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Initial Class Assignments for Fall 2017

This newsletter contains initial class assignments for many Law School courses. If you do not see one of your classes listed below it is because the professor did not submit a first assignment. Check the Blackboard course site for more information.

Textbooks for law courses are available at the Cornell Store on Ho Plaza across from Willard Straight Hall. For a complete listing of store hours see If you do not see textbook information listed for one of your courses, you may email the professor.

Reminder: Law school classes begin on Tuesday, August 22 following a Monday schedule. Classes on Wednesday, August 23 will follow a normal Wednesday schedule and so on.

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First Year Courses

Civil Procedure (BE)-Cavanagh

Welcome to Cornell Law School!  For our first Civil Procedure class, please read Civil Procedure:  An Overview, which is posted on Blackboard.  A full syllabus will be available on Blackboard prior to our first meeting.  I look forward to the coming semester.

Civil Procedure (AF)-Clermont

The assignment for the first class appears in Course Information, which you'll find at the course website on Blackboard.

Civil Procedure (C)-Clopton

Welcome to Cornell! For our first meeting, please read pages 1 to 12 in our casebook, Field, Kaplan & Clermont, Civil Procedure: Materials for a Basic Course, Concise 12th ed. (2017). A full syllabus will be available on Blackboard prior to the first meeting. I look forward to working with you!

Civil Procedure (D)-Gardner

Welcome to Cornell! Before our first meeting, please read pages 1 to 3 of the preface to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure 2017 (compiled by Kevin Clermont), as well as the following Federal Rules of Civil Procedure: 1, 2, 3, 4(a)-(c), 7, 8, 11, 16(a), 26(a)(1)(A), 26(b)(1), 38, 43(a), 48, 52(a)(1), 58(b), and 60. Please also review the syllabus, which will be available on Blackboard prior to our first meeting.

Constitutional Law (A)-Chafetz

Welcome to law school!  You will need to purchase Brest, Levinson, Balkin, Amar & Siegel, Processes of Constitutional Decisionmaking (6th ed. 2015), which is available at the bookstore.  For the syllabus, please see Blackboard.  Feel free to email me with any questions, and I look forward to seeing you at our orientation meeting on Weds., Aug. 16.

Constitutional Law (F)-Dorf

Read the Constitution (in the casebook, pp 1813-29). In addition, come to class prepared to talk about a number of issues raised by Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian government meddling in the 2016 presidential election, possible collusion by members of the Trump campaign with such meddling, and possible obstruction of the investigation by persons associated with the Trump campaign and administration, as well as President Trump himself.

As you may know, Mueller was appointed by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein (acting in place of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who has recused himself from the investigation). Under the Federal regulation that governs (part (d) of the provision you can find at Rosenstein may remove Mueller "for misconduct, dereliction of duty, incapacity, conflict of interest, or for other good cause, including violation of Departmental policies." President Trump has already stated that he views the fact that Mueller interviewed for the FBI Director job and is a professional acquaintance of fired Director James Comey as creating a conflict of interest. Suppose that Trump directs Rosenstein to fire Mueller for that ostensible conflict and that Rosenstein refuses on the ground that these facts do not constitute a conflict of interest. Trump fires Rosenstein, Rosenstein's successor, and so on, until someone in the position fires Mueller. Consider:

a) Will President Trump have violated any provision of the Constitution by accomplishing the firing of Mueller? Which one or ones?

b) Are the limits on the grounds for which Mueller may be removed found in the regulation themselves unconstitutional? Under what provision(s) of the Constitution?

c) What is a federal regulation anyway? What provisions(s) of the Constitution authorize(s) federal regulations?

d) Recently it was reported that President Trump is considering granting pardons to various of his campaign staff, his administration, and even himself. Does the Constitution permit the president to pardon himself? How do you know?

e) Can a sitting president be indicted and prosecuted? What constitutional provisions are relevant to that question?

f) Suppose that President Trump pardons himself but that Mueller concludes both that a sitting president can be indicted and that the self-pardon is invalid. He obtains a grand jury indictment against Trump. What institution would resolve whether the prosecution is constitutional? How do you know?

