Cornell Law Scoops

Scoops August 21 Issue

Calendar of Events

From Chenay Weyble
Lecturer of Law and Director of Academic Support

Positions Available

From Graduate Legal Studies

From Eduardo M. Peñalver
The Allan R. Tessler Dean

From John DeRosa
Associate Dean for Career Services

From Terry Thompson

From Deirdre Hay
Director for LL.M. & International Career Services

From Markeisha Miner
Dean of Students


From Maurice Haltom
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

Writing Competitions

Calendar of Events

Week of August 21, 2017

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

MONDAY, August 21

9:00-10:30 a.m. Rooms 285 and 290. Introduction to the American Legal System (Kong) Final Exam (LLMs only).


Tuesday, August 22

Classes begin following a Monday meeting schedule.


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

Office hours for students with Dean Peñalver.



Wednesday, August 23

Classes follow a normal Wednesday meeting schedule.


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

The Weekly Perk.



2:30-4:30 p.m. Room 124.

Let's Talk.



Thursday, August 24


8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Foyer. CLSA Casebook and Supplement Sale.

Contact: Daniel Sperling,

Friday, August 25

12:30 p.m. Room 186.

How to Make the Best of the LL.M. Year, Insights on the LL.M. NY Job Market & the Bar Exam.


2:00 p.m. Arts Quad.

President Pollack's Inauguration.

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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

Professor Hillman would like to hire a research assistant to work on the fourth edition of Principles of Contract Law. If interested, please submit a resume to B.J. Coughlin in room 213.

The Law Library is hiring a law student for an evening position. The student will work independently at the circulation service desk - assisting patrons and performing a variety of library tasks - including legal research. Has primary evening responsibility of the circulation desk with the Evening Supervisor available as back-up. If interested, please see for more information and please send your cover letter and resume to Kathy Hartman (

Professor Wendel is seeking a research assistant for a short-term (10-15 hour) project researching court filings in products liability cases in federal district courts. Knowing how to use the PACER system is required; summer associate experience (or prior paralegal experience) in litigation would be helpful. If you're interested, please send an email to

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

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From Terry Thompson


First Day of Classes

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.

Students taking non-law/undergrad classes: The University follows a different academic calendar.  Tuesday, August 22 will follow a normal Tuesday schedule for non-law/undergrad classes.  Wednesday will follow a normal Wed schedule and so on.

Here are the 2017-18 Law School Academic Calendar and the University Academic Calendar for your reference.

Law School Registrar's Office Hours

The Registrar's Office is in Room 160 Myron Taylor Hall.  We are open to the community Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. and Fridays from 8 a.m. -12 noon and then 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.  Our telephone number is 607-255-7190. Our email address is

Monday, September 4 - Labor Day

Cornell Law School will not hold classes on Monday September 4. The Registrar's office will be closed that day and will reopen on Tuesday, September 5.

Textbook Information

Please review the Textbook Information PDF (available in the Resources section on the Registrar's website).  Hard copies are in the rack by the Registrar's Office.

Upperclass Course Changes

Students must add/drop limited enrollment courses by 12 noon on Wednesday, August 30. Students may add/drop unlimited enrollment law courses until 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 31. Non-law courses must also be add/dropped by 3:00 p.m. on August 31. Please remember to email the Law School Registrar if you add or drop a non-law course through the University online add/drop so we can adjust your law school schedule.

Credit Hour Requirements

During the second and third years, JD program students may not register for fewer than 12 hours or more than 17 hours during any one term, or fewer than 26 hours in any one academic year. Students in the JD/LLM program will be allowed to take a maximum of 21 credits per semester during the second and third years. Exceptions to the credit requirements must be submitted by using the Exception to Hours Form and approved by the Dean of Students. Note that no exceptions can be made to the 17 credit maximum for JD and the 21 credit maximum for the JD-LLM program students.

