. and J.S.D. graduates to the Park Atrium at Statler Hall to celebrate commencement.

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From Kristine Hoffmeister
Director of Alumni Affairs


Thursday, April 19

4:00-5:30 p.m. McNamee Lochner P.C. (Albany, NY). CLE Program: Business Ethics and the Law.

Attendees are eligible to receive 1.5 hours of New York State ethics CLE credit. Proceed to 5th Floor Board Room upon arrival at McNamee Lochner P.C. Please valet park at Angelo's 677 Prime. Parking validated for CLE attendees courtesy of McNamee Lochner P.C.

5:30-7:30 p.m. Angelo's 677 Prime (Albany, NY). Networking Reception.

Please valet park at Angelo's 677 Prime. Parking validated for reception attendees courtesy of Cornell Law School.  Special thanks to Glen P. Doherty, BS '86, JD '89 and McNamee Lochner P.C. for hosting the CLE presentation.

Thursday, April 19

6:30-8:30 p.m. Cornell Club of New York (New York, NY). 4th Annual Cornell Black Lawyers Soirée.

Featured speaker: Leonard Kennedy, AB '74, JD '77, Senior Advisor to CEO Neustar and Entrepreneur.

Thursday, April 26

6:00-8:30 p.m. Highlawn Pavilion (West Orange, NJ). Cornell Law School Alumni Association Annual New Jersey Reception.

Featured Speaker: Joseph Krakora, JD ’83, New Jersey Public Defender. Also joining us will be Eduardo Peñalver, AB `94, Allan R. Tessler Dean, Cornell Law School. Topic: New Jersey’s Public Defender - Leading the Way in Criminal Justice Reform. Reception to include hors d’oeuvres, dessert, open bar. Remarks at 7:00pm.


Special thanks to our planning committee: David Cronheim, AB ’07, JD ’10, Jeffrey Feld, JD ’83, Katherine Ward Feld, MBA ’82, JD ’83, Harris Freier, JD ’06, Natalya Johnson, AB ’07, JD ’10 and  Ilana Pearl, AB ’98, JD ’05, LLM ’05.

Current law students may attend these events free of charge (unless otherwise noted) however, your committed reservation is required.  For more information, contact the Cornell Law School Alumni Affairs Office at (607) 255-5251 or email

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Berger Program

All are welcome to attend.


All are encouraged and welcome to attend.



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