Cornell Law Scoops

Scoops October 17 Issue


Calendar of Events


From John DeRosa
Associate Dean for Career Services


Positions Available


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


From Eduardo M. Peñalver
The Allan R. Tessler Dean


From Elizabeth Peck
Assistant Dean for Professional Development and Clerkships


From Terry Thompson
Registrar


From Kristine Hoffmeister
Director of Alumni Affairs


From Markeisha Miner
Dean of Students


Cornell Center on the Death Penalty Worldwide


From Maurice Haltom
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)


Clinical Programs


From Chenay Weyble
Lecturer of Law and Director of Academic Support


The Berger International Speaker Series

 


Writing Competitions

Calendar of Events

Week of October 17, 2016

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

MONDAY, October 17

1:15-2:30 p.m. Room G85. Using the Law to Advance Reproductive Freedom.

David Brown, senior staff attorney at the Center for Reproductive Rights, will be discussing his work on Whole Women's Health v. Hellerstedt Supreme Court case and what is coming next for the Center's reproductive justice work. Lunch will be served! This event is co-sponsored by GPSAFC and is open to the public. Contact: Kendall Karr, kak327@cornell.edu.

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

Contact: Krystal Anderson, ka395@cornell.edu.

Tuesday, October 18

11:15 a.m.-12:10 p.m. Room 184. 1L Elective Information Session (Sections ABF).


3:30-5:00 p.m. Room 263. Office hours for students with Dean Peñalver.


4:30-5:30 p.m. Room 184. 1L Elective Information Session (Sections CDE).


Wednesday, October 19

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


12:00-1:30 p.m. Saperston Student Lounge. LALSA Food Fair.

Latino American Law Student Association (LALSA) will be serving a variety of Latin inspired dishes. Contact: Sasha Burger, sdb249@cornell.edu.

12:15-1:15 p.m. Room 276. The State of Criminal Justice in India.


2:30-4:30 p.m. Room G59. Let's Talk.


4:30-5:20 p.m. 1L Practice Exam.


4:45-5:45 p.m. Law School Courtyard. Free Yoga in the Courtyard.

Contact: Krystal Anderson, ka395@cornell.edu.

Thursday, October 20

4:30 p.m. Room 184. Introduction to the 1L Summer Job Search.


5:30-6:30 p.m. Saperston Student Lounge. Practicing Law as a Public Interest Attorney.

Come hear about Michaela Azemi's experience working as an attorney for LawNY. Contact: Jenna Scoville, js3278@cornell.edu.

Friday, October 21

12:30-1:30 p.m. Room 186. Don't Talk to Cops: What You Need to Know about Your Fifth Amendment Rights.

Professor James Duane will give a speech with commentary on the fifth amendment right to remain silent. Sponsored by the Federalist Society. Contact: Rebecca Duncan, rjd282@cornell.edu.

2:00-3:00 p.m. Room 186. Externship Information Session.


7:30-11:00 p.m. Omega Tau Sigma House. Bob Barker Beer Pong Tournament.

It's that time again! Omega Tau Sigma of the vet school and the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund of the law school will be co-hosting yet another charity beer pong tournament. All proceeds will go to the shelter we all know and love, Tompkins County SPCA! A donation of $25 dollars per team will cover the entry into the competition, hors d'oeuvres, and beer for the night. If competition isn't your thing, help the animals, drink a beer with friends, and watch the games unfold for a donation of $10. Spectate without beer and mingle with other grad students for $5. Contact: Shannon Nakamoto, skn36@cornell.edu.

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Positions Available

Dean Peñalver is seeking a research assistant to help with some research on climate change policy.  Interested students should submit a resume and unofficial transcript to Connie McIntosh (cdm224@cornell.edu).

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From Eduardo M. Peñalver

The Allan R. Tessler Dean

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 (cdm224@cornell.edu), or by phone (607-255-3539).

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From Terry Thompson

Registrar

Terry

First-Year Practice Exam

Class of 2019 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 19, 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 17.

Dates to Remember for Fall 2016

Fall Term Examination Period - Examinations begin Wednesday, December 7. Examinations end Friday, December 16.

University Course Pre-Registration for Spring 2017

Courses in divisions other than the Law School - Students interested in enrolling in courses in other divisions of the University for the spring 2017 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 26-28. 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.

Law School Course Pre-Registration for Spring 2017

Online Pre-Registration for spring 2017 Law School courses is scheduled for November 1 through November 15. You will be notified by email when the pre-registration site is available. Instructions and details for online Law School Course Pre-Registration, updated course information, registration forms, and degree requirements are available on the Registrar's website.

Using Your Laptop for the Fall 2016 Final Exams

Installation of Exam4 software: You will receive information about the process by email to your Cornell NetId email address in early November. Old versions of the software will not work.

Fall 2016 Final Examinations - Exam Conflicts

Students who have exam conflicts are reminded to notify the Law School Registrar's Office, in writing, using the online deferral request link. The link will be available on the Registrar's website on October 17. You must submit your deferral request by 12:00 noon on November 4. The exam schedule is available online.

