Cornell Law Scoops

Scoops April 9 Issue


Calendar of Events


From Maurice Haltom
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)


General Announcements


From Chenay Weyble
Lecturer of Law and Director of Academic Support


Positions Available


From John DeRosa
Associate Dean for Career Services


From Eduardo M. Peñalver
The Allan R. Tessler Dean


From Elizabeth Peck
Assistant Dean for Judicial Engagement and Professional Development


From Terry Thompson
Registrar


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


Campus/Community Resources


 


Convocation Information

 

Calendar of Events

Week of April 9, 2018

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

MONDAY, April 9

9:00-9:30 a.m. Room 182. Handwriting session for JD students.

 

11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Foyer. Class Gift Tabling.

Stop by the foyer and donate to the 3L class gift. Contact: Lisa Zacharias, lmp59@cornell.edu.

4:00-5:30 p.m. Room G90. ACS-Lambda Writing Competition Panel.

Join ACS and Lambda for a discussion about the Joint Journal Writing Competition. Contact: Jared Ham, jh724@cornell.edu.

6:00-8:00 p.m. Room 186. FedSoc Event with Clark Neily.

Clark Neily will lead a discussion on Civil Asset Forfeiture with commentary from Professor (TBD). Contact: Kasey Ashford, kda25@cornell.edu.

6:30 p.m. Agava Restaurant. 1L Law Firm Program: Davis Polk.

 

TUESDAY, April 10

1:30-2:30 p.m. Room G90. BARBRI 2L Bar Prep Talk.

Current 2Ls: Come learn about bar admission requirements (MPRE, NYLE, etc.) and enrolling for bar preparation with BARBRI. Contact: Julia Bensur, jlb556@cornell.edu.

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. The 2018 Day Family Ethics Lecture: Why Good People Do Bad Things.

Speaker Anita Raghavan is a contributor to The New York Times, Barron's magazine and the author of The Billionaire's Apprentice: The Rise of the Indian-American Elite and the Fall of the Galleon Hedge Fund. Her book was short-listed for the Financial Times-Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year award and named one of the 100 Notable Books of 2013 by The New York Times. Ms. Raghavan has appeared on 60 Minutes and spoken before the Commonwealth Club, the Asia Society and at a number of universities. Before becoming an author, she was the European Bureau Chief for Forbes magazine. Prior to Forbes, Ms. Raghavan was at The Wall Street Journal for nearly 17 years. In 1998, she won a New York Press Club award for coverage of the near-demise of hedge fund, Long Term Capital Management, and, in 1999, she earned the Overseas Press Club's Malcolm Forbes award for best business reporting from abroad in newspapers or wire services.

4:30-5:45 p.m. Landis Auditorium, 184 Myron Taylor Hall. Hate Speech Free Speech.

Does our constitutional guarantee of freedom of speech go too far? In an era when hateful messages demeaning entire ethnic or religious groups go viral, when hate groups have become more numerous, students and faculty on some campuses are advocating "hate speech codes" to punish those who express hate. Attempts to impose such codes, however, run up against not only legal barriers but the difficulty of clearly defining hate speech. Two scholars bring different points of view to a dialogue on this polarizing topic: Jeremy Waldron (NYU School of Law), author of The Harm of Hate Speech; and Nadine Strossen (New York Law School), former president of the American Civil Liberties Union and author of the forthcoming Hate: Why We Should Resist It with Free Speech, Not Censorship. Moderated by Professor Sherry Colb. A book signing will follow the event. The event will be livestreamed on CornellCast.

6:00-7:00 p.m. Room 290. WOCC Women of Color at Work Panel.

The Women of Color Collective will be hosting panel for women of color lawyers to share their experiences as women of color in the law profession. Some possible topics may include work/life balance, managing law careers with children/families, and expectations of a women of color lawyers in the workplace. Panelists will include: Professor Whelan, Professor McKee, and Dean Miner. Chipotle will be served. Funded by the GPSAFC. Open to the Graduate Community. Please contact Elizabeth Denning at ehd33@cornell.edu for any special arrangements you may require to attend this event.

