Cornell Law Scoops

Scoops October 23 Issue

Calendar of Events

From John DeRosa
Associate Dean for Career Services

From Eduardo M. Peñalver
The Allan R. Tessler Dean

From Elizabeth Peck
Assistant Dean for Professional Development and Clerkships

From Terry Thompson

From Graduate Legal Studies

From Markeisha Miner
Dean of Students

From Clinical Programs

Ask the Deans

The Berger International Speaker Series

From Maurice Haltom
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

NY Tech/Law Colloquium Speaker Series

From Chenay Weyble
Lecturer of Law and Director of Academic Support

Writing Competitions

Calendar of Events

Week of October 23, 2017

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

MONDAY, October 23

Spring 2018 Clinic Pre-Registration available for upperclass students.


Spring 2018 1L Elective Pre-Registration available for first-year students.



11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Room G90. Talk by Cornell Technology Licensing Officer: Entrepreneurship and Tech Licensing.


Speaker Patrick Govang will discuss his experience in technology licensing as well as his entrepreneuship experience. Contact: Cora Liang,

4:30 p.m. Room 184.

Balancing Rights and Obligations of States and Investors:  Challenges Facing LDCs.


TUESDAY, October 24


4:00-5:00 p.m. Room 263.

Office hours for students with Dean Peñalver.


6:00-8:00 p.m. Room 184. Federalist Society and ACS: The Future of Obamacare.


Michael Cannon of the Cato Institute will be debating Professor Robert Hockett on how to move forward with President Obama's landmark healthcare bill. Contact: Bennett Hampilos,

Wednesday, October 25

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

The Weekly Perk.


2:30-4:30 p.m. Room 124.

Let's Talk.



4:00-6:00 p.m. Saperston Student Lounge.

Clinical Programs Open House.



5:00 p.m. Room 390. Cuccia Cup Moot Court Competition - Quarterfinal Rounds.


Contact: Nicole Palmadesso,

5:00-6:00 p.m. Room G85. WOCC Outlining Workshop.

Contact: Elizabeth Denning,

5:00-6:30 p.m. Room 186. Business Law Society General Body Meeting.

We will be hosting a panel and providing 1Ls with information for their summer jobs search. Contact: Patricia Garcia-Linares,

6:00-8:00 p.m. Room 184. Anatomy of a Deal Negotiation: Mock M&A.

A mock deal negotiation around the acquisition of a private company by M&A attorneys from Kaye Scholer LLP. Sandwiches will be provided. RSVP required to Gina Jackson at by October 23.

Thursday, October 26

4:30-5:30 p.m. Room 186. APALSA 1L Elective Panel.

Upperclassmen will talk about the classes they took as their 1L elective and answer questions about the pros and cons of each. Contact: Christine Kim,

Friday, October 27

12:00-1:00 p.m. Room 182.

Travel Bans and the Limits of Presidential Authority.


3:00-4:00 p.m. Saperston Student Lounge.

Landing Clerkships in the Western U.S.

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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).

Thursday, November 9

12:15-1:15 p.m. Room G90. Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series featuring Doug Lasdon, JD `81.

Doug Lasdon is the Founder and Executive Director of Urban Justice Center, an agency which provides badly needed legal services to one of New York City's most underserved populations – single, homeless adults. Join us for his lecture on “A Lawyer’s Life: Reflections on Nearly Four Decades of Representing Poor People in New York City.”  All are welcome to attend. Lunch will be provided for guests registered by Friday, November 3.

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From Terry Thompson


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.

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.

Law School Clinic and Course Pre-Registration for Spring 2018

Please add these dates to your calendar.

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.
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.

Winter Intersession and Summer Study

Students may petition the faculty for permission to take law courses in summer-school programs or winter intersession programs of other ABA-approved law schools, and upon their successful completion, to receive credit toward their Cornell J.D. degree. In no case is credit in excess of 6 hours granted for all such summer or intersession law studies. The Summer/Winter Intersession Course Credit  form is available online at the Registrars website under Forms & Requests. Interested students should submit this form request to the Law School Registrar’s Office (addressed to Dean Miner) by November 2 for winter intersession programs and by April 3 for summer 2017 programs.

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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.

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,, 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.

Safety Tips

Fire safety is very important to the Law School community. During fire drills, faculty, staff and students must exit the building until the alarm is reset.

Watch out for phishing emails and calls:

Be sure to update your local contact information in case we need to reach you:

Remember to register for CornellALERT, Cornell's emergency notification system:

Student Child Care Grant

The University is pleased to announce the availability of grants to subsidize child care expenses for full-time Cornell student families who fall within the eligibility guidelines. This year, as part of an ongoing review by the Students with Families Advisory Committee, Cornell is piloting expanded eligibility for a wider range of student income groups to better meet the diverse needs of student families and continue to provide meaningful subsidies for child care. The expanded income eligibility is one of several recommendations from the Students with Families Advisory Committee that are being explored. The Students with Families Advisory Committee members include graduate and professional students and staff from several student support offices. For more information about the Students with Families Advisory Committee, please visit our website. The deadline for application is Friday, November 10.

