Cornell Law Scoops

Scoops February 27 Issue

Calendar of Events

From Maurice Haltom
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

Positions Available

From Chenay Weyble
Lecturer of Law and Director of Academic Support

From Eduardo M. Peñalver
The Allan R. Tessler Dean

From Clinical Programs

From Terry Thompson

From John DeRosa
Associate Dean for Career Services

From Markeisha Miner
Dean of Students

From Karen Comstock
Assistant Dean for Public Service

Convocation Information

Writing Competitions

Calendar of Events

Week of February 27, 2017

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

MONDAY, February 27

10:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Law School Foyer. Barristers' Ball Ticket Sales.

Contact: Dan Ovadia,

4:30 p.m. Guerlac Room, A.D. White House. Brahmin Capitalism Panel Discussion.

Join us for a panel discussion of Noam Maggor's new book, Brahmin Capitalism: Frontiers of Wealth & Populism in America's First Gilded Age. Maggor's provocative history of the Gilded Age reveals the decisive role of organized wealth in the emergence of modern capitalism, as financial power collided with more grassroots visions of economic progress in contests that had lasting implications for democracy, government, and inequality. Noam Maggor is a postdoctoral fellow with the Cornell History Department. Panelists are Stefan Link (History, Dartmouth College), Aziz Rana (Cornell Law School), and Elizabeth Sanders (Government, Cornell University). Reception to follow. Contact: Rebekah Maggor,

5:00 p.m. Room 186.

Debevoise & Plimpton - Law Firm Program.


Tuesday, February 28


10:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Law School Foyer. Barristers' Ball Ticket Sales.

Contact: Dan Ovadia,

12:15 p.m. Room 290.

Renting in New York City.


12:15-1:15 p.m. Saperston Student Lounge. Legal Information Institute (LII) Bulletin Buzz.


The LII Supreme Court Bulletin is hosting its first Bulletin Buzz of the year. Our associates will present on the oral arguments of two upcoming criminal law cases. Lunch will be served. Contact: Nicole Greenstein,

12:15-1:15 p.m. Room 182. Constitutional Amendment and Dismemberment.

Speaker: Richard Albert, Associate Professor and Nicholson Scholar at Boston College Law School. Lunch will be served. All are welcome. Please RSVP here for this eventby by February 27 to participate in the luncheon.

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

Office hours for students with Dean Peñalver.


4:30-6:00 p.m. Saperston Student Lounge. Coffee and Conversation with an Indigenous Rights Lawyer.


NALSA and the Berger Program would like you to stop by the Student Lounge to have some coffee and speak with Argentinian indigenous rights lawyer, Fernando Kosovsky.  He is a lawyer with INCECIP, an NGO in Argentina, whose work focuses on litigating cases to advance indigenous peoples' rights.  In particular, he is helping indigenous people to return to their land which was forcibly taken from them.  He explained to us that he is also working on cases that seek reparations for the Mapuche people, who were victims of state war and genocide in the late 19th century. Contact: Merritt Steele,

5:00 p.m.

Deadline to enter 3L Free Bar Review Course Lottery.


5:30-7:30 p.m. Room G85. Black Law Students Association (BLSA) Elections.


Contact: Shelbi Vaughn,

Wednesday, March 1

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

The Weekly Perk.


10:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Law School Foyer. Barristers' Ball Ticket Sales.


Contact: Dan Ovadia,

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

Let's Talk.


4:00-4:30 p.m. Room 146. Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF) General Body and Election Meeting.


SALDF will be electing the new e-board for the 2017-2018 School Year and will be discussing the upcoming film screening and panel discussion event, as well as the outgoing member dinner. Contact: Shannon Nakamoto,

4:10-5:10 p.m. Saperston Student Lounge. Pro Bono in Big Law.

Come learn more about what it's like do pro bono work at a Big law firm straight from an associate at White & Case LLP. Contact: Jenna Scoville,

4:30 p.m. Room 276. The Legal Situation of the 'Alawis in the Ottoman Empire.

Speaker: Stefan Winter, Professor, Département d'histoire at Université du Québec à Montréal (UQÀM. All are welcome. Please RSVP here for his speaker series.