Constitutional Law (B)-Rana

Welcome to law school!  We will have a small group orientation meeting on Wednesday, August 16 at 10:15 am in room 276.  Our first formal class session will be on Wednesday, August 23 at our regular time 11:15 am in room 290.  For our first class on the 23rd please visit blackboard for the relevant assignment as well as the course syllabus.  In particular, for the 23rd, under meeting 1 on the syllabus read the Articles of Confederation (on blackboard), Article VII of the Constitution (p. 9 in the casebook), and pp. 17-26 in the casebook.  We probably won't get to the Federalist Papers Nos. 40 and 49 (also on blackboard), so you can read ahead or hold off until Thursday, August 24th.

Constitutional Law (E)-Tebbe

I am looking forward to meeting all of you at our orientation session on Tuesday, August 15 at 2:45pm in Room 276. Our first class session will be on Wednesday, August 23 at 2:55pm in Room 276. Before our first class, please read the Constitution, which you can find here:

After reading through the document, consider the following question: could President Trump pardon himself? As you may know, special prosecutor Robert Mueller is investigating members of the Trump Administration for possible wrongdoing with regard to Russia and Russian officials. Please do no outside research, but instead consider the text of the Constitution and the structure of government it creates, as well as any history you happen to know.

What does the word "pardon" mean, and does it contain any inherent limits? Are there any other limits to the pardon power provided by the text of the Constitution itself? Could a president pardon someone in exchange for a bribe? What should we take from the single textual exception to the president's ability to pardon, namely the exception for impeachment?

To the degree possible, given the reading, consider whether the pardon power applies to crimes that have not yet been charged, or to crimes that have not yet been committed. Even without a pardon, could a sitting president be prosecuted for a crime? Think also about constitutional politics-even if a pardon would be legal, would it be wise for President Trump to take this step?

Finally, consider enforcement. Let's say the president were to pardon himself. Would prosecutors have to recognize the legality of that action? If Mueller brought a case against the president in the face of a self-pardon, would courts resolve the question? How does the Constitution direct us to resolve any conflict between the branches of government over this question?

Contracts (BC)-Dagan

Welcome to Contracts!  The required text for the class is Robert Scott & Jody Kraus, Contract Law and Theory (5th ed. 2013) as well as its Documentary Supplement. For class on Tuesday, August 22, please read and be prepared to discuss pp. 1-23 of the casebook as well as §§ 1, 2, 4 of the Restatement (from its Supplement). Our full syllabus is posted on the Blackboard. I am looking forward to see you all on Tuesday August 22 at 2:35 in Room 182. (Please sit where you plan to be seated for the rest of the semester.)

Contracts (AD)-Hillman

For the first class on Tuesday, August 22, please read pages 3-12 of Summers, Hillman & Hoffman, Contract and Related Obligation (7th Ed. 2016).

Contracts (EF)-Rachlinski

Please obtain and read a copy of the syllabus. Then read: August 22: Contract and Related Obligations: Casebook, pp. 3-12, White v. Benkowski, August 23: Contract and Related Obligations: Casebook, pp. 12-31, White v. Benkowski (continued).

Criminal Law (AB)-Garvey

Welcome to Criminal Law.  Download a copy of the syllabus from Blackboard.  I'll spend much of the first day of class giving you an overview of the course.  With any remaining time we'll discuss the material listed for the first assignment.  You'll need an iClicker for the course, though we won't be using it on the first day of class.

Lawyering (A)-Atlas

Welcome to Lawyering!  There is no assignment for the first class.  Please sit in one of the first three rows of the classroom.

Lawyering (B)-Bigoness

Welcome to Lawyering! I look forward to meeting all of you. In advance of the first class, please read the syllabus, course rules and short article posted on Blackboard in the folder titled "Reading for First Class."

Lawyering (C)-Whelan

Welcome!  The assignments for Tuesday, August 22, and Friday, August 25, are on Blackboard.

Lawyering (F)-Freed

Welcome!  For class on Thursday, August 24, please read Chapters 5 and 6 of Neumann, Margolis, & Stanchi, Legal Reasoning and Legal Writing (8th ed. 2017).

Lawyering (D)-Kelley-Widmer

Welcome to Lawyering! For the first class, please read the syllabus and Chapter 1 of Neumann and Tiscione.

