Cornell Law Scoops

Cornell Law Scoops - September 4

This Week’s Events

Official Announcements
Registration and Bar Certification Information

Campus/Community Resources
Academic Support, Health, Wellness, Safety and More

Legal Careers
Finding Summer and Post-Law School Jobs

Positions Available
Law School Jobs

General Announcements
Writing Competitions, Fellowships, Scholarships, etc.


This Weeks's Events


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



8:00 – 10:00 AM, The Commons

The Weekly Perk- Coffee and conversation every Wednesday from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. in The Commons. Stop by for a cup! Breakfast food also provided.


2:30 – 4:30 PM, 126B Hughes Hall

Let's Talk is a program that provides easy access to informal confidential consultations with counselors from Cornell 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. No appointment needed.



6:30 - 7:30pm, Big Red Barn

For Students with Families

Graduate Student's Better Half Happy Hour - First of the semester! This Happy Hour is dedicated to just our student spouses/partners as a way for you to get to know other spouses/partners and become connected to the graduate and professional student community.  Come learn about resources, casually meet and mingle, and meet others. Light snacks, soda, and discounted adult beverages. This is a part of an ongoing monthly Happy Hour for all spouses/partners - first Thursday of the month from 6:30 - 7:30 pm.

4:50 – 5:50 PM, Room 182

National Lawyers Guild General Body Student Meeting

5:00 – 6:00 PM, Room 184

ITPTSA General Body Student Meeting

5:45 – 7:00 PM, Room G90

Women’s Law Coalition General Body Student Meeting


12:30 – 1:30 PM, Saperston Student Lounge

Public Interest Law Union General Body Meeting


9:30 - 11:00am, Big Red Barn

For Students with Families

Grad & Professional Student Families Welcome Breakfast Free Continental Breakfast + Activities for kids!  Meet & interact with other spouse/partners and parents!



12:15 – 1:15 pm, Room 290

Why Originalism? A Lunch Talk with Judge Amul Thapar

Join Judge Amul Thapar, United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, as he shares his thoughts on originalism. Lunch provided. Please RSVP by September 4

4:15 – 5:15 PM, Faculty Lounge, Room 221

A Fireside Chat with Judge Amul Thapar

Join Judge Amul Thapar, United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, for a candid conversation on his career journey. Snacks provided. Please RSVP by September 4


12:00-1:00, G85

The Dean’s Office presents a lecture featuring Len Kennedy, AB `74, JD `77

Please join us for the lecture presented by the Dean’s Office with Len Kennedy, retired Senior Advisory to the CEO of Neustar.  His lecture will be on “Cyber Space Odyssey: A Cautionary Tale”.

All are welcome to attend. Lunch will be provided for guests registered by Thursday, September 6.  Please register HERE for lecture featuring Len Kennedy.

4:30-6:00 PM, G90

Personal Safety Rights and Responsibilities - a class provided by Cornell Police Department that speaks about everything regarding Cornell campus safety. Pizza and soda provided by the Dean of Students office. Please RSVP HERE


5:00 - 6:30 PM, The Commons

Myron Taylor Mixer Discussion, drinks, and hor d'oeuvres for students and faculty. Please bring government-issued photo ID and Cornell Law School name tag


12:00-1:15, MacDonald Moot Court Room, Room 390

The Dean’s Office presents a book celebration featuring Andrew H. Tisch, BS '71 and Mary Skafidas

Moderator: Stephen Yale-Loehr, AB '77, JD `81, Professor of Immigration Law Practice, Cornell Law School

Please join us for the book celebration presented by the Dean’s Office with Andrew H. Tisch, BS '71 , Co-Chairman of the Board and Chairman of the Executive Committee of Loews Corporation and Mary Skafidas, Vice president of Investor Relations and Corporate Communications for Loews. Their lecture will be on their book “Journeys: An American Story”.

All are welcome to attend. Lunch will be provided for guests registered by Tuesday, September 11.  Please register HERE book celebration.



2:30 PM – 4:00 PM, Landis Auditorium, Room 186

Strategies for a Successful Legal Career

•             Absorb tips on navigating today’s dynamic legal terrain.

•             Explore various career paths as your legal education may take you in a multitude of directions.

•             Learn which tools and skills are imperative for successful lawyers.

•             Network with CLS alumni!

 (Free Beverages, Snacks & Desserts Available!)

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.

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:

  • Birch Horton Bittner & Cherot
  • Cooley
  • Covenant House New Jersey
  • Fashion Institute of Technology
  • Hawkins, Delafield & Wood
  • Hearst Corporation
  • Jefferies Finance LLC
  • Jenner & Block LLP
  • Kuykendall & Associates
  • Laura M. Miranda Attorneys at Law PLLC
  • Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP
  • Moelis & Company
  • Pierce Atwood LLP
  • Postol Law Firm, P.C.
  • Riesberg Law
  • Silzer Law Chartered
  • Strand Trading
  • USLI
  • Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

But don’t wait!  Ask your question now.  Ask your question now.  Click HERE to register a question or select a topic you would like to hear about.  We’ll make sure to cover the topics you identify during the presentation.



