Cornell Law Scoops

Scoops August 28 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

The Berger International Speaker Series

From Markeisha Miner
Dean of Students

From Clinical Programs

From Maurice Haltom
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)



Writing Competitions

Calendar of Events

Week of August 28, 2017

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

MONDAY, August 28

12:00-1:00 p.m. Room 182. Kaplan Bar Study Info Session for LLMs.

Pizza provided. Contact: Peter Doggett,

4:30-6:00 p.m. Room G90. Barbri LLM Bar Talk.

Information session for LLMs about preparation for taking the bar exam with Barbri. Contact: Julia Bensur,

Tuesday, August 29

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

Office hours for students with Dean Peñalver.


4:00-6:30 p.m. Saperston Student Lounge. Lawyering Program Honors Fellow Training.


Contact: Gina Jackson,

4:30-5:30 p.m. Room G90. Barbri 3L Bar Talk.

Information session about preparing for the bar with Barbri. Contact: Julia Bensur,

Wednesday, August 30

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

The Weekly Perk.


12:00 noon.

Add/Drop deadline for limited enrollment courses.



12:00-1:30 p.m. Room G81. What Does USAID Do?


David Young of USAID will give a presentation on the role of the organization. A light lunch will be provided. Contact: Molly Brewton,

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

Let's Talk.


5:00-6:00 p.m. Room 279. Externship and Pro Bono Scholars (PBS) Program Info Session.


Interested in a full or part-time externship or in the New York Pro Bono Scholars (PBS) program? Please come to an info session to learn more about it. Additional sessions will be held on Sept 12 from 4:00-5:00pm and Sept 20 from 12 noon-1:00pm. Attendance at one session is mandatory for anyone considering an externship or the PBS program.  For more information, contact Prof. Mooney at

Thursday, August 31

3:00 p.m.

Add/Drop deadline for unlimited enrollment courses.


Friday, September 1


12:00-2:00 p.m. Saperston Student Lounge. Cornell International Arbitration Society Elections.

Contact:Maciej Bukowski,

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Positions Available

Professor Blume is seeking applications for a Research Assistant Position involving issues related to capital punishment and juvenile life without parole sentencing.  Interested students should send a resume 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


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. The add/drop deadline for each class is noted on your schedule. 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.

S/U Grading Option

Each JD student and LLM students who have elected the JD scale may elect to take up to two upperclass courses at Cornell Law School on an S/U basis. Shortly after the close of Add-Drop students will receive an email when the S/U Grading Option link is available on the Registrar's website. S/U grade elections, if made, shall be irrevocable. Students may not make this election in courses that they use to satisfy the Law School's upperclass writing requirement. In addition, instructors may designate specific courses that they teach as not eligible for the S/U grade election. Check individual course descriptions for more information. Students must submit the online form no later than 12 noon on September 14.

Grading Election for LLM Students

LLM candidates are graded on the scale of High Honors (HH), Honors (H), Satisfactory (S), and Unsatisfactory (U), except that an LLM student may, after consultation with the Assistant Dean for Graduate Legal Studies, elect to be graded on the JD scale and curve. This election applies to the entire academic year and must be made by submitting the online form by 12 noon on September 14.

The Assistant Dean for Graduate Legal Studies will counsel LLM students during this initial four-week period on the risks and benefits of opting into the JD grading scale. Election of the JD grading scale cannot be reversed. To elect the JD grading scale, please use the link in the Important Deadlines column on the Registrar's website.

Class Attendance Policy

Regular and punctual class attendance, beginning on the first day of the semester, is required of all students. Faculty members monitor attendance and may enforce the rule by reporting the student to the Dean of Students; or by removing a student from the course or excluding a student from an exam (after reasonable written warning); or by another mechanism announced in the course syllabus prior to the end of add/drop. If a student is excluded from an exam, a grade of F is entered. Students who are ill or have another valid reason for missing class are encouraged to contact the instructor directly and are required to notify the Dean of Students if more than three days are missed.

Update Your Preferred Name and Address Info

If you wish to update your preferred name, use the link in the My Information tab on the Registrar's website. All students should make sure their address info is up to date as well. To update your address, use the link in the My Information tab on the Registrar's website.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

ESL Classes

Community ESL at Cornell offers English classes taught by local community volunteers, for spouses and partners of international students and visiting scholars. Those interested in attending these classes may register online before Sept. 1st for a maximum of two classes per week. Details and online registration form are available at: No registration fee. All levels are welcome. For directions to class locations, a map of the Cornell campus and local area can be found at: // If there are any questions, please contact or

Gorge Safety

While Cornell encourages our community to visit the natural places that make Ithaca truly 'gorges', we ask that visitors practice respect and safety at all times when hiking or using the trails. Please follow all caution and regulation signs, which change throughout the year depending on weather and trail conditions. Swimming is strictly prohibited in Cornell's gorges at all times. For more information about gorge safety please visit:

First Generation Student Resources

With approximately 2,000 first-generation students on campus, the I'm First! visual campaign provides an opportunity for first-generation students to clearly identify and connect with first-generation faculty, staff and administrators at Cornell.