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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 23 (Room L56 Hughes Hall):

  • Monday: by appointment
  • Tuesday: by appointment
  • 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

It's time. A quick look at the calendar tells us that not much time remains until Thanksgiving, and finals start almost immediately after that. Every day counts. Now is a great time to get a handle on your work. I am glad to work with students who want to set an efficient and effective schedule to get from now to finals. We can plan a detailed (and personalized) calendar on how to get the Open Memo completed in a professional and appropriate fashion while leaving plenty of time to study. The Dean of Students and I will be meeting with each of you individually over the next few weeks, so my usual office hours have changed. Email me to schedule an appointment-I'm happy to help. Also, look for more information on Blackboard about an upcoming workshop to practice exam-taking skills.

Study Breaks. Can you expect your car to work well if you abuse it or don't use the proper fuel? Likewise, your brain won't work well if you haven't taken care of yourself. While all of this planning for exams may have you a bit stressed, take time to de-stress by exercising, eating healthy foods (the "proper fuel"), sleeping at least six hours a night, and doing something non-law school related. Try carefully timed and planned study breaks, with a defined beginning and ending time. Take one hour a night to catch up on Netflix. Read one chapter of a good fiction novel. Take a swing-dance class. Go for an hour-long run. Meditate-people who meditate report that it helps them sharpen mental focus and gain more control over their emotions (like anxiety and stress). Just be sure to include the vital task of de-stressing on a daily basis, no matter which healthy activity you choose to regain focus and feel more relaxed.

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From John DeRosa
Associate Dean for Career Services



Resume-A-Thon Week, October 30-November 3

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. Sign-up via your Symplicity account now through November 2.

Winter Break Alumni Shadow Program

If you wish to be matched with a Cornell Law alum for a shadow experience in the location where you will be spending your winter break be sure to return your registration to Associate Director, Jamie Canfield,, by November 13.

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From Elizabeth Peck
Assistant Dean for Professional Development and Clerkships


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.

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Graduate Legal Studies

Monday, October 30

3:30-4:30 p.m. Room 182. Safety Tips for Winter Driving and How to Obtain a NY Driver's License.

Speakers: Officer Beverly Jean Van Cleef, Officer Ellen O'Pray, and Scott Beemer. A must for drivers new to driving in snowy, icy conditions! Cornell University Police will provide tips on driving safely in winter. Afterward, ISSO Immigration and Programming Assistant, Scott Beemer will discuss how international and non-New York State drivers can learn how to obtain a New York State driver's license. All are welcome to attend. Contact: Office of Graduate Legal Studies,

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Clinical Programs

Wednesday, October 25

4:00-6:00 p.m. Saperston Student Lounge. Clinical Programs Open House.

Put your legal education to work on behalf of real clients - clinical courses are an excellent opportunity to develop practical legal skills and get a taste of the practice of law all while satisfying the skills and pro bono hours requirements.  All are invited to join the Clinical Programs faculty for an informal information session. Light refreshments will be served.

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The Berger International Speaker Series

Monday, October 23

4:30 p.m. Room 184. Balancing Rights and Obligations of States and Investors:  Challenges Facing LDCs.

Speaker: Justice Abdulqawi Yusuf, Vice-President, International Court of Justice. Sponsored by The Einaudi Center Distinguished Speaker Series & Berger International Speaker Series. Co-sponsored by the Judith Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies. All are welcome and encouraged to attend. Open to the public.

Friday, November 3

12:20-1:15 p.m. Room 182. The Status of Women's Rights and the Peace Process in Myanmar.

Speaker: May Sabe Phyu, Director, Gender Equality Network (GEN). Sponsored by The Berger International Speaker Series and Southeast Asia Program. All are welcome and encouraged to attend. Lunch will be provided.

12:20-1:15 p.m. Room 182. North Korea and Iran:  Critical Challenges for the Trump Administration.

Speaker: Robert Einhorn, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution. Sponsored by The Berger International Speaker Series. All are welcome and encouraged to attend. Lunch will be provided.

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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, 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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Writing Competitions

Entertainment Law Initiative

The Recording Academy, in concert with some of the nation’s most prominent entertainment attorneys, established the Entertainment Law Initiative to promote discussion and debate about the most compelling legal issues facing the music industry today. Now in its 20th year, the program has grown to include a national writing competition, mentor sessions, and a GRAMMY Week event. Law students are encouraged to participate in the ELI Writing Competition to further their knowledge, better connect to the music and legal community and also to get a chance to attend the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards in New York City in 2018. Please visit their website for more information.

Donald C. Alexander Writing Competition

The Federal Bar Association Section on Taxation sponsors an annual writing competition and invites law students to participate. All full-time and part-time law students currently seeking a JD or LLM at an accredited law school are eligible to enter the competition. Students may submit any original paper concerning federal taxation. More information can and contest details can be found on their website.

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

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

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