Cornell Law Scoops

Scoops March 26 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 Graduate Legal Studies

From Melody Padgett
Bar Certification Coordinator

From Clinical Programs

From Markeisha Miner
Dean of Students

Berger Program

Campus/Community Resources

Fork & Gavel Cafe

Convocation Information

Calendar of Events

Week of March 26, 2018

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

MONDAY, March 26

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,

11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Room 290. Kirkland & Ellis: Women in Private Equity Panel.

If you've ruled out corporate or transactional law because (a) you don't have a business degree, (b) you have no idea what "private equity" is, or (c) you're afraid you'll be required to read The Art of the Deal, then you could be making a big mistake. Please join women attorneys from the New York office of Kirkland and Ellis LLP to discuss what the world of private equity-focused law is really like, and why you (yes, you!) should consider it. Lunch will be served. Sponsored by the Women's Law Coalition and the Business Law Society. Contact: Allison McQueeney,

12:15 p.m. Foyer. Wellness Walk with the Dean of Students.


12:15-1:15 p.m. Room 276. Binding Precedents in Brazil: How Common Law Tradition Can Help Bring Stability and Coherence.


4:15-5:30 p.m. Room G90. Protecting the Amazon Rainforest: The Samarco Accident and Beyond.

This presentation will discuss how Brazilian environmental laws protect Brazil's natural resources and how they regulate economic activities regarding the protection of the environment and forms of reparation for environmental damages. Sponsored by the Environmental Law Society. Contact: Starlin Shi,

4:40 p.m. Room 184. 1L Law Firm Program: Paul Hastings.


6:00-7:30 p.m. Room G81. CLS+1 Elections and General Meeting.

CLS+1 elections for 2018-2019 senior board and spring general meeting. Contact: Amanda Wong,

TUESDAY, March 27

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


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


4:00-5:30 p.m. Room 290. Fed-Soc/CALE Event: Litigating for Economic Liberty.

Speaker: Darpana Sheth. Contact: Bennett Hampilos,

4:30-6:00 p.m. Room 285. Graduate & Professional Student Assembly Finance Commission Law School Student Organization Town Hall.

Join the Graduate & Professional Student Assembly Finance Commission (GPSAFC) for an overview of student organization funding guidelines, general Q&A, and to provide feedback on the funding guidelines and process. This session focuses primarily on Law School Student Organizations but any GPSAFC organization is welcome to attend.  New organization Presidents, Treasurers, and other executive board members involved in budget requests are also encouraged to attend. This event is co-sponsored by the ADR Society and GPSAFC. Contact: Matthew Battaglia,

Wednesday, March 28

8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Foyer. Lost and Found Tabling.

Please take a look and claim your lost items.  Items that are not claimed by 4:00pm will be donated.

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


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


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


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


Thursday, March 29

4:30-5:30 p.m. Room 186. LLM Speaker Series.

Two LLM candidates will provide us with a talk about Women Empowerment and Challenges for Women in the Workplace, based on their experience from Latin America and UK. This is the second session of the LLM Speaker Series. Contact: Ming Li,

5:00-7:00 p.m. Faculty Lounge. Crimmigration and Detention Panel.

This panel will discuss immigrant detention and its relation to mass incarceration in the Trump era. Food will be served. Sponsored by the National Lawyers Guild. Contact: Matthew Lutwen,

6:00-7:30 p.m. Room 387. CLS+1 August Job Fair Discussion Panel.

CLS+1 job panel to discuss AJF and strategies to find a job in government in big law. Contact: Amanda Wong,

6:05 p.m. Room 186. The Role of the NYS Attorney General in the Regulation of Charities and Not-for-Profits.


Friday, March 30


Saturday, March 31-Sunday, April 8

Spring break. Classes resume on Monday, April 9.

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Positions Available

The Farmworker Legal Assistance Clinic seeks law student summer interns to support ongoing case work for the summer of 2018. The Clinic’s docket is comprised of immigration and employment cases on behalf of farmworkers in upstate New York and beyond, and students will have the opportunity to engage in client interviewing, legal research, case theory development, and other work related to our ongoing cases. Students will also be able to participate in any outreach to farmworker communities and other events with community partners as such opportunities arise, as well as any court hearings that may be scheduled over the summer. Interested students should submit a cover letter, resume, and a writing sample to Clinical Teaching Fellow Briana Beltran 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).

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From Terry Thompson


Visas for International Guests

The International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) has provided detailed instructions on how your family can obtain a tourist visa to attend the Law School Convocation and University Commencement. Please note that the U.S. consulate does not require an official letter from any office at Cornell, and Cornell does not provide such letters for your family's visa application.

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.


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

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. For a complete list of events, click here.

Monday, March 26

12:15 p.m. 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.

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.

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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: 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 26 (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: No office hours
  • Friday: No office hours

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

“Time is money.” You’ve heard this saying your whole life.  But you cannot actually save time like you can money.  Once time has passed there is no recovering it, storing it, or earning interest on it.  No matter where you spend spring break, make sure you spend your time wisely.  Exams start just over three weeks after your return, so you need to thoroughly review the material you’ve learned so far.  Now is a great time to set your study schedule over the break so that you have a nice balance of what you must do—study for exams—with what you want to do—relax a bit and catch up with friends.  A careful plan will help you review a substantial amount of material while still feeling like you’ve had a refreshing break.  First, decide what specific school-related goals you want to accomplish each day—update your Property outline on Monday?  Review Civil Procedure and then take a practice exam on Tuesday?  Decide how much time you will allocate to each task each day—include outlining, reviewing, and testing yourself.  Second, decide what things you want to do for yourself—catch up on a Netflix series, see a movie, visit with family, or go to a museum.  Third, plan each day with a healthy balance of law school tasks and “you” time.  Finally, keep in mind that you’re unlikely to accomplish anything during “travel time.”  If you need help in setting your study schedule for the break, I am happy to help.

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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
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 7:00pm Argos Inn  
Fried Frank Breakfast (rescheduled) April 25 8:30-10:30am Saperston Student Lounge  

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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. Click here for more information.

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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Clinical Programs

Thursday, March 29

6:05 p.m. Room 186. The Role of the NYS Attorney General in the Regulation of Charities and Not-for-Profits.

Speaker: James Sheehan, Chief, Charities Bureau, Office of the New York Attorney General. Mr. Sheehan was appointed by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman in January 2014.  The Charities Bureau is responsible for regulation and outreach for the over 90,000 New York nonprofits.  Prior to his appointment, he had been Executive Deputy Commissioner of the New York City Social Services agency, the New York Medicaid Inspector General, and a division chief in the United States Attorney’s Office  in Philadelphia. Mr. Sheehan graduated from Swarthmore College and Harvard Law School.  All are welcome. Presented by the New York State Attorney General Clinic.

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Berger Program

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Fork & Gavel Cafe

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