Cornell Law Scoops

Scoops November 21 Issue

Calendar of Events

From John DeRosa
Associate Dean for Career Services

Positions Available

From Karen Comstock
Assistant Dean for Public Service

From Terry Thompson

From Graduate Legal Studies

From Chenay Weyble
Lecturer of Law and Director of Academic Support

The Berger International Speaker Series


Writing Competitions

Calendar of Events
Week of November 21, 2016

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

MONDAY, November 21
4:00-5:00 p.m. Room 126. CLSA Office Hours.

Contact: Krystal Anderson,

6:00-7:30 p.m. Room G85. Santiago Legarre on Comparative Constitutional Law.

Professor Santiago Legarre will speak about the Natural Law theory of Comparative Constitutional Law. Contact: Rachael Hancock,

6:30-8:00 p.m. Room 184. APALSA/SALSA Exam Panel.

APALSA and SALSA welcome 1Ls to our Exam Panel. Upperclassmen will give helpful tips and advice on how to approach exams for specific professors. Contact: Jenny Hu,

Tuesday, November 22

12:00 noon.Deadline to register for exams and download exam software.


Wednesday, November 23 - Friday, November 25


Thanksgiving Recess. No classes. Classes will resume on Monday, November 28.

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Positions Available

Professor Chutkow would like to engage several law students to serve as Teaching Assistants for her undergraduate course, Nature, Functions, and Limits of Law for spring 2017. The class meets MW, 2:55-4:10pm, however any specific TA duties will be only Wednesdays. The course investigates how our legal system pursues the goals of society, what functions law ought to serve, and what law can and cannot accomplish. The class considers various legal decisions, their political contexts, and the social and behavioral factors that affect jurisprudence. TAs will conduct small sections, administer exams, comment on papers, and meet with students. Please email your resume to Professor Dawn Chutkow at if you are interested.

Professor Yun-chien Chang, a visiting scholar from Taiwan who will be in residence at Cornell Law School in January 2017, seeks to hire students familiar with property law regimes in the following countries: Czech, Scotland, Ireland, Bosnia and Herzegovina, India, Pakistan, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Iceland, Sweden, Bhutan, Brunei, Laos, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Canada, Uganda, Sierre Leone, Swaziland, Botswana, Liberia, Tanzania, and Nigeria. Interested students (JD, LLM, or JSD students) should contact Professor Chang (

Professor Hay would like to hire one or more law students as Teaching Assistants for his undergrad class Economics and Law. The class meets MW 2:55-4:10pm and the TA’s must be able to attend class. Payment is 2 hours of Supervised Teaching credit. Applicants must have had some economics training. Send resume directly to Professor Hay:

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From Terry Thompson


Using Your Laptop for the Fall 2016 Final Exams

You must register for exams and download the new version of Exam4 software by 12:00 noon on November 22. The exam registration link is available on the Registrar's website in the Important Deadlines column on the far left. All students who wish to use their laptops for final exams will be required to download, install and test the Fall 2016 version of the software. Old versions of the software will not work. Please note that Extegrity will be supporting Macintosh OS X 10.12 Sierra for Fall 2016 exams.

Thanksgiving Recess

Begins on Wednesday, November 23. Law School classes will not be held that day. The Registrar's Office will be closed on Wednesday, November 23. We will reopen at 8:00am on Monday, November 28.

Winter Weather & University Operating Status

To find out if the University (and Law School) is open or closed due to inclement weather conditions, check the University Operating status site at or University Special Conditions site or call the Inclement Weather phone (24 hrs) 607-255-3377. If the University is closed, the Law School is also closed. If the Law School is closed, classes and exams for that day are cancelled. Make-up plans will be announced as soon as the plans are available. If the University remains open, classes and exams will take place as scheduled. Faculty may cancel their class as needed and reschedule make-ups at their discretion.

First Year Students

Lawyering for the Spring 2017 term begins Tuesday, January 17, 2017.

Fall 2016 Grades

Assuming no unusual computer difficulties either here at the Law School or in the University Registrar's Office, grades for Fall 2016 should be available to view online at the University Student Center on the afternoon of Friday, January 6, 2017.

