Cornell Law Scoops

Scoops September 11 Issue

Calendar of Events

Week of September 11, 2017

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

MONDAY, September 11


TUESDAY, September 12


4:00-5:00 p.m. Room 277. Externship and Pro Bono Scholars (PBS) Program Info Session.


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



Wednesday, September 13


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


12:00-1:00 p.m. Room L39 Hughes Hall. Navy JAG Corps Informational Session.


Navy JAG Corps Recruiting officer LTJG Daniel Biegler, will be conducting an informational session about the JAG program. All are welcome. A light lunch will be served. Contact: Molly Brewton,

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


Thursday, September 14


12:00 noon. Deadline for Upperclass Students to Submit S/U Grading Form.


12:00 noon. Deadline for LLM Students to Elect JD Grading Scale.



4:00-5:30 p.m. Room G90. The Rise of Anti-Semitism and The Creation of the the LDB Center.


Ken Marcus, founder of the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under the Law, will be coming to Cornell Law School to speak on the rise of Anti-Semitism and the creation of the the LDB Center. Food will be served. Contact: Benji Wigley,

5:30-7:00 p.m. Saperston Student Lounge. Federalist Society General Body Meeting.

Introduction to the Federalist Society chapter and the election of 1L Reps. Contact: Bennett Hampilos,

6:00-7:00 p.m. Room 182. SALSA General Interest Meeting.

We will be electing our 1L representatives and Thai food will be served. All are welcome. Contact: Neethu Putta,

Friday, September 15

5:00-6:30 p.m. The Commons. Myron Taylor Mixer.

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Positions Available

Dean Spitz is seeking a research assistant to help with two socio-legal projects, one on nonprofit activity in Cuba, the other on the role of law in the social construction of "persons" (especially as it relates to corporations and Indigenous peoples).  If you are interested, please forward your resume to her directly at

Interpreters wanted: Paid hourly for assignments when available throughout the semester.  Please email a letter of interest and resume to Professor Beth Lyon,

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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).

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From Terry Thompson

S/U Grading Option

Each JD student and LLM students who have elected the JD scale may elect to take up to two upperclass courses at Cornell Law School on an S/U basis. Shortly after the close of Add-Drop students will receive an email when the S/U Grading Option link is available on the Registrar's website. S/U grade elections, if made, shall be irrevocable. Students may not make this election in courses that they use to satisfy the Law School's upperclass writing requirement. In addition, instructors may designate specific courses that they teach as not eligible for the S/U grade election. Check individual course descriptions for more information. Students must submit the online form no later than 12 noon on September 14.

Grading Election for LLM Students

LLM candidates are graded on the scale of High Honors (HH), Honors (H), Satisfactory (S), and Unsatisfactory (U), except that an LLM student may, after consultation with the Assistant Dean for Graduate Legal Studies, elect to be graded on the JD scale and curve. This election applies to the entire academic year and must be made by submitting the online form by 12 noon on September 14.

The Assistant Dean for Graduate Legal Studies will counsel LLM students during this initial four-week period on the risks and benefits of opting into the JD grading scale. Election of the JD grading scale cannot be reversed. To elect the JD grading scale, please use the link in the Important Deadlines column on the Registrar's website.

Update Your Preferred Name and Address Info

If you wish to update your preferred name, use the link in the My Information tab on the Registrar's website. All students should make sure their address info is up to date as well. To update your address, use the link in the My Information tab on the Registrar's website.

University Registration

To become a registered student at Cornell University, a person must: settle all financial accounts, including current semester tuition; satisfy New York State and university health requirements; have no holds from their college, the Office of Judicial Administrator, Gannett Health Services, or the bursar. Students must be registered by September 8 or they risk being withdrawn from the university. Students who become registered for the Fall semester after September 8 will be charged a $350 late fee. Students who fail to become registered will be withdrawn from the University on September 25. See University Registration for more information. Failure to register will impact financial aid, loan deferments, health benefits, and other privileges relying on in-school status. This may also affect the ability to use certain services on campus such as your Cornell Card, Library Services and Gannett Health Services. Use Student Essentials to check your registration status.

Release of Information

A reminder to all students. Students asking faculty members to write recommendations will need to complete a release form with the Law School Registrar's Office if the faculty member wishes to view the student's record.

Religious Holidays and Academic Calendar

The University policy concerning the academic calendar and religious holidays states, "In enacting the academic calendar, the University has scheduled classes, laboratories and examinations on religious holidays. It is the intent of the University that students who miss these activities because of religious observances be given adequate opportunity to make up the missed work." A faculty member may request audio or videotaping of a class if he or she wishes. Any student who seeks an accommodation should approach his or her instructor. All requests for taping must be submitted on-line to the IT Department at least 2 business days in advance for classes. If you are requesting to videotape or record a professor's lecture, you must obtain the professor's permission prior to submitting an AV Request Form.

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From Melody Padgett
Certification Coordinator

Friday, September 29

11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon. Room 184. Bar Exam Information Session.

The Registrar's Office and the Dean of Students will hold a bar exam info session for all students. We will discuss the MPRE (Multi-state Professional Responsibility Exam), NYLC and NYLE (New York Law Course and Exam), and the UBE (Uniform Bar Exam). We will go over character and fitness disclosures, pro bono requirements, and important dates/deadlines.

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From Markeisha Miner
Dean of Students

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.

Myron Taylor Mixer


First Generation Student Resources

With approximately 2,000 first-generation students on campus, the I'm First! visual campaign provides an opportunity for first-generation students to clearly identify and connect with first-generation faculty, staff and administrators at Cornell.

The Dean of Students office will be hosting a Reception for First Generation students on September 19, at 4:30 p.m. in the Saperston Student Lounge.

