Cornell Law Scoops

Scoops March 19 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 John DeRosa
Associate Dean for Career Services

From Terry Thompson

From Elizabeth Peck
Assistant Dean for Professional Development and Clerkships

From Melody Padgett
Bar Certification Coordinator

From Graduate Legal Studies

From Markeisha Miner
Dean of Students

From Clinical Programs

Campus/Community Resources


Convocation Information


Calendar of Events

Week of March 19, 2018

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

MONDAY, March 19

11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Foyer. Class Gift Tabling.

Stop by the foyer and donate to the 3L class gift. Contact: Lisa Zacharias,

4:00-5:00 p.m. Saperston Student Lounge. IPTSA General Body Meeting and Elections.

Contact: Cora Liang,

4:00-5:00 p.m. Room 390. National Lawyers Guild (NLG) Elections.

Contact: Matthew Lutwen,

4:30-6:30 p.m. Room 184. ELS Documentary Screening: Trashed.

"Trashed" is an environmental documentary that investigates the global scale and impact of humanity's modern wasteful consumerism, and examines in particular the risks to the food chain and the environment presented by pollution of our air, land and sea. We'll have Insomnia cookies. Contact: Starlin Shi,

5:00-6:30 p.m. Room 277. CALSA General Meeting III & Elections.

Contact: Amanda Wong,

6:00-7:00 p.m. Room 186. WLC General Body Meeting and Elections.

Contact: Allison McQueeney,

TUESDAY, March 20

10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saperston Student Lounge. Giving Day Challenge.

Contact: Lisa Zacharias,

12:00-1:00 p.m. Room 276. How to be a Successful Judicial Intern.


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


4:30 p.m. Room 182. 1L Law Firm Program: Akin Gump.


5:30-7:00 p.m. Room G85. Joint Journal Writing Competition Personal Statement Info Session

Contact: Bebe Albornoz,

Wednesday, March 21

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


12:15-1:15 p.m. Room 390. Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series featuring Kelly Mahon Tullier, JD `92.


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


3:00 p.m. Deadline to register for Spring 2018 final exams and download the software. Deadline to submit an exam deferral request form.


5:25 p.m. Room 184. Class photos for graduating students.


Thursday, March 22

12:00-1:00 p.m. Room 277. Opportunities at the New York City Law Department.

Join the Public Service Office and Lillian Evans, Deputy Director of Legal Recruitment and Deputy EEO Officer at New York City Law Department to discuss opportunities within the agency. Contact: Akua Akyea,

1:00 p.m. Room G85. Navigating Inappropriate Workplace Behavior.


4:30 p.m. Room 184. 1L Law Firm Program: Skadden Arps.


Friday, March 23

5:00-6:30 p.m. The Commons. Myron Taylor Mixer.

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Positions Available

Professor Holden-Smith would like to hire a research assistant for this coming summer to conduct research on international (comparative) law regarding personal jurisdiction. Anyone who is interested should send her an email at

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 6th). Depending on your Fall schedules and financial needs, you could complete for credit or pay. The course - Introduction to the American Legal System - will run from August 6th to August 20th, 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

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).

Wednesday, March 21

12:15-1:15 p.m. MacDonald Moot Court Room, 390 Myron Taylor Hall. Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series featuring Kelly Mahon Tullier, JD `92.

Please join us for the Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series with Kelly Mahon Tullier, Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary of Visa Inc.  Her lecture on “Innovation and Growth through Change” will discuss how innovation, growth, and ultimately success are tied to our willingness to accept change.  In the process, Kelly will share both Visa’s story, as well as the story of her own professional journey. All are welcome to attend. Lunch will be provided for guests registered by Monday, March 19.

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From Terry Thompson


Exam Deferral Request Form

The exam deferral request form is now available in the Important Deadlines column on the Registrar's website.  It will be available until 3pm on March 21.

