Cornell Law Scoops

Scoops February 26 Issue

Calendar of Events

From Chenay Weyble
Lecturer of Law and Director of Academic Support

Positions Available

From John DeRosa
Associate Dean for Career Services

From Eduardo M. Peñalver
The Allan R. Tessler Dean

From Akua Akyea
Assistant Dean for Public Service

From Terry Thompson

From Elizabeth Peck
Assistant Dean for Professional Development and Clerkships

From Markeisha Miner
Dean of Students

From Clinical Programs

Campus/Community Resources

From Kristine Hoffmeister
Director of Alumni Affairs

Convocation Information

From Graduate Legal Studies

From Maurice Haltom
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)


Calendar of Events

Week of February 26, 2018

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

MONDAY, February 26

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,

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


4:15-6:00 p.m. Room 186. Debate: How Neutral is Net Neutrality?

The Federalist Society and Cornell Association for Law & Economics are co-hosting a debate on net neutrality. Contact: Kasey Ashford,

4:30-6:30 p.m. Room G85. All Rise: Documentary Screening.

Come join us for a special screening of the documentary, All Rise. The documentary follows seven law students from various countries and backgrounds competing in the Phillip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. Commentary provided by the law firm White & Case. Contact: Luis Lozada,

TUESDAY, February 27

11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Foyer. Week Against Mass Incarceration.

Book drive and literature share. Sponsored by the National Lawyers Guild. Contact: Matthew Lutwen,

12:15-1:15 p.m. Room 290. Renting in New York City.


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


Wednesday, February 28

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


11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Foyer. Week Against Mass Incarceration.

Book drive and literature share. Sponsored by the National Lawyers Guild. Contact: Matthew Lutwen,

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


4:30 p.m. Room 186. 1L Law Firm Program: Goodwin.


5:00-6:00 p.m. Room 279. Fall 2018 Externships and Spring 2019 Pro Bono Scholars Program Information Session.


Thursday, March 1

11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Foyer. Week Against Mass Incarceration.

Book drive and literature share. Sponsored by the National Lawyers Guild. Contact: Matthew Lutwen,

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


12:15-1:15 p.m. Room 277. Berger International Speaker Series.

Speaker: Erlend Eriksen Gjein, Visiting Researcher, Cornell Law School. Topic: All Shareholders Are Equal, but Some Are More Equal than Others: Multiple Share Classes and Differentiated Voting Rights in Europe and the United States. Contact: Karen LoParco,

4:30 p.m. Rhodes-Rawlings Auditorium, Klarman Hall. Can War Be Prevented by Law?

Is the pen really mightier than the sword? Specifically, do laws and treaties have the power to stop armed conflicts before they begin? That is the question on the table at the next Einaudi Center Lund Debate. Guest panelists are Yale University law professors Oona A. Hathaway and Scott J. Shapiro, co-authors of the 2017 book "The Internationalists: How a Radical Plan to Outlaw War Remade the World." Cornell's Isabel V. Hull (history) and Jens David Ohlin (law) will serve as commentators. Matthew A. Evangelista, professor of government and director of Cornell's Judith Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies, will moderate. Contact: Indira White,

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

APALSA will provide international students an opportunity to practice their conversational English skills. All students are welcome. Contact: Sabrina Hsieh,

5:00 p.m. Room 184. 1L Law Firm Program: Sullivan & Cromwell.


6:30-7:30 p.m. Room 182. Pro Bono and Public Interest Panel Discussion.

Students who want to learn about how to support the public interest while working at a private law firm are invited to an open panel discussion. Three representatives of different aspects of pro bono work will discuss how to gauge a firm's commitment to pro bono, pro bono vs. government/non-profit, and the role of pro bono in contributing to the public interest. Students are encouraged to come with questions. Funded by the GPSAFC and open to the Graduate Community. Please contact Abby Yeo at for any special arrangements you may require in order to attend this event.

Friday, March 2

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Positions Available

Professor Bigoness is seeking a research assistant for a short-term project, starting immediately and likely ending by spring break. The project relates to female entrepreneurs and the specific challenges they face in starting and funding their businesses. The research would largely be business-focused rather than legal, so no specific legal background is required. This is a good project for anyone interested in entrepreneurship and, although short-term, could lead to further related projects down the road. The position would be compensated at the standard rate of $13.50/hour.  If you would like to apply, please send your resume and transcript (unofficial is fine) to Gina Jackson ( by February 28, 2018.

