Cornell Law Scoops

Scoops January 29 Issue

Calendar of Events

From John DeRosa
Associate Dean for Career Services

Positions Available

From Deirdre Hay
Director for LL.M. & International Career Services

From Eduardo M. Peñalver
The Allan R. Tessler Dean

From Elizabeth Peck
Assistant Dean for Professional Development and Clerkships

From Terry Thompson

From Clinical Programs

From Markeisha Miner
Dean of Students

From Kristine Hoffmeister
Director of Alumni Affairs

Convocation Information

From Graduate Legal Studies

From Maurice Haltom
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

Fork & Gavel Cafe

From Chenay Weyble
Lecturer of Law and Director of Academic Support

The Berger International Speaker Series

Calendar of Events

Week of January 29, 2018

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

MONDAY, January 29

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


TUESDAY, January 30


12:00 noon. Deadline to add/drop limited enrollment courses.


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



4:00-5:00 p.m. Room G85. Rochester Diversity Program Info Session.


Brian Kopp from Nixon Peabody and Aaron Frazier from Harris Beach will discuss the Rochester Diversity Clerkship Program and advise students on how to apply. The program aims to increase diversity in the legal profession in the Rochester area by attracting qualified first-year law students from under-represented groups within the legal profession to work in paid positions with Rochester area law firms and other legal employers. Contact: Lyndsey Bullock,

6:00-11:00 p.m. Room 182. Free Speech Online: Too Much of a Good Thing?

David Lat, founder of Above the Law, will be delivering a speech with commentary from Dean Peñalver. Sponsored by the Federalist Society. Contact: Bennett Hampilos,

Wednesday, January 31

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


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



3:00 p.m. Deadline to add/drop unlimited enrollment courses.



Thursday, February 1


12:00 noon-3:30 p.m. Room G85. Protecting LGBTQ Employees in the Trump Era: What's Next?

Professor Leonard is the founding Editor of LGBT Law Notes, the leading publication on LGBT legal developments. He is a recipient of the National LGBT Bar Association's Dan Bradley Lifetime Achievement Award. Professor Leonard is a 1974 graduate of Cornell's School of Industrial & Labor Relations. Pizza will be served. Sponsored by LAMBDA. Contact: Alyssa Hasbrouck,

4:30 p.m. Room 184. 1L Law Firm Program: Hogan Lovells.


Friday, February 2


3:00-6:15 p.m. Room 184. Rhodes Public Interest Career Symposium.

CLS Rhodes Fellows and other panelists will discuss their public interest careers fields and give advice for job seekers. If you have questions, contact: Molly Brewton,

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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

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.

S/U Grading Option

Each JD student and LLM students 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.

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.

Update Your Preferred Name and Address Info

If you wish to update your preferred name, use the link in the My Information tab on the Registrar's website. All students should make sure their address info is up to date as well. To update your address, use the link in the My Information tab on the Registrar's website.

Cornell Law Attendance Policy

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; or 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. 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 if more than three days are missed.


A student who must be absent from class for a period of three or more days should contact Dean Miner and discuss the reasons for the absence.

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From Markeisha Miner
Dean of Students

Law School Open House

Please join us in celebrating the completion of the new Hughes Hall offices. Check out the new space, enjoy some chili and cornbread and enter a raffle for fun prizes!

All law students are welcome.

Pick up your raffle entries in any one of the new office spaces.

Wednesday, January 31 from 12:00 to 2:00 PM

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

Community ESL at Cornell

Community ESL at Cornell is a program organized by local community volunteers, and sponsored by the International Students and Scholars office (ISSO). English classes for spouses and partners of international students and visiting scholars are taught by local community volunteers. Those interested in attending classes may register online before February 1st for a maximum of two classes per week. The online registration form is available at No registration fee. All levels are welcome.

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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 January 29 (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

Establishing a Routine. During this cold winter, you may feel the need to hibernate.  It isn’t always easy to get back into a routine after a long break.  But setting—and sticking to—a good study and review routine now will pay huge benefits later in the spring as you prepare for exams—particularly when spring break is near the end of the semester.  I have time management worksheets for the spring semester available now—feel free to drop by and pick one up.  I’m happy to help anyone who would like to work on their schedule to make this spring semester more effective and efficient.

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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 RSVP
Hogan Lovells February 1 4:30pm 184 Myron Taylor Hall. Reception to follow in the Commons, 5:15pm. RSVP to Lyndsey Bullock,
Knobbe Martens (STEM background required) February 5 4:30pm 186 Myron Taylor Hall RSVP to Candice Lee,
Paul Hastings February 7 4:30pm 184 Myron Taylor Hall. Reception to follow in the Commons, 5:30pm. Click here to RSVP.
Weil Gotshal February 20 6:00pm Johnson Museum of Art RSVP TBA.
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 TBA.
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 Deirdre Hay
Director for LL.M. & International Career Services

Thank you to all who came to New York City for the ISIP job fair. I hope any interviews you had went very well. Please remember to send hand written thank you notes to your interviewers and to your mock interviewers.

Can anyone who would like a mock interview as part of the Alumni LLM Mock Interview Program and who has not yet had one please let me know? Also, please ask me if you would like to be put in contact with Cornell alumni from your country or region.

Now is the prime time of year for job hunting. If you are looking for work and need help reaching out to potential employers please make an appointment to see me. If you did not get any interviews at ISIP, this generally reflects employer needs for nationals from your country, so don’t feel bad! Instead, come and see me and we can make a plan for you.

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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.

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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

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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Fork & Gavel Cafe

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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.

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