Lawyering (E)-McKee

Welcome to Lawyering! When you enter the classroom, sit in one of the first three rows. To prepare for the first class, read the syllabus carefully and learn the course rules. Also, read the "Tank in the Park" exercise, which we will discuss in class. See the announcement on Blackboard for details.

Property (CD)-Alexander

Welcome to Property! For the first class, please read and be prepared to discuss pages 13 – 21 in the casebook, Dukeminier, et al., Property, Concise Version 2d ed. (2017). I look forward to meeting all of you on Tuesday, Aug., 22.

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Upperclass Courses

Administrative Law-Stiglitz

Welcome to administrative law! I will post a syllabus with the first assignment to our class site on Blackboard.

Antitrust Law-Hay

Text: Trade Regulation by Pitofsky, Goldschmid and Wood, 6th Edition (Foundation Press). The Supplement is not necessary. (Supplementary material will be posted on Blackboard.) A syllabus for the term will be distributed at the first class and will be available on Blackboard.

In the first class, Tuesday, August 22, there will be an introductory lecture. If you have purchased the text by then, look at the relevant statutes on pp. 5-6, and 971-972, and read through the introductory material on 54-82. But the lecture will be self-contained so this reading is not essential for the first class and can be done any time in the first week or so. The assignment for Wednesday, August 23 is: Mitchel v. Reynolds (p. 23), Trans-Missouri (p. 35), and Addyston (p. 40). Starting with class on Monday, August 28, ALL students who attend the class, whether officially registered or not, will be expected to have read the assigned material. Students who have not yet purchased the textbook can get the necessary material for Wednesday's class from Blackboard or may pick up a copy of the assignments in Room 213.


Welcome! We will use (1) Warren, Westbrook, Porter & Pottow, The Law of Debtors and Creditors (Aspen, 7th ed.) and (2) Bankruptcy and Article 9 Statutory Supplement (Aspen), both of which are available at the Cornell Bookstore. For the first meeting, please read pp. 1-19 of the casebook (also excerpted on Blackboard) and think through problems 1.1-1.2. The preliminary syllabus will be available on Blackboard by the first week of class.

Business Organizations-Whitehead

For the first class, please read from Eisenberg & Cox, Business Organizations, Cases and Materials (unabridged 11th ed. 2014) the Notes on Sole Proprietorship and Agency and the Jensen & Meckling excerpt on pp. 1-2, 2-3, 5-13, 17-21, 24.

Conflict of Laws-Riles

For the first class please read pp. 3-7 of the textbook, Currie, Kay and Kramer, Conflict of Laws (9th ed., 2013).

Contracts for LLMs-Thomas

Welcome to Cornell Law School! For our first class on Wednesday, August 23, please read and be prepared to discuss pages 29-41 of Knapp, Crystal and Prince, Problems in Contract Law: Cases and Materials (8th Ed. 2016). For Thursday, August 24, please read and be prepared to discuss from the above text pages 41-51.

Criminal Procedure: Adjudications-Blume

For the first class please read p. 1-2, 19-29 in the text (Criminal Procedure (2nd Edition)(Chemerinsky & Levenson), and also read State v. Smith, 247 P. 3d 676 (2011) [posted on blackboard], Model Rule of Professional Conduct 3.3 [posted on blackboard], Plessey v. Ferguson, [posted on blackboard], and Korematsu v. United States, [posted on blackboard].

Employment Law-Schwab

The casebook is Willborn, Schwab, Burton & Lester, Employment Law: Cases and Materials (6th ed. 2017). The assignment for Tuesday, August 22 is Themes of Employment Law, casebook pp. 3-11. The assignment for Wednesday, August 23 is Who is an Employee?, casebook pp. 13-39.

Entertainment Law-Leib

There is no textbook for the course. Links, or at least web sites for each of these will be available before class on the course Blackboard site.

For the first class, please find and skim through the following cases to get a feel for issues in the Entertainment Industry.

