Cornell Law Scoops

Scoops February 5 Issue

Calendar of Events

From John DeRosa
Associate Dean for Career Services

Positions Available

From Elizabeth Peck
Assistant Dean for Professional Development and Clerkships

From Eduardo M. Peñalver
The Allan R. Tessler Dean

From Clinical Programs

From Terry Thompson

From Kristine Hoffmeister
Director of Alumni Affairs

From Markeisha Miner
Dean of Students

From Graduate Legal Studies

Convocation Information

The Berger International Speaker Series

From Maurice Haltom
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)


From Chenay Weyble
Lecturer of Law and Director of Academic Support


Calendar of Events

Week of February 5, 2018

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

MONDAY, February 5

4:00-5:00 p.m. Room 277. Fall 2018 Externships and Spring 2019 Pro Bono Scholars Program Informational Meeting.


4:00-6:00 p.m. Foyer. Class Gift Tabling.

Stop by the foyer and donate to the 3L class gift. Contact: Rachael Hancock,

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


TUESDAY, February 6

12:15-1:15 p.m. Room 279. Promoting Human Rights and Legal Education in India: The Genesis of a Good-Governed District.


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


4:30-5:30 p.m. Room 182. Tax Law Association Elections.

We will also be touching on tax law events for this semester and holding sign-ups for our listserv. Contact: Sabrina Hsieh,

Wednesday, February 7

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


12:15-1:15 p.m. Room 182. The Human Rights Crisis in Myanmar.


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


4:30 p.m. Room 184. 1L Law Firm Program: Paul Hastings.


4:30-5:30 p.m. Room 279. Spring Break Service Trip Info Session.

Contact: Kwonsun Jung,

Thursday, February 8

4:00 p.m. Saperston Student Lounge. Latino American Law Student Association (LALSA) Spring General Body Meeting.

Contact: Lizbeth Cordova,

4:15-5:15 p.m. Room 186. The Nuts & Bolts of Judicial Clerkships.


4:30-6:00 p.m. The Commons. LLMA Spring Welcome Back Event.

LLM Association invites you to a welcome back get-together for the spring semester. We will also discuss the LLM Speaker Series during the event.  You are welcome to come and talk about what you want to deliver or what you want to hear. Food and refreshment will be served. Contact: Ming Li,

5:00 p.m. Saperston Student Lounge. IRAP Spring General Body Meeting.

The International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) Spring Meeting is IRAP's first meeting of 2018 and a good chance for the community to learn about IRAP's work and how to engage with the project at Cornell Law School. Contact: Justin Lin,

Friday, February 9

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Positions Available

Professor Yale-Loehr needs some research assistants this summer to help update his immigration law treatise. Prior exposure to immigration law is helpful but not required. Pay is at the standard law school rate. This is an excellent job for a bright 1L.  If interested, please email a transcript, resume and writing sample to Professor Yale-Loehr at Please also indicate your dates of availability. The job is full-time, so students interested in attending the Paris or other summer law programs need not apply. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, so applicants should apply as soon as possible.

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

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

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

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

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

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From Eduardo M. Peñalver
The Allan R. Tessler Dean

Office Hours for Students

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

Wednesday, February 21

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

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

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From Terry Thompson

S/U Grading Option

2Ls, 3Ls, Exchange students and LLMs who have elected the JD scale may elect to take up to two upperclass courses at Cornell Law School on an S/U basis. Shortly after the close of Add-Drop students will receive an email when the S/U Grading Option link is available on the Registrar's website. S/U grade elections, if made, are irrevocable. Students may not make this election in courses that they use to satisfy the Law School's upperclass writing requirement. In addition, instructors may designate specific courses that they teach as not eligible for the S/U grade election. Check individual course descriptions for more information. Students must submit the online form no later than 12 noon on February 14.

University Registration

To become a registered student at Cornell University, a person must: settle all financial accounts, including current semester tuition; satisfy New York State and university health requirements; have no holds from their college, Cornell Health, or the Bursar. Enrollment in courses does not constitute or imply university registration. Students must be registered by February 16 or they risk being withdrawn from the university. When withdrawn, they will be dropped from classes, and services such as (but not limited to) library access, housing, dining, door access, Blackboard, and bus services will be terminated. Students who become registered for the Spring semester after February 16 will be charged a $350 late fee. Students who fail to become registered will be withdrawn from the University on March 5. See University Registration for more information. Failure to register will impact financial aid, loan deferments, health benefits, and other privileges relying on in-school status. Use Student Essentials to check your registration status.

Spring 2018 Final Examinations

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

Summer School Study

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

Buying Textbooks

Please keep in mind that e-textbooks may not be used during classroom exams.  You will not have access to the internet during classroom exams.

Release of Information

Students asking faculty members to write recommendations will need to complete a release form with the Law School Registrar's Office if the faculty member wishes to view the student's record. The form is available in the forms section on the Registrar's website.