Exams and dictionaries

New JD students whose native or working language is not normally English may request the use of a non-legal dictionary for examinations by submitting a written request to the Registrar by November 4. Continuing JD students who received permission to use a non-legal dictionary previously do not need to make another request. The non-legal dictionary must be supplied by the student and the dictionary may be in print or electronic format; provided, however, that any electronic dictionary 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 drives does not qualify). All electronic dictionaries must be approved by the Registrar well in advance of the examinations. LL.M. students with questions regarding the use of a non-legal dictionary for examinations should contact Assistant Dean Aimee Houghton or Denee Page. Exchange students with questions regarding the use of a non-legal dictionary for examinations should contact Dawne Peacock .

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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.

1L Elective Information Sessions

Do you have questions about selecting an elective course for Spring 2017?  The Registrar’s Office and the Dean of Students will be having information sessions on Tuesday, October 18th at 11:15 a.m.-12:10 p.m. (Sections ABF) and 4:30-5:30 p.m. (Sections CDE) in Room 184. We encourage you to attend the information session. We will review the pre-registration timeline, how the registration process works, and degree requirements.

Cornell's Mental Health Awareness Week

Beginning Friday, October 14 students can participate in Cornell's Mental Health Awareness Week. Events include a visit from Olympic rower Alex Karwaki, sessions on 4 steps to Happiness, Body Positive, List Your Spirits, and Building Gratitude. The week ends with a fabulous Dining with Diverse Minds event on Friday, October 21st, focusing on mental health, diversity and music. For more information on these events and more visit http://orgsync.rso.cornell.edu/org/cornellmindsmatter/MHAW.

Wednesday, October 19

3:30-4:30 p.m. Big Red Barn. Volunteering in the Community.

Becoming a volunteer is a great way to be engaged not only at Cornell, but in the local area. Amy Somchanhmavong from the Cornell Public Service Center will present to those who are interested in learning how to become a volunteer. Learn what the volunteering process is, common volunteering roles that you may want to pursue, and what the Cornell Public Service Center can do for you. Also, Tompkins Time Traders (T3) will provide a brief overview and information to become involved. Please register for the session by October 17.

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, law.dos@cornell.edu, by Friday, November 4.

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.

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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: www.gannett.cornell.edu/LetsTalk

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From Chenay Weyble

Lecturer of Law and Director of Academic Support

Office Hours for Week of October 17 (Room G57):

  • Monday: No Office Hours
  • Tuesday: 3:00-4:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 11:00 a.m.-1:15 p.m.
  • Thursday: 1:30-2:30 p.m.
  • Friday: 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Or by appointment: (607) 255-0146 or cbw75@cornell.edu.

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 second half 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.

There are a few things you can do during the exam to get the most out of the experience: decide what legal issues are raised by the fact patterns, apply the law to the facts, state all the steps in your analysis, and organize your answer in a clear way.  Follow the directions carefully, answer precisely the question posed to you, and don't change the facts from the question.  Spend about one-third of the time allotted for each question reading the question, spotting the issues, and planning/organizing your answer, and two-thirds of your time writing from that checklist/plan.  Ask yourself if your answer is conclusory (will the reader need a "because" answer after each statement to fully explain it?) or if you have given sufficient legal reasons for your arguments.  Don't waffle in your answers-pick a conclusion and support it.  We will talk more about exams in the future, but if you have any questions about exams, please feel free to contact me.

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From John DeRosa

Associate Dean for Career Services

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1L STUDENTS:

Keep up to date on the programs offered by our office through Scoops, the email listserve, the TV screens around Myron Taylor and the bulletin board outside Office 140.

Thursday, October 20

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.

Thursday, October 27

4:30 p.m. Room G90. Halloween & Cover Letter Workshop.

Is your resume looking a little scary? Does writing a cover letting sound like a nightmare? Join the Career Services Office for advice on how to tailor your resume to legal employers and craft a devilishly good cover letter. Enjoy cider & candy too!

Monday, October 31-Sunday, November 4

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.

Interview Strategies and Attire Workshop: Date & Time TBA.


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From Deirdre Hay

Director for LL.M. & International Career Services

Hay

Resume Review

Now is the time to draft your US style resume and send it to me for review.  ISIP is open and you can set up your ISIP profile, upload your resume and bid for interviews!  Please do not leave it until the last minute as there are lots of resumes for me to review. Thank you and good luck getting lots of interviews!

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From Elizabeth Peck

Assistant Dean for Professional Development and Clerkships

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Monday, October 24

12:15 p.m. Room 186. Alumni Lunch Talk on Judicial Clerkships.

Join current and former Cornell Law clerks as they provide helpful insights, share stories, and answer questions about their clerkship experience. Chipotle lunch provided. Please RSVP here by October 19th.

Monday, October 31

12:00 noon.  MacDonald Moot Court - Room 390. Distinguished Jurist in Residence: Chief Diane Wood, Public Lecture: The Appellate Process.

Join Cornell Law School's 2016 Distinguished Jurist in Residence, Judge Diane Wood, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, for a lunchtime lecture on the federal appellate process. Lunch will be provided.  Please RSVP here by October 24th.

