Cornell Law Scoops

Scoops March 13 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 Karen Comstock
Assistant Dean for Public Service

Ask the Deans

From Elizabeth Peck
Assistant Dean for Professional Development and Clerkships

Convocation Information

Campus Events


Writing Competitions

Calendar of Events

Week of March 13, 2017

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

MONDAY, March 13


Tuesday, March 14


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

Office hours for students with Dean Peñalver.


4:30-5:30 p.m. Room G90. Langfan Info Session & Problem Release.


The Moot Court Board will be releasing the 2017 Langfan First-Year Moot Court Problem and having a brief information session on the rules of the competition and the benefits of participating. Food will be provided. Contact: Gargi Chaudhuri,

6:00 p.m. Room 184.

Class Pictures and Champagne Toast (3L and LLM Students).


Wednesday, March 15


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

The Weekly Perk.


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

Let's Talk.



4:30 p.m. Room 184.

Fall 2017 Externship Informational Meeting.



4:30-6:00 p.m. Room 276. Between Nation and State: Nazareth's Palestinian Citizens Legal Strategies in Israel.


Speaker: Leena Dallasheh, Assistant Professor of History, Humboldt State University. Presented by the Clarke Initiative for Law and Development in the Middle East and North Africa and Ottoman and Turkish Studies Initiative. All are welcome. Please RSVP here for this Clark event by March 13th.

6:00-7:00 p.m. Room 186. Lambda General Body Meeting & Elections.

Contact: Samantha Rose,

7:00-8:30 p.m. Room 184. Joint Journal Writing Competition General Informational Meeting.

Contact: Peter Kahnert,

Thursday, March 16

12:15-1:15 p.m. Room 285.

Launching Your Public Interest Law Career.


12:15-1:15 p.m. Room 182. Investor-State Arbitration at a Crossroads - Views on its Critics and Predictions for Future.


Craig S. Miles, a partner from King & Spalding in Houston, will be speaking on investor-state arbitration. Cosponsored by GPSAFC and Briggs Society of International Law. Open to the graduate community.  Food will be served. Contact: Maciej Bukowski,

4:30-6:00 p.m. Room G90. Documentary Screening: 12th & Delaware.

Join LRJ (Law Students for Reproductive Justice) for a quick election and a documentary screening of 12th & Delaware. The film focuses on the seemingly sleepy intersection of Delaware Ave. and 12th St. in Fort Pierce, Fla., which is ground zero for the ferocious abortion rights battle raging in America.  On one corner stands an abortion clinic; across the street is the Pregnancy Care Center, a pro-life outpost dedicated to heading off abortion seekers at the pass. Contact: Kendall Karr,

6:00-6:30 p.m. Room 285. Jewish Law Student Association Elections.

Contact: Steven Saltz,

Friday, March 17

10:10-11:10 a.m. Saperston Student Lounge.

Coffee, Conversation and Current Events: Social and Political Contestation Over the Meaning of "Crime" and "Criminal"


12:30-1:30 p.m. Room G85. From Russia with Love: Cyber Security in a Digital Age.


Contact: Professor Jack Beard will speak on the need for Cyber Security in an increasingly digital society. Contact: Rebecca Duncan,

7:00-8:30 p.m. Room G90. Briggs Society of International Law E-Board Elections.

Join us in electing the next Briggs Society of International Law e-board. Contact: Victoria Price,

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Positions Available

Summer 2017 TA Opportunity - 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 7th).  Depending on your Fall schedule, you could complete for credit or pay.  The course - Introduction to the American Legal System - will run from August 7th to August 21st, 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

Call for Applications for Complainants' Advisors in Sexual Misconduct Cases

Professor Laura Underkuffler is seeking applications from IL students for two positions as Complainants' Advisors under Policy 6.4, the University's sexual misconduct policy. Selected students will receive a two-year offer of employment beginning at the start of the fall semester 2017, or August 15, 2017 for those law students who are on campus and available.

