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About: William A. Jacobson

William A. Jacobson is Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the Securities Law Clinic at Cornell Law School. Prof. Jacobson is a 1981 graduate of Hamilton College and a 1984 graduate of Harvard Law School. At Harvard he was Senior Editor of the Harvard International Law Journal and Director of Litigation for the Harvard Prison Legal Assistance Project.

Prior to joining the Cornell law faculty in 2007, Prof. Jacobson had a highly successful civil litigation and arbitration practice in Providence, Rhode Island, concentrating in investment, employment, and business disputes in the securities industry, including many high profile cases reported in leading newspapers and magazines.

Professor Jacobson has a national reputation as a leading practitioner in securities arbitration, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association, an organization of over 450 attorneys dedicated to protecting public investors. Professor Jacobson frequently is quoted in national media on issues related to investment fraud and investor protection, and in the past has served as one of a small number of private practice attorneys who trained new arbitrators for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. Professor Jacobson has argued cases in numerous federal and state courts, including the Courts of Appeal for the First, Fifth and Sixth Circuits, and the Rhode Island Supreme Court.

A more complete listing of Professor Jacobson’s professional background is available at the Cornell Law School website. The views expressed here are his own and not those of any employer or organization,

The best way to reach Prof. Jacobson is by e-mail is here.

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The most vicious attack on Hillary

Posted by    Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 9:20am

On the assumption that Hillary will be running, it’s going to be interesting to see how liberals who attacked Hillary in 2008 will say, “that was then, this is now.”

One particularly nasty attack on Hillary was to accuse her of being a White Power advocate and using Klan talking points.   That...


Patient, heal thyself

Posted by    Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 7:00am
Bumper Stickers - Radford VA - Moonbat

Reader Tugboat Phil spotted this in a patient parking spot.


I took my wife for a Doctor’s appointment this afternoon and saw this gem in Patient Parking.

We have a special breed of moonbat in this part of Virginia. This one seems a bit above and beyond…or would it be below and well short?

Taken at New River Valley Medical Center, Radford, Virginia.


I wonder what’s wrong with the owner? This may be the give away:

Bumper Stickers - Radford VA - Restore voter sanity

Patient, heal thyself.

5 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (98% score)

Northeastern Univ allows probationary reinstatement of anti-Israel group

Posted by    Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 9:20pm
Northeastern SJP Protest Long Live Intifada Sign

In early March, Northeastern University temporarily suspended Students for Justice in Palestine after SJP did a “dorm storming” in which it slid anti-Israeli mock eviction notices under 600 dorm room doors in the middle of the night.   SJP already was on prob...


“I study Spanish and Social Justice, Math is not what I do”

Posted by    Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 2:40pm
Obamacare Party Girls Ad

Said to me by a cashier on the Cornell campus.

Moments after she punched the wrong amount into the cash register for the single item I purchased.

8 votes, 4.75 avg. rating (94% score)

U.S. Supreme Court upholds Michigan ban on affirmative action in Higher Ed

Posted by    Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 11:56am
Supreme Court Justices 2010

The decision was announced today (h/t Hot Air) in the case involving the Michigan referendum banning use of race in admissions in Higher Ed and other public services:

“The state shall not discriminate against, or grant preferential treatment to, any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national...


Legal Insurrection Fundraiser

Posted by    Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 10:50am
William Jacobson at Ithaca College Case for Israel Academic Freedom w Hillel students

This is our third semi-annual fundraiser.  Parts One and Two have some background as to how we operate and why fundraising is a critical part of our revenue stream.

Our needs this year are greater than ever before.  I have gone out of pocket close to $20,000 with regard to fighting the BDS...


On The Mark Levin Show talking Israel and the boycotters

Posted by    Monday, April 21, 2014 at 9:40pm
Mark Levin Show Banner with Border

I had the pleasure of appearing tonight on The Mark Levin Show.

We covered the anti-Israel boycott movement, and why it should matter to conservatives.

Thanks to Mark for shining a spotlight on this issue.

Thanks also to our friends at The Right Scoop for pulling the audio for us so I could post...


Is Wendy Davis’ campaign about to fall off a cliff?

Posted by    Monday, April 21, 2014 at 5:10pm

Wendy Davis’ campaign has had its problems.

The revelation that her life story of personal struggle and triumph as a single mother was embellished was a game changer.

Her campaign has had a communications problem as well, playing media favorites and putting Davis on stage with a shotgun in a Dukakis-in-tank moment. The...


My debate challenge to Vassar pro-boycott faculty

Posted by    Monday, April 21, 2014 at 3:00pm
Vassar Quad

Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY, has been the focus of an intense debate over the academic boycott of Israel, and a campus climate of anti-Israel hostility. See my prior posts:

The accuracy of my reporting was...


“Shut Up culture” takes on dissent over campus “rape culture”

Posted by    Monday, April 21, 2014 at 1:00pm
Cornell campus aerial view towards Cayuga Lake

Last week we featured Mark Steyn’s column about forced intellectual conformity on campus:

Universities are no longer institutions of inquiry but ‘safe spaces’ where delicate flowers of diversity of race, sex, orientation, ‘gender fluidity’ and everything else except diversity of thought have to be protected from exposure to any unsafe ideas….

As American...


Tom Cotton not putting Mark Pryor at ease

Posted by    Monday, April 21, 2014 at 11:10am

Republican Rep. Tom Cotton is challenging incumbent Democrat Mark Pryor in the Arkansas Senate race.

It is considered a prime flip opportunity for Republicans.

The polling shows Cotton in a strong position (with the usual caveat that there’s a lot of time before the election).

Pryor stepped in it when he said a few...


The government never merely “asks” for help from those it regulates

Posted by    Monday, April 21, 2014 at 9:15am

We have seen this movie before.

When passing Obamacare in the first instance, the government co-opted the health care and insurance companies it regulated and would regulate into supporting the bill. Their cooperation was critical.

Fast forward to the Obamacare sign-up problems. A key player has been the private Enroll America, which itself...


Summary Judgment

Posted by    Monday, April 21, 2014 at 7:00am

From The Young Conservatives, How liberals view Benghazi vs. Fort Hood vs. Bundy Ranch summed up perfectly in 3 pictures…

13 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (99% score)

Anti-Conservative Eliminationist Theorist exonerates anti-Zionist Conspiracy Theorist

Posted by    Sunday, April 20, 2014 at 9:00pm
Max Blumenthal Michigan Divest 2

Max Blumenthal is the virulently anti-Israel, anti-”right wing,” author whose writing about a supposed conspiracy by pro-Israeli money men to buy the 2012 election for Bibi Netanyahu was cited with approval by Glenn Miller, the Klan leader and neo-Nazi enthusiast who murdered three people in Overland Park, Kansas.

I made clear in...

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