Scoops January 23 Issue
Week of January 23, 2017
All events will be held in Myron Taylor Hall unless otherwise noted.
MONDAY, January 23
Tuesday, January 24
4:00-5:00 p.m. Room 263.
4:30-5:30 p.m. Room G85.
Wednesday, January 25
8:15-10:00 a.m. The Commons.
11:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Law School Foyer. CLSA Supplement Sale.
Contact: Dan Ovadia, firstname.lastname@example.org.
2:30-4:30 p.m. Room G59.
4:15-5:15 p.m. Room 285.
6:30-8:00 p.m. Room 186. LL.M. Society - Corporate Governance Presentation.
John C.C. Paans, Partner, Baker & McKenzie, will compare U.S. and European Corporate Governance. Contact: Yana Ivanova, email@example.com.
Thursday, January 26
12:15-1:15 p.m. Room 182.
6:00-7:00 p.m. Saperston Student Lounge. Pipeline to the Profession: Coffee & Conversation with National Bar Association President Kevin Judd.
Join us for coffee and conversation with National Bar Association President Kevin Judd. President Judd will address the benefits of NBA membership as well as its historic leadership and advocacy on behalf of the African American community and our nation. All are welcome to attend. Contact: Isabelle Ramos, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, January 27
3:00-9:00 p.m. Room 186 and the Statler Hotel.
Professor Blume is looking for one or more research assistants to assist in several capital punishment related research projects. Interested students should submit a resume to Professor Blume at email@example.com.
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 SWY1@cornell.edu. 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.
Professor Chutkow seeks an RA for research on pro se litigant appeals in the federal courts. If interested, please send your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cornell Center on the Death Penalty Worldwide - Spring Research Fellow
Application Deadline: February 6, 2017
Position Dates: February - May 2017 (exact dates TBD)
The newly launched Cornell Center on the Death Penalty Worldwide has an opening for a French-speaking Research Fellow in the spring of 2017. The Center disseminates research on how states apply the death penalty around the world, engages in advocacy on transformative issues and develops training programs for capital defenders in the global south.
We are seeking a candidate with a demonstrated commitment to human rights issues and strong writing skills. Fluency in French (native speaker or someone who has lived in a French speaking country and can read, write, and correspond with ease) is strongly preferred.
In addition to conducting research on legal and human rights issues, the Fellow will be encouraged to gather information through less traditional means, from interviewing experts to monitoring the press and social media. The Fellow will also be invited to participate creatively in the Center's work by contributing blog posts and tweets, and suggesting events.
The Fellow will largely be focused on developing a manual of best practices for capital defense lawyers (http://www.deathpenaltyworldwide.org/dpw-publications.cfm), which is currently being adapted, in French, to civil jurisdictions in Africa in collaboration with in-country experts. In addition, the Fellow may be involved in the Women on Death Row Project, which will focus on bringing to light the challenges faced by women who risk the death penalty around the world.
Applications should be emailed to email@example.com and must include a CV and cover letter. References and writing samples may be requested from short-listed candidates.
Cornell Center on the Death Penalty Worldwide - Summer Research Fellows
Application Deadline: February 6, 2017
Position Dates: May - August 2017 (exact dates TBD)
The newly launched Cornell Center on the Death Penalty Worldwide has two openings for Summer Research Fellows in 2017. The Center disseminates research on how states apply the death penalty around the world, engages in advocacy on transformative issues and develops training programs for capital defenders in the global south.
We are seeking candidates with a demonstrated commitment to human rights issues and strong writing skills. Foreign language skills (particularly in French, Arabic, Farsi, or Chinese) are preferred.
In addition to conducting research on legal and human rights issues, the Fellows will be encouraged to gather information through less traditional means, from interviewing experts to monitoring the press and social media. Fellows will also be invited to participate creatively in the Center's work by contributing blog posts and tweets, and suggesting events.
The Fellows will have opportunities to engage with several of the Center's current projects, including:
The Makwanyane Institute, which will bring together 15 capital defense lawyers from common law jurisdictions in Africa in June 2017 for an intensive seminar of specialized skills training and community building.
The Mental Health Project, which works with a multi-disciplinary group of lawyers and medical professionals to devise and implement strategies aimed at ensuring states' compliance with international norms that prohibit the execution of people with serious mental illness or intellectual disability.
The Women on Death Row Project, which will focus on bringing to light the challenges faced by women who risk the death penalty around the world.
The Innocence Project, which aims to uncover cases of innocence on death row in a range of different legal systems around the world, with the goal of describing risk factors for wrongful convictions across jurisdictions.
