Scoops October 16 Issue
Week of October 16, 2017
All events will be held in Myron Taylor Hall unless otherwise noted.
MONDAY, October 16
3:30 p.m. Room G90.
3:30-4:00 p.m. Room G85. Jewish Law Students Association (JLSA) General Body Meeting.
1L and LLM elections. Pizza will be served. Contact: Ethan Sukonik, email@example.com.
4:15 p.m. Room 285.
TUESDAY, October 17
12:00 noon-1:30 p.m. Room 390.
4:00-5:00 p.m. Room 263.
Wednesday, October 18
8:15-10:00 a.m. The Commons.
12:15-1:15 p.m. Room G90.
2:30-4:30 p.m. Room 124.
6:00-7:00 p.m. L28 Hughes Hall.
7:00-9:00 p.m. Room 184. Federalist Society Clerkship Panel.
The Cornell Law School Federalist Society will be hosting Leonard Leo, Esq. to help explain why you should clerk and how the Federalist Society can help. Contact: Bennett Hampilos, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, October 19
10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Law School Foyer.
12:00-1:30 p.m. Saperston Student Lounge. Federalist Society Event: What It's Like to Work in the DOJ.
Chad Mizelle will be explaining what it's like to work for the DOJ and will talk about the kind of work he does for the Federal Government. Contact: Bennett Hampilos, email@example.com.
4:30 p.m. Room 184.
4:30-5:30 p.m. Room G80. Asian Pacific American Law Student Association (APALSA) Conversation Hour.
APALSA will provide a positive environment for non-native English speakers to develop their conversational English skills. Contact: Christine Kim, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, October 20
11:15 a.m. Room G90 (overflow in Room G85).
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Room 290. The Gavel Gap Lecture (ACS).
Join ACS, BLSA, WLC, and WOCC for the Second Annual Gavel Gap Lecture. Judge DeArcy Hall (EDNY) will discuss her path to the bench and the underrepresentation of women and minorities on the bench. Contact: Jared Ham, email@example.com.
3:00-5:00 p.m. Room L28 Hughes Hall.
5:00-6:30 p.m. The Commons.
Saturday, October 21
12:00-3:00 p.m. Schoellkopf Stadium.
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 Karen LoParco in room 263, by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org), or by phone (607-255-3527).
Wednesday, October 18
12:15-1:15 p.m. Room G90. Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series featuring Leonard Leo, AB `87, JD `89.
Leonard Leo is the Executive Vice President of the Federalist Society, who serves as President Trump's advisor on Supreme Court and judicial nominations. Join us for his lecture on "Judicial Selection and Virtue: The Current Administration's Approach and Underlying Philosophy." All are welcome to attend. Lunch will be provided for guests registered by Friday, October 13.
First-Year Practice Exam
Class of 2020 and LLM students enrolled in 1L classes: A practice exam is given each year for students enrolled in first-year courses during the fall semester. Each student will be given an exam in one of his or her courses. The scheduled date for the practice exam is Wednesday, October 18, from 4:30-5:20pm. You are encouraged to take the practice exam, but you are not required to do so. It will not count towards your grade. The exam roster and room assignments will be emailed to you on Monday, October 16.
1L Elective Information Session
Do you have questions about selecting an elective course for Spring 2018? The Registrar's Office and the Dean of Students will be having an information session on Friday, October 20 at 11:15 a.m.-12:00 noon in Room G90 (overflow in Room G85). We encourage you to attend the information session. We will review the pre-registration timeline, how the registration process works, and degree requirements.
Law School Clinic and Course Pre-Registration for Spring 2018
Please add these dates to your calendar. More information will be sent to students in the next few weeks.
|Oct 23 through 12 noon on Oct 30||Upperclass students pre-register for clinics. 1L students pre-register for 1L elective.|
|Nov 9 through 12 noon on Nov 20||Upperclass students see results of clinic pre-registration and can drop (not add) clinics. Upperclass students pre-register for upperclass and seminar courses.|
|Late-December (after all exams end)||Registrar will release lottery results to all students.|
|Mid-January||Add/drop begins and students can make changes to their schedule.|
University Course Pre-Registration for Spring 2018
Students interested in enrolling in courses in other divisions of the University for the spring 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 October 25-27. To pre-enroll you must use the Student Center. 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 required petition, Law Credit for Non-law Courses, with the Law School Registrar's Office. 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.
Using Your Laptop for the Fall 2017 Final Exams
You will receive information about the exam registration process by email in early November. Old versions of the exam software will not work.