6:00-7:00 p.m. Room 285. NSLPS Documentary Screening: United States of Secrets.

This documentary film uncovers the mass surveillance of Americans by Silicon Valley and the National Security Agency. Contact: Lauren Quan, laq9@cornell.edu.

Wednesday, April 11

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

 

12:20-1:30 p.m. Saperston Student Lounge. BRICS Society Elections.

The BRICS Law Collective will be holding its elections. Contact: Baris Simsek, bs732@cornell.edu.

12:30-1:30 p.m. Room G85. NSLPS Speaker: FBI General Counsel.

A member of the FBI General Counsel will speak about his work and experiences with cybersecurity and counter intelligence. He will also discuss his career path. Contact: Lauren Quan, laq9@cornell.edu.

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

 

7:00 p.m. Argos Inn. 1L Law Firm Program: Cravath.

 

Thursday, April 12

9:00-9:30 a.m. Room 182. Handwriting session for LLM students.

 

4:30-5:30 p.m. The Commons. Dean Lukingbeal Award Ceremony.

Contact: Allison McQueeney, aem236@cornell.edu.

4:30-6:00 p.m. Room 285. LL.M. Speaker Series.

Marcel Nadal Michelman, LL.M. Candidate, Class of 2018, will talk about Project Management in Legal Work. Ibrahim Haroon, LL.M. Candidate, Class of 2018, will talk about Civil Procedure, Language, and the Noble Profession. Mapange Nsapato, LL.M. Candidate, Class of 2018, will talk about Dating China: Thoughts on the Emerging Africa-China Trade Relationship and Proposals on the Way Forward. Contact: Ming Li, ml2556@cornell.edu.

5:30-7:00 p.m. Room G90. Crash Course in Private Equity M&A.

Please join Benjamin Clinger, a partner at Kirkland & Ellis, for a soup-to-nuts crash course in private equity and the work and life of a deal lawyer. Benjamin will also share his perspective on the OCI process and general career advice. Pizza and beer will be served. Valid ID required. RSVP required by April 9 to gj13@cornell.edu.

Friday, April 13

12:00-12:30 p.m. Room G90. Handwriting session for JD students.

 

12:00-1:30 p.m. Room 285. Jacob Millner: Anti-BDS Legislation and the Law.

Jacob Millner will be coming to discuss the anti-BDS Legislation and the Law. Food will be served. Contact: Benjamin Wigley, bmw242@cornell.edu.

12:15-1:15 p.m. Saperston Student Lounge. Fireside Chat with Judge Robin Rosenbaum.

 

2:30-3:00 p.m. Room G90. Handwriting session for LLM students.

 

2:30-4:00 p.m. Room 276. CALSA West Coast Employment Panel.

Learn how you can find legal employment after graduation on the West Coast. We will be hosting student panelists to talk about their employment journeys. Contact: Amanda Wong, ajw297@cornell.edu.

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


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General Announcements

All students who have borrowed books from Professor Torres: please return the books or let him know (gt276@cornell.edu) when you plan to return them.

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Monday, April 16

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. All students are welcome and encouraged to attend. Please respond to Jamie Weber at jaw6@cornell.edu no later than April 13.

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Positions Available

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 briana.beltran@cornell.edu.

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 gls@cornell.edu.

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 deathpenaltyworldwide@cornell.edu 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

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 (rlj76@cornell.edu), or by phone (607-255-3527).

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From Terry Thompson
Registrar

Terry

Book & Coat Lockers

3Ls and LLMs: Do you plan to stay in Ithaca this summer for bar study?  If so, please email law.registrar@cornell.edu 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 (law.registrar@cornell.edu). 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.

Exams and dictionaries

Two (2) non-legal dictionaries will be provided in each exam room for any student in that room to use. All first year JD students whose native or working language is not normally English may request the use of a non-legal translation dictionary for examinations by sending an email to the Law Registrar. LL.M. students with questions regarding the use of a non-legal translation dictionary for examinations should contact Graduate Legal Studies. Exchange students with questions regarding the use of a non-legal translation dictionary for examinations should contact Dawne Peacock. All requests must be submitted by April 10th to be considered. Continuing students who received permission to use a non-legal dictionary previously do not need to make another request.

