Cornell Law Scoops

September 17, 2018 - Scoops

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

WEEK OF September 17, 2018

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


Monday, September 17

11:30 AM, Gates Hall 122

Please join us for a lunch and information session on fellowship opportunities with TechCongress. The Director and Founder of this program, Travis Moore, will be on campus to provide information about The Congressional Innovation Scholars program. Both are designed to inject needed technological expertise into the legislative branch. PLEASE RSVP HERE:


12:00 – 1:15 PM, Room 290

Secrets of the Editorial Board: Tips from 2L’s & 3L’s on How to Balance Your First Year

Pizza will be served


3:45 – 5:15 PM, Saperston Student Lounge

BRICS Law Collective General Body Meeting


4:30-5:30 PM, Faculty Lounge, Room 221

Reception for First Generation Students

Join Dean of Students, Markeisha J. Miner, and other faculty, staff administrators and fellow students who identify as first –generation professionals.


Tuesday, September 18

12:00-1:15 PM, MacDonald Moot Court Room, 390 Myron Taylor Hall.

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. Registration is closed.


4:00 – 5:00 PM, Room G85

JD Tech Information Session- Get information about spending a semester at Cornell Tech on Roosevelt Island in New York City. Have your questions about a semester at Cornell Tech answered, and tour Cornell Tech via Virtual Reality. Refreshments provided. RSVP Here:


7:00 PM, Room 182

Tech/Law Colloquium – Please join us to hear Speaker Ari Ezra Waldman, Professor of Law, New York Law School; Director, Innovation Center for Law and Technology on “Privacy’s False Promise.”


Wednesday, September 19

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.

4:10 – 5:45 PM, Room G85

ADR Society General Body Meeting


Thursday, September 20

4:00 – 8:00 PM, Room 279

Oaklander Debrief Dinner


4:30 – 5:30 PM, Room 182

Society of Wine and Jurisprudence General Body Meeting


6:00 – 8:00 PM, Room 184

WLC Screens the RBG Documentary


Friday, September 21

11:30 -1:30 PM, Room 387

Army JAG Program


2:30 PM – 4:00 PM, Landis Auditorium – Myron Taylor Hall 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.  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.


3:30 – 4:30 PM, Room 276

Informal Discussion with Professor Kroll


Saturday, September 22

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

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


Sunday, September 23

10:50 – 2:00 PM, Room 182

NLG Law School Disorientation




Monday, September 24

12:00 – 1:15 PM, Room 290

Outlining and Reviewing Workshop

Pizza will be served


Tuesday, September 25

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

The Dean’s Office presents a lecture featuring Gerald S.J. Cassidy, JD `67 

Please join us for the Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series with Gerald S.J. Cassidy, Founder of Cassidy & Associates and Powell Tate.  His lecture will be on “Washington Today: A Fifty Year Personal Perspective on How We Got Here”.

All are welcome to attend. Lunch will be provided for guests registered by Wednesday, September 19.  Please register for event HERE.


12:00 -1:50 PM, Room 290

Barbri – Bar Prep Talk for 3L’s.


Wednesday, September 26

4:30 – 5:30 PM, Room 184

Cabaret General Meeting


Thursday, September 27

4:20 -5:50 PM, Room 186

California Law Students Association General Meeting


Friday, September 28

10:30 -11:30 PM, Room G90
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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Official Announcements

Dean Peñalver’s Office Hours for Students

Dean Peñalver will be holding office hours for students on Monday afternoons, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Students wishing to see the Dean may sign up in advance with Becca Johnson by e-mail (, in room 263, or by phone (607-255-3527).



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


Dates to Remember for Fall 2018

Fall Break for the Law School begins on Saturday, October 6. Classes resume on Monday, October 15.  Click here to see the law school academic calendar.

Final exams begin on Wednesday, December 5 and end on Monday, December 17.  Click here to see the fall exam schedule.


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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 17  (Room 126F Hughes Hall)

Monday:                              WORKSHOP at noon

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

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

Thursday:                            2:30—4:00 p.m. 