Commencing August 1, 2016, a new procedure under Policy 6.4 was enacted for the adjudication of cases involving dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, sexual exploitation, sexual harassment, and stalking where the respondent is a student. Policy 6.4 guarantees Complainants the free assistance of a Complainant Advisor, a role to be staffed by students from Cornell Law School.

The Complainants' Advisors will assist Cornell students who have filed complaints or are considering filing complaints under Policy 6.4. The Complainants' Advisors help students understand their rights and the procedures under Policy 6.4 so that the students can make informed critical decisions throughout the proceedings. The Complainants' Advisors also accompany complainants to meetings, investigative interviews, and all proceedings, including hearings; help complainants prepare for proceedings, including proposing witnesses and questions for fact-finding hearings; and assist with preparation of written submissions at the fact-finding, penalty, and appellate stages. In some cases, complainants may retain attorneys to conduct some or all of the work of a Complainant's Advisor. In many cases, complainants will also seek the assistance of Cornell's Victim's Advocate or another support person to provide emotional support.  These would be in addition to the assistance received from the Complainant's Advisor.

Complainants' Advisors will receive general guidance and direction from Professor Underkuffler in her capacity as Faculty Advisor. Additionally, the University will provide training, some required, including training about the new policies and procedures and in interviewing individuals who have experienced a trauma such as sexual violence.

The Complainants' Advisors positions offer law students an excellent opportunity to develop and hone legal skills and to serve victims of sexual violence. It is often difficult to predict the number of hours that it will involve, but judging from the work of the Complainants' Advisors in the past year the time commitment may vary weekly and may range from only several hours per week to more than ten hours per week -- depending on the number of clients and the nature of their cases. The pay is in the range of $14.60 to $16.00 per hour.

Applicants should be able to work well with students of different genders, gender identities, sexual orientations, and diverse backgrounds and experiences; use a client-centered approach by seeking to understand and further their clients' goals; listen carefully and be sensitive to clients who may be traumatized; have strong written and oral communication and analytic skills; and be mature and exercise sound judgment.

To apply for the position, please submit a statement of interest and resume electronically to Ms. Kara Conklin (Professor Underkuffler's administrative assistant) at no later than March 13, 2017.  Interviews will be conducted thereafter.  Feel free to contact  Sam Elliott ( (Senior CA), Julia Bensur (, Christina Kim (, and Gargi Chaudhuri ( with any questions.  An announcement regarding information sessions to be held by Sam, Julia, Christina, and Gargi will be made shortly.

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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).

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From Terry Thompson


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 spring exam schedule is available on the Registrar's website. 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.

Using Your Laptop for Spring 2017 Exams

You must register for exams and download the new Spring 2017 version of Exam4 software between March 20-30. You will receive information about the process by email to your Cornell NetID email address. All students who wish to use their laptops for final exams will be required to download, install and test the Spring 2017 version of Exam4. Versions from other semesters have expired and will not work for exams this semester.

Exams and Dictionaries

New JD students whose native or working language is not normally English may request the use of a non-legal dictionary for examinations by submitting a written request to the Registrar by Wednesday, March 29.  Continuing JD students who received permission to use a non-legal dictionary previously do not need to make another request. The non-legal dictionary must be supplied by the student and the dictionary may be in print or electronic format; provided, however, that any electronic dictionary must be a stand-alone dictionary with a set memory (e.g., a dictionary program that is loaded on a laptop computer does not qualify.  A dictionary that has the ability to accept SD cards or USB drives does not qualify). All electronic dictionaries must be approved by the Registrar by March 29.  LL.M. students with questions regarding the use of a non-legal dictionary for examinations should contact Assistant Dean Aimee Houghton. Exchange students with questions regarding the use of a non-legal dictionary for examinations should contact Dawne Peacock.

Registration with Bar Authorities

Deadlines for bar examination applications may be approaching. The rules of certain states (not New York) require either notifying the bar admission authorities of intent to begin the study of law or registering with the authorities when law studies begin. Students should obtain instructions from the proper source (usually the state board of bar examiners or the clerk of the court of highest jurisdiction) in the state in which they intend to practice. Failure to comply with the instructions may substantially delay admission to the bar. For current bar requirements, applicants should consult the Official American Bar Association Guide to Approved Law Schools, published annually by the American Bar Association. This book is in the Law School library. You can find information from the National Conference of Bar Examiners at their website: This link is also available on our website and other information listed under the bar information link.

