Cornell Law Scoops

Scoops August 22 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 Graduate Legal Studies

From Terry Thompson

From John DeRosa
Associate Dean for Career Services

From Markeisha Miner
Dean of Students

From Karen Comstock
Assistant Dean for Public Service


Writing Competitions

Calendar of Events

Week of August 22, 2016

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

MONDAY, August 22


Tuesday, August 23


3:30-5:00 p.m. Room 263. Office hours for students with Dean Peñalver.


Wednesday, August 24


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


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



4:30 p.m. Room G90. Briefing Cases and Taking Notes Workshop.



Thursday, August 25



Friday, August 26


12:30-1:30 p.m. Room 186. Berger Luncheon Speaker Series.

Dr. Wolfgang Brandstetter, Minister of Justice of the Republic of Austria presents "Legal Challenges of Hate Speech and Hate Crime in Europe."  All are welcome to attend.

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Positions Available

Professor Blume seeks to hire one or more students to assist in several research and litigation projects related to capital punishment and life without parole for juvenile offenders.  Interested students should send a resume to Professor Blume at

Professor Lyon is looking for a research assistant for research and editing pieces on child and youth farmworkers and international migrant worker rights. Please send your resume to

The Law School Admissions and Financial Aid office is looking for two students to join our team. We are in need of one Admissions Ambassador to work both the fall and spring semesters and one Admissions Ambassador to work the spring semester. The job entails conducting tours, answering questions from prospective students, and assisting with programs and outreach. To apply for an Admissions Ambassador position, email your availability and resume to Isabelle Ramos,, by September 16th.

The Legal Information Institute (LII) is hiring a Donor Research Intern.  The LII relies on donations from individuals and corporations to support our mission to make the law available online without fee. The Donor Research Intern will be responsible for compiling information on current and prospective donors via free and fee-based Internet sources; parsing open ended responses from donor surveys and personal correspondence; and documenting research within our Salesforce Constituent Relationship Management (CRM) database, all while maintaining an appropriate level of confidentiality. This work is vital for the LII to continue managing donor relationships efficiently and effectively.

This is a paid position. Much of the work can be done remotely and there are no fixed requirements for working times. We simply require that work be done in a timely manner, with deadlines agreed with the supervisor. Weekly hours are flexible. Please contact Valarie Kimber at if you are interested.

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From Eduardo M. Peñalver
The Allan R. Tessler Dean


Office Hours for Students

I will be holding office hours for students on Tuesday afternoons, 3:30-5:00 p.m. Students wishing to see me may sign up in advance with Connie McIntosh in room 263, by e-mail (, or by phone (607-255-3539).

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From Terry Thompson


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 Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Our telephone number is 607-255-7190. Our email address is

Monday, September 5 - Labor Day

Cornell Law School will hold regular classes on Monday September 5. The Registrar's office will be closed that day and will reopen on Tuesday, September 6.

Upperclass Course Changes

Students must add or drop limited enrollment courses by 12 noon on Thursday, September 1. Students may add or drop unlimited enrollment law courses until 3:00 p.m. on Friday, September 2. Non-law courses must also be added or dropped by 3:00 p.m. on September 2. Please remember to email the Law School Registrar if you add or drop a non-law course through the University online add/drop.

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 9 or they risk being withdrawn from the university. Students who become registered for the Fall semester after September 9 will be charged a $350 late fee. Students who fail to become registered will be withdrawn from the University on September 26. 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 9, 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 2016 semester is available.


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 assure 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.

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From Markeisha Miner
Dean of Students

Markeisha Miner

The Weekly Perk

Coffee and conversation every Wednesday (beginning August 24th) from 8:15 to 10:00 a.m. in The Commons. Stop by for a cup! Breakfast food also provided.

Tuesday, August 23

4:00-6:00 p.m. Hasbrouck Courtyard. Hasbrouck Family Welcome Event.

This is open to all student families as an opportunity to meet other families, as well as representatives from many non-profit and service organizations working in and around Cornell. There will be live entertainment, fun activities, and tons of useful information for all. For more information contact Linda Majani,

Sunday, September 4

2:00-5:00 p.m. Meet in Breakout Area.  Dragon Boating.

Enjoy Ithaca’s scenic Cayuga Lake with your classmates and Professor Lynn Stout. Carpools depart at 2:30pm. Refreshments will be served at Cass Park. Registration is first come, first served. Contact: Krystal Anderson,

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

Maurice Haltom

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

When: Wednesdays from 2:30-4:30 p.m.

Where: Myron Taylor Hall, Room G59

No appointment necessary. Just drop in.

