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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Liberal nightmare: Trump could appoint half federal judiciary

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Posted by    Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at 4:00pm 1/18/2017 at 4:00pm

Ballotpedia is one of our favorite reference websites. It is like Wikipedia for politics, but more in-depth and reliable.

Ballotpedia just released a statistical analysis of federal judicial vacancies as Trump enters office, and likely to become available during his term.

That takes on great importance given that Democrats in 2013 busted the filibuster...

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Rhode Island high school reschedules midterms for anti-Trump walkout

https://www.facebook.com/pvdstudentunion/photos/gm.1795351850717376/1469460999731330/?type=3&theater
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Posted by    Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at 8:40am 1/18/2017 at 8:40am
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The activists beyond the “Resistance” to Donald Trump’s Inauguration are urging students nationwide to walk out of classes on Friday, January 20, 2017, just prior to Trump’s swearing in.

The College Fix reports:

A student socialist group has organized a nationwide walkout on Friday to protest...

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Appointing Ben Rhodes to Holocaust Memorial Council is massive Obama middle finger of triumph

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Posted by    Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 8:20pm 1/17/2017 at 8:20pm
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Obama is ending his presidency not only with a flurry of commutations, but also with appointments to various commissions and governmental entities.

One of those entities is the United States Holocaust Memorial Council, to which Obama just appointed Ben Rhodes. The Jerusalem Post reports:

With only three days left in office, US President...

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“There’s no human to call up”

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Posted by    Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 4:00pm 1/17/2017 at 4:00pm

I appeared on January 16, 2017, on The Dennis Prager Show to discuss the shutdown of Legal Insurrection’s YouTube account, as detailed in these prior posts:

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“All of the sudden, one day you realize you’ve been shut down”

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Posted by    Monday, January 16, 2017 at 10:05pm 1/16/2017 at 10:05pm

I appeared on the Lars Larson Show in the evening on January 16, 2017, to talk about the shutdown of Legal Insurection’s YouTube account, as described in these prior posts:

Hope you enjoy the interview, I...

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Dems want to create leftist version of 2010 Tea Party surge

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z55pJy45aFI
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Posted by    Monday, January 16, 2017 at 8:05pm 1/16/2017 at 8:05pm
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As someone who, both individually and on the website, participated in the Tea Party surge culminating in the retaking of the House in November 2010, I saw first hand how viciously the Tea Party was attacked.

I attended the Tax Day Tea Party rally in Corning, NY, on April 15, 2009, Looking At...

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Debunking the myth of excessive Israeli checkpoints

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QkpvaTy_1ZY
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Posted by    Monday, January 16, 2017 at 7:30am 1/16/2017 at 7:30am
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The propaganda by anti-Israel activists and faux “human rights” groups claims there are so many checkpoints in the West Bank that Palestinians have no freedom of movement.

In fact, as suicide bombings and similar attacks have decreased, so have the number of checkpoints. Most of the main checkpoints are now at areas...

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Will Trump capitulate to Palestinian threats over U.S. Embassy move to Jerusalem?

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Posted by    Sunday, January 15, 2017 at 8:40pm 1/15/2017 at 8:40pm

We have covered the escalating threats from leaders of and functionaries in the Palestinian Authority that there will be violence if the Donald Trump fulfills his promise to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Israel’s capital, Jerusalem.

This is a two-faced move, Palestinian leadership’s two-faced Jerusalem Embassy game:

We reported...

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Abducted newborn found alive 18 years later

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f7mj5DFkGZw
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Posted by    Sunday, January 15, 2017 at 4:00pm 1/15/2017 at 4:00pm
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Do you believe in miracles?

CNN reports, Newborn abducted from hospital found alive 18 years later, sheriff says:

For most of her life, the young woman born Kamiyah Mobley has lived under another name.

A neighbor in Walterboro, South Carolina, described her as a typical 18-year-old who resided with the woman she long believed...

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Celebrity Video Group Song Therapy: “We will survive” Trump

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bTYidWBC8-4
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Posted by    Sunday, January 15, 2017 at 12:00pm 1/15/2017 at 12:00pm
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This is one of the more bizarre celebrity group videos.

Even more bizarre than when B-List Celebrities called on Congressional Democrats to Obstruct Trump.

The Daily Mail reports (h/t Aussie Dave):

Donald Trump’s supporters have hit out at Hollywood once again, t...

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My 20 Favorite Videos that almost disappeared from the internet

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Posted by    Saturday, January 14, 2017 at 8:00pm 1/14/2017 at 8:00pm
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I was going to write something profound and deep tonight about the takedown of Legal Insurrection’s YouTube account after the Modern Language Association filed three (3) copyright claims with YouTube relating to my coverage of the arguments made at an MLA annual meeting town hall in favor and against the academic...

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YouTube has removed Legal Insurrection’s Channel (UPDATE: Restored)

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Posted by    Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 11:00pm 1/12/2017 at 11:00pm

UPDATE: As of approximately 7:30 p.m. on January 13, 2017, our YouTube Channel was restored, though there are still legal battles to come over the videos.

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YouTube took down Legal Insurrection’s Channel without any prior notice based on “multiple third-party claims of copyright infringement,” but we never received any claims of infringement.

We...

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Pew: Americans still overwhelmingly side with Israel (other than liberal Democrats)

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Posted by    Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 8:30pm 1/12/2017 at 8:30pm

For several years we have been examining Gallup and Pew surveys of attitudes among Americans of the Israeli-Palestinian dispute. What we have seen is a trend of overall support for Israel reaching all-time or near-all-time highs.

At the same time, there is a slice of the population in which the support has...

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Leftists attacking L.L. Bean because Board member donated to pro-Trump SuperPAC

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NXExbNQWOXM
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Posted by    Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 9:30am 1/12/2017 at 9:30am
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The pattern of leftist thugs trying to take down a company or person over support for or even affiliation with a cause they don’t like is repeating itself, this time at L.L. Bean, the famed Maine-based company.

Bos...

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Peak Ted Cruz at Jeff Sessions Confirmation Hearing

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-qtVTsL-FQ
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Posted by    Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at 9:00pm 1/11/2017 at 9:00pm
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My favorite part of the confirmation hearings so far has been Ted Cruz’s statement opening his questioning of Attorney General Nominee Jeff Sessions.

It is some of the best 5 minutes of video I’ve seen in a long time, and reminds me of why I supported Cruz during the primaries. And would...

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Hamas Honeypot Trap Exposed

https://www.idfblog.com/2017/01/11/hamas-fake-facebook-profiles-target-israeli-soldiers/
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Posted by    Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at 7:30pm 1/11/2017 at 7:30pm
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Honeypot traps are in the news after the CNN-Buzzfeed Trump-Russia fiasco.

What’s a honeypot trap? Seriously, haven’t you read any spy novels? It when an intelligence agency offers up honey (a girl, boy, whatever) to a target, who then partakes of the honey not knowing the event is being filmed for future...

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Cory Booker at Sessions Confirmation Hearing: Hey, look at ME!

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Posted by    Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at 2:30pm 1/11/2017 at 2:30pm

New Jersey Democratic Senator Cory Booker made “history” today by testifying against a fellow Senator — Jeff Sessions — in a confirmation hearing. I noted yesterday that This must mean Cory Booker is running for President in 2020

This was the first time such Senator against Senator testimony had ever happened. Booker...

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