Bar Applications Requiring Fingerprinting

NY State does not require fingerprinting. Not all State Bar Applications require fingerprinting. Fingerprinting is available on campus at the Public Safety Office, G-2 Barton Hall, 24 hours a day. You will need to take the fingerprint card with you, and two forms of picture ID.

Law School Course Pre-registration for Fall 2017

To the Classes of 2018 & 2019 - Online Pre-registration for fall 2017 Law School courses will take place in early summer. You will be notified by email to your Cornell NetID email account when the pre-registration site is available. Instructions and details for online Law School Course Pre-registration, updated course information, registration forms, and degree requirements will be available online.

Course Forum

A Course Forum will be scheduled for interested students to learn about the curriculum for the 2017-18 academic year. Students will be notified by email of the date.

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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.

Coffee, Conversation and Current Events: Social and Political Contestation Over the Meaning of "Crime" and "Criminal"

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Ask the Deans

This new section of SCOOPS is being introduced as a result of the Dean's Town Hall. There were more questions received in advance and at the event than we could answer in the time allotted. Each week, we'll feature an answer from one of our administrative deans. Feel free to submit new questions to and we will answer as many as we can. The Dean of Students will also continue to work with CLSA and SLC leaders to develop a mechanism for receiving anonymous questions.

This week’s question will be answered by Elizabeth Brundige, Assistant Dean for International Programs.

Q:  Many students decline to pursue senior positions on law journals because they anticipate studying abroad during 3L; however, of course, not every student will receive a favorable study abroad decision.  Is there any possibility of moving the timeline for study abroad applications forward to ensure that students who wish to study abroad OR seek a senior position on their respective journals can make more informed choices?

A:  The current deadline is January 31. The International Programs Office would be open to considering moving the study abroad process earlier if that is that what students generally would prefer.  However, the International Programs Office would not have the capacity to run the selection process during the first week of classes due to exchange student orientation and course advising meetings.  An earlier timeline would mean that applications would be due at the start of January and that the selection process would take place over the break.  The trade-off for students would be that they would then need to pull their applications together much earlier. If they have questions, they would need to consult with the International Programs Office in December.

As a general rule, it would be difficult to leave study abroad offers open for longer than the customary one-week. This would result in too much uncertainty for the many students on the wait list who are often anxious to know whether they will receive a placement.  Consequently, an earlier process would mean that students would be more likely to be asked to make a decision about study abroad before they know the results of the journal election process. However, as is the case now, the International Programs Office staff encourages students to apply even if they are pursuing other opportunities and would be happy to consider requests for extensions of the deadline to confirm acceptance of their placement. Any extensions would need to account for the nomination deadlines imposed by the relevant partner school.

Q: Why does it take so long for study abroad decisions to come out?

A:  The initial study abroad decisions are typically announced within two weeks of the application deadline.  This year and last year, students were notified of the initial results within one week of the application deadline. The selection process consists of several stages and involves multiple actors.  It therefore does take some time.  To elaborate, the International Programs Office staff first reviews each of the applications.  They then organize and conduct the lottery.  International Programs staff then prepare proposed placement lists, which are sent to the Dean of Students. This part of the process may result in modest delays in notifying students of placements. However, we think that this consultation is important so that students have the information they need to make a decision about a placement, are able to continue receiving any services or support that they require, and do not jeopardize their ability to graduate on time by going abroad.  It also takes a couple of days to share the final placement list with the International Committee for approval.

Students who are on the wait list may receive a placement offer at a later date. We ask students who are offered placements to accept or decline within one week of the initial notification, so most movement on the list should happen within a week or two of the initial notifications.  However, some students request and receive extensions for their decision, and in unusual cases, a student may withdraw from the program later in the semester. In those circumstances, we will still make the opportunity available to a student on the wait list if possible, even though we recognize that the student may have already have other plans for the fall.