A non-legal translation dictionary is a resource that lists words and their definitions and possibly the equivalent word in another language (such as a Spanish-English dictionary). Dictionaries that contain additional information such as grammar sections or sections entitled for "advanced learners" are not allowed. It is a violation of the Code of Academic Integrity to have any highlighting or other writing in or on the dictionary. Your name may be written in English on the inside cover, but no other markings are allowed. Electronic dictionaries must be a stand-alone dictionary with a set memory (e.g., a dictionary program that is loaded on a laptop computer does not qualify. A dictionary that has the ability to accept SD cards or USB drive does not qualify). All electronic dictionaries must be approved by the Registrar by April 10th. Proctors may randomly review all exam materials and students found in violation will be subject to penalties under the Code of Academic Integrity.

University Course Pre-registration for Fall 2018

Students interested in enrolling in courses in other divisions of the University for the fall 2018 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 11-13, 2018. You must use 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 law credit for non-law courses form. 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.

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.

Class Recording Request Form

The Law School IT department has created a class recording request form. The form is available on the Registrar's website. You may use the form to request a video recording of a class. In order view a class recording, a request must be completed and submitted for approval. Approval to view class recordings is at the instructor's discretion, and the decision of the instructor is final. Students who receive a class recording link, do so on the condition they will not share it with anyone else.

Please note that recording requests for make-up classes and review sessions have not yet been integrated into the form. If you have a request for one of these recordings, please email the instructor for permission. If the instructor grants you permission, forward that email to IT (law-helpdesk@cornell.edu) and they will send you the recording.

Students who have approved accommodations should not use the request form, but should work with the Dean of Students Office instead.

Spring Term Grades

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

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From Melody Padgett
Bar Certification Coordinator

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Bar Information for Class of 2018 Students

Class of 2018 Degree Date: May 27, 2018.

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, 2018. 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 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 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

Monday, April 9 between 9:00-9:30 a.m. room 182
Friday, April 13 between 12:00-12:30 p.m. room G90

Handwriting Sessions for LLM Students

Thursday, April 12 between 9:00 a.m.-9:30 a.m. room 182
Friday, April 13 between 2:30-3:00 p.m. room G90

MPRE

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, http://www.ncbex.org/.

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, http://www.nybarexam.org/Content/CourseMaterials.htm.

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 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  http://www.ncbex.org/ or view the hard copy at the Registrar's service desk for complete information on jurisdiction requirements.

NOTARY

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.

FINGERPRINTING

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 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 (law.dos@cornell.edu) 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.

CJC Working Group on Hate Speech and Harassment - Upcoming Public Forums

The Codes and Judicial Committee (CJC) Working Group on Hate Speech and Harassment (WGHSH) is engaging with the Campus Community to develop proposals for the CJC's consideration concerning Hate Speech and Harassment and their relationship to the Campus Code of Conduct. The WGHSH will hold public forums to hear from the Campus Community about these issues and to involve the Campus Community in all stages of the WGHSH process. Each public forum will be held on two dates to increase the number of people who can attend.  Please feel free to attend any part of or all of the public forums.

PUBLIC FORUM #2: Workshopping Ideas about Changes to Campus Code of Conduct.

Wednesday, April 11, 12:00-2:00pm, Room TBD.

Friday, April 13, 3:00-5:00pm, in 165 McGraw Hall.

We will continue gathering information at this forum.  We will also begin "workshopping" ideas for changes that may be needed in the Campus Code of Conduct or other Cornell policies. We are interested in hearing from the Campus Community about the following questions: Do you have ideas for possible amendments to the Campus Code or other Cornell policies? Do you have ideas for the ways that the Campus Code or other Cornell policies should be interpreted? Do you have ideas about other ways that Cornell could intervene to address problems of intimidation and harassment?