Fall 2017 Final Examinations - Exam Conflicts
Please review the exam deferral policy (found on page two of the exam schedule): An examination may be deferred only if a student has examinations scheduled in direct conflict with each other, two in one day, more than two exams in the first week, three in three days (same week), or four in one week. An examination week is Monday through Saturday. No examinations may be taken before the scheduled examination period. Any examinations permitted to be deferred will be rescheduled at the earliest possible examination period consistent with the rules above.
The deferral request link will be available on the Registrar's website on October 16. You must submit your deferral request by 12:00 noon on November 3.
Exams and dictionaries
New JD students whose native or working language is not normally English may request the use of a non-legal translation dictionary for examinations by submitting a written request to the Registrar by November 3. 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 November 3. 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.
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.
Thursday, October 19
10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Law School Foyer. Cornell Law Takes a Stand Against Domestic Violence.
National Domestic Violence Awareness Month has started and the Law School is getting involved. The Office of Human Resources and the Gender Justice Clinic will be tabling in the Foyer. Please stop by our table to: (1) enter a raffle to win a gift card to Starbucks by donating a used cell phone, Tracfone, or prepaid phone card (items will be donated to The Advocacy Center for victim use) or by donating to the to the Emergency CARE Fund, (2) pick up a purple awareness pin, (3) enjoy some donuts, apples, and apple cider. In addition, the university will be holding a community gathering at 11:30 a.m. in the Memorial Room at Willard Strait Hall, followed by a special Cornell Chimes concert at 1:10 p.m. We hope to see you there.
Health and Wellness
We are half-way through the semester. As your work load increases, don't forget to engage in good self-care techniques. The University offers a variety of resources.
Click here to read more about meditation and relaxation offerings from the Wellness Program.
Click here to view a list of workshops and events offered by Cornell Minds Matter.
Click here to review the schedule of flu vaccination clinics offered by Cornell Health.
Resources for Students with Families
Whether you are an expectant student, student spouse, partner, significant other, or a family with child(ren), we recognize that families can be as diverse as our students. At Cornell, we realize that families are essential allies in encouraging the academic success and well-being of our students. As a result, we provide resources and services to assist spouses and partners with their own ambitions and goals, along with essential support for families with child(ren). Click here to view more information about upcoming events.
Law Student Recognition: Nominations Accepted
Please give some thought to possible nominees for the following Law School prizes. While all students, faculty, and staff may submit nominations, only 3L students are eligible to receive these awards. Nominations, in the form of a one-page statement concerning the nominee and designating the award(s) for which the student is being nominated, are due to the Dean of Students, email@example.com, by Friday, November 3.
The Freeman Award for Civil-Human Rights was established from the estate of Professor Emeritus Harrop A. Freeman, J.D. 1930, J.S.D. 1945. A cash prize is awarded to the law student or students who have made the greatest contribution during their law school career to civil-human rights.
The Stanley E. Gould Prize for Public Interest Law was established by Stanley E. Gould, J.D. 1954. A cash prize is awarded each year to a third-year student or students who have shown outstanding dedication to serving public-interest law and public-interest groups.
The Seymour Herzog Memorial Prize was endowed in honor of the late Seymour Herzog, LL.B. 1936. A cash prize is awarded each year to a student or students who demonstrate excellence in the law and commitment to public-interest law, combined with a love of sports.
Myron Taylor Mixer
This section of SCOOPS is being brought back from last semester. Each week, we will feature an answer from one of our administrative deans. Feel free to submit new questions to an anonymous Google form https://goo.gl/forms/y1dG5oEGg540REMj1 or email your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to answering as many questions as we can!Top of Page
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 124
No appointment necessary. Just drop in.
For additional hours and locations: www.gannett.cornell.edu/LetsTalk
Office Hours for Week of October 16 (Room L56 Hughes Hall):
- Monday: Workshop, 3:30pm, Room G90
- Tuesday: 3:30-4:30 p.m.
- Wednesday: 3:30-4:30 p.m.
- Thursday: 3:30-4:30 p.m.
- Friday: 11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon
Or by appointment: (607) 255-0146 or email@example.com.
Academic Peer Advisors - Permanent Office Hours
|Angelica||Mondays, 12:20-2:20 p.m., Breakout Space|
|Matthew||Mondays, 3:00-5:00 p.m., Breakout Space|
|Kara||Tuesdays, 3:30-5:30 p.m., Atrium|
|Rebecca||Wednesdays, 4:00-6:00 p.m., Claudy Casual Reading Room|
|Aaron||Thursdays, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon, Atrium|
Welcome back! I hope you feel refreshed and energized after your break. Can you believe how far you've come since your first day of class? You've learned how to read cases, synthesize rules, and apply the rules to new fact patterns. You've drafted a predictive memo and learned how to manage your study time. These skills are necessary not only for exams but also for your future legal practice. After you pat yourself on the back, you need to devise a plan to tackle the final seven weeks of the semester by incorporating extra review time into your schedule. If you have any questions about how to do this, I am happy to help.
