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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Court orders Rasmea Odeh to undergo mental exam in immigration fraud case

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Posted by    Wednesday, August 31, 2016 at 6:00pm 8/31/2016 at 6:00pm
Rasmea Odeh Dancing Bus after Sentencing Photo

Rasmea Odeh is the Palestinian terrorist group member convicted of the 1969 supermarket bombing in Jerusalem that killed two Hebrew University students, Edward Joffe and Leon Kanner.

Rasmea was released in a prisoner exchange in 1979 for an Israeli soldier captured in Leban...

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The difference between Ithaca and Rhode Island

Don Bousquet Cartoon Entering Rhode Island Keep Your Smart Remarks to Yourself
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Posted by    Tuesday, August 30, 2016 at 7:00am 8/30/2016 at 7:00am
Don Bousquet Cartoon Entering Rhode Island Keep Your Smart Remarks to Yourself

As you may have noted from some of my recent posts, we recently bought a small waterfront house in my formerly-now-once-again home State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations.

For the past six weeks I’ve been back and forth several times, and expect to split the year between Ithaca and Rhode Island...

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NY Times repeats false claim Andrew Breitbart’s Shirley Sherrod tape was “misleading”

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Posted by    Sunday, August 28, 2016 at 9:20pm 8/28/2016 at 9:20pm
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The NY Times has a story on how Breitbart News has become a center of political attention this year, and how its traffic and influence is at an all time high.

That was the focus of the article, but there was one paragraph that jumped out at me (emphasis added):

Before Mr. Breitbart...

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(VIDEO) 2001 Sbarro Pizzeria bombing mastermind: “I chose it after I saw the crowds of people”

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Posted by    Sunday, August 28, 2016 at 6:00pm 8/28/2016 at 6:00pm
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We have written numerous times about the suicide bombing of the Sbarro Pizzeria in Jerusalem in 2001, which killed 15 people, including two Americans and several children.

Most recently Miriam Elman documented the bombing and the mastermind, Ahlam Tamimi, Never forget: Sbarro Pizzeria Massacre, Jerusalem, Aug. 9, 2001.

Ahlam not only masterminded the bombing,...

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“There Will Be Hell Toupée”

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Posted by    Sunday, August 28, 2016 at 7:30am 8/28/2016 at 7:30am
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From Sara in Florida, who took this bumper sticker photo in Delray Beach.

I could read this one either way. But I’m leaning towards ….

 
 
 

So @MarcLamontHill, should we boycott breakthrough Tel Aviv U melanoma research?

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Posted by    Saturday, August 27, 2016 at 9:15pm 8/27/2016 at 9:15pm
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Marc Lamont Hill is a professor at Morehouse College, frequent cable news commentator, and host of his own shows on BET and VH1.

Lamont Hill has voiced support for “revolutionary struggle” against Israel, which he recorded on a video for a Dream Defenders trip to express solidarity with Palestinians against Israel:

Lamont Hill...

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Update: Remember Florida rocker charged for playing national anthem on July 4?

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Posted by    Saturday, August 27, 2016 at 7:30pm 8/27/2016 at 7:30pm
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We cover so many stories and events that it’s hard to follow up on a lot. I have over 10,000 posts myself, and as a website we have almost 20,000 posts.

Usually it’s some external reminder (a Facebook Memories notice, a Tweet, or something similar) that triggers an update post. And that’s...

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Obamacare as gateway drug to single-payer is working just fine

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Posted by    Friday, August 26, 2016 at 7:30pm 8/26/2016 at 7:30pm
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Single-payer healthcare is the Democrats’ holy grail, because it put the government completely in charge of one-fifth of the economy and every single person’s healthcare.

It’s total control, but at least as of 2008, it wasn’t a platform on which Obama could run. But as this early video shows, single-payer was always...

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Marine Pvt. Dale Geddes, another hero of Bloody Tarawa, comes home

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Posted by    Friday, August 26, 2016 at 4:00pm 8/26/2016 at 4:00pm
Dale Geddes Tarawa Returned Home

Earlier this month we brought news about Marine Pfc. George Traver, who was killed during the battle of the Tarawa Atoll in 1943. His body was only recently identified, and preparations made for his return to the U.S. and funeral near Albany, NY.