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


Or by appointment:  (607) 255-0146;



APA Permanent Office Hours: 


Julia:                      Tuesdays  2:30—4:00 Wellness Room (126F in Dean of Students suite)

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

Emily:                    Thursdays 12:15—2:00 Rm G28R


  • 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.
  • Secrets of the Editorial Board.  Don’t forget the workshop today, September 17 at 12:15 in 290.  Some high-performing 2Ls and 3Ls will give you tips on how to balance studying with life.  While you won’t be able to eat pizza if you didn’t RSVP, you can still come and learn from the panel.   
  • Outlining and Review Workshop.  Looking ahead, you need to start outlining soon.  On Monday, September 24 at 12:15 in 290, I’ll hold an outlining and review workshop.  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 R.S.V.P.  at the Academic Support Blackboard page under “Workshops”  so that I know how much pizza to order.      


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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 17, 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 #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:

Thursday, September 27 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. – 279

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



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.



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.

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General Announcements

Winter Break Trip to Dilley, TX

Professor Jaclyn Kelley-Widmer is leading a group of Cornell Law students and alumni on a trip to Dilley, Texas, to volunteer with the CARA Pro Bono Project from January 6-12, 2019. Participants will work principally with women and children seeking asylum and who are detained at the largest immigrant family detention center, the South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley, Texas. Interested students should review the information available here and fill out the application form. Submit applications by email to Gina Jackson at by September 23, 2018 at 9:00 p.m. Applicants will be notified of their selection by September 28.

The New York Bar Foundation – 2019 Diversity Summer Fellowship in Health Law

The Fellowship will be awarded to a law student who is currently enrolled in a law school in the State of New York, to work in a Health Law position in the public sector in the State of New York during the summer months. The guidelines to apply may be accessed at


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

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


Graduate Student & “Better Half” Happy Hour

First Thursday of the month: October 4, November 1, December 6, February 7, March 7,

April 11, May 26:30-7:30, The Big Red Barn

  • Get to know other non-single students and their partners
  • All graduate students and all significant others are welcome
  • Feel free to come as a couple or fly solo
  • Light snacks and soda provided
  • $1/beer (don’t forget your Cornell ID/driver’s license)


The Office of the University Ombudsman is a safe place where any member of the Cornell Community can discuss academic or non-academic concerns. The office is confidential and conversations are off-the-record. No issue is considered too small or too large.

To schedule an appointment: Call: 607-255-4321 or Email:

Learn more about the Office of the University Ombudsman.


Student-Parent Night - Fall Bash, Thursday, September 20 from 6:15 - 8:00 pm, RSVP by September 17

Designed for our students with children and their families, we invite you to join us!  We will have pizza and make your own ice cream sundaes (with Cornell Dairy) for the entire group.  Cornell's Touchdown the Bear will be making a special visit; bring your cameras.  Children will then be supervised for play activity by the Cornell Child Care Center (if good weather, they will be outside).  During this time, parents will be able to network and talk informally with one another.  At the end of the evening, there will be a special reading for parents and their children.


Searching for Local Employment, Thursday, September 27,  9:30 - 11:30 am,  Ithaca Visitors Center, 904 East Shore DrivePlease RSVP (by September 24)

The Graduate School and Tompkins Workforce have teamed together to offer you valuable information about how to conduct an effective job search in the Ithaca area and resources available to support you.  In addition, participants will also network with one another and be given the opportunity to talk about their own experience so that we can better meet your needs. This session is designed for spouses/partners who have secured work authorization in the United States. Light breakfast will be served.   

Also, sign up for the Student Spouse/Partner Employment E-List.  This e-list is designed for student spouse/partners seeking employment in the Ithaca area.  As positions become available, job announcements are emailed to e-list members.  In addition, any employment workshops/services open to student spouses and partners are shared through this list.



The Telluride House is an interesting educational experiment to combine intellectual inquiry, self-governance, and community living for college students and scholars (both grad and undergrad). In addition to receiving free room and board during residents’ stay at the House, residents govern and organize events, make important House decisions, and expand their knowledge horizons in conversations with each other.


The Telluride House of Cornell is now soliciting applications for resident fellows the academic year 2019-2020. Scholarship applications are now open! Please attend one of our open houses to tour the house and learn more about life in the house through conversations with house members and resident faculty fellows. The open house date is October 16th 6-8pm. The deadline for applying is the 24th of October — more information on the application process can be found at our website: Feel free to email for inquiries. Check out the FB event:




Fork and Gavel Catering and Lunch available




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