The Death Penalty Worldwide database (http://www.deathpenaltyworldwide.org), which provides comprehensive information on states' death penalty practices and comparative analysis of capital punishment laws around the world.
Applications should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org and must include a CV and cover letter. References and writing samples may be requested from short-listed candidates.Top of Page
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 (email@example.com), or by phone (607-255-3539).
Law School Registrar's Office Hours
The Registrar's Office is open to the community Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. The telephone number is 255-7190. Our email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students must add or drop limited enrollment courses by 12 noon on Tuesday, January 31. Students may add or drop unlimited enrollment law courses until 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 1. Non-law courses must also be added or dropped by 3:00 p.m. on February 1. Please remember to notify the Law School Registrar if you add or drop a non-law course through the University Online Add/Drop.
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. 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.
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, the Office of Judicial Administrator, Gannett Health Services, or the bursar. Students must be registered by February 17 or they risk being withdrawn from the university. Students who become registered for the Spring semester after February 17 will be charged a $350 late fee. Students who fail to become registered will be withdrawn from the University on March 6. 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. This may also affect the ability to use certain services on campus such as your Cornell Card, Library Services and Gannett Health Services. 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 17, 2017, 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 2017 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.
The rules of certain states (not New York) require notification of the intent to begin study of law or registration with the bar admission authorities when a person begins studying law. The student should obtain instructions from the proper authorities (usually the state board of bar examiners of the clerk of the court of highest jurisdiction) in the state in which the student intends to practice. The Registrar's Office has on hand bar information for interested students.
Lost & Found
Lost items and articles are usually turned in to the Registrar's Office or to the Law Library.
Book & Coat Lockers
Most students have been assigned a book and/or a coat locker. Students will need to share a coat locker. Coat and book locker assignments are available under the My Information tab on the Registrar's website.
Remember to check your mail folder daily for notices and remove your mail regularly. Please do not use the folder to keep books or for storage; there is not enough space.
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." A faculty member may request audio or videotaping of a class if he or she wishes. Any student who seeks an accommodation should approach his or her instructor. All requests for taping must be submitted on-line to the IT Department at least 2 business days in advance for classes. If you are requesting to videotape or record a professor's lecture, you must obtain the professor's permission prior to submitting an AV Request Form.
Emergency Phone Numbers
A listing of emergency phone numbers is available here.
In the winter, it is easy to stay in Myron Taylor Hall. I encourage you to resist that inclination. Connect with members of the larger Cornell community to avoid the winter doldrums. Please see the below announcements about events and activities around campus that might be of interest.
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.
Prison as Prologue: Intergenerational Parental Incarceration Effects in the Disunited States of America
Center for the Study of Inequality invites you to attend John Hagan's (Sociology & Law, Northwestern) talk on Prison as Prologue: Intergenerational Parental Incarceration Effects in the Disunited States of America on Monday, January 23, 12:00pm-1:30pm, Uris Hall G08. Professor Hagan will also lead an SSN informal reception/workshop on Doing Research on Controversial Policy Issues on Monday, January 23, 3:00pm-4:30pm, Human Ecology Building, T01 Conference Room.
Martin Luther King Day Commemoration
Events for Students with Families
Time Out! - Thursday, January 26 from 6:00-8:00 PM at the Cornell Child Care Center. This is a meeting designed for student parents to build community and to share information and strategies for success, during which free dinner and childcare are provided.
Spouse & Partner (S&P) Happy Hour - Thursday, February 2 from 6:00-7:30 PM at the BRB. This Happy Hour is dedicated for our student spouses and partners as a way for you to get to know other spouses and partners and become connected to the graduate and professional student community, as well as the Cornell community as a whole. Feel free to come as a couple or fly solo! All students and partners of students are welcome. Light snacks, soda, and $1/beers.
Discounts for Graduate and Professional Students
Stay active this winter at reduced or no cost.
Entertainment and sports savings:
Big Red Sports Pass (unlimited access to Cornell sports except men's hockey)
Men's Ice Hockey ($15 student tickets except Cornell/Harvard game)
Cornell Music (Free or discounted concerts at Cornell)
Ithaca College Music (Over 350 concerts per year, many free or discounted)
Borrow sports equipment (free equipment loans through Cornell Recreation)
Discounted classes at Cornell Outdoor Education
Skate at Lynah Rink or Cass Park (discounted skating)
Additional free recreation at Cornell
Passport Caravan-150 Students Will Get a Free U.S. Passport
Cornell Abroad is hosting a Passport Caravan on Wednesday, February 8 from 8:30 am to 4pm in the lobby of Willard Straight Hall. At the event, 150 Cornell students (who are U.S. citizens and have never had a U.S. passport) will get to apply for a free U.S. passport (funded by the Council on International Educational Exchange). Other students, faculty, and staff who are U.S. citizens can meet with U.S. passport officers at the event to obtain or renew their U.S. passports, for the standard fee. Please register in advance. Interested students can register now on Facebook at CIEE Passport Caravan and get the detailed requirements about what to bring to the event.