Kalem Co. v. Harper Brothers 222 U.S. 55 (1911)
Joseph Burstyn, Inc. v. Wilson, 343 US 495 (1952)
Zacchini v. Scripps-Howard Broadcasting Co., 433 U.S. 562 (1977)
Blaustein v. Burton, 9 Cal. App. 3d 161, 88 Cal. Rptr. 319 (1970)
Faris v. Enberg, 97 Cal App. 3rd 309 (1979)
Baer v. Chase, 392 F.3d 609 (3d Cir. 2004)

Please read the following materials carefully (all are available online, links will be provided on Blackboard).

Entertainment Law and Business - Third Edition, By Jay Shanker, David E. Guinn, Harold Orenstein - Introduction - Page I-1 through I-7.

Defining Entertainment Law, Melvin Simensky, Entertainment and Sports Lawyer Volume 4 Issue 3 - Winter/Spring 1986 Pg 13. Available in Hein Online through Law Library.

Practicing Entertainment Law: Exposing the Truth Behind the Glamour Myth, Mishkah Ismail
Practicing Law Institute.

Entertainment Lawyer. Home Careers Entertainment Lawyer The Real Poop.

Young Entertainment Lawyers Talk About Getting Their Jobs, How do entertainment lawyers gets their jobs?, FRANK H. WU - Dean of the University of California Hastings College of the Law. 5/15/14

Hollywood, Creative Industries Add $504 Billion to U.S. GDP.


Hi students. Welcome to Evidence. This post contains the assignments for your first 4 Evidence classes. The syllabus (which also includes the assignments for the first weeks of class) will be available by the beginning of the semester on the e-Blackboard. I use abbreviations in my assignments, so here are the meanings of various abbreviations:

CB = Casebook: GEORGE FISHER, EVIDENCE, THIRD EDITION (Foundation Press 2013).


The abbreviations "t", "b", and "m", respectively, refer to the top of an assigned page, the bottom of an assigned page, and the middle of an assigned page.

You'll want to read each assignment, including both the casebook pages and supplement pages listed, prior to the class for which it is assigned. "(1)" refers to the first class meeting, "(2)" to the second, and so on. You need not read the "Problems" that appear in the book unless they are specifically assigned in the syllabus.

The first class will meet on Tuesday, August 22. Our class will be meeting on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, from 10:10-11:05 in room 290.

(1) CB 1-8t, SUPP Rule 606, SUPP Rule 601, SUPP Rule 602, SUPP Rule 603, and SUPP Rule 610, CB 372-373. II. The Relevance Relationship: From Fact to Conclusion to Issue

(2) SUPP Rule 104(a), SUPP Rule 401, SUPP Rule 402, CB 22-34t (including Problems 1.1-1.5).

(3) SUPP Rule 104(b) and SUPP portion of Advisory Committee Notes on "Subdivision (b)," SUPP Rule 403 and SUPP portion of Advisory Committee Notes on Rule 403, CB 36m-38m, CB 49b-58m.

(4) CB 64m-65b (including Problems 1.10-1.11), CB 82b-94b.

Family Law-Bowman

Please read pp. 105-20 of the textbook, Weisberg and Appleton, Modern Family Law (6th ed. 2016).

Federal Income Taxation-Green

For the first class, please read pages 22-27 in Michael J. Graetz & Deborah H. Schenk, Federal Income Taxation (7th ed. 2013).

First Amendment Law-Tebbe

Welcome to the course, which will address questions of free speech and religious freedom. Before the first class session, please read pp. 685-92 in the case book, which is Shiffrin et al., The First Amendment: Cases-Comments-Questions (6th ed. 2015).

Insurance Law-Heise

Prior to our first class-scheduled for Tuesday, August 22, 2017, at 8:35 AM in Room 277-please read and be prepared to discuss pp. 1-30 from our principal text from the course, Tom Baker & Kyle Logue, Insurance Law and Policy (Wolters Kluwer -- Aspen Casebook Series, 3rd. 2013).

Please note that, as the CLS Academic Calendar explains, Tuesday, Aug. 22, will follow a Monday class schedule. Thus, we will be meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 22, as well as on Wednesday, Aug. 23.

I will distribute copies of the course syllabus at our first class as well as on-line via Blackboard. After that, additional copies will be available from Ms. Jackson in Room 315.

Please also note that notwithstanding the recently-released 4th edition, I have decided to use the 3rd edition for our class this semester. I did so as I am mindful of the increasingly high cost of law school casebooks and wanted to allow my students access to the secondary and on-line markets where lower-priced copies of our casebook remain a possibility.

