Cornell Law Scoops

Scoops February 19 Issue

Calendar of Events

From John DeRosa
Associate Dean for Career Services

Positions Available


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

Writing Competitions

Calendar of Events

Week of February 19, 2018

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

MONDAY, February 19

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,

12:15-1:15 p.m. Room G85. Equal Justice Works Presentation: Launching Your Public Interest Career.

Join Equal Justice Works while they provide expert advice on post-grad fellowships, summer internships, educational awards for public service, student leadership and advocacy opportunities, and managing student debt. Contact: Dean Akyea,

TUESDAY, February 20

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


5:00-6:00 p.m. Room 186. The Business of Law: How Elite Firms Operate.

Hear from Barry Wolf, Executive Partner at Weil Gotshal & Manges, about how the business of law is evolving and why students (soon to be associates) should be interested in the management and operations of law firms. Sponsored by the Clarke Business Law Institute Program on Law, Finance, and Transactions and the Business Law Society. Contact: Gina Jackson,

6:00-8:00 p.m. Room 182. Federalist Society and American Constitution Society Electoral College Debate.

Professor Richard Duncan from the University of Nebraska Law School will debate Cornell Law School Professor Robert Hockett on the Electoral College. Contact: Bennett Hampilos,

6:30 p.m. Johnson Museum of Art. 1L Law Firm Program: Weil Gotshal.


Wednesday, February 21

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


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


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


Thursday, February 22

4:00-6:30 p.m. Saperston Student Lounge. Sullivan & Cromwell Reception with WLC.

Contact: Allison McQueeney,

4:30 p.m. Room 184. 1L Law Firm Program: Debevoise & Plimpton.


Friday, February 23

3:00-4:00 p.m. Room 186. LII Supreme Court Bulletin: Nuts & Bolts Informational Session.

Interested in joining the LII Supreme Court Bulletin? Come to our informational meeting to learn about our upcoming writing competition. Contact: Amanda Wong,

5:00-6:30 p.m. The Commons. Myron Taylor Mixer.

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Positions Available

Professor Kalantry is looking for a research assistant for full-time employment (30 or 40 hours a week) at a rate of $13.50 per hour starting at the end of May and continuing until early August.  Ideally the RA would be based in Ithaca, but the professor is willing to consider working remotely.  Professor Kalantry is writing a book on the Indian Supreme Court and would like the RA to work with her in reviewing and summarizing articles, doing some coding work for empirical projects on the Supreme Court, and possibly also work related to the International Human Rights Clinic. If you would like to apply, please send your resume, your transcript (unofficial is fine) and indicate whether you are going to be based in Ithaca this summer or not.   Please send this information to Megan Olivares ( by March 1, 2018.

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.  Click here to register.

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From Terry Thompson


Spring 2018 Final Examinations

The online exam deferral request link will be available on the Registrar's website March 14-21.  Students will register for final exams and download the spring 2018 version of the exam4 software during that same time frame in March.  Watch for an email from the Registrar's Office in mid-March.

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.

Registration with Bar Authorities

Deadlines for bar examination applications may be approaching. The rules of certain states (not New York) require either notifying the bar admission authorities of intent to begin the study of law or registering with the authorities when law studies begin. Students should obtain instructions from the proper source (usually the state board of bar examiners or the clerk of the court of highest jurisdiction) in the state in which they intend to practice. Failure to comply with the instructions may substantially delay admission to the bar. You can find more information on the National Conference of Bar Examiners website:

Bar Applications Requiring Fingerprinting

NY does not require fingerprinting. Not all State bar applications require fingerprinting. Fingerprinting is available on campus at the Public Safety Office, G-2 Barton Hall, 24 hours a day. You will need to take the fingerprint card with you, and two forms of picture ID.

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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.

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

Campus Resource Corner

The Office of the Ombudsman is a safe place for students, faculty and staff to turn for help. You can meet confidentially and off the record with an ombudsman to discuss options for any concerns or issues. To make an appointment to speak privately with an ombudsman, please email or call us at 607-255-4321. This is a free service for students, faculty and staff.

Myron Taylor Mixer


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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 19 (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: By appointment only
  • Friday: By appointment only

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

Gimme a Break.  You’ve completed your Lawyering assignment, read for every class, and done your best to stay healthy during this crazy flu season.  Do you feel exhausted?  Right now would be a fantastic time for winter break—if there was one.  While accomplishing a big task makes you feel like taking time off, there is no time off right now.  Unlike the fall semester, when you had breaks every six weeks followed by a long holiday break, the spring semester is more like the real world.  You have more demands on your time and less time to catch up.  You won’t have a break until April, so you need to make your own mini-breaks now in order to stay focused.

How do you do that?  Plan short breaks every week so that you can recharge.  Walk outside for half an hour every day.  Go to the gym from 4:30 to 5:30 every other day.  Watch one episode of your favorite show every evening.  See a movie from 7 to 9 on Saturday.  Do an activity that relaxes you, but make sure you set a starting and ending time to the activity.  While you need breaks to make sure you don’t burn out, you will be more stressed out if your breaks get out of control and reduce your working time.  If you want more ideas on how to motivate yourself to study while also scheduling breaks, drop by my office during office hours or schedule an appointment.

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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 6:30pm 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.
Paul Hastings (rescheduled) March 26 4:40pm 184 Myron Taylor Hall. Reception to follow in the Commons. RSVP to If you RSVP’d for the original event date, you do not need to RSVP again.
Davis Polk April 9 6:30 p.m. Agava Restaurant. RSVP to

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


Thursday, March 1

12:00-1:00 p.m. Room G85. Approaching the Bench: A Presentation for 1Ls on Judicial Clerkships.

What’s a post-grad clerkship? Why should you do one? How do you land one? Join Dean Peck and two future Cornell Law School clerks to learn more. Lunch provided. .

Thursday, March 8

4:15-5:15 p.m. Saperston Student Lounge (Room G65). Fireside Chat with Judge Nina Pillard.

Join DC Circuit Judge Nina Pillard, the 2018 Distinguished Jurist in Residence, as she shares her thoughts on a variety of topics – from career to courts to effective appellate advocacy. Snacks 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 final meeting will be held on:

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.

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From Kristine Hoffmeister
Director of Alumni Affairs


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. you will need to file some US tax forms. Click here for more information.

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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