Cornell Law Scoops

Scoops September 18 Issue

Calendar of Events

Week of September 18, 2017

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

MONDAY, September 18

12:20-1:15 p.m. Room G90. Crimmigration: The European Version.


1:45-2:45 p.m. Room L28 Hughes Hall. NY Tech/Law Colloquium Speaker Series: Malka Older.



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



5:00-10:00 p.m. Room G90. Moot Court External Tryouts.


Contact: Gargi Chaudhuri,

5:30-6:30 p.m. Room 186. WLC General Body Meeting and Elections.

Contact: Allison McQueeney,

7:00-8:00 p.m. Room 186. Lambda General Body Meeting and Elections.

We will give an overview of our organization and elect 1L and LLM representatives. Contact: Alyssa Hasbrouck,

TUESDAY, September 19

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


4:30 p.m. Saperston Student Lounge. Reception for First Generation Students.



Wednesday, September 20


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


12:00-1:00 p.m. Room 279. Externship and Pro Bono Scholars (PBS) Program Info Session.


Interested in a full or part-time externship or in the New York Pro Bono Scholars (PBS) program? Please come to this meeting to learn more about it. Attendance at one meeting is mandatory for anyone considering an externship or the PBS program. For more information, contact Professor Mooney at

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


4:00-6:00 p.m. Room 186. ACS General Body Meeting.


Contact: Jared Ham,

4:30-5:00 p.m. Room G85. Cornell Association of Law & Economics Meeting.

Contact: Kasey Ashford,

5:00-6:30 p.m. Room 184. Business Law Society First General Body Meeting.

This is our first general body meeting to welcome back returning members, introduce new members to the organization, and elect 1L and LLM representatives. Contact: Bebe Albornoz,

Thursday, September 21

3:30-4:30 p.m. Room G90. Protecting Your Legal Rights During the DACA Rescission.

Contact: Briana Beltran,

5:30-7:00 p.m. Room 184. APALSA - Law School 101.

APALSA will be discussing outlining, study tips, and the general timeline for studying for exams. Food will be served. Contact: Christine Kim,

Friday, September 22

11:15 a.m.-12:15 a.m. Saperston Student Lounge. PILU General Body Meeting.

Introductory meeting for students interested in being a part of the Public Interest Law Union. Contact: Abby Yeo,

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Positions Available

Professor Annelise Riles seeks as research assistant to work on a project concerning the transnational governance of compensation claims for nuclear accidents. The work will involve researching European law cases, regulations and statutes, and international treaties. The work will be jointly supervised by Mary Mitchell, a lawyer and postdoctoral fellow at the Atkinson Center for a sustainable future at Cornell. Please submit a resume and short note about your interest to

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.

The Cornell Center on the Death Penalty Worldwide seeks term-time database research assistants (paid) to update research on the death penalty in its Death Penalty Worldwide database. This free and searchable database, housed at, is the only compilation in the world of comprehensive data on the death penalty laws and practices of all countries and territories that retain the death penalty.

Responsibilities: Assistants will conduct legal research on foreign jurisdictions' laws, jurisprudence, and practices; analyze international human rights law; and write and edit information to be uploaded to the database.

Qualifications: This paid position is open to undergraduate and postgraduate students who can devote 5-10 hours per week this semester. We seek applicants who demonstrate excellent research / writing skills and attention to detail, including the ability to follow research and citation guidelines. A commitment to human rights issues and foreign language skills are also assets.

To Apply: Applicants should send a cover letter explaining their interest in the Center database along with a CV or resume to with the subject line "DPW Database Assistant" by September 25. References and writing samples may be requested from short-listed candidates.

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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

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.

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.

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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.

Tuesday, September 19

4:00-5:30 p.m. 700 Clark Hall. Understanding and Overcoming the Imposter Syndrome.

Did you know that imposter feelings are normal and that most high-achieving graduate students experience these feelings at some point? Join us to better understand the Imposter Syndrome; learn where it comes from and how it can manifest. More importantly, understand how it can be a barrier to student success and what you can do to overcome this. Dr. Wong will use theory, data, clinical practice, and his own experiences as a graduate student to paint a picture of the Imposter Syndrome with accuracy, helpfulness, and humor. Presenter: Wai Wong, Assistant Director for Community Based Services, Gannett Health Services.

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.