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Convocation Information

To: The Graduating Class of 2017:


Class Pictures and Champagne Toast-Tuesday, March 14

All graduates should wear business attire for the picture. To avoid confusion, we ask that you arrive according to the following schedule. Please be prompt, we cannot re-shoot if you miss the specified time.  The photo session will be in Room 184.

All JDs (including JD/LLMs) should arrive at 6:00 p.m.   We will take the picture at approximately 6:10 p.m. as it takes a bit of time to get everyone arranged.

All LLMs should arrive at 6:05 p.m. and wait in break-out area for the JDs to exit the class room.  Picture will be taken at approximately 6:20 p.m.

JSDs should arrive at 6:10 p.m., and JD/LLMs should return at this time as well—Pictures will be taken at approximately 6:25 p.m.

There will be a champagne toast and cake following the completion of the class pictures.  Please stay in the area following the picture taking.

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 March 13 (Room G57):

  • Monday: 11:00-12:00 noon
  • Tuesday: 11:30-12:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 11:00-12:00 noon
  • Thursday: No Office Hours
  • Friday: 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Or by appointment: (607) 255-0146 or

*Don't forget to check the Academic Support Blackboard page for the APA's office hours.

“You’ll Never Plough a Field by Turning it Over in Your Mind.” An Irish saying meaning that you won’t get very far just thinking about what you need to do—you need to actually do it!  If you’ve looked at the calendar, then you know that over half of the semester is over and spring break is still twenty days away (not that I’m counting).  But have you looked at the other important deadlines you have coming up: just over two weeks until your final persuasive assignment is due, two weeks until oral arguments in Langfan start (which spans the following three weeks), four weeks until oral arguments in Lawyering, and seven weeks until you take exams?  Notice how some of these things overlap—like Langfan first rounds and the due date for your final persuasive assignment?  And all of these deadlines are in addition to your regular class preparation, review, and law firm events!  Instead of worrying about it, schedule how you will spend your remaining weeks of school.  Incorporate outlining and exam preparation into your nightly and weekend schedules—including taking old exams.  Try to get your persuasive assignment completed early.  Plan exactly what you will study over spring break and how you will allocate your time for each subject.  Make these schedules and stick to them.  If you follow through with your study plan, you’ll have no trouble managing the extra work that seems to accumulate at the end of the semester.  If you want help planning your study schedule or reviewing old exams that you take, please contact me or the APA’s.

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Clinical Programs

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

2L and 3L students: Interested in a full-time or part-time externship?  Thinking about being a Pro Bono Scholar?  Come to an informational meeting on Wednesday, March 15 at 4:30 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.  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 (unless you attended the meeting in February).  For further information, contact Prof. Mooney at

Thursday, April 13

4:30-6:00 p.m. G10 Biotechnology Building. The Legacy of the Immigrant Workplace: Lessons for the 21st Century Economy.

Speaker: Leticia Saucedo, U.C. Davis. Standard approaches to employment law regulation in low-wage workplaces have overlooked how the structural impediments to full citizenship shape these workers' experience. Citizens in the workplace are able to exercise fully the workplace rights provided by statute, regulation and common law. But these regulations begin with the assumption that all employees are free to enter and exit the labor market as they see fit.  This narrative takes the level of freedom and the citizenship rights of the employee entering the workplace as a given - unchanging and equally applicable to all employees.  This presentation will explore how this narrative has failed in the case of immigrant workers and discuss the lessons we can derive from the immigrant worker experience for the emerging gig economy of the 21st century. All are welcome.  Co-sponsored by the Labor Law Clinic and Farmworker Clinic.

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From John DeRosa
Associate Dean for Career Services



Career Services Recruiting Season Programs

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
Hodgson Russ Open House Breakfast March 23 8:30-10:30am Saperston Student Lounge Learn about practicing in Upstate NY and chat with attorneys. RSVP to
Sullivan & Cromwell March 27 5:00pm Room 184, Reception to follow in the Commons RSVP to Natalie Green,




Monday, March 20

4:45 p.m. Room 182. Knobbe Martens.

