Cornell Law Scoops

Scoops January 30 Issue

Calendar of Events

From Maurice Haltom
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

Positions Available

From Chenay Weyble
Lecturer of Law and Director of Academic Support

From Eduardo M. Peñalver
The Allan R. Tessler Dean

From Clinical Programs

From Terry Thompson

From John DeRosa
Associate Dean for Career Services

From Markeisha Miner
Dean of Students

From Graduate Legal Studies

Convocation Information

Writing Competitions

Calendar of Events

Week of January 30, 2017

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

MONDAY, January 30

4:45-5:45 p.m. Room 184.

2017 Recruiting Season Overview for 1Ls.


Tuesday, January 31


12:00 noon.

Add/Drop deadline for limited enrollment courses.


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

Office hours for students with Dean Peñalver.


4:30-7:00 p.m. Room G85. Black Law Students Association (BLSA) General Body Meeting.


Contact: Shelbi Vaughn,

Wednesday, February 1

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

The Weekly Perk.


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

Let's Talk.


3:00 p.m.

Add/Drop deadline for unlimited enrollment courses.


Thursday, February 2


4:30-5:30 p.m. Saperston Student Lounge. Latino American Law Students Association (LALSA) General Body Meeting.

LALSA's Spring General Body Meeting. Come hear about LALSA's spring events including the annual Career Bootcamp. Contact: Sasha Burger,

Friday, February 3

12:30-1:30 p.m. Room G90. Sentencing Reform in an Incarceration Nation.

Shon Hopwood will give a speech on sentencing reform in the United States.  Sponsored by the Federalist Society. Co-sponsored by GPSAFC and Open to the Graduate Community. Contact: Rebecca Duncan,

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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.

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From Eduardo M. Peñalver
The Allan R. Tessler Dean


Office Hours for Students

I will be holding office hours for students on Tuesday afternoons, 4:00-5:00 p.m. Students wishing to see me may sign up in advance with Connie McIntosh in room 263, by e-mail (, or by phone (607-255-3539).

Monday, February 20

12:15-1:15 p.m. Room 390, MacDonald Moot Court Room. Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series featuring William F. Lee, JD '76, MBA '76

Mr. Lee is a partner at WilmerHale and is one of the country’s foremost intellectual property and commercial litigation attorneys.  Join us for his lecture on “The Smartphone Wars: The Apple-Samsung Trial.” All are welcome to attend. Lunch will be provided for guests registered by Wednesday, February 15.

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From Terry Thompson


Course Changes

Students must add/drop limited enrollment courses by 12 noon on Tuesday, January 31. Students may add/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. The add/drop deadline for each course is noted on your individual course schedule. Please remember to notify the Law School Registrar if you add or drop a non-law course through the University Online Add/Drop.

S/U Grading Option

2L and 3L JD students may elect to take up to two upperclass courses at Cornell Law School on an S/U basis during their time here. At the close of Add-Drop 2L and 3L students will be emailed when the S/U Grading Option link is available on the Registrar’s website. S/U grade elections, if made, shall be irrevocable. Students may not make this election in courses that they use to satisfy the Law School’s upperclass writing requirement. 1L students cannot elect the S/U grading option for their 1L elective course. 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.

S/U Grading Option Election Form

Class of 2017 and 2018 JD students will receive an email when the S/U Grading Option link is available on the Registrar’s website. The form will be available shortly after the end of add/drop. Students must submit the online form no later than 12 noon on Wednesday, February 15.

Spring 2017 Final Examinations

Students who have exam conflicts are reminded to notify the Law School Registrar's Office, in writing, of the conflict and should note which exam they wish rescheduled. The online Deferral Request link will be available March 20 on the Registrar's website. The request must be made by 3:00 p.m. on March 30.

Summer School Study

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

Local Addresses

Any student who has changed their local address will need to change the address with the Law School as well as with the University using the Student Center.

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.

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. You can review the Curricular Update for more details on JD degree requirements.

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, 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 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.

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From Markeisha Miner
Dean of Students

Markeisha Miner

The Weekly Perk

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

Cornell Resources

Stonewalled? Frustrated? Ignored? Have a conflict or concern? The Office of the Ombudsman is a safe place for students, faculty and staff to turn for help. You can meet confidentially and off the record with an ombudsman to discuss options for any concerns or issues.

What an ombudsman does:

  • actively listens to you
  • provides information about Cornell policies, protocols and resources
  • provides guidance on how to have a difficult conversation
  • helps you identify responsible options for moving forward
  • lets you control the process
  • respects your privacy and maintains confidentiality as per our Guidelines and Standards of Practice

To make an appointment to speak privately with an ombudsman, please call us at 607-255-4321. This is a free service for students, faculty and staff. If you are away from the main campus, an ombudsman is also available to meet by phone or Skype. For more information, please visit our website:

Wednesday, February 8

6:00 p.m. G10 Biotech. Campus-wide Breaking Bread Dinner: Freedom of Speech and Civility on Campus.