Tuition Statements

The Office of the Bursar sends monthly electronic billing statements via CASHNet. Paper bills will not be sent. You, the student, will be sent an email to your Cornell email address each month notifying you when your new bill is available. If you are not paying your student bill yourself, you are responsible for setting up other users/payers on your CASHNet account.

Electronic monthly e-bills are static and updated once a month at billing. However, by clicking on the Recent Activity link in CASHNet, you can review the miscellaneous transactions that post between billing cycles. A single Bursar statement includes the Bursar and CornellCard accounts, which are two separate accounts.

Financial requirements for registration are summarized on your July and December statements. Tuition and fees not billed in July and December are due before registration, regardless of the due date of the bill. Students may view current Bursar transactions before the next billing date on Student Center. Current CornellCard transactions are available through CornellCard Student Accounting. Video: Understanding Your Bursar Bill - This video will help you understand your bursar and CornellCard billing statements.

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From Chenay Weyble
Lecturer of Law and Director of Academic Support

Office Hours for Week of November 21 (Room G57):

  • Monday: 3:00-4:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 3:00-4:30 p.m.

Or by appointment: (607) 255-0146 or

Academic Peer Advisors Office Hours:

  • Angelica: Monday, 1:30-4:00 p.m. Room 473
  • Rebecca: Monday, 12:00 noon-2:30 p.m. Room 471
  • Siobhan: Tuesday, 12:00 noon-3:00 p.m. Commons

Freaking out is not a plan.  Many of you are really starting to stress about exams and how you spend your Thanksgiving Break.  I hope that all of you travel safely (if you’re traveling).  This time of year, many other obligations can pile on top of our law work.  Whether it is missing family or seeing them that causes you stress, make sure you are getting a little time to relax over the upcoming long weekend.  You also need a realistic plan for studying.  You have no surer way of making yourself miserable than telling yourself you’re going to study twelve solid hours a day for four days.  Not only will you not do it, you’ll feel bad for thinking you could and then failing.  Keep in mind that your family will be very excited to see you.  It’s a good idea to let them know that you need to study and will only be able to participate in some of the family preparations and activities.

Set some reasonable and realistic goals for what you’re going to accomplish over the break.  For one thing, you should make sure you take at least one day completely off.  Don’t touch a law book for 24 hours.  But do it on your terms.  Pick which day and pick what you’re doing.  Make it count—don’t use your travel day as your day off.  You’ll feel much better if you take some control over your life instead of reacting to what other folks are doing (or telling you to do).  Eat a nice slice of pie, talk to your grandmother, and see a movie about fantastic beasts, a family celebration, or a strange doctor.  Just take some time to relax.

How do you use the rest of your time? Treat the rest of your time—including travel time—over the break like an eight-hour workday.  Carefully plan which subjects you will review and for how long.  Finalize your outlines, reduce them to short, one or two page mini-outlines, and memorize the black-letter law.  Review CALI lessons and CALI quizzes, quiz yourself with question and answer books, and work on old exam questions under real exam time constraints.  You may not know all the answers, but it is helpful to know now what areas of the law you need to work on.  If you want more advice about how to study effectively without increasing your stress during the break, please stop by my office hours or make an appointment.

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From John DeRosa
Associate Dean for Career Services



Spring Career Services & 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 detail at the beginning of the Spring semester, for now please mark your calendars for these events.

Career Services Programs
2017 Recruiting Overview: Monday, January 30th, 4:45, Room 184
2017 Recruiting Launch: Monday, April 10th, 4:45, Room 184

Law Firm Programs
Debevoise & Plimpton: Monday February 27th
Cahill Gordon: Tuesday, March 7th
More to come…

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From Karen Comstock
Assistant Dean for Public Service


Attention 1Ls and 2Ls seeking summer public interest or government internships and 3Ls seeking post-graduate public interest or government jobs: You may be interested in attending the Public Interest Legal Career Fair (PILC) on February 2 and 3, 2017 at New York University School of Law.

