Cornell Law Scoops

Scoops January 22 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 Deirdre Hay
Director for LL.M. & International Career Services

From Terry Thompson

From Kristine Hoffmeister
Director of Alumni Affairs

From Markeisha Miner
Dean of Students

From Graduate Legal Studies

From Maurice Haltom
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)


Writing Competitions


Calendar of Events

Week of January 22, 2018

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

MONDAY, January 22

Law School classes begin.


12:00 noon-1:00 p.m. Room 186. ISIP Update and ISIP Interviews.


TUESDAY, January 23

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


Wednesday, January 24

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


9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Foyer. CLSA Supplement Sale.

Contact: Rachael Hancock,

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


Thursday, January 25


Friday, January 26

9:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m. Moonies. CLSA Welcome Back Bar Tab.

Contact: Daniel Sperling,

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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.

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).

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From Terry Thompson

Law School Registrar's Office Hours

The Registrar's Office is in Room 160 Myron Taylor Hall. We are open to the community Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. and Fridays from 8:00 a.m.-12 noon and then 1:00-4:00 p.m. Our telephone number is 607-255-7190. Our email address is

Attendance in Class

ABA standards dictate that a law school shall require regular and punctual class attendance and that students comply with the attendance policy. Per the Cornell Law School Student Handbook:

• Regular and punctual class attendance, beginning on the first day of the semester, is required of all students.

• Faculty members monitor attendance and may enforce the rule by reporting the student to the Dean of Students for J.D. students or to the Assistant Dean of Graduate Legal Studies for students in our LL.M. and J.S.D. degree programs; by removing a student from the course or excluding a student from an exam (after reasonable written warning); or by another mechanism announced in the course syllabus prior to the end of add/drop. If a student is excluded from an exam, a grade of F is entered, or in the case of a clinical course, the student may receive a lowered grade or a grade of U.

• Students who are ill or have another valid reason for missing class are encouraged to contact the instructor directly and are required to notify the Dean of Students or the Assistant Dean for Graduate Legal Studies, depending on the student's degree program, if more than three days are missed.

Course Changes

Students must add/drop limited enrollment courses by 12 noon on Tuesday, January 30. Students must add/drop unlimited enrollment law courses by 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 31. Non-law courses must also be added or dropped by 3:00 p.m. on January 31. Please remember to notify the Law School Registrar if you add or drop a non-law course through the University Add/Drop system.

Credit Hour Requirements

During the second and third years, JD program students may not register for fewer than 12 hours or more than 17 hours during any one term, or fewer than 26 hours in any one academic year. Students in the JD/LLM program will be allowed to take a maximum of 21 credits per semester during the second and third years. Exceptions to the credit requirements must be approved by the Dean of Students.  Students will need to fill out an Exception to Hours form. Note that no exceptions can be made to the 17 credit maximum for JD and the 21 credit maximum for the JD-LLM program students.

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.

Information from the Bursar's Office

If Student Essentials indicates your registration is on hold, you must first stop by the Bursar's Office, 260 Day Hall to clear your student account by February 16, 2018, and then proceed to the Office of the University Registrar, B7 Day Hall. A refund schedule for withdrawals and leaves of absence for the Spring 2018 semester is available here.


Internal (unofficial) transcripts are available at the Law School Registrar's office (written request required). The online unofficial transcript request form is available at the Registrar's site. Please remember that we ask you to make this request 24 hours in advance of your need for the materials. Official transcripts are available only at the University Registrar's Office in B7 Day Hall.

Loan Deferment Certification

Students who need to have loan deferments completed by the school need to submit them to the Registrar's Office, 160 Myron Taylor Hall, as quickly as possible to assure timely processing.

Release of Information

A reminder to all students. 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.

Religious Holidays and Academic Calendar

The University policy concerning the academic calendar and religious holidays states, "In enacting the academic calendar, the University has scheduled classes, laboratories and examinations on religious holidays. It is the intent of the University that students who miss these activities because of religious observances be given adequate opportunity to make up the missed work." Any student who seeks an accommodation needs to complete the Class Recording Request form. Approval to view class recordings is at the instructor's discretion and the decision of the instructor is final.

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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

Caring Community

Check out Cornell's Caring Community website to learn about the University's services and resources that are available for students. As a caring community, we often reach out to each other in times of need and work together to build a better place. We may need to seek help for ourselves and also to offer support to others. This website has a listing of all resources available.

New Class Recording Request Form

The Law School IT department has created a new 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. Students who have approved accommodations should not use the request form, but should work with the Dean of Students Office instead.

Safety Tips for Inclement Weather

The standing joke in Ithaca is that if you don't like the weather, just wait ten minutes, it will change. Ithaca winters can be unseasonably warm but they can also be exceptionally snowy and icy. If you're planning to drive, give yourself time to adjust to slippery driving conditions. Should there be a severe storm, up-to-date information on the status of classes and other activities is available at the University's Operating-Status website or subscribe to the e-list for up to the minute announcements of emergency action, transit delays, and road closings. Send an email to The body of the message is simply join.

Student Disability Services

Learn more about Student Disability Services or visit their open house on Monday, January 22 from 3:00-4:00pm.

Free premium access for anyone with a email address for the 2017-2018 academic year. Calm that supports mental health and well-being with meditation, music and tools to help with sleep. All Cornell students, staff & faculty should take advantage of this resource. Let's invest in ourselves. Follow this link and click "Get Premium for Free."