I’ve learned since that original post that the return of...

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King’s College London anti-Israel campus rioter convicted of assault

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Posted by    Thursday, August 25, 2016 at 2:30pm 8/25/2016 at 2:30pm
Kings College Anti Israel Attack Ivana Bevilaqua Evening Standard

In January 2016, we addressed the rising tide of aggressive and sometimes violent conduct by anti-Israel protesters who disrupt appearances by Israeli and pro-Israel speakers, Anti-Israel protest at Kings College turns violent:

For several years we have been documenting the increasingly aggressive tactics of anti-Israel protesters on campus.

Recently, an Israeli professor’s guest lecture ...

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Hibernating Hillary Running Out the Clock

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Posted by    Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at 7:00pm 8/24/2016 at 7:00pm
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The current polling gives little rational reason to think Donald Trump will win in November.

No matter how you slice it — national 4-way, national head-to-head, battleground states, electoral college, unfavorability — Trump is deeply underwater, as this polling average chart at Real Clear Politics today shows:

The trends are not any better...

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Anniversary of 1929 Hebron Massacre and Ethnic Cleansing of Jews

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Posted by    Tuesday, August 23, 2016 at 8:35pm 8/23/2016 at 8:35pm
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Hebron is a hot spot in many ways. Hebron and its immediately surrounding Arab areas are the single largest source of terror attacks during the so-called Knife or Stabbing Intifada.

It’s also a place where anti-Zionist and left-wing “liberal Zionist” American Jews love to gather to protest the Jewish “settlers” who live...

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Israeli doctors save Syrian girl after security services smuggle out family bone marrow donor

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Posted by    Tuesday, August 23, 2016 at 7:00am 8/23/2016 at 7:00am
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In late May 2015, I wrote about my visit to Ziv Medical Center in Safed (Tsfat), northern Israel, which serves as a center for medical assistance given Syrians, Meet an Israeli Doctor Saving Syrian Lives and Limbs:

Ziv is only 30 kilometers, a 40 minute drive, from the Syrian border.

Ziv has received some...

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Hijacking of #BlackLivesMatter by anti-Israel activists already has damaged the movement

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Posted by    Sunday, August 21, 2016 at 8:15pm 8/21/2016 at 8:15pm
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The “Movement for Black Lives,” a coalition of approximately 50 Black Lives Matter groups, recently issued a policy platform which raised issues such as mass incarceration, policing, and other issues of importance.

Yet in that platform were included deranged libelous accusations against one and only one foreign country – Israel. That section...

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Palestinian who gave medical aid to Jewish terror victims faces persecution

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Posted by    Saturday, August 20, 2016 at 9:00pm 8/20/2016 at 9:00pm
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We previously wrote about the terrorist shooting attack that killed father of 10 Rabbi Miki Mark, and injured his wife and several of his children who were in the vehicle, Palestinian War of Terror – Israeli father of 10 murdered in front of his family.

We followed up when the Hamas cell responsible...

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Was Trump’s Charlotte pivot speech letting “Trump Be Trump”?

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Posted by    Friday, August 19, 2016 at 12:00pm 8/19/2016 at 12:00pm
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I didn’t watch Donald Trump’s speech last night, but I saw Twitter blow up but not in the usual way.

The speech was being received by all but the most diehard #NeverTrump-ers as the long-awaited “pivot,” a reasonable policy and campaign speech read from a teleprompter.

The prepared text of the speech ...

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Palestinian Grim Reaper banner raised in anti-Israel protest by Celtic Football Club supporters

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Posted by    Thursday, August 18, 2016 at 4:00pm 8/18/2016 at 4:00pm
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Yesterday, a football (soccer) match in Glasgow, Scotland, took place between Glasgow-based Celtic and the Israeli team Hapoal Beersheva in the Champions League qualifying round. Celtic won 5-2.

There is a history of anti-Israel Celtic supporters politicizing events. In 2014 where Celtic fans waved Palestinian flags leading to

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