Cornell Law Scoops

Scoops April 23 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

Writing Competitions & Fellowships

Campus/Community Resources


Convocation Information

Calendar of Events

Week of April 23, 2018

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

MONDAY, April 23

9:30-10:30 a.m. Saperston Student Lounge.

Military Appreciation Reception.


TUESDAY, April 24


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

Office hours for students with Dean Peñalver.


4:25-5:40 p.m. Room B08 Sage Hall. Playing by the Rules: Ethics at Work.


Exclusive screening of the PBS short film, "Ask Why". Panel discussion and Q&A to follow with: Dana Radcliffe, Day Family Senior Lecturer of Business Ethics and Debbie Stack, WCNY Senior Director of Education. Facilitated by Brad Wendel, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law, Cornell Law School. Free and open to all Cornell University students.

Wednesday, April 25

8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Foyer. Lost and Found Tabling.

Please take a look and claim your lost items.  Items that are not claimed by 4:00pm will be donated.

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

The Weekly Perk.


8:30-10:30 a.m. Saperston Student Lounge.

Fried Frank Drop-In Breakfast.



2:30-4:30 p.m. Room 126B Hughes Hall.

Let's Talk.



3:00-6:00 p.m. Saperston Student Lounge. 

End of Semester Massage Party.



Thursday, April 26


11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Saperston Student Lounge.

White & Case Coffee for 1Ls.


Friday, April 27


4:00 p.m. Saperston Student Lounge. CLSA End of Year BBQ.

Contact: Kristina Hurley,

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Positions Available

Professor Hay would like one or more law students as teaching assistants for his Fall semester undergrad course, Economics and Law. The class meets MW 2:55-4:10pm. Compensation is two hours of Supervised Teaching credit. Some economics background is preferred. Send applications or questions to Professor Hay:

Professor Chutkow would like to hire several law students to serve as Teaching Assistants for her undergraduate course, Constitutional Politics for fall 2018. 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.

Professor Cornell would like to hire a part-time student to assist with labor law research over the summer.  The time commitment is flexible, but would not likely exceed 10 hours per week.  There may also be some research related to the Labor Law Clinic and other research in the area of domestic and international labor law.  Interested students should email Professor Cornell at

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.

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.

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.


Unofficial transcripts are available from 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.

Release of Information

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

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:

Diploma Mailing Address

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.

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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.

Military Appreciation Reception


Massage Party


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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.

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 23 (Room 126F Hughes Hall):

  • Monday: 11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon, 2:30-3:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon, 3:00-4:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday:11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon, 3:00-4:00 p.m.
  • Thursday: 2:30-3:30 p.m.
  • Friday: 9:00-11:30 a.m.

Office Hours Week of April 30 (Room 126F Hughes Hall):

  • Monday: 10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon, 2:00-4:00 p.m

Or by appointment until May 1: (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

Inhale.  Hold.  Exhale. This is the last week of classes, and I’m sure you feel incredibly stressed.  While this feeling is normal, you need to keep in mind that you know more of the law than you realize.  Just breathe, deeply and slowly, to help calm your nerves.  Channel that nervous energy into studying.  Your study and review efforts will help you go beyond merely memorizing the law to actually understanding the law and allow for a much deeper analysis on exams.

How should you spend the final week of classes and your time during the reading period?  Here are some suggestions: (1) Continue to prepare for class.  You need to learn the information for the exam anyway, and who better to explain it to you than the professor who will be creating the exam? (2) Create a detailed study schedule.  You know that you will spend the days immediately prior to a particular exam reviewing that subject.  But during this last week of classes and during the reading period, you should also have a set schedule.  Your goal is to have adequate time to study for each subject.  Each evening this week, pick one subject and spend several hours doing intense review and practice exams.  Come review your practice exams with the APAs or me.  During the reading period, reserve the final two days before your first exam for that exam and split the remaining time equally between your other courses.  (3)  Go beyond memorization.  You need to practice application with a detailed analysis.  (4)  Take care of yourself—a tired, dehydrated, and nutrient-deprived brain will not function properly.