You may also be thinking about the practice exam this week. Everyone keeps telling you that law school exams are different, and this is a wonderful opportunity to experience one. The knowledge gained from this practice will be extremely helpful as you prepare for your real exams. Hopefully you reviewed all your subjects during the break so you won't need to relearn material for the practice exam. You do need to review some for the practice exam, but you don't want to do so at the expense of sleep or preparation for other classes.
Monday, October 16
3:30 p.m. Room G90. Exam Skills Intro: Getting the Most Out of the Practice Exam.
The APAs and I will host a brief workshop about practice exams Monday, October 16. We'll discuss some of the things you can do to get the most out of your practice exam, including: deciding what legal issues are raised by the fact patterns, applying the law to the facts, stating all the steps in your analysis, using your time wisely, and organizing your answer in a clear way. We'll also discuss how to interpret any feedback you receive, what to do after your exam, and how to practice taking exams the rest of the semester.
Keep up to date on the programs offered by our office through Scoops, the email listserv, and the TV screens around Myron Taylor.
Thursday, October 19
4:30 p.m. Room 184. Introduction to the 1L Summer Job Search.
The Career Services Office and the Office of Public Service will discuss opportunities in the private and public sectors, judges' chambers, government, academia, and study abroad programs, along with the next steps for beginning your 1L summer job search. Pick up useful resource books.
Resume and Cover Letter Recorded Workshop
The Career Services Office will provide a recorded workshop to get advice on how to tailor your resume to legal employers and how to construct a cover letter.
Monday, October 30-Friday, November 3
Resume-A-Thon Week: Sign-up for a 15-minute appointment with a counselor to have your resume reviewed in preparation for applying to 1L summer positions. No resume? No problem! Come for a 15-minute strategy session. More instructions to come.
Tuesday, October 17
12:00 noon-1:30 p.m. Room 390. 1L Introduction to Public Interest Careers and Clerkships: What are They and How to Get One.
Speakers: Akua Akyea, Assistant Dean for Public Service, and Elizabeth Peck, Assistant Dean for Judicial Engagement and Professional Development. Learn about the many public interest career paths, get insights on how to incorporate public interest in your professional life, understand public interest resources, find out about clerkships and when to apply for one. The program presented by Akua Akyea, Assistant Dean for Public Service and Elizabeth Peck, Assistant Dean for Judicial Engagement and Professional Development, will discuss how to create a law school game plan to achieve your public interest and clerkship goals. Lunch will be provided.
Friday, October 27
12:00-1:00 p.m. Room 182. Travel Bans and the Limits of Presidential Authority.
Join us as Judge James L. Robart, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, discusses the Travel Ban issued by Executive Order in early 2017. The Ban was challenged by the States of Washington and Minnesota. Learn what was argued and what happened. Political speeches, late night tweets, Washington vs Trump has it all. Lunch provided.
3:00-4:00 p.m. Saperston Student Lounge. Landing Clerkships in the Western U.S.
Join Judge James Robart, of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington in Seattle, as he discusses clerkships with district and circuit court judges on the West coast. Snacks provided.
Wednesday, November 8
12:30-1:30 p.m. Room 390. Clerkships with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.
Join us for a lunchtime discussion with Chief Judge Stucky and Senior Judge Effron on the nature of a clerkship in their chambers. Lunch provided.
4:00-5:15 p.m. Room 390. Oral Argument before the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.
Judges Scott W. Stucky, Margaret A. Ryan, Kevin A. Ohlson, John E. Sparks, and Andrew S. Effron, of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, will hear oral arguments by practitioners in the matter of United States v. Captain Tyler G. Eppes, USAF. In addition, to CLS students, Angelica Nguyen and Seantyel Hardy, have drafted an amicus brief in the case under the supervision of Professor John Blume. Ms. Hardy will argue before the court.
Wednesday, October 18
6:00-8:30 p.m. Dechert LLP (New York, NY). Cyber-Security in an Era of Deregulation: What's Next?
You are invited to participate in a Cornell Law School Legal Information Institute 25th Anniversary Program & Reception. Moderator: Micaela McMurrough, JD '07, Special Counsel, Covington & Burling LLP. Panelists: Judith Germano, BS '91, Founder, GermanoLaw LLC, Senior Fellow, NYU Center for Cybersecurity and NYU Center on Law & Security; Michael F. McGowan, Managing Director, Stroz Friedberg, Hilary Bonaccorsi, Associate, Dechert LLP. Join Micaela as she moderates a panel of law and industry experts as they discuss the opportunities and risks inherent in current cyber-security policy in the current climate of deregulation. Special thanks to Allison Harlow Fumai, AB '99, JD '02 and Dechert LLP for hosting this event. Please register online or by calling the Alumni Affairs Office at (607)255-5251.