Using Your Laptop for Spring 2018 Exams

You must register for exams and download the new Spring 2018 version of Exam4 software before 3pm on March 21. All students who wish to use their laptops for final exams will be required to download, install and test the Spring 2018 version of Exam4. Versions from other semesters have expired and will not work for exams this semester.  If you wish to handwrite your exams or are having computer issues, please email the Law Registrar (

Exams and dictionaries

Two (2) non-legal dictionaries will be provided in each exam room for any student in that room to use. All first year JD students whose native or working language is not normally English may request the use of a non-legal translation dictionary for examinations by sending an email to the Law Registrar. LL.M. students with questions regarding the use of a non-legal translation dictionary for examinations should contact Graduate Legal Studies. Exchange students with questions regarding the use of a non-legal translation dictionary for examinations should contact Dawne Peacock. All requests must be submitted by April 10th to be considered. Continuing students who received permission to use a non-legal dictionary previously do not need to make another request.

A non-legal translation dictionary is a resource that lists words and their definitions and possibly the equivalent word in another language (such as a Spanish-English dictionary). Dictionaries that contain additional information such as grammar sections or sections entitled for "advanced learners" are not allowed. It is a violation of the Code of Academic Integrity to have any highlighting or other writing in or on the dictionary. Your name may be written in English on the inside cover, but no other markings are allowed. Electronic dictionaries 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 drive does not qualify). All electronic dictionaries must be approved by the Registrar by April 10th. Proctors may randomly review all exam materials and students found in violation will be subject to penalties under the Code of Academic Integrity.

University Course Pre-registration for Fall 2018

Students interested in enrolling in courses in other divisions of the University for the fall 2018 semester may pre-enroll using the University Enrollment process. Law students will use the University system to select their non-law courses. The pre-registration period for law students to select non-law courses is scheduled for April 11-13, 2018. You must use Student Center to pre-enroll in non-law classes. The University Registrar's Office strongly encourages you to review the enrollment information to optimize your enrollment period. Please note: Pre-enrollment does not guarantee enrollment in the course. Students enrolling in non-law courses for JD credit will also need to complete the law credit for non-law courses form. A student electing a course outside the Law School for credit or otherwise, must also register for at least 9 credit hours in the Law School each term. Regardless of the number of courses elected outside the Law School, a student must earn 72 semester credit hours in professional law subjects. This applies to all law students, including those in joint degree programs.

Law School Course Pre-registration for Fall 2018

Current 1Ls and 2Ls: Online pre-registration for fall 2018 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 offerings, registration forms, and degree requirements will be available online.

Class Recording Request Form

The Law School IT department has created a class recording request form. The form is available on the Registrar's website. You may use the form to request a video recording of a class. In order view a class recording, a request must be completed and submitted for approval. Approval to view class recordings is at the instructor's discretion, and the decision of the instructor is final. Students who receive a class recording link, do so on the condition they will not share it with anyone else.

Please note that recording requests for make-up classes and review sessions have not yet been integrated into the form. If you have a request for one of these recordings, please email the instructor for permission. If the instructor grants you permission, forward that email to IT ( and they will send you the recording.

Students who have approved accommodations should not use the request form, but should work with the Dean of Students Office instead.

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.

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From Melody Padgett
Bar Certification Coordinator


Bar Information for Class of 2018 Students

Class of 2018 Degree Date: May 27, 2018.


Applicants may apply to sit for the NY bar exam by filing an online application, which is available on the Board's website.

Application Filing Period: April 1-30, 2018. Any application not filed within this time period will be denied and returned. There is no provision for late filing.


If you plan to sit for the NY Bar exam, you will need to submit a verified handwriting sample, which must be completed in the presence of a law school official. The Registrar's Office will hold handwriting sessions during the application filing period. Please make every effort to attend one of these sessions. The process will take about five to ten minutes so come anytime during the time scheduled and leave as soon as your form is completed and turned in. If you are studying abroad or away on a full-term externship.

Handwriting Sessions for JD Students

Monday, April 9 between 9:00-9:30 a.m. room 182
Friday, April 13 between 12:00-12:30 p.m. room G90

Handwriting Sessions for LLM Students

Thursday, April 12 between 9:00 a.m.-9:30 a.m. room 182
Friday, April 13 between 2:30-3:00 p.m. room G90


The MPRE (multi-state professional responsibility exam) is a 2 hour multiple-choice exam covering standards of lawyer's professional conduct. The MPRE is required by most jurisdictions (New York is one that requires it). The next exam is August 11th and the registration is June 21st -27th. It is recommended you have taken a professional responsibility course beforehand, Law Governing Lawyers, for example. Register at the NCBE (National Conference of Bar Examiners) website,