International Commercial Arbitration-Barcelo

Books: T. Varady, J. Barceló, S. Kröll & A. von Mehren INTERNATIONAL COMMERCIAL ARBITRATION-A Transnational Perspective (6th ed. 2015) and 6th ed. DOCUMENTS SUPPLEMENT (2015). Assignment First Class, Wednesday, August 23, 2017: Note I.1.a., Casebook pp. 1-3; read very carefully (more than once) Documents Supplm. pp. 1-3 (N.Y. Convention Articles I, II, IV, & V) (Also skim casebook table of contents and documents supplement table of contents). Subsequent Assignments: see course website on Blackboard.

International Human Rights-Ndulo

Please read pages 190-225 of the course textbook, Human Rights (2nd Ed.).

International Taxation-Green

For the first class, please read paragraphs 1170-1190, 1195 (page 49 (first paragraph only) and pages 53-56 (discussing §§ 877A and 6039G)), and 1200-1205 in Charles H. Gustafson, Robert J. Peroni & Richard Crawford Pugh, Taxation of International Transactions (4th ed. 2011). In addition, please be prepared to discuss Problem 2 in paragraph 1190 and the problem in paragraph 1200.

Introduction to Depositions (Sections 1 and 2)-Whelan

Please check Blackboard for the assignments. If you are on the waitlist and cannot access Blackboard, please contact my assistant, Kara Conklin, at Thank you.

Introduction to Transactional Lawyering-Bigoness

Attendance at the first class is mandatory; wait-listed students who wish to enroll in the course must attend the first class. Before the first class, please read the Week 1 materials in the course packet available at the Cornell bookstore.

Law Governing Lawyers-Wendel

Please read the syllabus, posted on Blackboard, carefully. We will be using clickers or REEF polling starting on approximately the third day of class, so make sure to do whatever is required to activate your polling device.

Law Practice Technology-Cadmus/Blackaby

Welcome to Law Practice Technology! Please note that this course does not use Blackboard. Course materials will be available on TWEN (The West Education Network). We will go through the TWEN registration during the first class.

Readings: We will have a general discussion on how evolving technology is transforming the practice of law.

What does a "Digital Lawyer" mean?, Chapter 1, Educating the Digital Lawyer , Oliver Goodenough and Marc Lauritsen, eds. Matthew Bender & Co., 2012. This text is available for free download at

The Emerging Technology Timeline in Legal Technology Future Horizons: Strategic Imperatives for the Law Firm of the Future pages 62 to 93.

Oral Presentation Skills-Atlas

Welcome to Oral-Presentation Skills! Our first class (of six) will be on Tuesday, October 17. There is no assignment for the first class, but be ready to discuss your public-speaking experience. Students must attend the first class to remain in the course or to enter the course from the wait list and, absent exceptional circumstances, may not miss any of the six classes. Note that our final class will not be at our regular date and time but will be scheduled for a date and time convenient for all students.

Principles of American Legal Writing-Weyble

Welcome to Principles of American Legal Writing! Before the first class, please read pages 51-75 in Nedzel's, Legal Reasoning, Research, and Writing for International Graduate Students (3d Ed). I look forward to meeting you.

Taxation of Corporations and Shareholders-Green

There is no assignment for the first class.

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Colloquia, Seminars, and Problem Courses

Adv. Persuasive Writing and Oral Advocacy-Bryan

Read: Davis Article "The Argument Of An Appeal" (available on Blackboard and in Room 213; review and bring copies of posted materials to class). Read: The Winning Brief, Tips 1-15 (draft an outline based on the tips. Keep it for later review). Read: Excerpt from Allesio v. Carey Brief and Opinion (available on Blackboard and in Room 213).

Contemporary American Jury-Hans

Welcome to the seminar! American juries have been in the spotlight this summer. Within the space of one week in June, a Minnesota jury acquitted police officer Jeronimo Yanez who shot and killed Philando Castile (, and a Pennsylvania jury failed to reach a verdict in the high profile sexual assault case against Bill Cosby ( Both juries came in for widespread criticism. Are contemporary American juries up to the challenges presented by contentious high profile cases? For our first class, read the linked news stories of these two cases, then identify and be prepared to discuss one other jury trial - civil or criminal - that you think shows the jury working well or falling short.