4:00 p.m. Saperston Student Lounge. Clerkship Program: A Conversation on Judicial Clerkships.

Join Cornell Law School's 2016 Distinguished Jurist in Residence Judge Diane Wood, U.S. Court of Appeals for the seventh Circuit, for candid conversation on federal judicial clerkships. Light hors d'oeuvres will be served. Please RSVP here by October 24th.

Monday, November 7

4:30 p.m. Room G90. Summer Judicial Internships and Post-Graduate Clerkships.

Join Deans Karen Comstock and Liz Peck as they discuss how to land a job with a judge this summer and plan ahead for your post-graduate judicial clerkship search. Light refreshments will be served.

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From Kristine Hoffmeister

Director of Alumni Affairs

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Wednesday, October 26

5:30-7:30 p.m. Duane Morris LLP. Cornell Law School Alumni Association Gathering in Philadelphia.

Join CLS alumni in the Greater Philadelphia region for a casual get-together.  Reminisce about the law school and meet other alumni who are working in the area.  Please register online or by calling the Alumni Affairs Office at (607) 255-5251 by Wednesday, October 19th.  Special thanks to James Steigerwald, JD ’98 and Duane Morris LLP for sponsoring this event.

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Cornell Center on the Death Penalty Worldwide

Launch of the Cornell Center on the Death Penalty Worldwide

For the last two decades, the Cornell Death Penalty Project has been at the forefront of domestic and international efforts to restrict the application of the death penalty or abolish it altogether. The new Cornell Center on the Death Penalty Worldwide builds upon the expertise of Cornell's faculty, including Professors Sandra Babcock, John Blume, Sheri Johnson and Keir Weyble, who have defended prisoners facing the death penalty throughout the United States and around the world.

The Center will create opportunities for clinic students to assist prisoners facing the death penalty in Sub-Saharan Africa and in the United States; provide training to improve the quality of legal representation for those facing the death penalty worldwide; produce reports on the application of the death penalty through the lens of international human rights; and generate cutting-edge research on bias against Latinos facing the death penalty in the United States.

Tuesday, October 25

4:00-6:00 p.m. Room 182. Panel: The Death Penalty Worldwide: Challenges and Opportunities on the Path to Abolition.

Please join us for the launch of the Cornell Center on the Death Penalty Worldwide.

Welcoming Remarks: Professor Sheri Lynn Johnson, Assistant Director, Cornell Death Penalty Project; James and Mark Flanagan Professor of Law.

Panelists: Denny Leboeuf, Director, ACLU John Adams Project; Delphine Lourtau, Executive Director, Cornell Center on the Death Penalty Worldwide; Victor Uribe, Legal Advisor to the Mexican Ambassador.

Moderator: Professor Sandra Babcock, Faculty Director, Cornell Center on the Death Penalty Worldwide; Clinical Professor of Law.

6:00-8:00 p.m. The Commons. Reception: Launch of Cornell Center on the Death Penalty Worldwide.

Welcoming Remarks: Dean Eduardo M. Peñalver, Allan R. Tessler Dean and Professor of Law.

Keynote Speaker: Professor Sandra Babcock, Faculty Director, Cornell Center on the Death Penalty Worldwide; Clinical Professor of Law.

For those unable to join us in person, the panel will be webcast live here. Thank you to the Berger International Legal Studies Program for co-sponsoring the launch event.

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Clinical Programs

2L and 3L Students - Consider a Full Term Externship

Interested in an externship next semester? Come to a meeting either on Friday, Oct. 21 at 2:00 p.m. in Room 186 or on Thursday, Oct. 27 at 3:00 p.m. in Room 285. You do not need to attend both. We will explain how to find an appropriate placement and apply for the program. We will also discuss the program's requirements and expectations. Externships are limited, so be sure to attend a meeting if you are interested.

Monday, October 24

4:30 p.m. Room 184. Change and Challenges: The NLRB After 81 Years.

Speaker: Mark G. Pearce, Chairman of the National Labor Relations Board. Presented by Cornell Law School Labor Law Clinic and ILR Worker Institute. Open to all. Contact: Susan Tosto, sjt29@cornell.edu.

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The Berger International Speaker Series

Wednesday, October 19

12:15-1:15 p.m. Room 276. The State of Criminal Justice in India.

Speaker: Dr. R.K. Raghavan, Former Director, Central Bureau of Investigation, India; Chairman, Special Investigation Team, Gujarat; and Corporate Security Adviser, Tata Consultancy Services.  All are welcome to attend. Please RSVP here by Monday, October 17 to participate in the luncheon.

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Writing Competitions & Fellowships

19th Annual Entertainment Law Initiative Writing Competition

The ELI Writing Competition invites law students to write a 3,000-word essay proposing a solution to an issue currently facing the music industry. The winning essays can win prizes including a ticket to the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards telecast and other GRAMMY Week events. Past winners of the competition have gone on to productive successful careers in music, entertainment media and beyond. Submission deadline: January 4, 2017 at 1pm EST. Click here for more information.

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