Cornell Law Scoops

Scoops April 17 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 Lawyering Program

From Terry Thompson

From John DeRosa
Associate Dean for Career Services

From Melody Padgett
Certification Coordinator


From Markeisha Miner
Dean of Students

From Graduate Legal Studies

Ask the Deans

Berger Program

Convocation Information

Law Library

Calendar of Events

Week of April 17, 2017

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

MONDAY, April 17

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


4:30-6:00 p.m. Room 186. Joint Journal Writing Competition Personal Statement Information Session.


Contact: Peter Kahnert,

6:00-7:30 p.m. Room 184. Student Leadership Council (SLC) General Body Meeting.

Contact: Christina Lee,

Tuesday, April 18

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


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



5:00-9:00 p.m. Room 390. Cornell Student Group Photoshoot.


Cornell Law Review, International Law Journal, Journal of Law of Public and Policy, Legal Information Institute, Moot Court, CLSA. Contact: Peter Kahnert,

Wednesday, April 19

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


10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Room G80. Class of 2017 Regalia Distribution.



11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Room 276. NYS Bar Exam: Handwriting Session for LLM Students.



2:00-3:30 p.m. Room G90. NYS Bar Exam: Handwriting Session for JD Students.



2:30-4:30 p.m. Room G59. Let's Talk.



4:30 p.m. Room 182. Ropes & Gray: A Hiring Partner's Perspective on Fall Recruiting with Partner, Richard Batchelder.



Thursday, April 20


9:00-10:00 a.m. Room 277. NYS Bar Exam: Handwriting Session for JD Students.


11:15 a.m. Room 277. LL.M. Speaker Series.


Martin Gusy, partner at K&L Gates NYC office and Cornell Law School LL.M. will deliver a lecture titled "Do civil law practitioners have a place in common law international arbitration practices?" Contact: Maciej Bukowski,

12:00 noon. Gould Reading Room closed for a private event.

It will reopen at 8:00 am on Friday, April 21.

Friday, April 21

8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Room 186. Berger Current Events Colloquium: Comparing the Canadian and U.S. Temporary Foreign Worker Visa Programs.


9:00-11:00 a.m. Saperston Student Lounge. Breakfast with Public Service Dean Akyea.


Contact: Jenna Scoville,

10:00-11:00 a.m. Room 182. NYS Bar Exam: Handwriting Session for LLM Students.


3:00 p.m. 3Ls: Deadline to submit concentration declaration.

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Positions Available

Professor Chutkow would like to hire several law students to serve as Teaching Assistants for her undergraduate course, Constitutional Politics for fall 2017. The class meets MW, 2:55-4:10, however, specific TA duties will not include full class attendance. This course investigates the United States Supreme Court and its role in politics and government. It traces the development of constitutional doctrine, the growth of the Court's institutional power, and the Court's interaction with Congress, the president, and society. Discussed are major constitutional law decisions, their political contexts, and the social and behavioral factors that affect judges, justices, and federal court jurisprudence. TAs will conduct small section sessions, comment on papers, and meet with students. Please email your resume to Professor Dawn Chutkow at if you are interested.

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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


Exam Schedule

The spring 2017 exam schedule is available on the Registrar's website. Exams begin on Wednesday, May 3 and end on Monday, May 15.

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.

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.

Concentration Declaration

3L students - The concentration declaration link is now available on the Registrar’s website.  Please read the Concentration Option memo before making your declaration. Class of 2017 JD students declaring a concentration must complete and submit the declaration form no later than 3:00 p.m. on April 21.

Summer Mailing Address

The summer address mailing address link on the Registrar's website will be available during the week of April 17. If you need to make changes to any of the information you enter, you may revisit this site as many times as necessary to correct/update the information. Diploma mailing for graduates is handled by the Office of the University Registrar, not the law school. Please note it is your responsibility to maintain your home address in Student Center, which is where your diploma will be mailed.

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.

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.


Unofficial transcripts are available at the Law School Registrar's office (written request required). Please remember that we ask you to make this request 24 hours in advance of your need for the materials. Official transcripts are available at the University Registrar's Office in B7 Day Hall.

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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.


4:00-7:00 p.m. Saperston Student Lounge. End of Semester Massage Party.

The Offices of the Dean and Dean of Students, CLSA, and Themis will again present a therapeutic massage party for all students.  Sign up 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the student lounge to enjoy a free 10-minute chair massage from one of seven licensed massage therapists. Healthy snacks will be served.  Faculty and staff are welcome from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.

