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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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American Studies Association walks back anti-Israel boycott (but damage is done)

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Posted by    Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at 3:41pm
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Ever since I started covering the anti-Israel academic boycott of the American Studies Association in December 2013, I have interacted with some of its members who are reasonable people concerned about the direction the ASA has taken.  But those voices have been drowned out by a shrill and vocal minority.

A little publicized...

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Convicted tax cheat Stanley Cohen re-pledges allegiance to Hamas

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Posted by    Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at 8:30am
https://twitter.com/RWWWB/status/456597974944993280

Lawyer Stanley Cohen pleaded guilty last spring to federal charges related to his scheme to conceal income through cash transactions elaborately orchestrated to cover his tracks. He also failed to file income tax returns.

See our prior posts:

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Cornell Deer Sterilization Fiasco: “you can’t make this stuff up”

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Posted by    Monday, October 20, 2014 at 4:30pm
http://www.nranews.com/cam/video/william-jacobson-animal-rights-activists-try-to-sterilize-deer-fail

This goes to show you that you never can predict which posts will gain traction.

My post Cornell gives deer tubal ligations, everything goes wrong, was meant to be a somewhat humorous take on a bizarre sequence of events. Tubal ligations and ovariectamies performed on does were just the half of it.

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Election 2014: America “completely out of control” and “women feel unsafe”

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Posted by    Monday, October 20, 2014 at 10:07am
Politico Poll Out of Control October 2014 Morning Joe Graphic

I’m combining two video reports.

First, Politico’s report that 64% feel things are spinning out of control:

More results on specific topics here.

This is how Morning Joe reacted (h/t Right Scoop):

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Democrats have a woman problem due to this guy

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Posted by    Sunday, October 19, 2014 at 7:17pm
Obama Girl water

Who saw this coming?

Obama’s standing with women hurts Senate Dems:

Female voters powered President Barack Obama’s victory over Mitt Romney in 2012, as Democrats leaned heavily on social issues to rally single women and suburban moms to the polls.
But with two weeks until Election Day, the president’s diminished standing with women is...

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Academic boycott busted — American Studies Assoc backs off anti-Israel conference rules

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Posted by    Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 7:42pm
http://youtu.be/SCVu-PHrOYQ

We have covered the American Studies Association academic boycott of Israel since inception, and compiled the definitive list and accompanying statements of universities and associations rejecting the boycott.  Scroll through the ASA Tag for the full history.

The short version is that the boycott targeted all Israeli academic institutions, and importantly, faculty and scholars...

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Supreme Court allows Texas Voter ID law

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Posted by    Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 10:47am
voter ID

AP reports via HuffPo:

The Supreme Court said Saturday that Texas can use its controversial new voter identification law for the November election.

A majority of the justices rejected an emergency request from the Justice Department and civil rights groups to prohibit the state from requiring voters to produce certain forms of photo...

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I have no idea what #GamerGate is

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Posted by    Friday, October 17, 2014 at 2:43pm
http://knowyourmeme.com/photos/846224-gamergate

I’ve seen people writing and tweeting about #GamerGate.

I have no idea what that is, still.

Looks like it has something to do with Gamers and Liberal Feminists (image below of Christina Hoff Sommers, who has confronted liberal feminists herself):

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Judge orders jurors protected from pro-Palestinian activists

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Posted by    Friday, October 17, 2014 at 10:32am
https://www.facebook.com/678264732186412/photos/pb.678264732186412.-2207520000.1413555885./838050146207869/?type=3&theater

The trial of Rasmieh Odeh, an American citizen of Palestinian descent convicted in Israel decades ago of involvement in a terrorist group (the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine) that bombed a supermarket, starts next in two weeks.

Odeh now denies involvement, claiming she was tortured and sexually humiliated into confessing...

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Thanks Deadspin!

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Posted by    Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 8:34pm
Cory Gardner Football Photo cropped

Deadspin, which is part of Gawker Media, ran a story yesterday that Cory Garnder, the Republican running for Senate in Colorado who is ahead in the polls, had faked his high school football career.

It was game over according to the cheerleading section on Twitter.

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Ebola Panic: Obama signs Executive Order authorizing Reserves call up

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Posted by    Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 4:19pm
http://youtu.be/LOpJHvOtQp4

S–t just got real.

The call up will assist the military force fighting Ebola as part of Operation United Assistance.

The Executive Order appears to be part of sending the...

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Sabato: Martha Robertson all but done (#NY23)(Update: Cook Too)

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Posted by    Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 12:29pm
Martha Robertson Single Payer

I can’t remember the last time a non-partisan major national analyst gave Democrat Martha Robertson much chance of winning in my home NY-23 District against incumbent Republican Tom Reed.

Maybe early this year, when Robertson was the fresh face of the Democratic Party, the darling of Emily’s List, and a coveted Democratic...

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Yikes – Alison Grimes College Dem volunteers cover up Obama shirts to hide connection

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Posted by    Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at 5:24pm
http://youtu.be/oMs61zunQFU

Aleister posted this story over at College Insurrection, but it’s worth a cross post here.

The George Washington University student newspaper ran a report on College Democrats volunteering for Alison Grimes in Kentucky.

In light of Grimes’ repeated refusals to say if she voted for Obama, and attempts to distance herself, it’s not...

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Cornell gives deer tubal ligations, everything goes wrong

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Posted by    Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at 3:03pm
Deer Whitetail Doe

We previously wrote about the deer sterilization program run by the Village of Cayuga Heights, NY, which borders the Cornell University campus and has large deer and faculty populations.

After years of bitter debate, Cayuga Heights decided that the deer population would be controlled through sterilization at enormous expense:

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Another Texas healthcare worker contracts Ebola (Update: Obama cancels political travel)

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Posted by    Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at 9:18am
http://www.cnn.com/2014/10/15/health/texas-ebola-outbreak/

A press release issued today by the Texas Department of State Health Services:

Second Health Care Worker Tests Positive for Ebola
News Release
Oct. 15, 2014

A second health care worker at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital who provided care for the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the United States has tested positive for the disease.

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Federal Judge orders Wisconsin not to enforce “anti-coordination” campaign laws

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Posted by    Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at 7:43pm
Walker addresses crowd

In a somewhat stunning development, the same federal judge who issued an injunction against the infamous “John Doe” investigation, only later to be overturned by the appeals court, has just ordered the State of Wisconsin, in another lawsuit, to stop enforcing anti-coordination campaign finance laws.

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Will Westin Bonaventure permit anti-Israel discrimination on its premises?

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Posted by    Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at 12:36pm
American Studies Association Annual Meeting Brochure Cover w border

We have covered extensively the anti-Israel academic boycott passed by the American Studies Association, including yesterday when Doron Ben-Atar, a Fordham University History Professor, revealed that he had been subjected to “religious discrimination” charges by the pro-boycott head of Fordham’s American Studies Department, Micki McKnee, after he called the boycott...

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