The Dean of Students office will be  hosting a Reception for First Generation students on September 19, at 4:30 p.m. in the Saperston Student Lounge. Please RSVP using this link: //

Tuesday, September 12

4:30 p.m. Klarman Hall Auditorium. Saving the Dream for All.

An exciting event for students, faculty and staff. There will be a public presentation by Professor F. Michael Higginbotham. In addition, there will be a book signing at the Cornell Store on Wednesday, September 13, 11:30am-12:30pm. Prof. F. Michael Higginbotham is an internationally renowned expert on matters of Race, Civil Rights, Human Rights and Constitutional Law. His book, Ghosts of Jim Crow: Ending Racism is Post-Racial America, has just been released in paperback.  He is also the author of Race Law: Cases, Commentary, and Questions, which is widely used in colleges and law schools throughout the world.

Tuesday, September 26

4:30-5:30 p.m. Saperston Student Lounge. Candid Conversations at Cornell: Navigating Differences 2.0.

Join us for facilitated, small group discussions as we continue the conversation started during Orientation about working with clients and colleagues from diverse backgrounds. RSVP using this link: //

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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 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 28 (Room L56 Hughes Hall):

  • Monday: 11:30-12:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 11:00-12:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 12:00-1:00 p.m.
  • Thursday: 11:00-12:00 p.m.
  • Friday: No Office Hours

Or by appointment: (607) 255-0146 or

By now, you are starting to get the swing of the semester. You spend a lot of time preparing for class.  You may find yourself thinking, “I’ll just grab some instant noodles for dinner tonight and worry about groceries next week” or “Maybe when things settle down, I’ll find time to go to the gym or museum.”  The problem is, it doesn’t get any easier after this.  The schedule you are building now becomes the habit you are forming for the rest of the semester (or year or three years or life).  Your level of work will increase as your skills increase.  But if you stick with a carefully planned schedule, you will have time to take care of yourself.  There is never so much work that you can’t build in a few hours’ break for yourself.  The attorneys who are most satisfied with their jobs tend to schedule at least an hour of relaxation every day.  Some attorneys may choose not to, but it does not increase their productivity.  If you find that you are not feeling capable of scheduling relaxation time, not because you don’t want to, but because you feel like you can’t, then you are likely overwhelming yourself already.  Now is a good time to look at that and decide how you want to spend the rest of your life—overwhelmed or in control.  I will hold a time management workshop in September, but if you would like advice on a study schedule now, please feel free to stop by during drop-in hours or by appointment.  I like to help.

Study Breaks:You should take advantage of the many wonderful events at Cornell and in Ithaca.  Did you know that Cornell offers meditation sessions around campus four days a week?  Studies show that lawyers who meditate seem to feel better and do better in practice.  Participation is free. There are also free lunchtime concerts monthly on campus—sometimes right next door at Anabel Taylor Hall. Cornell Plantations holds regular guided tours of the Botanical Gardens. Try paddle boarding on Cayuga Lake while the weather is still warm.  Take a hike, go to the lake, or check out the many cultural events, including First Friday Gallery nights on the Commons, or the free concerts offered all over town.  Make sure you enjoy Ithaca while working hard in school!

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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, 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 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



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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The Berger International Speaker Series

Tuesday, September 5

4:30 p.m. Room 182. Nelson Mandela and Oliver Tambo: The Most Remarkable Legal Partnership I Have Ever Worked With.

Speaker: Albie Sachs. Former freedom fighter, former Justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa, and Cornell University A.D. White Professor at Large. Sponsored by the Berger International Legal Studies Program.

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Clinical Programs

Working with College of Business faculty, the law school has established a  new two-course cycle to bring accounting and law students together to provide inter-professional services to the community. The Fall 2017 course, Federal Income Taxation of Low Income Taxpayers (AEM 6940), is a one credit course offered by the College of Business that will meet 2:30-4:25 PM on Wednesdays starting on October 11 and running through the end of the semester. This course has a pre- or co-requisite of Federal Income Taxation (AEM 4531/LAW 6441). For more information about the fall course, contact John McKinley at

The Law School will offer the optional follow-on spring 2018 course entitled Low-Income Taxpayer Law and Accounting Practicum, in which accounting and law students will work in the clinic. This course will focus on legal advice and tax return preparation for low-income immigrants and will carry two, three or four credits. AEM 6940 will be a pre-requisite for the practicum. Students will work with casework supervisors from three settings: private practice, the Legal Aid Society of Mid-New York, and Worker Justice Center of New York. For more information about the spring practicum, contact Beth Lyon at

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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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