Friday, October 20
3:00-5:00 p.m. Room L28 Hughes Hall. Tips for Successfully Navigating Your Legal Career.
Join members of the Cornell Law School Alumni Association Executive Board of Directors as they openly share their views on what it takes to be a successful lawyer. Hear how alumni from a variety of sectors, including big law, government, non-profit, in-house and small/sole practitioners, have navigated the legal terrain and learn what characteristics and skills have helped them get ahead. They will offer insight on how to take on the challenges facing lawyers in the current economy. Refreshments provided.
Following the presentation, there will be ample opportunity for you to ask questions and network with J.D. and LL.M. alumni who work for a number of different firms and companies, including: Cooley; Cozen O'Connor; Duane Morris LLP; Fashion Institute of Technology; Federal Trade Commission; Jefferies Finance LLC; Laura M. Miranda Attorneys at Law PLLC; Moelis & Company; Riesberg Law; Seyfarth Shaw LLP; Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP; Sidley Austin LLP.
But don't wait. Ask your question now. Click here to register a question or select a topic you would like to hear about. We'll make sure to cover the topics you identify during the presentation.
Saturday, October 21
12:00-3:00 p.m. Cornell Law School Tent in the parking lot by Schoellkopf Stadium. 2017 Cornell Law School Homecoming Tailgate Bash.
Come enjoy beer, wine, cider, chili, sandwiches, sweets, a free gift (to the first 300 people) and the good company of fellow law school students, faculty and graduates. Cornell versus Brown football game starts at 3:00 p.m.. Admission to the game is free to students - just show your Cornell ID as you enter the stadium gates. Sponsored by: Cornell Law School Alumni Association & Dean of Students Office. Cost to attend tailgate party: $15 Cornell Students. Click here to register for the tailgate.
FREE Fireworks and Laser Light spectacular on Friday, October 20, starting at 8:00 p.m. in Schoellkopf Stadium. Student Homecoming T-Shirt Giveaway on Saturday at 1:00 PM in the Lynah Rink parking lot. Current Cornell undergraduate and graduate/professional students can each pick up a free Homecoming T-shirt at the T-Shirt Giveaway Tent, while supplies last. Bring your student ID. For a full schedule of Cornell University activities and details go to www.alumni.cornell.edu/homecoming/.
Current Law Students may attend these events free of charge (unless otherwise noted) however, your committed reservation is required. For more information, contact the Cornell Law School Alumni Affairs Office at 607.255.5251 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, October 16
4:15 p.m. Room 285. Fundamental Rights Under the Indian Constitution.
Speaker: Honorable Justice Jasti Chelameswar, Supreme Court of India. Sponsored by The Berger International Speaker Series and the International Human Rights Policy Advocacy Clinic. Co-sponsored by the South Asia Program. Reception to follow. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.
Professor Grimmelmann has organized a Tech/Law speaker series at NY Tech. It will be broadcast in Room L28 Hughes Hall, unless otherwise noted. All are welcome.
Wednesday, October 18
Speaker: Houman Shadab
A prolific and influential expert in law, business, and technology, Houman is a professor at New York Law School and cofounder of Clause, as well as a director of the open source standards and legal technology consortium the Accord Project. His areas of focus are legaltech and fintech, startups, supply chains and professional services, and blockchains. Houman has testified before the federal government several times on topics ranging from Bitcoin to hedge funds and is widely published and cited.
Wednesday, November 1
Speaker: Charles Mauro
Wednesday, November 29
Speaker: Moon DuchinTop of Page
Companion Animal Law Writing Contest
The American Kennel Club (AKC), the world’s largest purebred dog registry and leading advocate for dogs, is pleased to announce the launch of the Companion Animal Law Writing Contest. The contest is open to all students currently enrolled at an ABA-accredited law school. The contest will offer a first-place prize of $2,500 and a second-place prize of $500. Students will have two topics to choose from and submissions are currently being accepted. The topics available are companion animal law and pet custody law. Contestants can enter now through March 30, 2018. To learn more about the contest, including official rules and policies, please visit writeaboutanimallaw.com.
Fall 2017 National Scholarship for College Students with Disabilities
disABLEDperson, Inc announce our Fall 2017 National Scholarship Competition for College Students with Disabilities. This competition begins on September 12, 2017 and ends on November 12, 2017 for the award of $2000. Details at www.disABLEDperson.com.Top of Page