Contemporary Corporate Governance-Blassberg

Welcome to Contemporary Corporate Governance. The syllabus and first assignment will be posted to Blackboard at least a week before the first class. In the first class, we will focus on the key players in corporate governance, with special emphasis on the respective roles of shareholders (including institutional investors and activists), boards of directors, management and gatekeepers, as well as review the state and federal regulatory framework governing corporations. We will also discuss the competing theories about the role and purpose of the corporation and briefly  introduce the short termism/long termism debate and other themes of the course. I look forward to meeting you in class.

Deals Seminar: Real Estate Transactions-Bernardo/Wertheimer

Please check the course Blackboard site for our first reading assignment, which is a Purchase and Sale Agreement for real property.  You will not need to purchase a textbook for this course.

Please read the Purchase and Sale Agreement prior to our first class.  Please read it slowly and mark anything you don't understand so that we can discuss.  Think about why each provision is in the document, and whether the language favors the buyer or the seller (and what you might want to change if you were representing one or the other).  Please do not read any supplemental materials or speak with any attorneys, as the point of our class is for you to approach these materials without pre-informed opinions (though note that it's always okay, and encouraged, to speak with each other and with us regarding the course).  Throughout the course, we will post new reading materials, and the exercise will be the same (read in advance and evaluate as described above).  The Blackboard site will also contain a Syllabus/Course Objectives and Policies statement that is important to read in advance of our first class.

Because this class meets for only nine sessions, it is important that everyone attend (even during the add-drop period) and participate in each class.

Ethical Issues in Criminal Investigation, Prosecution and Policy-Bachrach

Welcome to the seminar.  For the first class, please read the excerpted article on Blackboard: Why Should Prosecutors Seek Justice?, by Professor Bruce Green in 26 Fordham Urb. L.J. 607. Students should also start to familiarize themselves with the Model Rules of Professional Conduct, which are essential for the seminar.  These should be available for purchase in a booklet at the bookstore.  They can also be referenced online, and by way of a "rulebook app" that can be downloaded for certain computers. Also on Blackboard are some background reading materials, which may be helpful for students who have not taken Criminal Procedure.

Faculty at Home Seminar: Women in the Legal Profession-Peck/Wendel

Welcome to what we hope will be another enjoyable in-home seminar. Please read the course description and syllabus on Blackboard, and also read the Rhode article (also on Blackboard) before our first meeting. Note that the first meeting will be at the law school, while subsequent meetings will be at our home.

Foreign Affairs and the Separation of Powers-Chafetz/Kreps

Welcome!  Please see Blackboard for the syllabus.

Law and Social Change-Ndulo

Please read the three articles listed under topic 1 on the course syllabus. The syllabus and articles are posted to Blackboard. If you would like printed copies of the articles, please contact Megan Olivares (

Law and Trust in Government-Stiglitz

Welcome to the seminar on trust and legal institutions! I will post a syllabus with the first assignment to our class site on blackboard.

Litigation Drafting-Freed

Welcome to Litigation Drafting!  Students must attend the first class (on Tuesday, August 22) to remain in the course or to enter the course from the wait list.  There is no assignment for the first class.

International Financial Regulation-Zulauf/Emmenegger

Welcome students to world of international financial regulation 10  years after the great financial crisis! Class starts on September 5. No reading is required. You may want to take a look at Howard Davies, "Can Financial Markets be Controlled?" to get a better idea about some of the topics that will be discussed.

Issues in Poverty Law-Lasdon

Welcome back!  I'm looking forward to meeting you all and enjoying our time together.  You can find the full syllabus and most of the readings (including the materials for the first class)  posted on Blackboard.  We will begin by taking a look at judicial review.  We will read the District Court and Court of Appeals decisions in a case I brought (with others) claiming the First Amendment protects begging as speech.  We will examine how both courts treated the facts and the law.  For this class, please read: Young v. New York City Transit Authority, 729 F. Supp. 341 (S.D.N.Y.) and 903 F.2d 146 (2d Cir. 1990).  Please also read Bertrand Russell, Skeptical Essays, Ch. 1, "Introduction, On the Value of Skepticism". As the class meets during lunch time, feel free to bring a sandwich or other food.

