Cornell Law Scoops

Scoops February 13 Issue

Calendar of Events

From Chenay Weyble
Lecturer of Law and Director of Academic Support

Positions Available

From Clinical Programs

From Eduardo M. Peñalver
The Allan R. Tessler Dean

From John DeRosa
Associate Dean for Career Services

From Terry Thompson

From Elizabeth Peck
Assistant Dean for Professional Development and Clerkships

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)

Writing Competitions

Calendar of Events

Week of February 13, 2017

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

MONDAY, February 13

6:00-8:00 p.m. Room 184.

Fall 2017 Externship Informational Meeting.


Tuesday, February 14


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

Office hours for students with Dean Peñalver.


Wednesday, February 15


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

The Weekly Perk.


12:00 noon. 

Deadline to submit S/U Grading Option Election Form.



2:30-4:30 p.m. Room G59.

Let's Talk.



5:00-6:00 p.m. Faculty Lounge. BLSA Fireside Chat with Dean Peñalver.


This event is free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by GPSAFC. Contact: Shelbi Vaughn,

Thursday, February 16

12:15-1:30 p.m. Room 182. Briggs Event: International Arbitration Q&A.

Diora Ziyaeva, a senior associate from Dentons in New York, will be discussing international arbitration. Contact: Maciej Bukowski,

5:00-6:30 p.m. The Commons.

Myron Taylor Mixer.


Friday, February 17


12:00-1:00 p.m. Room 276.

Why You Should Clerk on a State Court of Last Resort.


2:30-4:00 p.m. Saperston Student Lounge. Lambda Fireside Chat with Justice McDonald.


Contact: Samantha Rose,

3:00-4:00 p.m. Room 182. BLSA/LALSA/NALSA Mandatory Pre-Bootcamp Meeting.

All students  must attend this meeting to be eligible to attend the BLSA/LALSA/NALSA Bootcamp. We will preview what happens at bootcamp and what you need to do to get ready. Co-sponsored by GPSAFC. Contact: Sasha Burger,

6:00 p.m. Association of the Bar of the City of New York.

The 12th Annual Alumni Exemplary Public Service Awards.

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Positions Available

Call for TA's - Introduction to the American Legal System
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 7th).  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 7th to August 21st, 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

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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 Connie McIntosh in room 263, by e-mail (, or by phone (607-255-3539).

Monday, February 20

12:15-1:15 p.m. Room 290. Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series featuring William F. Lee, JD '76, MBA '76

Mr. Lee is a partner at WilmerHale and is one of the country’s foremost intellectual property and commercial litigation attorneys.  Join us for his lecture on “The Smartphone Wars: The Apple-Samsung Trial.” All are welcome to attend. Lunch will be provided for guests registered by Wednesday, February 15.

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From Terry Thompson


S/U Grading Option

2L and 3L JD students may elect to take up to two upperclass courses at Cornell Law School on an S/U basis during their time here. At the close of Add-Drop 2L and 3L students will be emailed 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. 1L students cannot elect the S/U grading option for their 1L elective course. 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.

S/U Grading Option Election Form

Class of 2017 and 2018 JD students will receive an email when the S/U Grading Option link is available on the Registrar's website. The form will be available shortly after the end of add/drop. Students must submit the online form no later than 12 noon on Wednesday, February 15.

Spring 2017 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 spring exam schedule is available on the Registrar's website. The online Deferral Request link will be available March 20 on the Registrar's website. The request must be made by 3:00 p.m. on March 30.

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. Petition forms are available online.

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 February 17 or they risk being withdrawn from the university. Students who become registered for the Spring semester after February 17 will be charged a $350 late fee. Students who fail to become registered will be withdrawn from the University on March 6. 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.

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

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.

Wednesday, February 15

12:15-1:30 p.m. 401 Warren Hall.  Having it All?  Work-Life "Balance" and How to Strategize for Success with Professor Beth Livingston.

Come understand what people mean when they refer to "work-life balance" and what it specifically means to you and others.  Learn what the newest research says about strategizing for "balance" and how individuals and companies can work toward a "balanced" approach to work and family.  Dr. Beth A. Livingston is an Assistant Professor in HR at Cornell University. She currently teaches courses on staffing and human resource management, and on managing work and family. Lunch will be provided.  Co-sponsored by the GPWomeN, PCCW, Women in Public Policy, and the Graduate School.

Tuesday, February 21

10:00-11:00 a.m. East Hill Office Building, Room 140. Navigating Cornell Careers.

Are you interested in a non-academic position at Cornell University and have secured work authorization in the United States? If so, please join Ms. Sonja Baylor, Cornell Human Resources Recruiter, to discuss job search tips, application process and overall information about working at Cornell University.

