Cornell Law Scoops

Scoops February 12 Issue

Calendar of Events

From John DeRosa
Associate Dean for Career Services

Positions Available

Writing Competitions

From Eduardo M. Peñalver
The Allan R. Tessler Dean

From Elizabeth Peck
Assistant Dean for Professional Development and Clerkships

From Terry Thompson

From Clinical Programs

From Markeisha Miner
Dean of Students

From Kristine Hoffmeister
Director of Alumni Affairs

Convocation Information

From Graduate Legal Studies

From Maurice Haltom
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)


From Chenay Weyble
Lecturer of Law and Director of Academic Support


Calendar of Events

Week of February 12, 2018

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

MONDAY, February 12

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

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

4:45-6:00 p.m. Room 276. California Law Students Association (CALSA) Spring Semester General Meeting.

Contact: Amanda Wong,

TUESDAY, February 13

12:00 noon-1:00 p.m. Room 279. Fall 2018 Externships and Spring 2019 Pro Bono Scholars Program Informational Meeting.


12:15-2:15 p.m. Room G90. Westlaw Certification.

Westlaw will host a research training course for certification. Contact: Jonathan Kim,

4:00-5:00 p.m. Room 263. Office hours for students with Dean Peñalver.


Wednesday, February 14

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


12:00 noon. Deadline to submit S/U Grading Election Form.


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


Thursday, February 15

4:30-5:30 p.m. Room G80. APALSA International Student Conversation Hour.

Asian Pacific American Law Student Association (APALSA) will provide international students an opportunity to practice their conversational English skills. All students are welcome. Contact: Sabrina Hsieh,

Friday, February 16

6:00 p.m. New York City Bar Association. The 13th Annual Alumni Exemplary Public Service Awards.


Saturday, February 17

5:45-8:00 p.m. Saperston Student Lounge. APALSA Lunar New Year Dinner.

Asian Pacific American Law Student Association (APALSA) will be celebrating Lunar New Year with food and drinks. Contact: Christine Kim,

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Positions Available

The Graduate Legal Studies Office seeks several JD students to serve as Teaching Assistants for the introductory LLM course being offered in the two weeks before school starts (commencing August 6th).  Depending on your Fall schedules and financial needs, you could complete for credit or pay.  The course – Introduction to the American Legal System – will run from August 6th to August 20th, and your presence will be required some hours each day (both in and outside of class) during that time frame.  It will be a fun and rewarding way to get to know the incoming LLMs. TAs will conduct small section sessions, comment on papers, and meet with students.  If interested, please send an email, explaining your interest, with a copy of your resume attached to

The Farmworker Legal Assistance Clinic seeks a student to fill a position as a summer intern with the New York State Family Security Project, a new project funded by Equal Justice Works and AmeriCorps that is focused on addressing barriers to lawful residency and family security for underserved communities in New York State. The intern will work closely with the both Clinical Teaching Fellow Briana Beltran and AmeriCorps Legal Fellow Jordan Manalastas, and will have the opportunity to assist with the representation of undocumented clients in immigration court and before family courts in upstate New York. The intern will have the opportunity to earn an AmeriCorps education award upon the completion of the position, and will be entitled to seek additional outside compensation for their services (e.g., a PIF grant). To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, two references, a writing sample, and an unofficial transcript to Additional information may be found in the full posting located here. Students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

The Cornell Center on the Death Penalty Worldwide seeks research and advocacy Interns for full-time positions in summer 2018.

The ideal candidates will have a demonstrated commitment to human rights, death penalty, or criminal justice issues. The internship is full-time and typically requires a 10-week commitment. While the internship is unpaid, the Center will work with interns to secure funding.

Responsibilities: Interns will conduct legal research on foreign jurisdictions' laws, jurisprudence, and practices; analyze international human rights law; and write and edit information to be uploaded to the Death Penalty Worldwide database. Interns will also support the Makwanyane Institute for Capital Defenders, an intense training workshop for attorneys from Africa that will take place in Cornell during summer 2018.

Qualifications: This is a legal internship, open to 2Ls, 3Ls, and LL.M students only. We seek applicants who demonstrate excellent research/writing skills and attention to detail, including the ability to follow research and citation guidelines.

