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Scoops October 2 Issue

Calendar of Events

Week of October 2, 2017

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

MONDAY, October 2

3:30-4:30 p.m. Room G85. Jewish Law Students Association (JLSA) General Body Meeting.

Join the JLSA for its general body meeting, and the election of 1L and LLM representatives. Pizza will be served. Contact: Ethan Sukonik,

TUESDAY, October 3

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

Wednesday, October 4

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

2:30-4:30 p.m. Room 124. Let's Talk.

Thursday, October 5

9:30-10:30 a.m. Saperston Student Lounge. Coffee Conversation & Current Events.

Friday, October 6

12:00 noon. Deadline to register for 1L Practice Exam and Download Exam4 Software.

Saturday, October 7-Sunday, October 15

Cornell Law School Fall Break. Classes resume on Monday, October 16.

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Positions Available

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 and strong writing skills. The internship is full-time and typically requires a 10 week commitment. While the internship is unpaid, the Center is willing to work with interns to secure funding. This is a legal internship, open to W2Ls, 3Ls, and LL.M students only. If interested, please send cover letter explaining your interest in the Center and its work, any relevant experience, and what you hope to gain from 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 Karen LoParco in room 263, by e-mail (, 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.  Please register HERE.

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From Terry Thompson



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.

Using Your Laptop for the First-Year Practice Exam

Students in first-year courses were sent information about using exam4 software for the practice exam.  Please read that email carefully and be mindful of the deadline to download the software (12 noon, Oct 6).  If you have any questions about the practice exam, feel free to stop by the Registrar's Office.

Dates to Remember for Fall 2017

Fall Break for the Law School begins on Saturday, October 7. Classes resume on Monday, October 16. Click here to see the law school academic calendar.

Final exams begin on Wednesday, December 6 and end on Monday, December 18. Click here to see the fall exam 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.

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.

Date Action
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.
Add/drop begins and students can make changes to their schedule.

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.

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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.

Thursday, October 5

9:30-10:30 a.m. Saperston Student Lounge. Coffee Conversation & Current Events.

Please join Dean Miner and Professor Babcock in an open forum to discuss the current campus climate. Coffee, tea, pastries and fruit provided.


Thursday, October 5

3:00-5:00 p.m. Room 401 Physical Sciences Building. Community Support Meeting: For Those Impacted By Hurricane Maria.

We acknowledge that many students have connections to Puerto Rico even if our records do not reflect addresses there. We know many of you are experiencing a lot of ongoing stress and worry for your loved ones and for the island itself and hope that this meeting will provide you with some shared space to come together in support of one another.  Members of the university's community support team, including at least one counselor from Cornell Health will be in attendance. Refreshments will be provided. Sponsored by the Graduate School Office of Inclusion and Student Engagement and the Latina/o/x Student Success Office with support from the Arts & Sciences Dean's Office.

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Ask the Deans

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 or email your questions to We look forward to answering as many questions as we can!

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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 124

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 October 2 (Room L56 Hughes Hall):

  • Monday: No Office Hours
  • 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

Academic Peer Advisors - Permanent Office Hours

Advisor 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

The Three “R’s”—Refreshed, Reviewed, and “Readied.” Isn’t it fall break, yet?  Yes, actually, it is.  You are wrapping up your closed memo assignment right now and looking forward to the break.  You need to take some time to breathe, reflect, and relax.  Reconnect with the people in your life you may have been neglecting unintentionally.  Get some sleep and exercise.  Eat excellent food.

But this break is not like an undergraduate break—the time is too precious to forget completely about law school.  The second half of the semester is much more intense, and you need to use your break to prepare for it.  Plan what you want to accomplish over the break.  Plan your work and free time.  Start outlining, review your notes to make sure you understand everything you’ve been taught so far, test your knowledge, and plan how you will tackle exams.  If you’re unsure how to approach exams, fall break is an excellent time to read books on the subject, like Getting to Maybe by Fischl & Paul (I have a few copies if you want to check one out of my library over the break).  If you use your time wisely during fall break, you will return to school feeling refreshed, reviewed, and ready to take on the final 8 weeks before exams.  You will also feel prepared for the practice exam the Wednesday you return.

If you need help with your fall break strategy, please come see me during office hours or make an appointment.

Monday, October 16

3:30 p.m. Room G90. Exam Skills Intro: How to Get the Most Out of the Practice Exam

Speaking of the practice exam, make sure you take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to see what a law school exam is like and to test whether you are preparing effectively.  The practice exam is not graded, but there are still things you can do to make sure you get the most out of the experience.  The APAs and I will discuss how you approach the practice exam, what you can do to prepare, and what to do with any feedback you get from your professor.

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From John DeRosa

Associate Dean for Career Services



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.

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Graduate Legal Studies

Traveling over break?

Remember to take with you all documents needed for re-entry into the U.S., even if you only travel within the U.S.  For information on all the documents you need to have with you when you travel please visit the ISSO website. Have a wonderful break!

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From Kristine Hoffmeister

Director of Alumni Affairs


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

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

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The Berger International Speaker Series

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. Please RSVP here.

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NY Tech/Law Colloquium Speaker Series

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

6:00-7:00 p.m.

Speaker: Houman Shadab

Wednesday, November 1

6:00-7:00 p.m.

Speaker: Charles Mauro

Wednesday, November 29

6:00-7:00 p.m.

Speaker: Moon Duchin

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Campus Events


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Writing Competitions

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

Call for Papers-Cornell Policy Review

The Cornell Policy Review, the official public policy journal of the Cornell Institute for Public Affairs (CIPA), is inviting students and faculty of Cornell Law School to submit papers to the journal. For more information, click here. Contact: Senior Managing Editor, Paulina Lucio,

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