Cornell Law Scoops

September 24, 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 24, 2018

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

Monday, September 24

12:00 – 1:15 PM, Room 290

Outlining and Reviewing Workshop

Pizza will be served


Tuesday, September 25

12:00 -1:50 PM, Room 290

Barbri – Bar Prep Talk for 3L’s.


5:00 – 6:00 PM, Room 184

Brandeis Center Israel Trip Info Meeting

Come find out about the mostly free Israel trip being held during winter break. Food will be provided.


4:30 PM, Room 276

JD/MBA Information Session

Join Admissions Representatives from Johnson and the Law School to learn more about the JD/MBA program at Cornell. Take advantage of this opportunity to familiarize yourself with the program and learn about the admissions process and requirements. 


4:30 – 6:30 PM, Room 290

Federalist Society Event: Henry Olsen


7:00 PM, Room 182

Tech/Law Colloquium

Helen Nissenbaum, Professor, Information Science, Cornell Tech,

 “Must Privacy Give Way to Use Regulation”


Wednesday, September 26

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.


10:00 – 12:00, The Foyer

Fall Ball Ticket Sales


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.

4:30 – 5:30 PM, Room 184

Cabaret General Meeting


Thursday, September 27

4:20 -5:50 PM, Room 186

California Law Students Association General Meeting


4:30 -6:30 PM, Room G90

Federalist Society Event: Ramesh Ponnuru


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. 




Monday, October 1

4:00 -6:00 PM, Room 182

Federalist Society Event: Paul Avelar


Tuesday, October 2

5:30 – 8:00 PM, Room 184

Bigoness – S&C Mock Negotiation



Wednesday, October 3

12:10 – 2:45 PM, Room G90

Judged for More than Her Crime: A Global Overview of Women Facing the Death Penalty

Center on the Death Penalty Worldwide

The event will be lead by a special guest from the United Nations: Dr. Agnes Callamard


4:15 – 5:15, Saperston Student Lounge, Room G65

A Clerkship Conversation with Judge Virginia Kendall

Join Judge Virginia Kendall, United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, as she shares her thoughts on career and clerkships. Snacks provided. Please RSVP here ( by September 28th.


Thursday, October 4

12:15 – 1:15 pm. Room 186

Future Strategies in the Fight Against Human Trafficking

Join Judge Virginia Kendall, United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, as she discusses the domestic and international developments that are supplementing traditional criminal justice strategies to combat human trafficking. Lunch provided. Please RSVP here ( by September 28th.


4:30 – 6:00 PM, Statler Auditorium

Please mark your calendars for this lecture featuring James Forman, Jr., of Yale Law School, and Pulitzer Prize winning author of "Locking Up our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America," presented by the Cornell Institute for the Social Sciences'. This event is co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of Inequality.

 A reception and book signing will take place after the lecture in the atrium.

 If you need accommodations to participate in this event, please contact

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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 to discuss the latest disappointing season for the Seattle Mariners, Edgar Martinez’s chances of being inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, or any other topic, may sign up in advance with Becca Johnson by e-mail (, in room 263, or by phone (607-255-3527).



First-Year Practice Exam

Class of 2021 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 24, 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 22.

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 26. Please read that email carefully and be mindful of the deadline to download the software.

University Course Pre-Registration for Spring 2019

Students interested in enrolling in courses in other divisions of the University for the spring 2019 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 24-26. 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.



Oct 22 through 12 noon on Oct 29

Upperclass students pre-register for clinics. 1L students pre-register for 1L elective.

Nov 8 through 12 noon on Nov 19

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.


Add/drop begins and students can make changes to their schedule.


Using Your Laptop for the Fall 2018 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 2018 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 exam deferral link will be available in mid-October.

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.


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 to 6:30 p.m. - Room 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


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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 24 (Room 126F)

Monday:                              WORKSHOP 12:00 290 

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

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

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

Friday:                  By Appointment only


Or by appointment:  (607) 255-0146;


APA Office Hours Week of 9/24: 


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

Tayler:  Wednesdays  4:00—5:30 Rm 244

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

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, we have a workshop today:


Outlining and Review—Monday, September 24 at 12:15 in room 290.    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 will also give useful tips for outlining and review.  As further enticement, there will be pizza.  And you can still bring your own lunch to the workshop if you haven’t RSVP’d for pizza.  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. 


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 listserv and the TV screens around Myron Taylor.

  • 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

3L Student Positions Available

Professor Richard Booth is seeking two third year law students to assist him with his environmental law course and his land use law course in the Spring 2019 semester: i.e., CRP 4440/5440, NTRES 4440 Resource Management and Environmental Law and CRP 4590/5590 Legal Aspects of Land Use Planning.   


Professor Booth is a lawyer who teaches in the Department of City and Regional Planning.  He specializes in environmental law and land use law.  Applicants should send a CV, law school transcript (an informal transcript is fine), and writing sample to Professor Booth at  .  His office is in Room 117 West Sibley Hall, and his phone number is 255-4025.   


Student Volunteer

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

DACA Conference 2018

Cornell Law School Dreamer Conference: Dreamers and Beyond: Our Broken Immigration System

Friday, October 5, 2018

New York City Bar Association42 West 44th St, New York, NY 10036

There is no charge to attend this conference however your committed reservation is required. Please visit the following link for information and to register:

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.

Fall 2018 National Scholarship for College Students with Disabilities

disABLEDperson, Inc announce our Fall 2018 National Scholarship Competition for College Students with Disabilities! This competition begins on August 15, 2018, and ends on October 19, 2018, for the award of $2000.00 (two thousand dollars)! For more information visit:


Faith O’Neal Scholarship

The Queens County Women’s Bar Foundation, Inc. (QCWBF) is pleased to announce the Faith O’Neal Scholarship. We will award two (2) scholarships, for Two Thousand ($2,000.00) Dollars at our Annual Judiciary Night, on Tuesday, November 27, 2018 at the Queens Theatre in Flushing Meadows Park. The deadline for the submission of completed applications is October 18, 2018. Applications may be downloaded from the website at


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


Ndaba Mandela Campus Visit, October 12, 2018 - Call Auditorium, Kennedy Hall

Entrepreneurship at Cornell, in collaboration with the Institute of African Development, is excited to bring Ndaba Mandela to campus on October 12th!   Ndaba is the grandson of Nelson Mandela, and is celebrating the 100th anniversary of Nelson’s birth and also his new book “Going to the Mountain”.   Ndaba will speak on the Building of Entrepreneurial Ecosystems Through Legacy, Humanity and Empowerment. 


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)


Office of the University Ombudsman

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.


Students with Families

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.


Cornell University’s Child Care Grant Program helps faculty and staff pay for child care expenses by granting awards of up to $5,000 a year, tax-free. The deadline for faculty and staff to apply is Friday, September 28 at 4:30 p.m. For more information and to apply, please visit


The Telluride House

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:




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