To Apply: Applicants should send a cover letter explaining their interest in the internship along with a CV or resume to with the subject line "DPW Summer 2018 Legal Internship." Please note that applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

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From Eduardo M. Peñalver
The Allan R. Tessler Dean

Office Hours for Students

I will be holding office hours for students on Tuesday afternoons, 4:00-5:00 p.m. Students wishing to see me may sign up in advance with Becca Johnson in room 263, by e-mail (, or by phone (607-255-3527).

Wednesday, February 21

12:15-1:15 p.m. Room 390 Myron Taylor Hall. Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series featuring Barry Rashkover, JD `86.

Please join us for the Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series with Barry Rashkover, partner at Sidley Austin LLP.  His lecture on “Commencing and Conducting the Internal Investigation:  What Must Be Considered?” will address concerns related to dealing with whistleblower allegations, when an investigation is warranted and who should oversee the investigation, among other topics. All are welcome to attend. Lunch will be provided for guests registered by Monday, February 19.

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From Terry Thompson

S/U Grading Option

2Ls, 3Ls, Exchange students and LLMs 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, are 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 February 14.

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, Cornell Health, or the Bursar. Enrollment in courses does not constitute or imply university registration. Students must be registered by February 16 or they risk being withdrawn from the university. When withdrawn, they will be dropped from classes, and services such as (but not limited to) library access, housing, dining, door access, Blackboard, and bus services will be terminated. Students who become registered for the Spring semester after February 16 will be charged a $350 late fee. Students who fail to become registered will be withdrawn from the University on March 5. 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. Use Student Essentials to check your registration status.

Spring 2018 Final Examinations

Students who have exam conflicts are reminded to notify the Law School Registrar's Office, in writing, of the conflict and should note which exam they wish rescheduled. The online Deferral Request link will be available in March on the Registrar's website.

Summer School Study

Students may petition the faculty for permission to take courses in law summer school programs of ABA-approved law schools and, upon their successful completion, to receive credit toward the Cornell J.D. degree. Such petitions are considered on an individual basis, and in no case is credit in excess of six hours granted for all such summer school law study. For timely consideration of the petition, interested students should submit their petitions to the Law School Registrar's Office (addressed to Dean Miner) prior to April 1.

Release of Information

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. The form is available in the forms section on the Registrar's website.

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From Markeisha Miner
Dean of Students

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.

How to Report Concerning Behavior

Cornell University will not tolerate sexual abuse, rape, sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, sexual coercion, or other forms of sexual violence by or against students, staff, faculty, alumni, or visitors. University Policy 6.4 prohibits all members of the university community from engaging in prohibited discrimination, protected-status harassment, sexual harassment, and sexual assault/violence.

Policy 6.4 provides definitions and explains the procedures employed for investigating and adjudicating allegations of sexual misconduct.

You may use the anonymous online reporting form to report any concerning behavior. Even though reporter's name is requested, it is not a required field.

Issues related to the Campus Code of Conduct: Alleged violations should be reported to the Judicial Administrator at 255-4680 or

Thinking about housing for fall 2018? Consider Maplewood Apartments

Maplewood Apartments is open for tours. Their temporary leasing trailer (located at 151 Maple Ave, next to the Coal Yard Café) has mock-ups of the bedroom, kitchen, and living room that students can view, including the specific appliances that will be in the new apartments. To learn more visit their website or you can call their office at 607-216-4022.

Free premium access for anyone with a email address for the 2017-2018 academic year. Calm supports mental health and well-being with meditation, music and tools to help with sleep. All Cornell students, staff & faculty should take advantage of this resource. Let's invest in ourselves.

Spring 2018 Group Counseling Sessions Offered

Group counseling is one of the most effective tools for addressing issues common among college students. For many students, it can be more effective than individual counseling.  Our support groups and group therapy offer a safe environment to discuss problems with others who are dealing with similar concerns.  Most students - although somewhat apprehensive at first - report that they find the group experience to be helpful far beyond their expectations.  There are even separate group counseling opportunities for just graduate and professional students.  What you need to know: each group is led by one or more professional counselors, groups usually meet weekly for a 90-minute session, participation is free for registered Cornell students, groups are private and confidential; all members must agree that what is disclosed in sessions cannot be shared outside of the group.

