Cornell Law Scoops

Scoops September 25 Issue

Calendar of Events

Week of September 25, 2017

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

MONDAY, September 25

12:30-1:20 p.m. Room 182.

One Cornellian's Path to the Bench.


4:00-5:00 p.m. Saperston Student Lounge.

Why Minority Bar Associations Matter.



4:30-5:30 p.m. Room 182. BLSA/LALSA/NALSA Outlining Panel.


Outlining panel for 1L students on tips to outlining for classes, organizing notes, and general advice from LALSA board members. Contact: Morgan Miller,

6:00-7:30 p.m. Room G85. International Criminal Law in Theory and Practice: From Ithaca to The Hague and Washington, DC.

Sponsored by the Briggs Society of International Law. Free and open to the public. Contact: Luis Lozada,

TUESDAY, September 26

12:30-1:00 p.m. Room 277. National Security Law and Policy Society Meeting.

We will elect 1L and LLM representatives and discuss our plans for the year. Contact, Lauren Quan,

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

Office hours for students with Dean Peñalver.


4:30-5:30 p.m. Saperston Student Lounge.

Candid Conversations at Cornell: Navigating Differences 2.0.



Wednesday, September 27


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

The Weekly Perk.


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

Let's Talk.



4:15-5:55 p.m. Saperston Student Lounge. WOCC General Body Meeting.


We will introduce our board, discuss upcoming events for the semester, elect 1L and LLM representatives, and introduce mentors and mentees. All are welcome. Snacks will be served. Contact: Abby Yeo,

4:20 p.m. Room G90.

Outlining and Review Workshop.


5:30-6:30 p.m. Room 182. Judge Delissa Ridgway Presentation - Women's Law Coalition.


Contact: Allison McQueeney,

Thursday, September 28

12:20-1:15 p.m. Room G85.

Souls That Roar for Justice.


2:00-3:00 p.m. Room 276. Cornell Law Veterans Association General Meeting.


We will be talking about the upcoming year, planning events, and holding elections. Contact: Katie Van Bramer,

4:00-6:00 p.m. Room G90. Judge Ridgeway Discuses: The Recent Developments in the Lumber Dispute between the United States and Canada.

Contact:Luis Lozada,

7:00-9:00 p.m. Saperston Student Lounge. LALSA Nuestra Cultura Dinner.

LALSA will be hosting a celebration of Nuestra Cultura. Contact: Dillon Kellerman,

Friday, September 29

11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon. Room 184.

Bar Exam Information Session.


12:00-1:00 p.m. Room G85. Environmental Law Society General Body Meeting.


We will elect 1L and LLM representatives. Lunch will be served. Contact: Starlin Shi,

1:15 p.m. Room 184.

How to Successfully Network Your Way into a Job.

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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.

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

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 will receive information about using Exam4 software for the Practice Exam on Wednesday, September 27. Please read that email carefully and be mindful of the deadline to download the software.

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.
Mid-January 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 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 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.

Off-Campus Living rates safety of Ithaca city rentals

Students looking to gauge the relative safety of off-campus rental housing units in the city of Ithaca now have a new tool.

Student and Campus Life has developed a safety rating of one to five stars for properties within the city of Ithaca, based on publicly available information, as a new feature on the university's Off-Campus Living website.

The safety rating is in addition to the Certificate of Compliance that rental properties in the city of Ithaca listed on the site must have from the city's Building Division. Properties outside of the city limits that are listed on the website continue to meet their municipalities' previously established safety thresholds, but they do not include a safety rating from the university. 

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.  Contact: Senior Managing Editor, Paulina Lucio,

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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 25 (Room L56 Hughes Hall):

  • Monday: 3:30-4:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 3:30-4:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday: Workshop 4:20 p.m. Room G90
  • 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

Thinking ahead. You are likely working very hard on your closed memo right now, in addition to balancing your daily class preparation and study sessions.  Way to manage your time!  Fall break is coming soon, and that is a good time to relax a bit while preparing for the coming months of study.

So, how do you use fall break most efficiently?  Get caught up (or get ahead) on reading, start outlining, start class review, and basically plan for the next stretch of the semester.  Make sure you work for at least two hours at a time on a single subject before taking a small break and moving on to the next subject.  Take larger breaks in the evening—go see a movie, binge on Netflix, eat excellent food.  You will feel much less stressed in November if you make a plan now to balance your daily class preparation with the extra outlining and reviewing required for the end of the semester.  To give 1Ls a sense of the best way to start outlining and reviewing, I have organized another workshop:

Wednesday, September 27

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

We’ll discuss study groups, weekly review, outlines, and practice tests/quizzes in preparation for the end of the semester.  We’ll look at some examples of outlines.  Some 2Ls and 3Ls will also give useful tips for outlining and review.  As further enticement, there will also be pizza.  Please email Kara at to RSVP.  I really hope to see you there.  If you simply cannot wait until the workshop to discuss outlining and review strategies, or you want to set a personalized study schedule for the break, I am happy to meet with you during office hours or by appointment.

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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

7th Annual Feed My Starving Children Ithaca MobilePack

Feed My Starving Children (, is a public-service organization out of Minnesota that spans faith and secular communities.  FMSC works with localities to organize “mobile packing events” where hundreds of volunteers come together to pack dehydrated, nutritionally-balanced meals for shipment to starving communities around the world.  More than 1,000 Ithaca volunteers will pack 300,000 meals, which will feed over 800 children for an entire year!

We’ve had a tradition of sending CLS volunteers each year; faculty, students, and staff join together to in an easy, fun way to fight child starvation and malnutrition.

The MobilePack will take place at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, located at 309 Siena Drive – about a 10 minute drive from the law school.  We have packing spots reserved for the Law School community in two shifts: one for  night owls, Friday, October 13th  from 9:30-11:30  p.m., and one afternoon shift, Sunday, October 15th from 4:00-6:00 p.m.

Every volunteer must commit to stay for the entire shift, and we must show up on time, as each shift has a brief mandatory orientation and training session.

To sign up, CLICK HERE to complete the form. We will sign people up on a first-come, first-serve basis.  I  will confirm your slot by email.  We will work on matching people who need transportation with those who can offer it.  I hope to see you there.

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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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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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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