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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Has Israel lost Democratic “opinion elites”?

[Megan Marzec ordering arrest of Pro Israel student Rebecca Sebo Ohio University)credit: Kaitlin Owens video)]
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Posted by    Monday, July 6, 2015 at 4:15pm 7/6/2015 at 4:15pm
[Megan Marzec ordering arrest of Pro Israel student Rebecca Sebo Ohio University)credit: Kaitlin Owens video)]

Frank Luntz recently conducted polling of American “opinion elites” attitudes toward Israel.

The results, but not the data, were published in an article by David Horvitz, Editor in Chief of The Times of Israel, Israel losing Democrats, ‘can’t claim bipartisan US support,’ top pollster warns:

Three quarters of highly educated, high income, publicly...

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Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Ithaca anymore

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Posted by    Monday, July 6, 2015 at 7:00am 7/6/2015 at 7:00am
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I spent July 4 weekend back in my previous home State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations.

Having lived full time in Ithaca (NY) for the past two years, I had forgotten what it’s like in ‘merica.

It felt really good.

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Revisiting the ugly Vassar College anti-Israel academic boycott

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Posted by    Sunday, July 5, 2015 at 9:30pm 7/5/2015 at 9:30pm
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In the spring of 2014, a series of ugly incidents rocked the campus of Vassar College, a small liberal arts college just north of New York City.

It started with a boycott protest against a course that involved travel to Israel and the West Bank, including forcing a professor and students to...

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GREEK REFERENDUM RESULTS LIVE – Overwhelming Rejection

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Posted by    Sunday, July 5, 2015 at 2:47pm 7/5/2015 at 2:47pm
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Live Video and Twitter feeds at bottom of post.

The initial results from the referendum on Greece whether to agree to an austerity plan are pointing to a huge “No” vote.

The Wall Street Journal reports:

A first official projection of Greece’s referendum outcome, based on early counting, said that at least 61% of...

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Liberation. Independence. Victory.

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Posted by    Saturday, July 4, 2015 at 7:30am 7/4/2015 at 7:30am
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I have run the video below a number of times, starting on July 4, 2012.

It’s a video of Victory over Japan (VJ) Day, August 14, 1945. For some reason, it seems so appropriate to play on July 4.

It was forwarded to me by reader TowsonLawyer, who wrote:

Just in time for the...

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“We’re here. We’re polygamists. Get used to it”

http://www.krtv.com/story/29450937/montana-polygamist-family-applies-for-marriage-license
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Posted by    Friday, July 3, 2015 at 9:00pm 7/3/2015 at 9:00pm
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We have covered the slippery slope that leads to polygamist marriage many times, long before the recent Supreme Court ruling:

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The state of the Supreme Court is not sound

William Jacobson on Joe Thomas Show
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Posted by    Friday, July 3, 2015 at 7:30pm 7/3/2015 at 7:30pm
William Jacobson on Joe Thomas Show

On June 30, 2015, I appeared on the Joe Thomas Show on WCHV in Charlottesville, VA, to talk about the state of the Supreme Court, and the two recent blockbuster decisions in gay marriage and Obamacare.

We touched on the rulings, the reaction, and proposals to put limits on the Court, such as

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While you weren’t watching, Obama granted de facto amnesty to millions

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Posted by    Friday, July 3, 2015 at 2:30pm 7/3/2015 at 2:30pm
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The Obama administration has received sharp rebukes from federal trial and appeals courts for his post-election plan to grant DREAM Act-like status through administrative rules.  

That plan, which would have granted de facto amnesty to approximately 5 million people, now is on hold until further argument this month in the 5th...

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American Flag burning protest didn’t go as planned

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Posted by    Friday, July 3, 2015 at 1:00pm 7/3/2015 at 1:00pm
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We wrote the other day of the “Burn the American Flags” Event to be held on July 1, 2015, in Brooklyn, NY, by a group called DisarmNYPD.

The event got a lot of attention from the media, as this image posted by the group behind the protest shows:

But there were counter-protesters —...

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Hey @UnitedChurch – BDS duped you, and here’s the proof (#OurKairosMoment)

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Posted by    Friday, July 3, 2015 at 10:00am 7/3/2015 at 10:00am
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The United Church of Christ recently passed a resolution adopting part of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) platform.

The resolution purported to demand divestment from the “occupation,” but in fact a late amendment broadened it substantially to include virtually every Israeli company, as I explained in my prior analysis. (Another resolution,...

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Former Scott Walker Aide Sues prosecutors for WI John Doe “Home Invasion”

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Posted by    Thursday, July 2, 2015 at 9:15pm 7/2/2015 at 9:15pm
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We previously covered Cynthia Archer, Wisconsin Dems used battering rams against Scott Walker supporters – literally

Archer was a woman whose home was raised by paramilitary-style commandos working at the behest of Milwaukee County Prosecu...

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Episcopal and Mennonite Churches reject Israel divestment

Episcopal House of Bishops Annual Meeting Voting Down BDS 2015
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Posted by    Thursday, July 2, 2015 at 3:13pm 7/2/2015 at 3:13pm
Episcopal House of Bishops Annual Meeting Voting Down BDS 2015

After the United Church of Christ passed an Israel divestment resolution on June 30, 2015, there was concern that the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement might score three victories at church annual meetings this week.

But that did not happen. The Mennonite Church USA tabled the divestment resolution, and the Episcopal Church...

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NY Times Editor: Basically, we’re cowards

http://insider.foxnews.com/2015/07/01/ny-times-runs-image-pope-benedict-made-condoms-not-muhammad-cartoons
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Posted by    Thursday, July 2, 2015 at 10:00am 7/2/2015 at 10:00am
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The NY Times refuses to publish cartoons of Mohammed even as part of news stories about cartoons of Mohammed, and the violence that ensues.

But The NY Times has no hesitation in publishing Condom Pope artwork, a portrait of the Pope composed of condoms.

The Times Public Editor Margaret Sulliv...

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Anti-Israel activist Max Blumenthal now a Hillary 2016 problem

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Posted by    Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at 4:30pm 7/1/2015 at 4:30pm
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It’s not like we didn’t see this coming.

On May 19, 2015, I wrote that Hillary has a Blumenthal Problem – Two of Them:

I knew that Hillary was going to have a Blumenthal problem for her 2016 campaign.

But I expected that the problem would be Max Blumenthal, son of close Clinton advisor...

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“Burn the American Flags” Event

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Posted by    Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at 10:02am 7/1/2015 at 10:02am
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A group called Disarm NYPD plans to celebrate the 4th of July with an July 1 event featuring the burning of American flags.

It started as an event to burn the Confederate Flag. But other groups around the country turned such events into burning both the Confederate and American flags, so the...

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“Israelis live in the real world, not the world of Obama’s delusional hope”

http://journal.ijreview.com/2015/6/244984-spent-two-weeks-talking-israelis-heres-say-president-obama-iran/
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Posted by    Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at 7:00am 7/1/2015 at 7:00am
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As part of my effort to reach new audiences, I have a post at IJ Review regarding my recent trip to Israel, I Spent Two Weeks Talking With Israelis. Here’s What They Had To Say About President Obama and...

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United Church of Christ divests from Israel

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Posted by    Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at 3:45pm 6/30/2015 at 3:45pm
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We highlighted recently resolutions at the United Church of Christ’s 30th Synod in Cleveland seeking (1) divestment from certain named companies (such as Caterpillar), and (2) declaring Israeli guilty of the Crime of Apartheid as defined in the 1998 Rome Statute creating the International Criminal Court.

These take place through years-long efforts...

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