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Convocation Information

2018 Convocation Details

What: Convocation is the Law School's main ceremony
When: Saturday, May 12 at 2:00pm
Where: Newman Arena in Bartels Hall (no guest limit, no tickets required)
For more information:

Accommodation: If you or your guests need accommodation to participate, please contact Linda Majeroni at If you requested an accommodation on the RSVP form, you will be contacted in April via email with instructions.

Action Required: Cap, Gown & Hood Rental-Ordering Information

Deadline: 11:30pm, Wednesday, March 14 (ordering site turned off)
Late fee: $12 + rental fee. If you miss the ordering deadline, your choices will be limited to the few extras the representative may have on hand.

To place an order, visit Regalia is the same for all degrees and will be worn for both Convocation and University Commencement.

Save the Date: Class Photo

Wednesday, March 21. Room 184 MTH.

All graduates should wear business attire for the photo. Please be prompt. We will not re-take the photo if you are late or cannot attend. Please wait in the breakout space until your degree program is called into Room 184.

JD students (including JD-LLM) should arrive at 5:25pm.
LLM students should arrive at 5:30pm.
JSD students should arrive 5:35pm.
JD-LLM students should return at 5:35pm for their own separate photo.

For more information, visit

Save the Date: Regalia Distribution

Wednesday, April 18. 10:00am-2:00pm. Room G80 MTH.

No alternate date. If you cannot be there, you must make arrangements with a friend to pick up your items.

If you have any questions regarding Convocation, please contact Linda Majeroni at

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

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

When: Wednesdays from 2:30-4:30 p.m.
Where: Room 126B Hughes Hall (in Dean of Students' suite)

No appointment necessary. Just drop in.

For additional hours and locations:

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From Chenay Weyble
Lecturer of Law and Director of Academic Support

Office Hours Week of February 12 (Room 126F Hughes Hall):

  • Monday: 11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon
  • Tuesday: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon
  • Thursday: 2:30-3:30 p.m.
  • Friday: No office hours

Or by appointment: (607) 255-0146 or

Academic Peer Advisors Office Hours:

  • Matthew: Tuesdays, 1:00-3:00 p.m., Room G28R
  • Aaron: Tuesdays, 1:30-3:30 p.m., Room G80
  • Angelica: Thursdays, 11:10 a.m.-1:10 p.m., Room L39
  • Kara: Thursdays, 11:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m., Room G29
  • Rebecca: Thursdays, 4:00-6:00 p.m., Room L39

Winter Doldrums. Ithaca is solidly in the grips of an icy winter. It's not unusual to feel unmotivated when your mood matches the gloomy weather outside. To jumpstart your motivation, focus on the positive. Take a step back to evaluate what you hope to accomplish with a law degree and why you are here. Reminding yourself of your ultimate goal will help you focus on the process necessary to get there. Get organized with a structured study schedule instead of just a daily "To Do" list. It is too easy to put off studying in a structured way when you think you have all day to review Contracts. Instead, don't give yourself a choice-schedule specific course review for specific times and days. You'll feel so much better when get your work done rather than procrastinate. Breaking down tasks into smaller pieces can also provide motivation. You can accomplish more-like balancing the work for your Lawyering assignment with reviewing for class-if you set and stick to a schedule. If you want more ideas on how to motivate yourself to study, drop by my office during office hours or schedule an appointment.

Law School Refresher Workshop. Wednesday, February 21. 4:30-5:30 pm. Room TBA. Nearly one-third of the semester is under your belt. Now's a great time to adjust your study efforts. Are you taking too long with your reading and not reviewing enough? Are you trying to figure out how to practice exam skills? The Academic Peer Advisors are holding a session on how to adjust your skills to be more efficient and effective the remainder of this semester. They're happy to answer questions and work with you further to help prepare for the upcoming exam season. Space is limited, so please R.S.V.P to Bonnie Jo at

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From John DeRosa
Associate Dean for Career Services


Monday, April 16

4:30 p.m. Room 184. 2018 Recruiting Season Launch.