University Registration

To become a registered student at Cornell University, a person must: settle all financial accounts, including current semester tuition; satisfy New York State and university health requirements; have no holds from their college, the Office of Judicial Administrator, Gannett Health Services, or the bursar. Students must be registered by September 8 or they risk being withdrawn from the university. Students who become registered for the Fall semester after September 8 will be charged a $350 late fee. Students who fail to become registered will be withdrawn from the University on September 25. See University Registration for more information.  Failure to register will impact financial aid, loan deferments, health benefits, and other privileges relying on in-school status. This may also affect the ability to use certain services on campus such as your Cornell Card, Library Services and Gannett Health Services. Use Student Essentials to check your registration status.

Information from the Bursar's Office

If University Student Center indicates your registration is on hold, you must first stop by the Bursar's Office, 260 Day Hall to clear your student account by September 8, and then proceed to the Office of the University Registrar, B7 Day Hall. A refund schedule for withdrawals and leaves of absence for the Fall 2017 semester is available here.


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

Loan Deferment Certification

Students who need to have loan deferments completed by the school need to submit them to the Registrar's Office as quickly as possible to ensure timely processing.

Bar Registration

The rules of certain states (not New York) require notification of the intent to begin study of law or registration with the bar admission authorities when a person begins studying law. The student should obtain instructions from the proper authorities (usually the state board of bar examiners of the clerk of the court of highest jurisdiction) in the state in which the student intends to practice. The Registrar's Office has on hand bar information for interested students.

Lost & Found

Lost items and articles are usually turned in to the Registrar's Office or to the Law Library.

Book & Coat Lockers

Most students have been assigned a book and/or a coat locker. Students will need to share a coat locker. Coat and book locker assignments are available under the My Information tab on the Registrar's website.

Mail flexes

Remember to check your mail folder daily for notices and remove your mail regularly. Please do not use the folder to keep books or for storage; there is not enough space.

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.

Religious Holidays and Academic Calendar

The University policy concerning the academic calendar and religious holidays states, "In enacting the academic calendar, the University has scheduled classes, laboratories and examinations on religious holidays. It is the intent of the University that students who miss these activities because of religious observances be given adequate opportunity to make up the missed work." A faculty member may request audio or videotaping of a class if he or she wishes. Any student who seeks an accommodation should approach his or her instructor. All requests for taping must be submitted on-line to the IT Department at least 2 business days in advance for classes. If you are requesting to videotape or record a professor's lecture, you must obtain the professor's permission prior to submitting an AV Request Form.

Emergency Phone Numbers

A listing of emergency phone numbers is available here.

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From Markeisha Miner
Dean of Students

Markeisha Miner

The Weekly Perk

Coffee and conversation every Wednesday (beginning August 23rd) from 8:15 to 10:00 a.m. in The Commons. Stop by for a cup! Breakfast food also provided.

Friday, August 25

2:00 p.m. Arts Quad. President Pollack’s Inauguration.

For more information, see

Respect at Cornell: Required Online Training and Notice of University Resources

All graduate and professional students must complete Not Anymore, an online, interactive education course on sexual/gender-based harassment, sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, and stalking, which will take approximately 40 minutes.  This course will provide information about your rights, responsibilities, and available resources. You will receive an email with instructions on how to complete the program. You may complete the training at any time and will receive reminders from the University until the training is completed.

Haven’t downloaded the Cornell Law School App yet? Here is the App information for download

To download the app, go to the Apple App store or Android store and search for “Cornell Law School.” Or use the links below:


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

Maurice Haltom

Let's Talk is a program that provides easy access to informal confidential consultations with counselors from Gannett Health Services. Counselors hold walk-in hours at sites around campus Monday through Friday. Speaking with a counselor can help provide insight, solutions, and information about other resources.

When: Wednesdays (starting August 23) from 2:30-4:30 p.m.

Where: Myron Taylor Hall, Room 124

No appointment necessary. Just drop in.

For additional hours and locations:

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From Chenay Weyble
Lecturer of Law and Director of Academic Support

Office Hours for Week of August 21 (Room L56 Hughes Hall):

  • Monday: 3:30-4:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 3:30-4:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 3:30-4:30 p.m.
  • Thursday: 3:30-4:30 p.m.
  • Friday: 2:00-3:00 p.m.