6:30 p.m. Johnson Museum of Art.

Weil Gotshal - Law Firm Program.


Thursday, March 2


12:20-1:15 p.m. Room 182. Conflict Management and the Political Economy of Recognition.

Speaker: Christopher J. Borgen, Professor of Law,Co-Director, Center for International and Comparative Law at St. John's University School of Law. Lunch will be served. All are welcome. Please RSVP here for this event by Tuesday, February 28 to participate in the luncheon.

4:00-5:00 p.m. Room G80. Native American Law Students Association (NALSA) Event Planning and Election Meeting.

NALSA will be electing the new e-board for the 2017-2018 School Year and will be planning the upcoming film screening, outgoing member dinner, and Fall Tribal Summit.  We will also be answering any final questions on the NALSA/BLSA/LALSA Professional Development Boot Camp. Contact: Shannon Nakamoto,

4:00-6:30 p.m. Room G90. Diversity in Legal Academia Panel.

A panel of alumni and faculty will be sharing their stories and experience on the importance of diversity of legal academic and how it has shaped their careers. Reception to follow in the Commons. Contact: Victor Pinedo,

4:30-6:00 p.m. Room 186. Women of Color Collective (WOCC) Social Etiquette and Networking Workshop.

There will be a presentation on social and dining etiquette by Cornell alumna Barbara Lang. You can find more information about her by going to her website, Contact: Ivory Goudy,

Friday, March 3

12:30-2:30 p.m. Room 182. BLSA Alumni Judges Panel.

Cornell Law alumni Honorable Debra A. James, Honorable Eric A. Richardson, and Honorable Stephen Craig Robinson will speak on their experiences as persons of color on the bench. Contact: Shelbi Vaughn,

5:30-7:00 p.m. Saperston Student Lounge. Lambda Bootcamp Keynote Speaker.

Contact: Samantha Rose,

Saturday, March 4

8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Room 182. Lambda Career Bootcamp.

Contact: Samantha Rose,

9:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m. Statler Ballroom. Barristers' Ball 2017.

Contact: Daniel Ovadia,

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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).

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From Terry Thompson


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.

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. For current bar requirements, applicants should consult the Official American Bar Association Guide to Approved Law Schools, published annually by the American Bar Association. This book is in the Law School library. You can find information from the National Conference of Bar Examiners at their website: This link is also available on our website and other information listed under the bar information link.

Bar Applications Requiring Fingerprinting

NY State 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.

2017 Ruth Whitehead Whaley Scholarships

The Association of Black Women Attorneys (ABWA) is now accepting applications for the 2017 Ruth Whitehead Whaley Scholarships.  The application can be found at  These scholarships are awarded to law students who demonstrate financial need, exhibit an interest in the public sector or civil rights law, and actively participate in community service. Students must be enrolled at an accredited law school in New York, New Jersey or Connecticut.  Applications must be received by March 1, 2017.  Award recipients will be notified by March 28, 2017 and will be expected to attend ABWA’s 41th Anniversary Gala at the Rainbow Room on April 21, 2017.  Scholarships will be awarded in the amount of $3,000.

Global Cornell Women's Leadership Program

The Office for the Vice Provost for International Affairs is pleased to announce the launch of the Global Cornell Women's Leadership Program for women professional and medical degree students. Women in the first half of a 2-plus-year professional or medical degree program who plan to travel abroad to conduct research, engage in service, or complete an internship during summer 2017 are eligible for this funding and leadership program opportunity. Interested applicants should fill out an application, which requires a short bio and most recent CV. Applications are due March 1, 2017. The program is administered and funded by the Office for the Vice Provost for International Affairs with additional funding support from the President's Council of Cornell Women. Questions can be addressed to Melina Draper, teaching support specialist for Internationalizing the Curriculum, Center for Teaching Excellence:, 607-255-9797.

Students with Families

Thursday, March 2

4:00-5:00 p.m. Big Red Barn. Cornell Career Fair for Student Partners and Spouses.