For additional hours and locations:

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From Chenay Weyble
Lecturer of Law and Director of Academic Support

Office Hours for Week of August 22 (Room G57):

  • Tuesday: 2:00-4:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 11:00 a.m.-1:15 p.m.
  • Thursday: 1:30-2:10 p.m.
  • Friday: 1:30-2:30 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.

Wednesday, August 24

4:30 p.m. Room G90. Briefing Cases and Taking Notes Workshop.

To help you understand how you can adjust some of your study habits to ensure you’re studying effectively, I am holding a workshop on Briefing Cases and Taking Notes. We’ll review how to brief the case you read for Introduction to Law School and how to take notes that will be more helpful for review.  I hope to see you there.

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Graduate Legal Studies

LL.M. Course Counseling Sessions

LL.M. students should schedule their mandatory course counseling meeting by September 2, 2016. Please use the link provided in the reminder email to schedule your session. For follow-up sessions please contact Dean Houghton or Denée Page at or 607-255-2434. Best of luck on your first week of class!

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From John DeRosa
Associate Dean for Career Services



Welcome to Cornell Law School. Keep up to date on the programs offered by our office through Scoops, the email listserve, the TV screens around Myron Taylor Hall and the bulletin board outside Office 140.

Wednesday, September 7

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

Come meet the Career Services counseling staff, learn about how they work with the entering 1L class, find out how to receive free personalized Cornell Law School business cards and enjoy Cornell Dairy Bar ice cream.

Thursday, October 20

4:30 p.m. Room 184. Introduction to the 1L Summer Job Search.

The Career Services Office and the Office of Public Service will discuss opportunities in the private and public sectors, judges' chambers, government, academia, and study abroad programs, along with the next steps for beginning your 1L summer job search. Pick up useful resource books.

Thursday, October 27

4:30 p.m. Room G90. Halloween & Cover Letter Workshop.

Is your resume looking a little scary? Does writing a cover letting sound like a nightmare? Join the Career Services Office for advice on how to tailor your resume to legal employers and craft a devilishly good cover letter. Enjoy cider & candy too!

Monday, October 31-Sunday, November 4

Resume-A-Thon Week

Sign-up for a 15-minute appointment with a counselor to have your resume reviewed in preparation for applying to 1L summer positions. No resume?  No problem! Come for a 15-minute strategy session. More instructions to come.

Interview Strategies and Attire Workshop: Date & Time TBA.




OCI Interviews in MTH

If you have an OCI interview in Myron Taylor Hall, these interviews will take place in faculty, administrator, and student organization offices and classrooms in MTH. On the day of the interview, check the Career Services Office door to find your interview room.

NALP Standards for Timing and Offers of Decisions

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.

2016 Fall Recruiting Dates

OCI #2: Friday, September 9, Myron Taylor Hall.
Resume Collect #2: Deadline for resume submission Wednesday, September 14.
Resume Collect #3: Deadline for resume submission Wednesday, October 5.

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From Karen Comstock
Assistant Dean for Public Service


Welcome, 1Ls, and welcome back 2Ls and 3Ls!

Monday, August 29

4:30 p.m. Room G85. Opportunities with the U.S. Department of Justice for 2Ls and 3Ls.

Larry Frankel, Assistant Chief of Telecommunications and Media Enforcement in the DOJ's Antitrust Division, will offer advice on applying for the Summer Law Internship Program (2Ls) and the Honors Attorney Program (3Ls). The on-line application for both programs is now open, and will close at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, September 6. See  The application includes essays - start do draft them now, and make an appointment with me for review.

Saturday, September 17

12:00 noon. Room G90.  Public Interest Academy

All are welcome! Check out the full schedule below.


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Writing Competitions

ACCFSL Writing Competition

The American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers is pleased to announce awards to be presented for (a) the best book, (b) the best publishable article, book chapter, or substantial book review,(c) the best student note or comment on a topic dealing with consumer financial services law.

The awards include cash payments of $2500, $2000, and $1000, respectively, a Certificate of Recognition from the College, and travel expenses to attend the Spring 2017 meeting of the College.  In any given year, depending on submissions, all three awards, or fewer, may be made.

Eligible entries will address a topic on consumer financial services, but not securities regulation, insurance, or the safety-and-soundness aspects of banking regulation.  Works on subjects within these (or other) areas, however, will be considered if they bear directly on consumer financial services.

Entries must have been written or published between November 15, 2015, and December 1, 2016.  The deadline for submission is December 1, 2016.  Unpublished entries should be typed, double spaced, and in law review format.  Entries must be submitted in electronic format and should be sent to Richard P. Hackett, ACCFSL Writing Competition Chair, More information may be found at

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