Or by appointment: (607) 255-0146 or

Don't Forget to Smile. You've moved into a new town, met your classmates, learned about your own work style, toured the law school, met some of your professors, and conquered the ropes course.  All in all, you've accomplished a lot in your few days in Ithaca that will serve you well in school.  Now it's time for your first class.  It is true that law school involves a lot of work, but it can also be a lot of fun.  Learning new ways of thinking, meeting people who will turn into lifelong friends, and practicing the skills you will use every day as an attorney.  So while you're here, definitely work hard but also enjoy yourself.  Don't forget to smile.  And if you find that you're struggling with the workload or your study skills need adjusting, please come talk to me.  I'm happy to help.

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Graduate Legal Studies

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 (

If you need to reschedule your appointment time please email or call the Graduate Legal Studies office at: or 607-255-5628.

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.


LL.M. and J.S.D. students who have questions or need assistance should email the Office of Graduate Legal Studies at or call 607-255-5185.

All Graduate and Professional Students Are Required to Complete Title IX Training

Cornell University is committed to providing a safe, inclusive, and respectful learning, living, and working environment for its students, faculty, and staff members. To that end, you should have received a personalized email from Sarah Affel, University Title IX Coordinator, informing you that all graduate and professional students are required to view Not Anymore, an online interpersonal violence prevention program from Student Success.

This video-based program will provide critical information about sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating and domestic violence, stalking, gender discrimination and bystander intervention options. Not Anymore will help you better understand how vitally important these issues are and what you can do to help make our campus safer.

The deadline to complete the program is August 31, 2017.

Program Instructions

Go to:

On the Account Set Up page, you should see your name and net ID. To verify, simply click the button "Create Account". This will allow you to begin the program.

If you have any technical difficulties with the program, please use the program HELP button or send an email to:

The program will take approximately 40 minutes to complete. If you choose to complete the program in several sittings, you will be able to use the same link to re-enter the program without having to start over. However, the program must be completed in its entirety. If you run into problems watching or reentering the program, do not start over. Contact us through the HELP button and we will assist you.

To learn more about resources and reporting at Cornell, review the graduate and professional student guide here or go to If at any time you have general questions or concerns regarding the program requirements, please contact us at

Disclosure - The training contains sensitive material about sexual and interpersonal violence. While trigger warnings and resources are provided throughout the program, we understand such programming may be difficult for some viewers. For confidential support, please contact Cornell Health's Counseling and Psychological Services at 607-255-5155.

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From John DeRosa
Associate Dean for Career Services



Welcome to Cornell Law School!  While we very much look forward to working with you, the guidelines regulating the use of career services offices by first-year JD students prevent us from doing so until after October 15, 2017.  However, since we would like to have an opportunity to introduce ourselves, and to introduce you to the services we provide, we have scheduled an informal get-together:

Wednesday, September 6

4:30 p.m. Room 184. Career Services Ice Cream Social.

The Career Services Office will introduce you to our staff, describe our services, provide information about upcoming programming, and a brief discussion about the recruiting timeline next year. And of course, delicious ice cream will be served.

Going forward, as you proceed through your three years here, keep up to date on the programs offered by our office through Scoops, the email listserv, and the TV screens around Myron Taylor Hall.


If considering offers from law firms, please keep in mind the NALP Standards for Timing and Offers of Decisions. The full text of the guidelines can be found at Speak to a counselor if you have any questions.

OCI #2 - Friday, September 8

Participating employers will be the New York State Appellate Division and U.S. Army JAG.

Resume Collect #2

Bidding will be September 11-13.

OCI #3 - Monday, October 2

Participating employers will be the Appellate Division, Third Department and the U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit.

Bidding, open slot, and schedule information will be sent in September.

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From Deirdre Hay
Director for LL.M. & International Career Services


Welcome to all the LL.M. and international students!

Friday, August 25

12:30 p.m. Room 186. How to Make the Best of the LL.M. Year, Insights on the LL.M. NY Job Market & the Bar Exam.