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From Markeisha Miner
Dean of Students

The Weekly Perk

Coffee and conversation every Wednesday from 8:15 to 10:00 a.m. in The Commons. Stop by for a cup! Breakfast food also provided.

How to Report Concerning Behavior

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

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

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

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

Cornell Graduate & Professional Student Advocacy Day

This exciting opportunity is designed for graduate and professional degree students who are U.S. Citizens and want to learn more about public policy. Cornell Advocacy Day Date: March 21. Travel Dates: March 20 and 21. Application Due Date: February 9. Click here to access the online application. Should you have any questions, please contact Associate Dean Sara Xayarath Hernández at or 607-255-5417.

Safety and Wellness: Flu Update

You may have heard that some of the influenza strains in circulation right now are particularly severe. Influenza is widespread in New York State and Tompkins County, according to the CDC and NYS Department of Health. And with students having recently returned to campus from all over the world - including parts of the U.S. where flu activity is very high - Cornell Health is preparing for a significant uptick in flu diagnoses. Spend a moment learning how you can help prevent the spread of the flu with best practices of what to do if you contract the flu.

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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 5 (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

Seeing Your Shadow.  I hope you observed Groundhog Day last week—what did you think of Punxsutawney Phil’s prediction?  Whether you’re ready for spring flowers or more snow showers, you should similarly take this opportunity to examine your own “shadow.”  Did you accomplish what you wanted last semester? Do you feel like you took the steps necessary to reach short-term and long-term goals?  Just like Bill Murray’s character in the movie “Groundhog Day,” if you don’t make positive changes in your approach, you’ll find yourself in a time loop—repeating last semester.  We are only three weeks into the spring semester, so there’s time to make adjustments.  I’m happy to help anyone who wants to evaluate their study approach from last semester and make changes.

Academic Peer Advisors.  You can also go see the Academic Peer Advisors during their office hours.  For now, look on the Blackboard page to find out when and where a particular APA is holding office hours.  Look for more information about permanent office hours in the future.

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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
Knobbe Martens (STEM background required) February 5 4:30pm 186 Myron Taylor Hall. Dinner to follow at John Thomas Steakhouse. RSVP to Candice Lee,
Paul Hastings February 7 4:30pm 184 Myron Taylor Hall. Reception to follow in the Commons, 5:30pm.  
Weil Gotshal February 20 6:00pm Johnson Museum of Art  
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 TBA.
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 Time TBA Location TBA RSVP TBA.
Paul Weiss March 14 6:00pm Johnson Museum of Art RSVP to Caitlin Chapski,
Akin Gump March 20 4:30pm 182 Myron Taylor Hall RSVP TBA.
Davis Polk April 9 Time TBA Off-campus location TBA RSVP TBA.

Thursday, March 8

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

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


Tuesday, February 27

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

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

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From Elizabeth Peck
Assistant Dean for Professional Development and Clerkships

Thursday, February 8

4:15-5:15 p.m. Room 186. The Nuts & Bolts of Judicial Clerkships.

Assistant Dean Peck will lead an informal conversation with federal clerks Michael Hodess '17 and Jennifer Stepp Breen '15. Together they'll answer questions and offer suggestions on applying for clerkships, preparing for interviews, and more. Light refreshments provided.

Monday, February 19

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

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

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Clinical Programs

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

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

Monday, February 5, 4:00-5:00 p.m., Room 277
Tuesday, February 13, 12 noon-1:00 p.m., Room 279
Wednesday, February 28, 5:00-6:00 p.m., Room 279

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

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

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From Kristine Hoffmeister
Director of Alumni Affairs

Friday, February 16

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

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

2018 Alumni Award Recipients

Deborah B. Agus, JD '79

Executive Director, Behavioral Health Leadership Institute ‐ Baltimore, MD

David Kagle, JD '08

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

Ryan N. Norwood, JD '02

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

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

Deputy General Counsel, Yurok Tribe ‐ Klamath, CA

Daniel L. Sosland, JD '85

President, Acadia Center ‐ Rockport, ME

Quinten Steenhuis, JD '08

Senior Attorney, Greater Boston Legal Services ‐ Boston, MA

Student Public Interest Prizes

Freeman Award for Civil-Human Rights

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

Stanley E. Gould Prize for Public Interest Law

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

Seymour Herzog Memorial Prize

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

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.

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 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

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The Berger International Speaker Series

Tuesday, February 6

12:15-1:15 p.m. Room 279. Promoting Human Rights and Legal Education in India: The Genesis of a Good-Governed District.

Speaker: Ajay Kumar Pandey, CEO SM Sehgal Foundation, India. All are welcome to attend. We will provide lunch for guests who have registered by Friday, February 2.

Wednesday, February 7

12:15-1:15 p.m. Room 182. The Human Rights Crisis in Myanmar.

Speaker: Wai Wai Nu, Founder and Director, Women's Peace Network-Arakan (Myanmar). All are welcome to attend. Lunch will be provided for guests who have registered by Monday, February 5.

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