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 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

Eduardo M. Peñalver

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).

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From Terry Thompson

Terry Thompson

Class Recording Request Form

The Law School IT department has created a class recording request form. The form is available on the Registrar's website. You may use the form to request a video recording of a class.  In order view a class recording, a request must be completed and submitted for approval. Approval to view class recordings is at the instructor's discretion, and the decision of the instructor is final. Students who receive a class recording link, do so on the condition they will not share it with anyone else.

Please note that recording requests for make-up classes and review sessions have not yet been integrated into the form.  If you have a request for one of these recordings, please email the instructor for permission.  If the instructor grants you permission, forward that email to IT ( and they will send you the recording.

Students who have approved accommodations should not use the request form, but should work with the Dean of Students Office instead.

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.

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Campus/Community Resources

Register Today: Campus Emergency Notification System

CornellALERT is the university's emergency notification system and is used for situations involving an immediate threat to the health and safety of the community. Sign up to receive voice or text messages on your cell phone. If you have previously signed up then please review and update your information. Additionally, please monitor for updates on Cornell's operating status in inclement weather and any other emergency situations.

Building Access

Once the building is locked for the evening, it is accessible only to members of the law school community. This is designed to provide a study environment conducive to the demands of the rigorous legal education you are pursuing. Key card access is available from the College Ave. entrances, the Myron Taylor Hall breezeway, and the Hughes Hall doors near the P and HH parking lots, as well as the doors on the path near the gorge-side of the Hughes building. Please do not hold or prop open doors after hours. Anything holding doors open will be removed.

Here are a few helpful contacts that you may want to save to your cell:

For all emergencies: Call campus police 24/7, 607-255-1111 or 911.
For building maintenance emergencies and after-hours mechanic: Call 607-255-5322.
For general maintenance requests: Go to "Request Maintenance" link at
For building concerns at any time: Call Law School Facilities Manager, Mike Pado 607-255-3556.

Blue Light Escorts

If you are in the building late, please consider calling for a campus auxiliary officer to walk you to your vehicle or home if you live on or near campus. More information can be found on the Cornell University Police website, or call 607.255. 7373. There are also special Blue Light Bus Routes with late service. TCAT's Blue Light bus routes 92 and 93 serve central campus and Collegetown each evening, including weekends, from 6:30 p.m.-2:30 a.m., during the academic year. Use your Cornell ID when boarding and pay no fare.

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

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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)

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: 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

Chenay Weyble

Office Hours Week of February 26 (Room 126F Hughes Hall):

  • Monday: 11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon
  • Tuesday: 11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon
  • Wednesday: 11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon
  • Thursday: 2:30-3:30 p.m.
  • Friday: 3:00-4:00 p.m.

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

"I don't need time, I need a deadline."-Duke Ellington. I have a love/hate relationship with pesky deadlines. Deadlines can make me feel incredibly stressed at times-desperate to accomplish a task before the clock runs out. But, also incredibly, I seem to produce my best work on tasks that require a deadline. Why? I know that I have limited time, so I prioritize tasks and set goals to accomplish intermediate tasks along the way. Ultimately, knowing when something is due allows me to take control of both the project and the process. But what about tasks that don't have deadlines? Like, for example, outlining, studying, and reviewing for exams? You really have to set your own deadlines, and now is the perfect time to start. Look at the calendar for the rest of the semester (I have some in my office if you need one). Plan what you want to accomplish between now and the next 8 weeks of class. Now is the time to start incorporating heavy review and outlining in to your schedule. When do you want to have your outlines completed? Set a schedule for intermediate tasks to get you to your goal. How many old practice tests do you want to take before exams? Write down a false "deadline" for when you will take each test. What do you want to accomplish each day during spring break? Plan it out. Giving normal tasks a deadline will help you manage the time you have left in this semester. If you need help setting deadlines and goals for yourself, please come talk to me. I'm happy to help.

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From John DeRosa
Associate Dean for Career Services

John DeRosa


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
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.
Skadden Arps March 22 4:30pm 184 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 Akua Akyea
Assistant Dean for Public Service

Akua Akyea

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From Elizabeth Peck
Assistant Dean for Professional Development and Clerkships

Elizabeth Peck

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

Kristine Hoffmeister

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. 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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