Community ESL at Cornell Offers English Classes

Community ESL at Cornell sponsored by the ISSO offers English classes taught by local volunteers, for spouses and partners of international students and visiting scholars. Those interested in attending can register at for a maximum of three classes per week. There will not be a registration fee. All levels are welcome. If there are any questions, please contact

Myron Taylor Mixer

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Convocation Information

To: The Graduating Class of 2017:


Class Pictures and Champagne Toast-Tuesday, March 14

All graduates should wear business attire for the picture. To avoid confusion, we ask that you arrive according to the following schedule. Please be prompt, we cannot re-shoot if you miss the specified time.

All JDs (including JD/LLMs) should arrive at  6:00 p.m.  We will take the picture at approximately  6:10 p.m. as it takes a bit of time to get everyone arranged.

All LLMs should arrive at  6:05 p.m. and wait in break-out area for the JDs to exit the class room.  Picture will be taken at approximately  6:20 p.m.

JSDs should arrive at  6:10 p.m., and JD/LLMs should return at this time as well—Pictures will be taken at approximately  6:25 p.m.

There will be a champagne toast and cake following the completion of the class pictures.  Please stay in the area following the picture taking.

Cap & Gown, Hood Rental Order Information

It is time to order your gap, gown and hood rental. Regalia is worn at both the Law School Convocation (Sunday, May 14, 2017) and University Commencement (Sunday, May 28, 2017). The regalia is the same for ALL degrees.

Please read through all the instructions on the Cap & Gown Rental Information page before proceeding to the ordering site. Orders must be completed by 11:30 p.m., March 15, 2017. After that date, the site will be deactivated and you will no longer be able to order a personalized size but will have to depend on the extras that will be brought to distribution. It is not wise to put this task off. We recommend ordering sooner rather than later.

You will need your hat size and height (in feet and inches). For your hat size, the ordering site provides a downloadable tape measure. I have several attached to my office door, room 138, along with a height chart in feet/inches to the right of my door (when facing). Please be sure and return the cap tape measure after using. I recommend measuring your cap size with a friend. It is easier or take the tape off the door, find a mirror, measure and then return the tape to the door.

Distribution of the regalia will be one day only, Wednesday, April 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in room G80. If you cannot be there to pick up your regalia, you must arrange for a friend to do so.

Convocation Website

Please familiarize yourself with the content on the Convocation website. In addition, please forward the URL to family/friends that would like the information contained on the site.

Convocation RSVP

Everyone that plans on attending the Convocation ceremony needs to complete the Convocation RSVP online form. This information is used in coordinating convocation as well as at the ceremony itself. Please complete the form even if you are unsure if you will be attending. You can let me know later if plans change.

If you have any questions about Convocation, you may email Linda Majeroni at

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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 February 13 (Room G57):

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

Or by appointment: (607) 255-0146 or

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.  If you want more ideas on how to motivate yourself to study, drop by my office during office hours or schedule an appointment.

Free Bar Review Course Lottery.  It's the time of year when J.D. 3Ls must secure their enrollment in a bar review course.  Is your future firm unwilling to pay or reimburse for bar review expenses?  There may be a solution.  While Cornell Law School does not advocate for one bar review company over another, Kaplan has generously provided academic support offices throughout the country with a certificate for one free 2016 bar review course for any jurisdiction offered by Kaplan, with the proviso that it go to a deserving J.D. student.  To that end, I'm holding a lottery and will draw a name on Tuesday, February 28.  Details for entering:

What: Free Kaplan 2017 Bar Review Course

How:  Enter your name in the jar in my office (G-57) or email your name for consideration to with the subject line "bar review lottery."

Deadline:  Enter between now and Tuesday, February 28 at 5:00 p.m. Good luck!

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Clinical Programs

Interested in a full-time or part-time externship?

Thinking about being a Pro Bono Scholar? Come to an informational meeting on Monday, February 13 at 6:00 p.m. in Room 184. We will discuss the benefits and possible drawbacks of an externship and the nuts and bolts of the identification and application process. We will also discuss the Pro Bono Scholar program. The meeting will be repeated on Wednesday, March 15 at 4:30 p.m. in Room 184. All students interested in an externship for the Fall of 2017 or the Spring of 2018 or the Pro Bono Scholar program for the Spring of 2018 must attend one of these two meetings. For further information, contact Prof. Mooney at

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From John DeRosa
Associate Dean for Career Services



Career Services Recruiting Season Programs

2017 Recruiting Season Launch: April 10, 4:45pm, Room 184.

Spring Law Firm Programs

During the course of this Spring semester a number of law firms will host evening 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
Paul Hastings February 24 1:00pm Myron Taylor Hall, Room TBA RSVP to Michelle Gramer,
Debevoise & Plimpton February 27 5:00pm Myron Taylor Hall, Room TBA RSVP to Erik Brockmeyer,
Weil Gotshal March 1 6:30pm Johnson Museum of Art RSVP to
Cahill Gordon March 7 5:00pm Myron Taylor Hall, Room TBA RSVP to Noelle Fletcher,
Latham & Watkins March 8 6:00-8:00pm Off-campus location, TBA  
Davis Polk March 13 6:30pm Agava Restaurant, shuttles will be available RSVP to
Paul Weiss March 14 6:00pm Johnson Museum of Art RSVP to Sarah Boyd,
Sullivan & Cromwell March 27 Time TBA Location TBA  




Tuesday, February 28

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


Tuesday, February 21

5:00 p.m. Room 184 and the Commons. February Practice Panel.