Safety Tips

Blue Light Escort

When a Blue Light Escort is requested, two members of the Cornell University Police Auxiliary accompany any member of the Cornell community or visitor to destinations on campus or near campus. If you are riding a bus, they will wait with you at the stop until the bus arrives. Blue Light Escorts are members of the Cornell community hired and trained by Cornell Police. Each escort wears a highly visible uniform and is in direct radio contact with Cornell Police.  To request an escort team, call 255.7373 on campus (607.255.7373 outside the campus system), or use one of the Blue Light phones on campus. The service operates from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. every day during the fall and spring semesters.

Big Red Shuttle

Cornell's late-night transportation service for students in need of a safe ride home. The Big Red Shuttle (which is actually a white shuttle bus) will run this Friday and Saturday (12am-3am) See for route.  Times approximate. The driver is a professional, paid employee. Additionally, you will be welcomed by two student managers employed by Campus Activities who are there to be helpful and provide a safe environment for you on the shuttle.

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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)

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 18 (Room L56 Hughes Hall):

  • Monday: Workshop 3:30 p.m.
  • 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

Review time!  Excellent! If you haven't already started reviewing, this is a most excellent time to begin.  (And if you haven't seen Wayne's World, look it up.  You might just need a cheesy '90s movie right about now.)  You've completed one-third of the semester, but just reading for class is no longer enough.  Build in daily and weekly review sessions to make sure you understand concepts.  Consult with your professor or T.A. to help clarify concepts.  Most importantly, quiz yourself regularly.  Have you looked at Q&As or E&Es? I have some in my office lending library.  Have you watched the CALI lessons online and taken the quizzes?  It will be much easier to solidify your understanding of legal building blocks now than it will be to correct misunderstandings at the end of the semester.  If you're not quite sure where to begin, please come see me.  I'm happy to help.

Monday, September 18

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

Some high-performing 2Ls and 3Ls will give you tips on how to balance studying with life.

Wednesday, September 27

4:20 p.m. Room G90. Outlining and Review Workshop.

Looking ahead, you need to start outlining soon. We’ll look at sample outlines and talk about ways you can review over the fall break.  As an added bonus, I’ll have pizza.  Please RSVP to Kara (  so that I know how much pizza to order.

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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.


If you have an OCI interview in Myron Taylor Hall, these interviews will take place in faculty, administrator, and student organization offices and classrooms in MTH. On the day of the interview, check the Career Services Office door to find your interview room.

Fall 2017 Recruiting Dates:

OCI #3 - Monday, October 2

Participating employers: Staff Attorney’s Office at the U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit (New York, NY); Appellate Division, 3rd Department (Albany, NY).

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

Friday, September 29

1:15 p.m. Room 184. How to Successfully “Network” Your Way into a Job.

Presenter: Judge Ridgway. Her presentation is a true highlight of the LL.M. Office of Career Services calendar. Sending out dozens of cover letters and resumes definitely is not the way to get a job in the current economy.  This fast-paced, highly practical workshop will highlight creative, innovative, proven tactics and strategies that you can easily implement to help build your professional “network,” distinguish yourself from other applicants, and land a rewarding position that capitalizes on your unique background and skill set.

I have a sign-up sheet up on my door (L44) for students wanting to meet with Judge Ridgway in person.  Please also look out for her other three presentations in the same week, on international arbitration, issues relating to the practice of law for women, and one for the BRIGGS society.  Highly recommended!

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From Akua Akyea
Assistant Dean for Public Service

Saturday, September 23

12:00-6:00 p.m. Statler Hotel. Public Interest Academy.

We have invited a wide range of practitioners to provide a broad perspective on the myriad paths that exist for public interest advocates.  This is a unique opportunity not only to hear about the work they do, how to get involved, and their varied career paths, but also to connect with your classmates.

This program is highly recommended to any student who plans on using the Public Interest Fellowship – the funding Cornell provides students to do public service internships (including clerking for a judge) during the summer.

The program will begin with registration at 11:30am followed by a keynote speaker and various panels.  A reception will be held at 5:00pm to close out the day.


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From Elizabeth Peck
Assistant Dean for Professional Development and Clerkships

Monday, September 25

12:30-1:20 p.m. Room 182. One Cornellian’s Path to the Bench.

Join Judge John H. Chun, JD ‘94 for a lunchtime presentation on his path from law school graduation to judgeship.

4:00-5:00 p.m. Saperston Student Lounge. Why Minority Bar Associations Matter.