The Essex County Bar Association (ECBA) and its Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, in conjunction with the Hon. Vincent J. Biunno Memorial Fund, is pleased to announce the continuation of the Biunno Scholarship Program for the 2017-2018 school year. Additional details and copies of the application form are available in the Dean of Students Office.
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: www.gannett.cornell.edu/LetsTalk
Office Hours for Week of January 23 (Room G57):
- Monday: 11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon
- Tuesday: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
- Wednesday: 11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon
- Thursday: 1:00-2:30 p.m.
- Friday: 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Or by appointment: (607) 255-0146 or email@example.com.
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. 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.
Career Services Recruiting Season Programs
2017 Recruiting Season Overview: January 30th, 4:45pm, Room 184. Receive an overview of our summer/fall recruiting program, a calendar of important dates and deadlines, and strategies to maximize your chances for success.
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.
|Hogan Lovells||February 7||4:30pm||Myron Taylor Hall, Room TBA||RSVP to Kristen Isaacson, firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Paul Hastings||February 24||1:00pm||Myron Taylor Hall, Room TBA||RSVP to Michelle Gramer, email@example.com|
|Debevoise & Plimpton||February 27||5:00pm||Myron Taylor Hall, Room TBA|
|Weil Gotshal||March 1||TBA||Johnson Museum of Art|
|Cahill Gordon||March 7||5:00pm||Myron Taylor Hall, Room TBA|
|Paul Weiss||March 14||6:00pm||Johnson Museum of Art||RSVP to Sarah Boyd, firstname.lastname@example.org|
2L & 3L STUDENTS:
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 www.coopercooper.com/Cornell.
Friday, February 10
1:00 p.m. Room 186. Representing Non-Profits with Justin Zaremby of Patterson Belknap LLP.
The philanthropic sector is changing at a rapid pace, and lawyers have an important role to play in helping to shape charitable organizations and charitable giving in the years to come. Justin Zaremby, an associate in the tax-exempt organizations department of Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP, will discuss legal issues that confront the philanthropic sector today, and the various paths that lawyers can take to engage with non-profits in their practice. Lunch provided. RSVP to Lyndsey Bullock, email@example.com.
Tuesday, February 21
5:00 p.m. Room 184 and the Commons. February Practice Panel.
Co-Presented with the Business Law Society. Featured firms: Fried Frank, Schulte Roth, Sullivan & Cromwell and Skadden Arps.
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.
Tuesday, January 24
4:30 p.m. Room G85. Making the Most of the Public Interest Legal Career Fair.
This is for those of you planning to (or considering) attending the event on February 2 and/or 3. I'll discuss how to prepare for pre-scheduled interviews, make the most of "table-talk", and provide details about event logistics and venue.
Friday, January 27
Room 186 and the Statler Hotel. 2017 Public Interest Law Career Symposium.
1Ls: Remember that attendance at one of the Symposium events (a panel or the dinner/keynote) is required for PIF-grant eligibility. RSVP for panels is requested. RSVP for dinner is mandatory. Requirement aside, we hope you will all view the Symposium as the golden opportunity that it is: the chance to gain valuable insight into the legal profession and meet leading practitioners in a variety of fields.
This year's Symposium, Public Interest Lawyering in Uncertain Times, will discuss strategies for effective public interest advocacy in light of the new incoming administration. Panelists include past, present and future Rhodes Public Interest Fellows and Cornell Law faculty. Specific issues include civil rights, criminal defense, domestic violence, the environment, refugees, and racial equality. The panels are followed by a dinner and keynote at the Statler Hotel. A lot to cover! We hope you will join us. Please RSVP as instructed below:
There is no space limit for the panels. You may attend either or both. We are limited to 60 people for the dinner, so please RSVP for dinner only if you are sure you can attend.
Civil Rights, Criminal Defense, Domestic Violence
3:00-4:15 p.m. Room 186.
