Cornell Law Scoops

Scoops November 28 Issue

Calendar of Events

From Chenay Weyble
Lecturer of Law and Director of Academic Support

Positions Available

From John DeRosa
Associate Dean for Career Services

From Eduardo M. Peñalver
The Allan R. Tessler Dean

From Deirdre Hay
Director for LL.M. & International Career Services

From Terry Thompson

From Karen Comstock
Assistant Dean for Public Service

From Markeisha Miner
Dean of Students

From Graduate Legal Studies

From Maurice Haltom
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

The Berger International Speaker Series

Calendar of Events

Week of November 28, 2016

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

MONDAY, November 28

4:00-5:00 p.m. Room 126. CLSA Office Hours.

Contact: Krystal Anderson,

Tuesday, November 29

3:30-5:00 p.m. Room 263.

Office hours for students with Dean Peñalver.


Wednesday, November 30


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

The Weekly Perk.


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

Let's Talk.


4:00-7:00 p.m. Saperston Student Lounge.

End of the Semester Massage Party.


4:30-5:30 p.m. Room 186. Brandeis Center Israel Trip Meeting.


Contact: Scott Cohen,

Thursday, December 1


Friday, December 2


12:20 p.m. Room G85. Fast Forward: How Women Can Achieve Power and Purpose.

Join the Cornell Women's Law Coalition and the Cornell Law Students Association for a conversation with the authors of Fast Forward: How Women Can Achieve Power and Purpose about how women are driving economic and social progress, including how some of the world's most inspiring women leaders are using their growing economic power to create success, happiness, and meaning in their lives while building a better world. Contact: Megan Olivares,

1:30-2:30 p.m. Room 146. Christian Fellowship Gathering.

Christian law students gather for fellowship and prayer. All denominational backgrounds are welcome. Contact: Rosa Cortez,

3:30-5:30 p.m. Room 182.

Populists, Progressives, and the Present.

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Positions Available

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:

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 (

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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, 3:30-5:00 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


Final Exam Reminders

Be sure to review the Exam Procedures PDF prior to your first exam. Hard copies of this packet are available in the rack outside the Registrar's Office. You should take a practice exam and be familiar with the software before you start your exam. The Exam Procedures PDF contains step by step instructions on how the software works. Law School exams are graded anonymously, so it is important that you do not contact your professor regarding the exam. If you have questions or concerns, contact the Law Registrar and we can relay your message anonymously to the professor. If you have computer problems during the exam period, please contact the Law Registrar right away.

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 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.

Wednesday, November 30

4:00-7:00 p.m. Saperston Student Lounge. End of the Semester Massage Party.

The Offices of the Dean and Dean of Students, CLSA, Themis and LexisNexis will again present a therapeutic massage party for all students. Sign up 4:00 to 7:00pm at the student lounge to enjoy a free 10-minute chair massage from one of several licensed massage therapists. LexisNexis and Themis will be on hand with prizes. Healthy snacks will be served. Faculty and staff are welcome from 3:00 to 4:00pm.

Monday, December 5

2:15-2:45 p.m. Walk around Beebe Lake.

Join staff and students in a brain-refreshing walk around Cornell's beautiful Beebe Lake during study period. The walk will begin and end in the parking lot at 626 Thurston Ave, (the Center for Intercultural Dialogue). FREE hot beverages and snacks will be available at the Center, following the walk. Pre-walk meet-ups will take place at 2pm at Mann and Uris Libraries so students can walk together to 626 Thurston. The event is co-sponsored by NatureRx@Cornell, ECO (Cornell's Environmental Collaborative), Gannett Health Services, Campus Activities Office, Cornell Minds Matter, Recreation Services, Cornell Outdoor Education, and the  Center for Intercultural Dialogue. For more info:

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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 November 28 (Room G57):

  • Monday: 3:00-4:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 3:00-4:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 10:05 a.m.-12:00 noon; 2:30-4:00 p.m.
  • Thursday: 1:30-2:30 p.m.
  • Friday: 10:05-11:00 a.m.; 2:00-3:00 p.m.

Office Hours for December 5-6 (Room G57):

  • Monday: 10:30 a.m.-12:00 noon; 2:30-4:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 10:30 a.m.-12:00 noon; 1:30-3:00 p.m.

Or by appointment until December 6: (607) 255-0146 or

Inhale. Hold. Exhale.  This is the last week of classes, and most of you are feeling incredibly stressed.  While this feeling is normal, you need to keep in mind that you know more of the law than you realize.  Just breathe, deeply and slowly, to help calm your nerves.  Channel that nervous energy into studying.  Your study and review efforts will help you go beyond merely memorizing the law to actually understanding the law and allow for a much deeper analysis on exams.  If you find that you need help with your final study plan or you want to talk about exams, I am available until December 6, and I have extended office hours.  I am happy to help. The APA's will post their office hours on Blackboard.  Don't forget to breathe, eat well, and sleep.  Best of luck!

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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
Hogan Lovells: Tuesday, February 7th
Debevoise & Plimpton: Monday, February 27th
Cahill Gordon: Tuesday, March 7th
Paul Weiss: Tuesday, March 14th
More to come…


Tuesday, February 28

12:15 p.m. Room 290. Renting in New York City.

Presented by Cooper & Cooper Real Estate. Will you be living in New York City during your 2L summer or upon graduation? Want to find a safe and clean apartment within your budget? Confused about all the different living options? Join Jeremy and Jordan Cooper for a detailed presentation about how to effectively search for a place to live in New York City. Pizza lunch provided. RSVP at

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From Deirdre Hay
Director for LL.M. & International Career Services


Please make sure you complete the Symplicity Survey circulated on November 21 regarding mock interviews so that you have the best chance of having a practice interview with someone with expertise in your preferred field and who can be a useful contact.  Thank you.

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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

Office of Graduate Legal Studies Office Hours

Winter Break for students begins on Monday, December 19 with classes resuming on Monday, January 23.  The Office of Graduate Legal Studies will be closed starting Monday, December 26 and will reopen on Tuesday, January 3.  We will also be closed on Monday, January 16 in observance of Martin Luther King Day.  If you need GLS assistance during this time, please email Dean Aimée Houghton ( or Denée Page (

Traveling over Winter 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 or print your own certificate)

    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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