New Rights, Cyberspace and Law-Yu

We will meet on Tuesday, August 29 for our first class. Please check the course Blackboard site for the syllabus and reading assignment.

Property Theory-Alexander/Dagan

Welcome to Property Theory!  The required texts for the class are Gregory S. Alexander & Hanoch Dagan, Properties of Property (2012) and Gregory S. Alexander & Eduardo M. Peñalver, An Introduction to Property Theory (2012).  For class on Tuesday, August 29, please read and be prepared to discuss ch.1 of Properties of Property  and pp. 35-56 of Introduction to Property Theory. Our full syllabus is posted on the Blackboard. We are looking forward to see you all on Tuesday August 29 at 4:15 in Room 389.

Tech/Law Colloquium-Levy

Before the first class, please send me a brief email introducing yourself and letting me know your background and where your interests lie in law and technology. I'll send all registered students an email before the first class explaining how the course will be structured. Looking forward to meeting you! Please note that the first class will be on Tuesday, Aug 22.  Even though the law school follows a Mon meeting pattern on Aug 22, the university follows a normal Tues meeting pattern.

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Clinical Courses

Farmworker Legal Assistance Clinic I-Lyon

Your assignments and readings will be available on Blackboard. For class on Wednesday 8/23, please do the assignments for both Farmworker Clinic Overview and U.S. Farmworkers. Note that there will be a brief written assignment for you to circulate on the morning of the 23rd.

Labor Law Clinic-Cornell

Welcome to the Labor Law Clinic!  All reading assignments will be posted to the Blackboard course site.  Please check that site before the first class for the syllabus and initial assignment.

Technology, Innovation and the Law Clinic-Yale-Loehr

First Class Reading Assignment. Tuesday August 29, room 389, 2:05-4:05pm.

Read excerpt from Fundamental Characteristics of an Expert System in Unit 1 Materials folder of Blackboard website for this clinic (Law 7960).

Watch Neota Logic overview video at

Skim the "Deployed Applications" at

Read the following articles:

Steve Lohr, A.I. Is Doing Legal Work. But It Won't Replace Lawyers, Yet, N.Y. Times, Mar. 19, 2017,

Julie Sobowale, How Artificial Intelligence is Transforming the Legal Profession, ABA Journal, Apr. 1, 2016,

Gabrielle Orum Hernández, The DoNotPay Dilemma: Can Chatbots Provide Access to Justice Without a Lawyer?, Legaltech News, July 17, 2017,

Optional: Siddhartha Mukherjee, A.I. Versus M.D.: What Happens When Diagnosis is Automated?, New Yorker, Apr. 3, 2017,

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From Chenay Weyble
Lecturer of Law and Director of Academic Support

Welcome to Cornell Law School.  The Academic Support Program will provide several workshops for 1Ls that will teach you the skills necessary to prepare for and benefit from your coursework.  The first is "Introduction to Law School" on Monday, August 14, and it will give you a brief glimpse into what you can expect in law school.  You'll learn how to read cases, why you need to do more than just read for class, and what the Socratic Method is like (don't worry, I'll let you know in advance if I will call on you).  Before this workshop, please read the case and problem located on Blackboard.  We'll discuss the case and discuss how the rules from the case would apply to the problem.

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Positions Available

Professor Cavanagh is looking to hire an RA to assist with an antitrust article. Interested student should contact Professor Cavanagh at

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Graduate Legal Studies

International Students ISSO Check-In Procedure

All new international students in F1 visa status and new international students in J1 student visa status whose DS-2019 was issued by Cornell MUST complete the International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) "check-in procedure":

ISSO General Check-In Information

Check-in Form Instructions

Online Check-In Form - In order to complete the ISSO check-in form, you will need to have your US Admission (I-94) Record, which you can download and print from here, and your I-20 or DS-2019.

LLM Review of Course Selections

All LLM students must meet with Dean Houghton prior to the end of the add/drop period to discuss their program of study.  If you have not yet scheduled a meeting please select a time prior to August 30th here (

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