Cornell Law School Homecoming Tailgate Bash

12:00 – 3:00 PM, Cornell Law School Tent in the parking lot by Schoellkopf Stadium 

Sponsored by: Cornell Law School Alumni Association & Dean of Students Office

Cost:  $15 Cornell Students; $25 Non-Student Guest 

Come enjoy beer, wine, cider, hot dogs, tailgate subs, nachos, sweets, a free gift (to the first 300 people) and the good company of fellow law school students, faculty and graduates.

CORNELL versus Yale football game starts at 3:00 pm. Admission to the game is free to students - just show your Cornell ID as you enter the stadium gates.


FREE Fireworks and Laser Light spectacular on Friday, September 21, starting at 7:00 PM in Schoellkopf Stadium.

Student Homecoming T-Shirt Giveaway on Saturday at 12:00 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:

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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Official Announcements


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 13.

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 13.

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, Cornell Health, or the Bursar. Students must be registered by September 14 or they risk being withdrawn from the university. Students who become registered for the Fall semester after September 14 will be charged a $350 late fee. Students who fail to become registered will be withdrawn from the University on October 1. 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 Cornell

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." Any student who seeks an accommodation needs to complete the Class Recording Request form. Approval to view class recordings is at the instructor's discretion and the decision of the instructor is final.


The Law School IT department has created a Class Recording Request Form which is available on the Registrar's website at

You may use this form to request a video recording of a class you are enrolled in.  In order to view a class recording, a request must be completed and submitted for approval. Approval to view class recordings is at the instructor's discretion, and the decision of the instructor is final. Students who receive a class recording link, do so on the condition they will not share it with anyone else.

Please note that recording requests for make-up classes and review sessions have not yet been integrated into the form.  If you have a request for one of these recordings, please email the instructor for permission.  If the instructor grants you permission, forward that email to IT ( and they will send you the recording. 

Students who have approved accommodations should not use the request form, but should work with the Dean of Students Office instead.


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Campus/Community Resources

Let's Talk is a program that provides easy access to informal confidential consultations with counselors from Cornell 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: Hughes Hall, Room 126B

No appointment necessary. Just drop in.

Additional hours and locations

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Office Hours the week of September 4 (Room 126F)

                Monday:                              No Office Hours 

                Tuesday:                              11:00—12:00 p.m. 

                Wednesday:                      By Appointment

                Thursday:                            11:00—12:00 p.m. 

                Friday:                                  2:30—3:30 p.m. 


                Or by appointment:  (607) 255-0146;


Introducing Academic Peer Advisors.  I’m very excited to introduce the Academic Peer Advisors for 2018—2019: Julia Hollreiser, Himanshu Patel, Emily Szopinski, and Tayler Woelcke.  They’re 2Ls 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:


Himanshu:          Mondays  4:00—6:00 Room 244

                                **Labor Day Week only No Office Hours

Julia:                      Tuesday  2:30—4:00 Wellness Room 126B Hughes Hall

                                **new schedule starting 9/18

Tayler:                  Wednesdays  4:00—6:00 Room 244

Emily:                   Thursdays  11:00—1:00 Room G28R

Be sure to check out their Contact information on the Academic Support Blackboard page.

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 Instagram 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. 


RAVE Guardian - From Cornell Police

With safety as a priority, Cornell University is making available a free mobile app for faculty, students and staff on the Ithaca campus. RAVE Guardian turns your smartphone into a personal safety device. Check out the FAQs for more information.

By downloading the app on your mobile phone, you can invite friends and family to join your network as your "Guardians." You can then request one or more of your Guardians to virtually walk with you on or off campus. It's like having an emergency blue light system and a trusted friend with you at all times.

The app also has a safety feature that directly connects you to campus police (or 9-1-1 if off-campus) in an emergency situation, as well as the ability to submit an anonymous tip to campus police should you see something suspicious.The Guardian app augments emergency communications and safety. All students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to enhance their personal safety and the safety of their friends by downloading the free app at the Apple App Store or the Android app on Google Play



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Legal Careers



1L Students: 

Welcome to Cornell Law School. Keep up to date on the programs offered by our office through Scoops, the email listserve and the TV screens around Myron Taylor.