NYLC and NYLE (New York Law Course and New York Law Exam)

Are you taking the New York Bar Exam in July? In conjunction with the Uniform Bar Examination (UBE) in New York, you must take an online course, known as the New York Law Course (NYLC), and a timed, online, open book exam on New York specific law, known as the New York Law Exam (NYLE). The next exam is June 14th with a registration deadline of May 15th. For more information, please see the NY Bar website,


Certification of Law School attendance/graduation is required by state bar authorities. Many states require the certification on a specific form; others accept the certification on Law School letterhead.  It is your responsibility to obtain any necessary documents, and submit them to the Law School Registrar's Office with instructions for: (a) when they must be submitted, and (b) where they must be sent. Do not wait until the last minute to do this. Keep in mind that certificates of Law School graduation executed before May 27, 2018 must be prospective. You may drop your forms off before graduation and we will make sure to wait until after graduation to process and submit them with the correct conferral date.

Please check the Bar Admissions Requirements Guide at or view the hard copy at the Registrar's service desk for complete information on jurisdiction requirements.


Check to see if any of your bar application materials require a notary.  If so, you may contact one of the notaries here at the Law School.  Please note you may need to plan ahead for notary service. Available notaries: Melody Padgett, Room 160, Registrar's Office, Jannica Moskal,  room 126, Dean of Students Office and Connie Pendergast, Room 115, Admissions Office.


If you are applying for a bar exam, you should find out if the application requires fingerprinting. The New York State bar exam does not 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.


For more information, see the 2018 JD Bar Exam Info Memo or the 2018 LLM Bar Exam Info Memo.  Hard copies will be available at the handwriting sessions.

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From Markeisha Miner
Dean of Students

Markeisha Miner

Thursday, March 22

1:00 p.m. Room G85. Navigating Inappropriate Workplace Behavior.


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.

Tuesday, March 20

5:00-7:00 p.m. Room G10 Biotech. Campus-Wide Breaking Bread Dinner.

In the spirit of diversity, inclusion and dialogue, we invite you to join us for our next Campus-Wide Breaking Bread Dinner to participate in an open dialogue with other members of our community.

Myron Taylor Mixer


Wellness Week (March 26-30)

The ABA Law Student Division has selected March 28th as the official National Mental Health Day at law schools around the country. Here at Cornell Law School we will be recognizing National Mental Health Day with a series of wellness events March 26-30, 2018. We hope you will join us for one or more of these wellness-focused activities.

Monday, March 26

12:00 noon. Foyer. Wellness Walk with the Dean of Students.

Feeling stressed?  Anxious?  Don't have time to do anything but study?  Join Dean Miner for a walk to enjoy our beautiful campus, clear your mind, and return to your work refreshed.  Your wellness is worth it. Meet in the Foyer promptly at 12:00.  We'll be back by 1:15 in time for afternoon classes.

Tuesday, March 27

12:00-2:00 p.m. Saperston Student Lounge. Stress Relieving Activities.

Join us in the Student Lounge for various stress relieving activities, including: bubble wrap, meditative coloring, puzzles, yoyos and balloons.

Wednesday, March 28

2:00-4:30 p.m. 126B Hughes Hall. Let’s Talk.

Let's Talk is a program that provides easy access to informal confidential consultations with counselors from Cornell Health. 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. No appointment necessary. Just drop in.

4:30-5:00 p.m. L30 Hughes Hall. Let’s Meditate.

Individuals who meditate seem to feel better, do better, and find that the practice sustains them in their personal and professional lives. Come join in this opportunity to practice a relaxing and restorative technique. Everyone is welcome, Come as you are.

5:00-6:00 p.m. Squash Court. Free Yoga Session.

Free weekly yoga session. All members of the Cornell Law School community and all skill levels welcome. Increase your physical and mental well-being. Co-presented by the Dean of Students Office and CLSA.

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Campus/Community Resources

Register Today: Campus Emergency Notification System

CornellALERT is the university's emergency notification system and is used for situations involving an immediate threat to the health and safety of the community. Sign up to receive voice or text messages on your cell phone. If you have previously signed up then please review and update your information. Additionally, please monitor for updates on Cornell's operating status in inclement weather and any other emergency situations.