Spring Law Firm Programs


During the course of this spring semester, a number of law firms will host events to introduce you to their people, practice areas, and summer programs. Most events consist of a presentation and reception; you are welcome to attend one or both. You will receive more information about each via email.

Law Firm Date Time Location RSVP
Weil Gotshal February 20 6:00pm Johnson Museum of Art Click here to RSVP.
Debevoise & Plimpton February 22 4:30pm 184 Myron Taylor Hall. Reception to follow in the Commons, 5:30pm. RSVP to Caitlin Costello,
Goodwin February 28 4:30pm 186 Myron Taylor Hall. Reception to follow in the Commons, 5:30pm. RSVP to
Sullivan & Cromwell March 1 5:00pm 184 Myron Taylor Hall. Reception to follow in the Commons, 6:00pm. RSVP to Aryanna Ryans,
Cahill Gordon March 6 4:30pm 182 Myron Taylor Hall. Reception to follow in the Commons, 5:30pm. RSVP to Noelle Fletcher,
Fried Frank March 7 Time TBA Location TBA RSVP TBA.
Haynes Boone March 13 6:30-8:30 pm The Nines RSVP to
Paul Weiss March 14 6:00pm Johnson Museum of Art RSVP to Caitlin Chapski,
Akin Gump March 20 4:30pm 182 Myron Taylor Hall RSVP TBA.
Davis Polk April 9 Time TBA Off-campus location TBA RSVP TBA.

Thursday, March 8

4:30 p.m. Myron Taylor Hall. Effective Preparation for Recruiting Interviews.

Speakers: Max Sivin of Bloomberg Law and Dean DeRosa, Career Services Office.


Tuesday, February 27

12:15 p.m. Room 290. Renting in New York City.

Presented by Cooper & Cooper Real Estate. Will you be living in New York City during your 2L summer or upon graduation? Want to find a safe and clean apartment within your budget? Confused about all the different living options? Join Jeremy and Jordan Cooper for a detailed presentation about how to effectively search for a place to live in New York City. Pizza lunch provided. RSVP at

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From Elizabeth Peck
Assistant Dean for Professional Development and Clerkships

Monday, February 19

4:15-5:15 p.m. Room 186. Clerkship Tips from the Pros.

Join Judge Peter Hall, JD '77, and members of the faculty for an inside look at landing clerkships and succeeding in chambers. Light refreshments provided.

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Clinical Programs

Mandatory Meeting for Fall 2018 Externships and Spring 2019 Pro Bono Scholars Program

Any student interested in participating in an externship in the Fall 2018 semester or the Pro Bono Scholars program in the Spring 2019 semester must attend one of three informational meetings.  The meetings will be held:

Tuesday, February 13, 12 noon-1:00 p.m., Room 279
Wednesday, February 28, 5:00-6:00 p.m., Room 279

Professor Mooney will explain the programs and the relevant deadlines, and answer any questions you may have about part or full-time externships, and the Pro Bono Scholars program.

Interested students may attend any of the three meetings, but must attend one.  Students who have already attended a meeting in the Fall 2018 semester may, but are not required to, attend another meeting.

On February 13, Tamara Thompson of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of NY will explain the externship program for that office.

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From Kristine Hoffmeister
Director of Alumni Affairs

Friday, February 16

6:00 p.m. New York City Bar Association. The 13th Annual Alumni Exemplary Public Service Awards.

Join us at the New York City Bar Association for a reception at 6:00 pm and a ceremony at 7:00 pm. Along with honoring our alumni award-winners, we will recognize graduates from the class of 2018 who have been selected to receive Public Interest graduation prizes. This event is free of charge. We do however need your committed reservation.