Presenter: Alumnus Christopher Hogg, LL.M. ’81. Mr. Hogg is a lively speaker originally from New Zealand with lots of experience working in the United States including at top tier firm Skadden Arps and Goldman Sachs.  He is now Managing Director, Head of Capital Markets at Brean Capital, LLC in NYC.  Mr. Hogg will include a description of his career path and what skills and subjects help achieve success in his field.  All of you will find this presentation most worthwhile and if you are interested in finance or banking I recommend it even more strongly.

Please mail me at if you would like to be scheduled for individual student appointments with Mr. Hogg.  Limited appointment times are available Friday afternoon on request.

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Construction Update

The Hughes Hall Renovation Project which began in the summer of 2016, continues this fall semester with a targeted completion date of January 2018. Last May, the first phase of the project was completed and the bottom two floors, as well as the portions of the middle two floors, were turned over to the school.

During this summer, work has concentrated on the first floor Clinical Programs area; the second floor; the lower lever (1L) dining/event area; and the courtyard Loggia area connecting Myron Taylor and Hughes Halls. Several departmental and office moves took place as work was completed as outlined below.

Construction will continue in portions of the ground and first floors, while the passage between buildings remains open on the second floor, ground floor (loggia) and Lower Lever 1, the first floor Clinical Programs will only be accessible within Hughes Hall via the north stairway. Faculty, staff, and Clinical Program students will also have access through the north elevator (card reader).

External access to Hughes hall will be available at the ground floor via the new courtyard entrance; the new south (gorge side) entrance at 2L; the Fork and Gavel entrance (gorge side) during dining hours; and the 3L entrance off of the HH parking lot.

Meeting and conference rooms that are finished and furnished in Hughes Hall will be available this fall to the Law School community though Meeting Room Manager. Please be advised that the rooms close to construction may be impacted by noise.

Since the reconstruction project has added and eliminated rooms in Hughes Hall, room numbering is being updated within the building. In addition, areas that had once been addressed as Myron Taylor will now be correctly identified as Hughes Hall. Temporary signage with new office numbers and building designation is posted.

Office Relocations

CLSA and Student Organizations Offices -3L Hughes Hall
Student Journals (Law Review, ILJ, JLPP, and LII Bulletin) - 2L Hughes Hall
International Programs, Graduate Legal Studies, Cornell Center on Death Penalty Worldwide, LL.M & International Career Services, Academic Support, Public Service, and Student Events- 1L Hughes Hall
Professional Development, Communications, Administration, Human Resources, Finance (Payroll), and Clerkship Offices- Ground Floor Hughes Hall
Career Services - 2nd floor Hughes Hall

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Writing Competitions

Planning & Law Division Daniel J. Curtain, Jr. Fellowship

The purpose of the Daniel J. Curtin, Jr. Fellowship Program ("Fellowship Program") is to foster increased interest in the study of land use planning and its interrelationship with the law at the advanced undergraduate, graduate, and law school levels. Applications are being accepted through September 15, 2017. More information about the fellowship can be found here: For those interested in applying, please stop by the Dean of Student's office for a copy of the application.

PRBA Scholarship Fund

On October 20, 2017, during its annual fundraising dinner dance gala in Manhattan, the PRBA Scholarship Fund will be awarding up to six legacy scholarships in celebration of the organization's Diamond Jubilee.

Each scholarship recipient will receive $10,000.00 a year until graduation, in installments of $5,000.00 per semester. Candidates must submit their completed application package no later than September 15, 2017. The scholarship application and additional information can be found on Puerto Rican Bar Association Scholarship Fund's website at

AKC Writing Competition

On behalf of the AKC Delegates Legal Outreach Committee led by David Hopkins, we are pleased to share with you information about our law school writing contest. The purpose of this contest is to help raise awareness about legitimate animal law issues and provide a counterweight to the influence of animal rights ideology in law schools. AKC is the lead partner on this inter-organizational initiative with the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Cat Fanciers Association and the Animal Health Institute. The contest is open to all law students at ABA-accredited law schools. For more information, contact AKC Government Relations at

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