Join Judge John H. Chun, JD ’94 for an afternoon talk on the importance of minority bar associations. Co-sponsored by the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association (APALSA). Snacks provided.

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Graduate Legal Studies

Writing Skills Assistance

For students who need assistance with writing skills, you may utilize two campus resources:

The Graduate Writing Service at the Knight Institute, 101 McGraw Hall

English Language Support Office, 101 McGraw Hall

Both programs offer one-on-one tutoring for students who feel they need writing assistance.  Please keep in mind Cornell Law School's Code of Academic Integrity has strict guidelines on the submission of student's work.  If you utilize either of the services listed above, it is important to let the tutor know the expectations of our Code prior to beginning your session.

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From Kristine Hoffmeister
Director of Alumni Affairs

Tuesday, September 26

6:00-8:30 p.m. Morrison & Foerster LLP (Palo Alto, CA). Legal Information Institute 25th Anniversary Program & Reception: Immigration and the Tech Sector: What's Changed, What Hasn't, and What Might In the Trump Administration.

Presented by: Stephen Yale-Loehr, AB '77, JD '81, Cornell Law School Professor of Immigration Law Practice. Panelists: David R. Schellhase, JD '90, General Counsel, Slack Technologies, Inc.; John Geschke, Chief Legal Officer & SVP, Administration, Zendesk; Manan Mehta, Founding Partner at Unshackled Ventures; Julie Pearl, CEO, Pearl Law Group.

Join Professor Stephen Yale-Loehr, and panelists as they discuss what effects immigration changes under President Trump are having and will have in the tech sector. Special thanks to Stephanie Sharron, JD '92 and Morrison & Foerster LLP for hosting this event.

Wednesday, September 27

6:00-8:30 p.m. Littler Mendelson P.C. (Los Angeles, CA). CLS Alumni Association CLE Program & Reception: Immigration Law and Policy: What's Changed, What Hasn't, and What Might In the Trump Administration.

Presented by: Stephen Yale-Loehr, AB '77, JD '81, Cornell Law School Professor of Immigration Law Practice and Angelo A. Paparelli,Partner, Seyfarth Shaw.

Join Professor Stephen Yale-Loehr and Angelo Paparelli as they discuss what effects immigration changes under the Trump administration will have in the business and law sector.

CLE Credit Pending: If approved, attendees will be eligible to receive 1.5 hours of New York State credit in the area of Professional Practice and California State General MCLE credit. CLE credit is free of charge and is appropriate for both transitional and non-transitional NY CLE credit.

Special thanks to Robert Millman, JD '74 and Littler Mendelson P.C. for hosting this event.

Thursday, September 28

7:00-9:00 p.m. Empire Steakhouse (New York, NY). GOLD (GRADUATE OF THE LAST DECADE) Gathering.

Join Eduardo Peñalver, AB '94, Allan R. Tessler Dean and Professor of Law, Cornell Law School for a fun social reception in New York City. Reception to include hors d'oeuvres, open bar, CLS swag giveaways, and a chance to connect with your fellow classmates.

Thursday, September 28

6:00-8:00 p.m. Dirty Habit (Washington, DC). GOLD (GRADUATE OF THE LAST DECADE) Gathering.

Join members of the Cornell Law School GOLD community for a fun social reception in Washington, DC. Reception to include hors d'oeuvres, open bar, CLS swag giveaways, and a chance to connect with your fellow classmates.

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.

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, September 18

12:20-1:15 p.m. Room G90. 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.

Thursday, September 28

12:20-1:15 p.m. Room G85. Souls That Roar for Justice.

Speaker: Jameen Kaur, Visiting Scholar, Cornell Law School. The complete realization of a woman and girl's reproductive rights is an integral part of a modern woman and girl's struggle to assert her dignity and worth as a human being. How reproduction is managed and controlled is inseparable from how women and girls are managed and controlled. The struggle for reproductive self-determination has specific significance for women and girls in India, where according to the World Health Organization's latest figures (2016) 45,000 maternal deaths take place in India ever year, which is an average of 5 women dying every hour. This presentation will discuss the role litigation played in seeking redress for violations of the reproductive rights of Shanti Devi, who died in childbirth in 2010. The Shanti Devi judgment is a ground-breaking historic judgment which held a State accountable for a preventable maternal death. The presentation will provide an overview of India's obligations with regard to maternal health, and examine how the government failed to protect, respect and fulfill her right to life and health. All are welcome to attend.

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.

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.

Room 182

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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