PILC is an event where public interest and government employers interview 1Ls and 2Ls for summer internships, and 3Ls for post-graduate jobs. Approximately 200 employers are expected to participate. To date more than 130 employers are registered, and more will be added in the coming weeks. These employers will be primarily, but not exclusively, from the Northeast. Students from 21 law schools, including Cornell, are eligible to participate. Registration is now open, and will close on Thursday, December 1. You must register in order to participate, and it is OK to register and ultimately not attend.

To register:

Go to (we suggest using Internet Explorer).

Select PILC Fair Student Registration.

Complete and submit the registration form.

You will be asked for a student ID number. Please use your Cornell net ID (ie, kvc2).

Within a day or two you will receive an email that your registration was approved. That email will contain instructions for utilizing the employer database and instructions for uploading resumes. I will present a program on "Making the Most of the PILC Fair" early in the spring semester. Until then, happy to answer any questions.

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Graduate Legal Studies

Reminder: Exam Registration

If you are using your laptop for the Fall 2016 final exams, you must register for exams and download the new version of Exam4 software by 12:00 noon on November 22. The exam registration link is available on the Registrar's website in the Important Deadlines column on the far left. All students who wish to use their laptops for final exams will be required to download, install and test the Fall 2016 version of the software. Old versions of the software will not work. Please note that Extegrity will be supporting Macintosh OS X 10.12 Sierra for Fall 2016 exams.

Traveling over Thanksgiving Break?

Remember to take all documents needed for re-entry into the US - even if traveling within the US.

  • Valid passport (must be valid for at least 6 months into the future)
  • Valid (unexpired) US visa stamp in your passport (except Canadian citizens)
  • Valid I-20 for those in F1 or F2 status (signed for travel on page 2 by an ISSO advisor with the last year (6 months for Canadian students) OR valid DS-2019 for those with J1 or J2 status
  • Evidence of financial funding (whatever funding mentioned on your I20 or DS2019)
  • Proof of enrollment (from the Registrar's office.)

    If you have questions regarding the documents above, please contact International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO), located in B-50 Caldwell Hall.  ISSO walk in advising hours: M, T, R, F:  9-12 & 1-4:30; Wed: 1-4:30. Phone: (607) 255-5243.

    Forgot your I-20 or DS-2019

    If you have left the US and realize that you do not have a valid travel signature on your I-20 or DS-2019, or you forgot your I-20 / DS-2019 altogether, ISSO can send you a new copy of your current form with an updated travel signature wherever you are in the world.  If you fill in the request form ISSO will send your new form by regular mail on the next business day after submission. 

    Not Enough Time to Request your I20 or DS-2019

    If you are traveling back to the US too soon for ISSO to get a new form to you don't panic! When you reach the port of entry, explain to the port of entry officer that you forgot your I-20 or DS-2019, and ask if the officer will please let you in to the US with an "I-515."  The "I-515" will allow you entry to the US in F1 or J1 status for 30 days.  If you get an I-515 at the port, you must contact ISSO once you arrive in Ithaca and they will help you complete the requirements.

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The Berger Program

Friday, December 2

3:30-5:30 p.m. Room 182. Populists, Progressives, and the Present.

Panelists: Robert Hockett, Professor, Cornell Law School
Branko Milanovic, Core Faculty, Stone Center on Socio-Economic Inequality, Visiting Presidential Professor, Graduate Center - CUNY, LIS Senior Scholar
Bill Novak, Professor, Michigan Law School
Aziz Rana, Professor, Cornell Law School
Sabeel Rahman, Professor, Brooklyn Law School
John Wallis, Professor, Department of Economics, University of Maryland.

Moderator: Jed Stiglitz, Assistant Professor, Cornell Law School.

Reception to follow the talk. All are welcome.

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Writing Competitions

ACCFSL - 2017 Writing Competition

The American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers is pleased to announce awards to be presented for (a) the best book, (b) the best publishable article, book chapter, or substantial book review,(c) the best student note or comment on a topic dealing with consumer financial services law. Eligible entries will address a topic on consumer financial services, but not securities regulation, insurance, or the safety-and-soundness aspects of banking regulation.  Works on subjects within these (or other) areas, however, will be considered if they bear directly on consumer financial services. The deadline for entry is December 1, 2016. Click here for more information.

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