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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 17 (Room G57):

  • Monday: 11:00-12:00 noon
  • Tuesday: 11:30-12:00 noon
  • Wednesday: 2:00-4:00 p.m.
  • Thursday: No Office Hours
  • Friday: No Office Hours

Or by appointment until May 3: (607) 255-0146 or

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

Yo! Ho, ho, and a bottle of . . . water. It’s crunch time, and I’m sure many of you are very stressed. Because your body is the support system for your brain, you must be very sure to take care of your physical needs as you study. Get plenty of sleep. Don’t skip exercise. Eat nutritious meals. Meditate. Take short breaks from studying.  “Chunk” what seems like a large task into smaller, more manageable tasks.  And please make sure you are drinking enough water. According to several medical studies, even mild dehydration can lead to difficulties in concentration, irritability, a rapid heartbeat, and reduced blood volume. In other words, dehydration prevents optimal mental performance! While caffeinated beverages are probably your main fluids right now, please make sure you drink plenty of water to counteract the dehydrating effects of the caffeine. And please come see me if you need help with your studies.

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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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From John DeRosa
Associate Dean for Career Services




Wednesday, April 19


4:30 p.m. Room 182. Ropes & Gray: A Hiring Partner's Perspective on Fall Recruiting with Partner, Richard Batchelder.

RSVP to Lisa Carberry,

Tuesday, May 2

8:30-10:30 a.m. Saperston Student Lounge. Paul Weiss Finals Breakfast.

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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Berger Program


All sessions will take place in Room 186.

8:30-9:00 a.m. Registration and Refreshments.

9:00-9:05 a.m. Welcome.

Muna Ndulo, Professor of Law and Elizabeth and Arthur Reich Director of the Leo and Arvilla Berger International Legal Studies Program. Beth Lyon, Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the Farmworker Legal Assistance Clinic.

9:05-9:25 a.m. Opening Remarks.

Philip Martin, Professor Emeritus, University of California at Davis.

9:30-10:30 a.m. Panel 1: Techies, Teachers, Nurses, and More: Guestworker Programs for Professionals.

Moderator: Steve Yale-Loehr, Professor of Immigration Law Practice, Cornell Law School.

Daniel Costa, Director of Immigration Law and Policy Research, Economic Policy Institute
Ron Hira, Associate Professor, Howard University
Shannon Lederer, Immigration Policy Director, AFL-CIO
Delphine Nakache, Professor, School of International Development and Global Studies, University of Ottawa

10:45-11:45 a.m. Panel 2: Farmworkers, Amusement Park Workers, Maids and More: Low Wage Guestworker Programs.

Moderator: Cathleen Caron, Executive Director, Justice in Motion

Kevin Appleby, Senior Director of International Migration Policy, Center for Migration Studies
Dalia Gesualdi-Fecteau, Professor, Université du Québec a Montréal
Mike Hancock, Of Counsel, Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC (former Assistant Administrator for the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division)
Meredith Stewart, Staff Attorney, Southern Poverty Law Center
Ashwini Sukthankar, Director of Global Campaigns, Unite Here

11:45 a.m.-12:00 noon. Wrap up.

Colloquium Background

Early into the Trump administration, both the president and Congress are considering numerous ways to reform one aspect of the immigration system that receives less attention from the public and the media than it deserves: temporary foreign worker programs (TFWPs, also known as guestworker programs). In the United States, TFWPs like the H-1B and H-2A visas have been key elements in immigration reform debates on Capitol Hill, but the public discourse has mainly focused on the undocumented population. In Canada, the TFWP doubled under the Harper government and numerous scandals ensued. In 2017, TFWPs are poised to enter mainstream debates, but only a few stakeholders – including employers, unions, and a handful of academics and policy organizations – have engaged in the critical dialog that could shape the future of immigration and work in both countries.

Those involved in this debate around TFWPs are usually narrowly focused on one industry or a single visa classification, or operate within their own professional and organizational spheres. Ideas about TFWPs usually clash in policy debates in Washington or Ottawa, or in courtrooms, or get highlighted in reports from the news media and human rights NGOs. Academic research on TFWPs is rare, and there are few fora available where experts can discuss broader perspectives that go beyond one occupation or one visa – and explore deeper structural critiques such as worker displacement, violations of guestworkers’ labor and workplace rights, and the undercutting of local wage standards. The lack of coordination and information-sharing has resulted in piecemeal solutions and unintended negative consequences. The lack of a holistic solution in the United States and Canada means existing programs facially violate longstanding international human rights norms. All the while, employers financially benefit from countless avenues to game the system, and on the backs of hundreds of thousands of powerless, low-paid migrant workers.

In order to address this, Justice in Motion, UNITE HERE, Economic Policy Institute, and Cornell University have come together from four perspectives – an advocacy group, a union, a think tank, and an academic institution – to identify the major research gaps that cloud understanding of temporary foreign worker programs and perpetuate chaotic and fragmented discussions. We will discuss how we can move forward to fill the gaps.

Cornell Law School’s April 21 Berger Current Events Colloquium will convene a small group of academics and advocates to present a preliminary overview of temporary foreign worker programs in the United States and Canada, with a focus on key information gaps and initial proposals to address them. The purpose of this meeting will be to share insights and debate ideas for moving research agendas forward, with an emphasis on shaping channels of communication across entrenched ideologies and fields of study and practice. Participants will learn the history and current realities of these programs in the United States and Canada, and have the opportunity to interact with national and international experts in this vital but neglected part of both immigration systems.

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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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