1L, 2L, 3Ls with technical backgrounds are welcome. RSVP to

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. RSVP to Lyndsey Bullock,

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From Karen Comstock
Assistant Dean for Public Service


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from Elizabeth Peck
Assistant Dean for Professional Development and Clerkships


Thursday, March 23

12:00-1:00 p.m. Room 277. Federalist Papers & the Art of Advocacy with Judge Thomas Manahan.

Join us as Judge Thomas Manahan, New Jersey Superior Court, discusses the advocacy skills of the "anonymous" authors - Hamilton, Madison and Jay. Lunch will be provided.

Tuesday, March 28

4:15-5:15 p.m. Room 285. Approaching the Bench: A Presentation for 1Ls on Judicial Clerkships.

The time to prepare to apply for post-graduate judicial clerkships will be here sooner than you might think. Join Assistant Dean Liz Peck as she discusses what a judicial clerkship is, why it's a valuable piece of your legal career, and point you in the right direction to begin preparing your own clerkship application strategy. Light refreshments will be provided.


Campus Events

Tuesday, March 28

4:25-5:40 p.m. B09 Sage Hall.  Day Family Ethics Lecture: Ethical Leadership Top to Bottom:  When it Works and When it Fails.

Speaker Professor Treviño will discuss both her work on ethical leadership more generally (as key to creating and sustaining ethical culture) and some recent research.  The latter shows how leaders setting high goals at the top can lead to a corruptive improvisation process among supervisory leaders who then coerce employees to either meet the goals or at least appear to do so.  This helps to explain examples such as the scandals at the VA, Wells Fargo, and perhaps Volkswagen.

Linda Treviño, Distinguished Professor of Organizational Behavior and Ethics at Penn State, is Director of the Shoemaker Program in Business Ethics at the Smeal College of Business.  She is one of the country’s leading scholars in business ethics, having made important contributions to the study of ethical leadership and the influence of organizational culture on ethical behavior, among other areas.  The author of a number of award-winning papers in management, she has published over eighty articles and several books, including one of the most popular textbooks in business ethics.

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Writing Competitions

Judge Bernard S. Meyer Scholarship

The Judge Bernard S. Meyer Scholarship is valued at $5,000.00. The scholarship is open to all second-year (2L) students as of spring 2017 semester enrolled in a law school in the State of New York. Deadline: Friday, March 31, 2017. For more information, see

Honorable Charles L. Brieant, Jr. Fellowship

The Honorable Charles L. Brieant, Jr. Fellowship is valued at $5000.00. The scholarship is open to all first-year (1L) students and second-year (2L) students as of spring 2017 semester enrolled in a law school in the State of New York. Deadline: Friday, March 31, 2017. For more information, see

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 deadline to apply is March 31, 2017. 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.

Bruce M. Stargatt Legal Ethics Writing Competition

In keeping with Bruce Stargatt's keen interest in legal writing and the ethical practice of law, we invite scholarly papers concerning ethical issues in the practice of law. Beyond this general description, the precise issue to be dealt with is in the author's discretion. Cash prizes of $3000, $1000 and $500 will be awarded to the top three papers. For more information, see

2017 William W. Greenhalgh Student Writing Competition

This Competition is sponsored by Criminal Justice of the American Bar Association. The goal of the Competition is to encourage law students to become involved in the Section. It is also intended to attract students to the Criminal Justice practice field, and to encourage scholarship in this field. For more information, read this PDF.

The Honorable William C. Conner Intellectual Property Law Writing Competition

The competition is open to students enrolled in a J.D. or LL.M. program (day or evening). The subject matter must be directed to one of the traditional subject areas of intellectual property, i.e., patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, unfair trade practices and antitrust. For more information, see

Spring 2017 National Scholarship Competition for College Students with Disabilities

disABLEDperson, Inc announces our Spring 2017 National Scholarship Competition for College Students with Disabilities. This competition begins on February 1, 2017 and ends on March 31, 2017 for the award of $2000. For more information, see

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