Cornell Law Scoops

Scoops September 4 Issue

Calendar of Events

From Chenay Weyble
Lecturer of Law and Director of Academic Support

Positions Available

From John DeRosa
Associate Dean for Career Services

From Eduardo M. Peñalver
The Allan R. Tessler Dean

The Berger International Speaker Series

From Terry Thompson

From Clinical Programs

From Markeisha Miner
Dean of Students

Writing Competitions

From Maurice Haltom
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)


Calendar of Events

Week of September 4, 2017

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

MONDAY, September 4

Labor Day: No classes.


TUESDAY, September 5


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

Office hours for students with Dean Peñalver.


4:30 p.m. Room 182.

Nelson Mandela and Oliver Tambo: The Most Remarkable Legal Partnership I Have Ever Worked With.



Wednesday, September 6


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

The Weekly Perk.


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

Let's Talk.



4:30 p.m. Room 184.

Career Services Ice Cream Social for 1L Students.



4:30-6:00 p.m. Room 182. ACS General Body Meeting


The American Constitution Society's first general body meeting of the 2017-2018 school year. Contact: Jared Ham,

Thursday, September 7

4:30-5:30 p.m. Saperston Student Lounge. LALSA General Body Meeting.

General body meeting to introduce 1L to the Latino American Law Student Association, opportunity to meet board members and upcoming events for fall semester. Contact: Luis Lozada,

Friday, September 8

12:00-1:30 p.m. Landis Auditorium, Room 184.

Immigration and Executive Power.

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Positions Available

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

Professor Cornell is seeking a research assistant in the area of labor and employment law related to clinic case work and other research needs.  If you are interested, please forward your resume to her directly at

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From Eduardo M. Peñalver
The Allan R. Tessler Dean


Friday, September 8

12:00-1:30 p.m. Landis Auditorium, Room 184. Immigration and Executive Power.

The panel will explore the legal questions raised by President Trump's executive orders banning travel from several majority-Muslim countries. All are welcome to attend. Lunch will be provided for guests registered by Tuesday, September 5.

Michael Dorf, Robert S. Stevens Professor of Law, Cornell Law School
Eric Posner, Kirkland & Ellis Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Arthur and Esther Kane Research Chair, Chicago Law School
Ilya Somin, Professor of Law, George Mason University

Stephen Yale-Loehr, Professor of Immigration Law Practice, Cornell Law School

The event will also be livestreamed online.
A special thanks to the Charles Koch Foundation for sponsoring this event.

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


Monday, September 4 - Labor Day

Cornell Law School will not hold classes on Monday, September 4. The Registrar's office will be closed that day and will reopen on Tuesday, September 5.

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.

Class Attendance Policy

Regular and punctual class attendance, beginning on the first day of the semester, is required of all students. Faculty members monitor attendance and may enforce the rule by reporting the student to the Dean of Students; or by removing a student from the course or excluding a student from an exam (after reasonable written warning); or by another mechanism announced in the course syllabus prior to the end of add/drop. If a student is excluded from an exam, a grade of F is entered. Students who are ill or have another valid reason for missing class are encouraged to contact the instructor directly and are required to notify the Dean of Students if more than three days are missed.

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 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.

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.

Tuesday, September 12

4:30 p.m. Klarman Hall Auditorium. Saving the Dream for All.

An exciting event for students, faculty and staff. There will be a public presentation by Professor F. Michael Higginbotham. In addition, there will be a book signing at the Cornell Store on Wednesday, September 13, 11:30am-12:30pm. Prof. F. Michael Higginbotham is an internationally renowned expert on matters of Race, Civil Rights, Human Rights and Constitutional Law. His book, Ghosts of Jim Crow: Ending Racism is Post-Racial America, has just been released in paperback. He is also the author of Race Law: Cases, Commentary, and Questions, which is widely used in colleges and law schools throughout the world.

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)

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 September 4 (Room L56 Hughes Hall):

  • Monday: No Office Hours
  • Tuesday: 11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon
  • Wednesday: 12:00-1:00 p.m.
  • Thursday: 3:30-4:30 p.m.
  • Friday: 11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon

Or by appointment: (607) 255-0146 or

Introducing Academic Peer Advisors. I'm very excited to introduce the Academic Peer Advisors for 2017-2018: Rebecca Duncan, Angelica Nguyen, Aaron El Sabrout, Kara Ramsey, and Matthew Battaglia. They're 2Ls and 3Ls who have been where you are now. They'll hold office hours and small workshops to help you practice the academic skills necessary for exams. Look for more information on Blackboard about upcoming workshops and drop-in consultation times. Their office hours are below. Be sure to check out their contact information on the Academic Support Blackboard page.

Advisor Office Hours
Angelica Mondays, 12:20-2:20 p.m., Breakout Space [Labor Day Week Only: Tuesday, 12:20-2:20pm, 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


Adjust, adjust, and adjust. Did you expect that law school would require so many changes? You are learning new study methods, new ways of thinking, and new ways of writing. Perhaps you are starting to get comfortable with an "it depends" analysis. Many of you are (or should be) working on your first writing assignment and need to adjust your study schedule to include this extra time. While you may feel that studying consumes all of your time, don't isolate yourself from friends and family who are supporting you in this endeavor. Studying should not feel like solitary confinement, and these connections with people will remind you of why you are going to law school in the first place. Oh, and those classmates who say they are studying 20 hours a day in the library? Ignore them. You need a balance to survive law school, and it's important to have an efficient schedule that includes set study times and breaks for nutritious meals, exercise, and relaxation. Studying 20 hours a day-or sitting in the library for hours on end while looking at your Twitter feed-will not get you to exams in peak condition. If you find you need help adjusting your schedule to meet the demands of law school, please come see me. I am happy to work with you on a personalized study schedule that balances time for the Four "Rs": reading, reviewing, writing, and relaxing.

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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.

Wednesday, September 6

4:30 p.m. Room 184. Career Services Ice Cream Social.

Come meet the Career Services counseling staff, learn about how they work with the entering 1L class, find out how to receive free personalized Cornell Law School business cards and enjoy Cornell Dairy Bar ice cream.

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.

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 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.

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 #2 - Friday, September 8, Myron Taylor Hall

Resume Collect #2: Deadline for resume submission Thursday, September 14

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The Berger International Speaker Series

Tuesday, September 5

4:30 p.m. Room 182. Nelson Mandela and Oliver Tambo: The Most Remarkable Legal Partnership I Have Ever Worked With.

Speaker: Albie Sachs. Former freedom fighter, former Justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa, and Cornell University A.D. White Professor at Large. Sponsored by the Berger International Legal Studies Program. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

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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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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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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