Student spouses and partners will be matched with representatives from units across campus based on their interests and skills. Participants will have the opportunity to network directly with Human Resource professionals representing various units across the University. Please RSVP by Monday, February 20, so we can match you with the appropriate human resources representative. Plan to stay after the session for our Student Spouse & Partner Happy Hour.

Student Child Care Grant Application is Open

This program has been expanded to include a Spring 2017 application cycle. All graduate and professional students who did not receive a grant in Fall 2016 and meet eligibility requirements are encouraged to apply. Deadline is March 17. Click here for more information.

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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 27 (Room G57):

  • Monday: 11:00-12:00 noon
  • Tuesday: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 2:30-3:30 p.m.
  • Thursday: by appointment
  • Friday: 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Or by appointment: (607) 255-0146 or

"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, 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.

3L Free Bar Review Course Lottery Reminder. Final call!  While Cornell Law School does not advocate for one bar-review company over another, Kaplan has generously donated one free 2017 bar review course for a deserving 3L.  If you are a 3L whose future firm will not pay or reimburse for bar review expenses, then you can enter your name in the bar review course lottery by emailing your name to me or placing your name in the jar in my office during office hours.  A name will be drawn 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

Thursday, April 13

4:30-6:00 p.m. G10 Biotechnology Building. The Legacy of the Immigrant Workplace: Lessons for the 21st Century Economy.

Speaker: Leticia Saucedo, U.C. Davis. Standard approaches to employment law regulation in low-wage workplaces have overlooked how the structural impediments to full citizenship shape these workers’ experience. Citizens in the workplace are able to exercise fully the workplace rights provided by statute, regulation and common law. But these regulations begin with the assumption that all employees are free to enter and exit the labor market as they see fit.  This narrative takes the level of freedom and the citizenship rights of the employee entering the workplace as a given – unchanging and equally applicable to all employees.  This presentation will explore how this narrative has failed in the case of immigrant workers and discuss the lessons we can derive from the immigrant worker experience for the emerging gig economy of the 21st century. All are welcome.  Co-sponsored by the Labor Law Clinic and Farmworker Clinic.

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

Thinking about being a Pro Bono Scholar? Come to an informational meeting on Wednesday, March 15 at 4:30 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. 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 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
Debevoise & Plimpton February 27 5:00pm Myron Taylor Hall 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 RSVP to Noelle Fletcher,
Latham & Watkins March 8 6:00-8:00pm Johnson Museum of Art RSVP to by March 3
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,
Hodgson Russ Open House Breakfast March 23 8:30-10:30am Saperston Student Lounge Learn about practicing in Upstate NY and chat with attorneys. RSVP to
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, 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 Karen Comstock
Assistant Dean for Public Service


The Liz Kasulis Padilla Public Interest Fellowship at the Brooklyn Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP)


Dear 1Ls and 2Ls,


If you are seeking a summer public interest internship in NYC, I encourage you to apply for this position, designated specifically for a Cornell Law student.

The VLP is a free legal services program for indigent people in Kings County. This is the only program of its kind that operates borough-side in Brooklyn, and the legal assistance provided solves fundamental problems affecting people's basic rights. Practice areas include family law, consumer law and elder law. In cases outside these areas or for those who fail to meet financial or residential eligibility requirements, the VLP also provides referrals to other legal service agencies or the BBA Lawyer Referral Service. The VLP funds an annual summer internship at their office for a Cornell Law Student. The Liz Kasulis Padilla Public Interest Fellowship honors the memory of Liz Kasulis Padilla '02 who, at the time of her death in 2005, was an attorney at VLP. The fellowship covers the "employer portion" of the summer PIF grant ($1,600). In order to receive a full $5,000 grant you must also receive Federal Work-Study funding. Spanish language ability is preferred. See

To apply: Email your resume and cover letter to me in one document by Tuesday, March 7 (although I am officially retiring as of March 1, I will be putting in some hours until my successor, Akua Akyea, starts on April 3).

Address your cover letter to:
Sidney Cherubin, Esq.
Director of Legal Services Brooklyn Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project
44 Court Street, Suite 1206
Brooklyn, New York 11201

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Writing Competitions

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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