If you find that you need help with your final study plan or you want to talk about exams, I am available until May 1 with extended office hours.  I am happy to help.  Don’t forget to breathe, eat well, and sleep.  Best of luck!

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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.

Wednesday, April 25

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


Thursday, April 26

11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Saperston Student Lounge. White & Case Coffee for 1Ls.

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Graduate Legal Studies

Friday, May 11

4:30-6:30 p.m. Park Atrium, Statler Hall (Robert A. and Jan M. Beck Center). LLM and JSD Convocation Reception.

LL.M. and J.S.D. students are invited to celebrate their upcoming graduation.

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From Kristine Hoffmeister
Director of Alumni Affairs


Thursday, April 26

6:00-8:30 p.m. Highlawn Pavilion (West Orange, NJ). CLS 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.

Thursday, May 3

12:00-1:30 p.m. Jenner & Block (Chicago, IL). CLS Alumni Association Chicago Spring Luncheon.

Featured Speaker: Jens Ohlin, Vice Dean and Professor of Law, Cornell Law School. Topic: Foreign Interference in US elections: Russia, Trump, and Mueller. Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election violated numerous federal statutes, as evidenced by recent indictments issued by special counsel Robert Mueller. However, did these activities also violate international law? Many nations, including the United States, have a tradition of interfering in foreign politics through propaganda, but the Russian interference was far more sophisticated. In his presentation, Vice Dean and Professor Jens Ohlin will ask whether the Russia interference represents a new form of cyber-interference, or whether it is just another chapter in a very old story. Following the program there will be a brief update on all the new and exciting changes around the law school. Special thanks to Gayle Littleton, JD '99 and Jenner & Block for sponsoring this event.

Thursday, May 3

7:00-9:00 p.m. The Union Club of the City of Boston. CLS Alumni Gathering with Dean Peñalver.

Join our host David Moran, JD '73, and members of our Boston Graduates of the Last Decade (classes 2008-2017) for a casual reception and lively conversation. Reconnect with old friends and plan to make new ones. All Law School alumni are invited.  A very special thanks to David Moran, JD '73 for sponsoring the evening and to the Graduates of the Last Decade ("GOLD") Alumni for their hard work marketing this event: Alexandra Bargoot, JD '16, Adam McCall, JD '17, Joshua Robinson, JD '15, Jonathan Sclarsic, JD '08, Allison Sjolund, JD '09.

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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Writing Competitions & Fellowships

Apply for AEF's 2018 Summer Fellowships

Every year, the Asian Pacific American Bar Association Educational Fund (AEF) awards summer fellowships and grants to law students from around the nation ($6,000 for the Robert E. Wone Fellowship and $4,000 for AEF Fellowships). The primary purpose of the fellowships is to fund a student's internship with a public interest organization that benefits either the metropolitan Washington, D.C. community-at-large and/or the Asian Pacific American community. Such organizations include governmental organizations and other non-profits serving the public interest.

For all recipients of a fellowship, AEF requires that the internship be unpaid (except for nominal payment for such items as transportation), arranged by the student, and extend at least ten weeks or a total of 400 hours. The deadline to apply is Monday, April 30, 2018, 11:59 p.m. EST.

For more information and to download the application, please visit

2018 Matsui Writing Competition

The Robert T. Matsui Annual Writing Competition was established by AEF in 2005 to honor the late Congressman Robert T. Matsui and his many accomplishments. Through this writing competition, AEF seeks to encourage legal scholarship on issues of importance to the Asian Pacific American legal community and, more generally, the publication of law review articles on topics of relevance to racial and ethnic minorities and the law.

The winner of the competition will receive a monetary award of six thousand ($6,000), and the winning entry will be published in UCLA Law's Asian Pacific American Law Journal (APALJ), subject to the journal's standard editorial process and copyright policy. The competition is open to all current law students and recent graduates in the United States.

Submissions for the 2018 competition must be received by July 1, 2018, 11:59 p.m. EST. More information and how to apply found at

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