  • Welcome to 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.
    • Wednesday, September 19th, 4:30pm, Rm 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.
    • Thursday, October 18, 4:30pm, Rm 184
  • 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.
    • October 29 – November 2


2L Students:

  • If you have an OCI interview in Myron Taylor Hall, these interviews will take place the Career Services Suite (128) 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.
  • 2018 Fall Recruiting Dates:-OCI #2: Friday, September 7, Myron Taylor Hall-OCI #3: Monday, October 1, Myron Taylor Hall

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Positions Available


Students interested in a part-time or full-time externship for Spring 2019 or Fall 2019 and students interested in the Pro Bono Scholars program for Spring 2019 must attend at least one informational meeting. Meetings will be held:

Wednesday, September 12 from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. – G81

Thursday, September 27 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. – G80

Thursday, October 4 from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. – G80

Tuesday, October 30 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. – G81

For further information, contact Prof. Mooney at



Professor Margulies is looking for a student who can help him with his representation of Abu Zubaydah, the first person immured in a CIA black site and the person for whom the torture memo was written.  Alas, the position is unpaid.  No prior experience or familiarity with war on terror issues is required.



Instructors for the Law and Policy of Food Systems course offered at the Law School are looking to hire a student to work part time helping to research the legal aspects of waste as it relates to food and farming in conjunction with the course.

Pay will be according to Law School guidelines.

Interested students should submit a resume and other information relevant to their qualifications to Professor Torres at



The Law Library is hiring a law student for an evening position. The student will work independently at the circulation service desk - assisting patrons and performing a variety of library tasks. Has primary evening responsibility of the circulation desk with Access Services staff and the Access Services librarian available as back-up. If interested, please see for more information and please send your cover letter and resume to Kathy Hartman (



Fall Semester, Cornell Center on the Death Penalty Worldwide

Position: Fall Semester Research Assistant

Application Deadline: September 10, 2018

Position Dates: Fall semester 2018 (possible extension into the Spring semester)

Hours: 5-10 hours / week

Pay: This is a volunteer position.

The Cornell Center on the Death Penalty Worldwide seeks student research assistants for the Fall semester 2018. The ideal candidates will have a demonstrated commitment to human rights and/or criminal justice issues and strong research and writing skills. The position typically lasts 10 to 12 weeks.


Applicants should send a cover letter explaining their interest in the Center and its work, any relevant experience, and what they hope to gain from the position along with a CV or resume to with the subject line “DPW Fall Research Assistants.



Professor Yu is looking for two research assistants this fall to help him edit a book manuscript. Pay is at the standard law school rate. If interested, please email a resume to Professor Yu at



The Office of Admissions and Financial Aid is looking for student volunteers to engage with prospective law students through: tours, social media, emails, panels, open houses, and admitted student day events. Ideally, we would like to create a group of volunteers that we can reach out to throughout the school year to volunteer a few hours of their time for different Admissions related activities. If you would like to be included on this list of student volunteers please email Amanda Scheutzow at Please indicate what volunteer activities interest you most! As opportunities arise, Amanda will email you directly with specific details.



Professor Yale-Loehr needs a research assistant this fall to research some asylum law issues. Prior exposure to asylum law is helpful but not required. Pay is at the standard law school rate. If interested, please email a transcript, resume, and writing sample to Professor Yale-Loehr at



Professor Blume is looking for a Research Assistant (who has preferably taken or is currently enrolled in Criminal Procedure) to assist with case related and academic projects.  Interested students should send a resume to Professor Blume at


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General Announcements
2018 Public Contract Law Journal Writing Competition

Deadline: September 30, 2018 - 11:59 pm CT

Entries are now being accepted for the 2018 ABA Public Contract Law Journal Annual Writing Competition for law students, young lawyers, and LL.M graduates. For more information and the complete rules visit their website.

The Judicial Friends Association, 2018 Commitment to Justice Scholarship

Current law students in a Juris Doctor program at an ABA accredited law school in New York State or NYS residents, attending law school outside of New York State, who are currently enrolled are eligible to apply.  Please note that the deadline has been extended to October 1, 2018. Please stop by the Dean of Students Office, 126 Hughes Hall to pick up an application.

American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers

Announcing the 2019 Writing Competition, the winner(s) in any category of the competition receive a cash award and an expenses-paid trip to the Spring meeting of the College. Information about how to enter can be found at


The Cornell Program on Ethics and Public Life

Presents a 2018-19 series of public lectures on Politics and Justice in the Era of Donald Trump

Wednesday, Sept. 12: Daniel Ziblatt (Government, Harvard) on lessons from how democracies die

Monday, Oct. 15: Michael Dawson (Political Science, Chicago) on the politics of identity in struggles for change

Monday, Nov. 12: Brian Schaffner (Political Science, Tufts) on class, race and support for Trump


All Fall lectures will be 4:30-6:00 in Klarman Auditorium.



Spring lectures will include Sheri Berman (Political Science, Barnard)

on the rise of right-wing populism  in the US and abroad


For more information:,

With support from the Riger-Potash Family Fund


Fork and Gavel Information and Hours, 11-2 Monday through Friday.




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