2018 Alumni Award Recipients

Deborah B. Agus, JD '79

Executive Director, Behavioral Health Leadership Institute ‐ Baltimore, MD

David Kagle, JD '08

Staff Attorney, Legal Assistance of Western New York, Bath Office ‐ Bath, NY

Ryan N. Norwood, JD '02

Assistant Federal Public Defender, Federal Public Defender, District of Nevada ‐ Las Vegas, NV

Cheyenne A. Sanders, JD '14 (Rising Star Award)

Deputy General Counsel, Yurok Tribe ‐ Klamath, CA

Daniel L. Sosland, JD '85

President, Acadia Center ‐ Rockport, ME

Quinten Steenhuis, JD '08

Senior Attorney, Greater Boston Legal Services ‐ Boston, MA

Student Public Interest Prizes

Freeman Award for Civil-Human Rights

Awarded annually to the law student or students who have made the greatest contributions during his or her law school career to civil-human rights: Aaron Smith, Dara Brown, Rosa Cortez.

Stanley E. Gould Prize for Public Interest Law

Awarded annually to a third year student or students who have shown outstanding dedication to serving public interest law and public interest groups: Kara Goad, Laurel Hopkins, Karen Smeda.

Seymour Herzog Memorial Prize

Awarded annually to a student or students who demonstrate excellence in the law and commitment to public interest law, combined with a love of sports: McCahey Townsend, Daniel Nesbitt.


Thursday, March 8


7:00-9:00 p.m. The Union Club of the City of Boston. Cornell Law School Alumni Gathering.

Join our host David Moran, JD '73, and members of our Boston Graduates of the Last Decade (classes 2008-2017) for a casual reception and lively conversation. Reconnect with old friends and plan to make new ones.  All law school alumni are invited. Business professional attire required. Your committed registration is requested by Wednesday, February 28. Please register online or by calling the Alumni Affairs Office at (607) 255-5251.

A very special thanks to David Moran, JD '73 for sponsoring the evening and to the Graduates of the Last Decade (GOLD) Alumni for their hard work marketing this event: Alexandra Bargoot, JD `16, Adam McCall, JD '17, Joshua Robinson, JD '15, Jonathan Sclarsic, JD '08, Allison Sjolund, JD '09.

Current law students may attend these events free of charge (unless otherwise noted) however, your committed reservation is required. For more information, contact the Cornell Law School Alumni Affairs Office at (607) 255-5251 or email

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Graduate Legal Studies

Monday, February 26

12:30 p.m. Room G85 Myron Taylor Hall. ISSO Workshop: Visas After Graduation.

Open to all students. No RSVP necessary.

Monday, March 5

5:00 p.m. Room 132 Goldwin Smith Hall (Hollis E. Cornell Auditorium). ISSO Workshop: Visas After Graduation.

Open to all students. No RSVP necessary.

Additional OPT information is available online, as well as an F1 OPT video and PowerPoint.

ISSO: U.S. Taxes and How to File

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

Save the Date

A cocktail reception celebrating LL.M. and J.S.D. commencement will be held on Friday, May 11, 2018 from 4:30-6:30pm in the Park Atrium at Statler Hall. An official invitation with a link to R.S.V.P. will be sent later this semester.

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Writing Competitions

Refugee Law Writing Competition

The American Society of International Law's International Refugee Law Interest Group (IRLIG) announces its fourth annual International Refugee Law Student Writing Competition, co-sponsored by the Global Migration Centre at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva; the International Law Students Association (ILSA); the International Journal of Refugee Law; and the American Society of International Law (ASIL). The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, February 28, 2018. Papers from last semester or last year are welcome, as long as the student is still a student. The winner will receive a travel subsidy and complimentary registration to the Annual Meeting of ASIL in Washington, DC from April 4-7, a complimentary one year student membership in ASIL, consideration for publication in the International Journal of Refugee Law, and a $100 cash prize. Click here for more information.

The Mary Moers Wenig Student Writing Competition

The writing competition was created by ACTEC’s Legal Education Committee to encourage and reward scholarly works in the area of trusts and estates. The Competition is open to any law student in good standing (full-time or part-time) who is currently enrolled as a J.D. or LL.M. candidate in an ABA-accredited law school within the United States or its possessions. A $5,000 cash prize, the first place winner of the Mary Moers Wenig Student Writing Competition may now receive a full-tuition scholarship to the Heckerling Graduate Program in Estate Planning at the University of Miami School of Law for either the 2018-2019 or the 2019-2020 academic year. Second and third cash prizes are also awarded, as well as honorable mentions. More information, including official rules and applications, can be found at this link.

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