Co-Presented with the Business Law Society. Featured firms: Fried Frank, Schulte Roth, Sullivan & Cromwell and Skadden Arps. RSVP to Lyndsey Bullock,

Tuesday, March 21

5:00 p.m. Room 184 and the Commons. March Practice Panel.

Co-Presented with the Business Law Society. Featured firms: Freshfields, Goodwin and Wilson Sonsini. RSVP to Lyndsey Bullock,

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From Elizabeth Peck
Assistant Dean for Professional Development and Clerkships


Friday, February 17

12:00-1:00 p.m. Room 276. Why You Should Clerk on a State Court of Last Resort.

Justice Andrew J. McDonald (CU '88), Associate Justice for the Connecticut Supreme Court, will be discussing why clerking for a state court might be right for you. Lunch provided.

Tuesday, February 21

12:00-1:00 p.m. Room 186. When Technology and The Law Collide.

Magistrate Judge James Orenstein, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, will discuss how tech-based surveillance and other new technologies present challenges to the legal system and judiciary. Lunch provided.

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From Kristine Hoffmeister
Director of Alumni Affairs


Friday, February 17

6:00 p.m. Association of the Bar of the City of New York. The 12th Annual Alumni Exemplary Public Service Awards.


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: Krsna Avila, Julie Bloch, Samantha Elliott, Nicole Gonzalez, Nicholas Jacques, Caitlin Saggese, Nathan Smith, Adena Wayne.

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:  Michael Contino, Ellen Parodi, Clea Weiss.

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: Tim Darby, Sarah Estabrook.

2017 Alumni Award Recipients

Samuel Angell, JD '88

Assistant Federal Defender, Federal Community Defender Office, Philadelphia, PA

Ronna Blau, JD '72

Deputy Chief Attorney, NYS Mental Hygiene Legal Services, First Department, New York, NY

Lynn W.L. Fahey, JD '70

Attorney-in-Charge, Appellate Advocates, New York, NY

Naomi Post, JD '79

Executive Director, Children's Defense Fund, New York, NY

Deborah Press, JD '09 (Rising Star Award)

Director of Regulatory Affairs, American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Washington, DC

Katherine Rybak, JD '79

Staff Attorney, Indiana Legal Services, Inc., Evansville, IN

Jeffrey Vogt, LLM '99, JD '99

Legal Director, International Trade Union Confederation, Washington, DC

Leslie Wheelock, MBA '84, JD '84

Director of the Office of Tribal Relations, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Washington, DC

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Graduate Legal Studies

Tuesday, February 21

12:00-1:00 p.m. Room 290. ISSO Presentation - F1 Work Authorization after Graduation.

Open to all.  No RSVP necessary.

Save the Date

A cocktail reception celebrating LL.M. and J.S.D. commencement will be held on Saturday, May 13, 2017 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the Johnson Museum of Art. An official invitation with a link to RSVP will be sent later this semester.

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Writing Competitions

Diversity Summer Fellowship in Health Law

The fellowship (value $5000) will be awarded to law students who are currently enrolled in law schools in the State of New York to work in Health law positions in the public sector in the State of New York during the summer of 2017.  For more information, applications, and guidelines visit The New York Bar Foundation’s website at

2017 Diversity Writing Competition

There are three levels of competition (1L, 2L, and 3-4/L) and the winner of each level will receive a $5,000 cash prize. The deadline to apply is March 31, 2017. The topic for the 2017 competition is: Why Pipeline Programs Targeting Students from Underrepresented Racial and Ethnic Backgrounds Are Essential to the Future of the Legal Profession.

Bruce M. Stargatt Legal Ethics Writing Competition

In keeping with Bruce Stargatt's keen interest in legal writing and the ethical practice of law, we invite scholarly papers concerning ethical issues in the practice of law. Beyond this general description, the precise issue to be dealt with is in the author's discretion. Cash prizes of $3000, $1000 and $500 will be awarded to the top three papers. For more information, see

2017 William W. Greenhalgh Student Writing Competition

This Competition is sponsored by Criminal Justice of the American Bar Association. The goal of the Competition is to encourage law students to become involved in the Section. It is also intended to attract students to the Criminal Justice practice field, and to encourage scholarship in this field. For more information, read this PDF.

The Honorable William C. Conner Intellectual Property Law Writing Competition

The competition is open to students enrolled in a J.D. or LL.M. program (day or evening). The subject matter must be directed to one of the traditional subject areas of intellectual property, i.e., patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, unfair trade practices and antitrust. For more information, see

Spring 2017 National Scholarship Competition for College Students with Disabilities

disABLEDperson, Inc announces our Spring 2017 National Scholarship Competition for College Students with Disabilities. This competition begins on February 1, 2017 and ends on March 31, 2017 for the award of $2000. For more information, see

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