Friday, September 22

5:00-8:30 p.m. ILR Conference Center. Professional Development Opportunity for Law, Engineering, and MBA Students-VW vs. Tesla: Considering Ethics in Engineering Management .

The workshop is a unique opportunity for Law students to interact with MBA students and M. Eng. students and faculty in an informal, small group setting.  A main goal of the workshop is for students from each college to experience the perspectives and viewpoints of members of the other colleges, as they will inevitably come into contact with them as their careers go forward.  Hors d’oeuvres will be served starting at 4:30.  The workshop formally ends at 7:30, and then there is catered dinner until 8:30 to continue informal conversations. To participate, simply email Dr. Park Doing - the organizer and moderator of the workshop.

Tuesday, September 26

4:30-5:30 p.m. Saperston Student Lounge. Candid Conversations at Cornell: Navigating Differences 2.0.

Join us for facilitated, small group discussions as we continue the conversation started during Orientation about working with clients and colleagues from diverse backgrounds.

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From Maurice Haltom, LCSW
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

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 September 11 (Room L56 Hughes Hall):

  • Monday: 3:30-4:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 3:00-4:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 12:00-1:15 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

"My alarm clock didn't go off this morning." Does this sound familiar?  Given that it happens every year around this time, it can't possibly be a rash of broken alarm clocks. Rather, it's the time in the semester that your time management is breaking down, and you are pulling very late hours.  You're working so late, in fact, that your body just shuts down to the point that you sleep right through the alarm clock for an hour.  You shouldn't be pushing yourself this hard right now. Fall break and outlining season is not very far away.  But there will be even more demands on your time after fall break and an even faster pace after Thanksgiving.  If you find there is not enough time to handle your workload right now, please stop by during office hours to speak with me.  Also, come to the event on Monday:

Monday, September 18

3:30 p.m. Room G90. Secrets of the Editorial Board.

It's a panel discussion with some high-performing (and well-rested) 2Ls and 3Ls who will tell you how they managed time to get on the editorial board and how they balance all of the many demands on their time with such a full load.  Want to know how they prepared for their 1L classes and prepared for exams?  You can find out.  It's a great event, and I hope to see you there.  And you don't have to worry about food-snacks will be provided.  Please RSVP to so that I can predict how much food is needed.

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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.


If considering offers from law firms, please keep in mind the NALP Standards for Timing and Offers of Decisions. The full text of the guidelines can be found at Speak to a counselor if you have any questions.

Fall 2017 Recruiting Dates:

OCI #3 - Monday, October 2

Participating employers: the Appellate Division, Third Department and the U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit. Bidding, open slots, and schedule information will be sent in September.

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Clinical Programs

Externship and Pro Bono Scholars (PBS) Program Info Sessions

Interested in a full or part-time externship or in the New York Pro Bono Scholars (PBS) program? Please come to a meeting on one of the following dates (Sept 12, 4-5pm, Rm 277 or Sept 20, 12 noon-1pm, Rm 279) to learn more about it.  Attendance at one meeting is mandatory for anyone considering an externship or the PBS program.  For more information, contact Prof. Mooney at

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The Berger International Speaker Series

Monday, September 18

12:20-1:15 p.m. Room 182. Crimmigration: The European Version.

Speaker: Gian Luigi Gatta, Professor of Criminal Law and Director of the Law Department, Faculty of Law, University of Milan. Sponsored by the Berger International Legal Studies Program. All are welcome to attend. 

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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. All are welcome.

Monday, September 18

1:45-2:45 p.m.

Speaker: Malka Older
Malka Older is a writer, aid worker, and PhD candidate. Her science fiction political thriller Infomocracy was named one of the best novels of 2016 by Kirkus, Book Riot, and the Washington Post. The sequel Null States comes out in September 2017. Senior Fellow for Technology and Risk at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs for 2015, she has more than a decade of experience in humanitarian aid and development. Her doctoral work on the sociology of organizations at the Institut d’Études Politques de Paris (Sciences Po) explores the dynamics of multi-level governance and disaster response using the cases of Hurricane Katrina and the Japan tsunami of 2011.

Wednesday, October 4

6:00-7:00 p.m.

Speaker: Zeynep Tufekci

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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Fork & Gavel Cafe

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Writing Competitions

Planning & Law Division Daniel J. Curtain, Jr. Fellowship

The purpose of the Daniel J. Curtin, Jr. Fellowship Program ("Fellowship Program") is to foster increased interest in the study of land use planning and its interrelationship with the law at the advanced undergraduate, graduate, and law school levels. Applications are being accepted through September 15, 2017. More information about the fellowship can be found here: For those interested in applying, please stop by the Dean of Student's office for a copy of the application.

PRBA Scholarship Fund

On October 20, 2017, during its annual fundraising dinner dance gala in Manhattan, the PRBA Scholarship Fund will be awarding up to six legacy scholarships in celebration of the organization's Diamond Jubilee.

Each scholarship recipient will receive $10,000.00 a year until graduation, in installments of $5,000.00 per semester. Candidates must submit their completed application package no later than September 15, 2017. The scholarship application and additional information can be found on Puerto Rican Bar Association Scholarship Fund's website at

AKC Writing Competition

On behalf of the AKC Delegates Legal Outreach Committee led by David Hopkins, we are pleased to share with you information about our law school writing contest. The purpose of this contest is to help raise awareness about legitimate animal law issues and provide a counterweight to the influence of animal rights ideology in law schools. AKC is the lead partner on this inter-organizational initiative with the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Cat Fanciers Association and the Animal Health Institute. The contest is open to all law students at ABA-accredited law schools. For more information, contact AKC Government Relations at

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