Blue Light Escort

When a blue light escort is requested, two members of the Cornell University Police Auxiliary accompany any member of the Cornell community or visitor to destinations on campus or near campus. If you are riding a bus, they will wait with you at the stop until the bus arrives. To request an escort team, call (607) 255-7373 on campus (607) 255-7373 outside the campus system, or use one of the Blue Light phones on campus. The service operates from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. every day during the fall and spring semesters.

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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 January 22 (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

Welcome back! It’s time to get back in to your law school routine.  Now is the perfect time to evaluate your time management and study habits.  Have you calculated the time between important deadlines?  Have you decided when and how long you will study this semester?  While you had two evenly spaced breaks in the fall, your spring break isn’t until week 11 of the semester and exams start in week 15.  Also keep in mind that you’ll have more obligations this semester—job search, moot court, memos, and oral arguments—that will take up more of your time.  Plan your study schedule accordingly so that you don’t get burned out before the break.   I’m happy to assist anyone who needs help managing their schedule or feels they need a different study approach this semester.

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From John DeRosa
Associate Dean for Career Services


Monday, January 29

4:30 p.m. Room 184. 2018 Recruiting Season Overview.

Receive an overview of our summer/fall recruiting program, a calendar of important dates and deadlines and strategies to maximize your chances for success.

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
Hogan Lovells February 1 4:30pm Myron Taylor Hall
Knobbe Martens (STEM background required) February 5 4:30pm Myron Taylor Hall
Paul Hastings February 7 4:30pm Myron Taylor Hall
Weil Gotshal February 20 Time TBA Johnson Museum of Art
Debevoise & Plimpton February 22 4:30pm Myron Taylor Hall
Goodwin February 28 4:30pm Myron Taylor Hall
Sullivan & Cromwell March 1 5:00pm Myron Taylor Hall
Cahill Gordon March 6 5:00pm Myron Taylor Hall
Fried Frank March 7 Time TBA Location TBA
Haynes Boone March 13 Time TBA Location TBA
Paul Weiss March 14 6:00pm Johnson Museum of Art
Akin Gump March 20 4:30pm Myron Taylor Hall
Davis Polk April 9 Time TBA Location 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 Deirdre Hay
Director for LL.M. & International Career Services

Monday, January 22

12:00 noon. Room 186.  ISIP Update and ISIP Interviews.

I will provide an update on the LL.M. job fair, ISIP, held in New York City this Friday, January 26.  My presentation will include information about the interview format, what you need to bring, and go through trip logistics.  Pizza will be served.

Students who do not have interviews are welcome to come to attend the panels listed on the ISIP website and if you make a reservation, the ABA international section lunch.  I recommend that anyone planning to come to NYC this week reach out to potential employers and try to arrange either informational interviews or regular interviews.  Please remember to take your business cards with you.  For students who are interviewing with firms or organizations that require a cover letter, I recommend you get me any drafts you would like me to review as soon as possible.

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From Kristine Hoffmeister
Director of Alumni Affairs

Friday, January 26

12:00 noon. The Roosevelt Hotel (NYC). U.S., China, and North Korea: War or Peace?

Cornell Law School invites you to the Cornell Law School Alumni Association New York Annual Luncheon. Speaker: Gordon G. Chang, AB '73, JD '76; Author, Columnist, The Daily Beast.

In volatile North Asia, four nuclear powers-North Korea, its traditional friends China and Russia, and the United States-confront one another. For decades, there has been an uneasy peace on the Korean peninsula. Yet the reasons for that stability are disappearing. The regime in Pyongyang is increasingly shaky and therefore prone to taking risky actions. Moreover, Washington no longer believes it has the time to tolerate North Korea's weaponization. Within, say, nine months, the North will be able to mate a nuclear warhead to a ballistic missile that will be able to hit anywhere in the American homeland. Washington for decades has pursued misguided Korea policy, and now there are no good options.


Friday, January 26

6:00-8:00 p.m. Duane Morris LLP (NYC). Alumni and Students of Color Mixer.

Interested in meeting current Cornell Law students, faculty, and alumni? If so, please join us for our Alumni and Students of Color Mixer!  The goal of this unique mixer is to strengthen the network between alumni and students of color and the Law School while offering a casual setting in which new relationships can be formed. For the past seven years alumni, students, faculty and staff have attended this lively reception. We are excited to continue this tradition and hope that you join us for great food, drinks, and exceptional conversation. Be sure to bring a stack of business cards for networking.

We do need your committed reservation if you plan to attend.  Transportation to and from the city will be provided, but space is limited to the first 35 students who register.  Please take a brief moment to answer the four question survey so we can gauge your need.

A special thanks to Andy Hahn, AB ’83, JD ’86 and Duane Morris LLP for sponsoring this event.

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

LL.M. Course Counseling Sessions

LL.M. students may review course enrollment selections with Dean Houghton.  Please visit the Course Counseling page to schedule a meeting prior to the end of Add/Drop (January 30th at 12PM for limited courses and January 31st at 3PM for unlimited courses).  Hope you all had a relaxing break!

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

The Trandafir student writing competition is back! Compete with other law students to win a $1,800 cash prize and a chance to be published.  Each year, the Transnational Law & Contemporary Problems journal, in conjunction with the University of Iowa College of Law International and Comparative Law Program, conducts an annual world affairs student writing competition. The competition is open to law student and to graduate students in all disciplines. The winning essay will be published in the Transnational Law & Contemporary Problems journal.  Dates for submission will open December 1st and will close February 1st.  Please go to the University of Iowa College of Law website  for more information.

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