Myron Taylor Mixer

 

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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 https://emergency.cornell.edu 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 www.ipp.cornell.edu.
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 judadmin@cornell.edu.

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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: https://www.lawschool.cornell.edu/studentlife/convocation/index.cfm

Accommodation: If you or your guests need accommodation to participate, please contact Linda Majeroni at lam32@cornell.edu. 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 law.dos@cornell.edu with any questions or concerns.

Save the Date: 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 lam32@cornell.edu.

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

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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: www.gannett.cornell.edu/LetsTalk.

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From Chenay Weyble
Lecturer of Law and Director of Academic Support

CW

Office Hours Week of April 9 (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: 2:00-3:00 p.m.
  • Friday: By appointment

Or by appointment: (607) 255-0146 or cbw75@cornell.edu.
 

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 G80
  • Kara: Thursdays, 11:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m., Room G29
  • Rebecca: Thursdays, 4:00-6:00 p.m., Room L39

Welcome back. I don’t know what the weather was like where you were over the break, but we had an exciting mixture of warmer days followed by snow here in Ithaca.  Not much keeps you guessing quite like Mother Nature!  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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From John DeRosa
Associate Dean for Career Services

DeRosa

1L STUDENTS:

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.

Law Firm Date Time Location RSVP
Davis Polk April 9 6:30pm Agava Restaurant  
Cravath April 11 7:00pm Argos Inn  
Hodgson Russ Drop-In Breakfast April 19 8:00-10:00am Saperston Student Lounge  
Fried Frank Drop-In Breakfast (rescheduled) April 25 8:30-10:30am Saperston Student Lounge  


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From Elizabeth Peck
Assistant Dean for Judicial Engagement and Professional Development

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Friday, April 13

12:15-1:15 p.m. Saperston Student Lounge. Fireside Chat with Judge Robin Rosenbaum.

Join Robin Rosenbaum, a Cornell alumna and judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, as she shares her thoughts on career, clerkships, and Cornell. Lunch provided.

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Graduate Legal Studies

Friday, May 11

4:30-6:30 p.m. Park Atrium, Statler Hall. LL.M. & J.S.D. Convocation Reception.

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

ISSO: U.S. Taxes and How to File

If you received any US based income (wages, or fellowship for living expenses, or a travel grant), you will need to file some US tax forms. Click here for more information.

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From Kristine Hoffmeister
Director of Alumni Affairs

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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.

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 alumni@lawschool.cornell.edu.

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Writing Competitions

2018 Chicago-Kent College of Law Presents the Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize

The Chicago-Kent College of Law/Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize was established in spring 2007 by Roy C. Palmer '62 and his wife, Susan M. Palmer, to honor a work of scholarship exploring the tension between civil liberties and national security in contemporary American society. The $10,000 prize is designed to encourage and reward public debate among scholars on current issues affecting the rights of individuals and the responsibilities of governments throughout the world. Visit the site for more information: https://www.kentlaw.iit.edu/sites/ck/files/public/academics/palmer-prize/2016-palmer-entries.pdf.

2018 Hogan/Smoger Access to Justice Essay Competition

The Hogan/Smoger Access to Justice Essay Competition is sponsored by R. Ben Hogan III of Hogan Law Office, PC, in Birmingham, Alabama, and Gerson H. Smoger of Smoger & Associates in Dallas, Texas, and Oakland, California. It is administered by Public Citizen. Submissions must be emailed on or before Saturday, April 30, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, to Amanda Fleming at afleming@citizen.org. Papers emailed after this date will not be considered. Visit the site for more information: https://www.citizen.org/www.citizen.org/law-school-contest.

Smith-Doheny Legal Ethics Writing Competition sponsored by the Notre Dame Law School

Notre Dame Law School sponsors an annual writing competition on the topic of legal ethics. All students with an interest in legal ethics are invited and encouraged to participate. Visit the site for more information: https://law.nd.edu/assets/263053/2018_poster.pdf.

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