The Campus-Wide Breaking Bread Dinner is an initiative to bring together senior administrators, students, faculty, staff and other invited guests for facilitated conversations about timely and meaningful topics. The critical dialogue taking place at these dinners is skillfully facilitated by students involved with the Intergroup Dialogue Project. These talented students facilitate meaningful conversations that help Cornell community members work across differences and address issues of concern.

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Convocation Information

To: The Graduating Class of 2017:


Cap & Gown, Hood Rental Order Information

It is time to order your gap, gown and hood rental. Regalia is worn at both the Law School Convocation (Sunday, May 14, 2017) and University Commencement (Sunday, May 28, 2017). The regalia is the same for ALL degrees.

Please read through all the instructions on the Cap & Gown Rental Information page before proceeding to the ordering site. Orders must be completed by 11:30 p.m., March 15, 2017. After that date, the site will be deactivated and you will no longer be able to order a personalized size but will have to depend on the extras that will be brought to distribution. It is not wise to put this task off. We recommend ordering sooner rather than later.

You will need your hat size and height (in feet and inches). For your hat size, the ordering site provides a downloadable tape measure. I have several attached to my office door, room 138, along with a height chart in feet/inches to the right of my door (when facing). Please be sure and return the cap tape measure after using. I recommend measuring your cap size with a friend. It is easier or take the tape off the door, find a mirror, measure and then return the tape to the door.

Distribution of the regalia will be one day only, Wednesday, April 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in room G80. If you cannot be there to pick up your regalia, you must arrange for a friend to do so.

Convocation Website

Please familiarize yourself with the content on the Convocation website. In addition, please forward the URL to family/friends that would like the information contained on the site.

Convocation RSVP

Everyone that plans on attending the Convocation ceremony needs to complete the Convocation RSVP online form. This information is used in coordinating convocation as well as at the ceremony itself. Please complete the form even if you are unsure if you will be attending. You can let me know later if plans change.

If you have any questions about Convocation, you may email Linda Majeroni at

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From Maurice Haltom, LCSW
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

Maurice Haltom

Let's Talk is a program that provides easy access to informal confidential consultations with counselors from Gannett Health Services. Counselors hold walk-in hours at sites around campus Monday through Friday. Speaking with a counselor can help provide insight, solutions, and information about other resources.

When: Wednesdays from 2:30-4:30 p.m.

Where: Myron Taylor Hall, Room G59

No appointment necessary. Just drop in.

For additional hours and locations:

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From Chenay Weyble
Lecturer of Law and Director of Academic Support

Office Hours for Week of January 30 (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

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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Clinical Programs

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

Thinking about being a Pro Bono Scholar? Come to an informational meeting on Monday, February 13 at 6:00 p.m. in Room 184. We will discuss the benefits and possible drawbacks of an externship and the nuts and bolts of the identification and application process. We will also discuss the Pro Bono Scholar program. The meeting will be repeated on Wednesday, March 15 at 4:30 p.m. in Room 184. All students interested in an externship for the Fall of 2017 or the Spring of 2018 or the Pro Bono Scholar program for the Spring of 2018 must attend one of these two meetings. For further information, contact Prof. Mooney at

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From John DeRosa
Associate Dean for Career Services



Career Services Recruiting Season Programs

2017 Recruiting Season 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.

Law Firm Date Time Location RSVP
Hogan Lovells February 7 4:30pm Myron Taylor Hall, Room TBA RSVP to Kristen Isaacson,
Paul Hastings February 24 1:00pm Myron Taylor Hall, Room TBA RSVP to Michelle Gramer,
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,




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


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,

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.

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Graduate Legal Studies

Save the Date

A cocktail reception celebrating LL.M. and J.S.D. commencement will be held on Saturday, May 13, 2017 from 4:30-6:30pm at the Johnson Museum of Art.  An official invitation with a link to R.S.V.P. will be sent later this semester.

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Writing Competitions & Internship Opportunities

2017 Diversity Writing Competition

There are three levels of competition (1L, 2L, and 3-4/L) and the winner of each level will receive a $5,000 cash prize. The topic for the 2017 competition is: Why Pipeline Programs Targeting Students from Underrepresented Racial and Ethnic Backgrounds Are Essential to the Future of the Legal Profession.

2017 Diversity Initiatives Summer Internship

This position will be based at LSAC headquarters in Newtown, PA. The duration of the position is between 10 and 12 weeks. Housing will be provided.

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