Building Access

Once the building is locked for the evening, it is accessible only to members of the law school community. This is designed to provide a study environment conducive to the demands of the rigorous legal education you are pursuing. Key card access is available from the College Ave. entrances, the Myron Taylor Hall breezeway, and the Hughes Hall doors near the P and HH parking lots, as well as the doors on the path near the gorge-side of the Hughes building. Please do not hold or prop open doors after hours. Anything holding doors open will be removed.

Here are a few helpful contacts that you may want to save to your cell:

For all emergencies: Call campus police 24/7, 607-255-1111 or 911.
For building maintenance emergencies and after-hours mechanic: Call 607-255-5322.
For general maintenance requests: Go to "Request Maintenance" link at
For building concerns at any time: Call Law School Facilities Manager, Mike Pado 607-255-3556.

Blue Light Escorts

If you are in the building late, please consider calling for a campus auxiliary officer to walk you to your vehicle or home if you live on or near campus. More information can be found on the Cornell University Police website, or call 607.255. 7373. There are also special Blue Light Bus Routes with late service. TCAT's Blue Light bus routes 92 and 93 serve central campus and Collegetown each evening, including weekends, from 6:30 p.m.-2:30 a.m., during the academic year. Use your Cornell ID when boarding and pay no fare.

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

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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.

For those whose families' religious observances would preclude them from attending Convocation on Saturday, May 12, Newman Arena @ Bartels Hall will be set up and available for informal photos from 4:30-5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 11. Please contact with any questions or concerns.

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 March 19 (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

Academic Peer Advisors Office Hours:

  • Matthew: Tuesdays, 1:00-3:00 p.m., Room G28R
  • Aaron: Tuesdays, 1:30-3:30 p.m., Room G80
  • Angelica: Thursdays, 11:10 a.m.-1:10 p.m., Room L39
  • Kara: Thursdays, 11:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m., Room G29
  • Rebecca: Thursdays, 4:00-6:00 p.m., Room L39

“Spring is the time of plans and projects.”—Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina. Although it doesn’t feel like spring right now, the days will start to get warmer (I hope soon).  Use that springtime energy well.  Plan how you will use the next six weeks before exams.  Start working heavy review and practice exams into your weekly schedule.  If you want help planning your study schedule or reviewing practice exams, please contact me or the APA’s.

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From John DeRosa
Associate Dean for Career Services



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
Akin Gump March 20 4:30pm 182 Myron Taylor Hall RSVP to
Skadden Arps March 22 4:30pm 184 Myron Taylor Hall RSVP to
Paul Hastings (rescheduled) March 26 4:40pm 184 Myron Taylor Hall. Reception to follow in the Commons. RSVP to If you RSVP'd for the original event date, you do not need to RSVP again.
Davis Polk April 9 6:30pm Agava Restaurant RSVP to
Cravath April 11 Time TBA Location TBA RSVP TBA
Fried Frank Breakfast (rescheduled) April 25 8:30-10:30am Saperston Student Lounge  

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From Elizabeth Peck
Assistant Dean for Professional Development and Clerkships


Tuesday, March 20

12:00-1:00 p.m. Room 276. How to be a Successful Judicial Intern.

Join Judge Thomas Manahan, New Jersey Superior Court, as he shares tips for getting the most out of your summer judicial internship. Lunch provided.

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Graduate Legal Studies

ISSO: U.S. Taxes and How to File

If you received any US based income (wages, or fellowship for living expenses, or a travel grant), you will need to file some US tax forms.

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.

Housing Extension

If you are currently living in Cornell University housing and would like to either extend your lease or terminate your lease early, you must contact the Housing & Dining Contracts Office.

While an accommodation is not guaranteed you should send your request to or call 607-255-5368 as soon as possible.

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Clinical Programs

Sarah Sloane and Christopher Capecci, students in the Protest and Civil Disobedience Defense Practicum, won dismissals in the interests of justice for four defendants arrested while protesting gas storage under Seneca Lake. The defendants were charged with trespass and disorderly conduct. Ms. Sloane and Mr. Capecci represented the defendants under the supervision of the Professor Gibson. Last Thursday night, in the Reading Town Court in Schuyler County, the cases were dismissed after oral argument. Most of the students in the practicum attended, and Justice Brockway met with all the students after Court to discuss their interest in protest defense work, and litigation in general.

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