Melissa Gallo '12 - 2012-14 Rhodes Fellow, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights, Washington, DC; Current: Legal Policy Director, Miami Coalition for the Homeless, Miami, FL
Cristina Laramee '14 - 2014-16 Rhodes Fellow, Bronx Defenders, New York, NY; Current: Staff Attorney, Bronx Defenders, New York, NY
Amanda Reynoso-Palley '16 - 2016-18 Rhodes Fellow, Day One, New York, NY
Keir M. Weyble - Associate Clinical Professor of Law and Director of Death Penalty Litigation
Sital Kalantry - Clinical Professor of Law, Cornell Law School
The Environment, Refugees, Racial Equality
4:30-5:45 p.m. Room 186.
Ben Tettlebaum '12 - 2013-15 Rhodes Fellow, Conservation Law Foundation, Portland, ME; 2015-16: Staff Attorney, Conservation Law Foundation, Portland, ME; Current: Founder, Off the Map
Colleen Cowgill '15 - 2015-17 Rhodes Fellow, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Washington, DC
Mario Roque '17 - 2017-19 Rhodes Fellow, Empire Justice Center, Rochester, NY
Gerald Torres - Jane M.G. Foster Professor of Law, Cornell Law School
Beth Lyon - Clinical Professor of Law, Cornell Law School
Jonathan Feldman - Clinical Teaching Fellow, Cornell Law School
Reception, Dinner and Keynote
6:15-9:00 p.m. The Statler Hotel.
Judith Whiting '86 - General Counsel, Community Service Society, New York, NY "Eternal Punishment: How A Criminal Record, No Matter How Minor, Can Be A Lifetime Sentence, And What We Can Do To Change This"
Access to Justice Essay Competition
The 2017 Hogan/Smoger Access to Justice Essay Competition invites submissions on the topic: What Does the Trump Presidency Mean for Access to Justice? The deadline is April 28, 2017. The prize is $5,000. See www.citizen.org/law-school-contest.
Wednesday, January 25
4:15-5:15 p.m. Room 285. The Nuts & Bolts of Judicial Clerkships.
Join Assistant Dean Peck as she leads a discussion for upper-class students applying for clerkships this term. Whether you are ready to finalize or haven’t quite started yet, the program will provided you with concrete advice on strategy and resources. Light refreshments will be served.
Student Perspectives Working Group (Spring 2017)
As we look to enroll students that are a great fit for the Law School, the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid would like to invite all current J.D. students to consider joining our Student Perspectives Working Group. Your engagement in the Admissions process is extremely beneficial to our community and information about your first-hand experience at CLS is invaluable. If you would like to join the Student Perspectives Working Group, please complete this brief survey to indicate your interest and availability by February 10, 2017. We will host an informational meeting for volunteers early next month in order to learn more about this opportunity. For more information, please contact Michael Cummings, Director of Admissions, at firstname.lastname@example.org.Top of Page
Friday, January 27
12:00 noon. The Roosevelt Hotel (NYC). Law, Technology & Entrepreneurship at Cornell Tech.
Featuring: The Tech LLM Class of 2017
Moderated by David R. Schellhase, JD '90, General Counsel, Slack Technologies, Inc.
The Tech LLM is a unique, interdisciplinary law program that combines law students with technologists and business people to teach them in-depth about practice at the intersection of law, technology, and entrepreneurship.
Join members of the inaugural Tech LLM Class for lunch and listen as they share their experiences to this new approach to teaching law. In particular, the students will describe what it's like to collaborate with computer scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs in "real-life" studio projects.
Friday, January 27
6:00-8:00 p.m. Duane Morris LLP (NYC). Alumni and Students of Color Mixer.
Interested in meeting current Cornell Law JD 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. Be sure to bring a stack of business cards for networking!
For the past six 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. A casual post event get-together will occur subsequent to the event for those students extending their stay in New York City. 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, however, your committed reservation is required. For more information, contact the Cornell Law School Alumni Affairs Office at 607.255.5251 or email email@example.com. (Unless otherwise noted).
Thursday, January 26
12:15-1:15 p.m. Room 182. Do Parties Negotiate After Litigation? An Empirical Study of Coasean Bargaining.
The Coasean theorem critically depends on the assumption that parties will bargain after litigation and, barring high transaction costs, mis-allocated entitlements by courts will be re-allocated through voluntary exchanges. Behavioral law and economics theory challenges this view. Speaker: Yun-Chien Chang, JSD [NYU Law] Visiting Scholar, Cornell Law School, Associate Research Professor & Director, Center for Empirical Legal Studies, and Institutum Iurisprudentiae, Academia Sinica, Taiwan. Lunch will be served. All are welcome.Top of Page