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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Just ribbing you

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Posted by    Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 7:00am 4/25/2015 at 7:00am
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From a reader in Colorado, sent with the subject line: Prevented a Thumbs Down.

Professor,

When I’m out and about, and run across an Obama, Hillary, ultra feminist, conservative bashing or religious hatred bumper sticker, I give the driver a thumbs down.

My own personal satisfaction of letting the person know I don’t fall in line with their thinking.

However, this pretentious Prius driver prevented my normal action.

Sticker on lower right, “Thank You Veterans.”

Thank you,

Matt

 
 
 

Breaking! Anti-Israel boycotters don’t like being boycotted!

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Posted by    Friday, April 24, 2015 at 8:30am 4/24/2015 at 8:30am
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We have been here before.

The vicious anti-Israel boycotters of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement don’t like it when the tables are turned on them.  That’s why, when faculty pass their anti-Israel boycott resolutions, they include in the resolutions the demand that their right to boycott be protected.

In other words, boycotters...

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This Trigger Warning needs its own Trigger Warning

Trigger Warning
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Posted by    Friday, April 24, 2015 at 7:00am 4/24/2015 at 7:00am
Trigger Warning

We’ve written quite a bit about Trigger Warnings since before it became fashionable:

The fragile college student mind is getting more fragile by the day.

As if the normal run of political correctness were not enough, we now have “Trigger Warnings” — the notion that students need to be warned that the material they...

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Israeli PM and President refuse to meet Jimmy Carter

Jimmy Carter
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Posted by    Monday, April 20, 2015 at 6:21pm 4/20/2015 at 6:21pm
Jimmy Carter

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin are refusing to meet with former President Jimmy Carter during Carter’s trip to Israel.

The Israeli presidency is a mostly ceremonial post in the parliamentary system, so the feelings must be strong for the President of Israel to refuse to meet Carter.

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Wisconsin Dems used battering rams against Scott Walker supporters – literally

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Posted by    Monday, April 20, 2015 at 1:00pm 4/20/2015 at 1:00pm
Walker addresses crowd

We have been covering the “John Doe” investigations of Scott Walker and Wisconsin conservatives since January 2014, when it came on our radar after a state court judge quashed certain subpoenas.

Since then, we’ve had over 25 posts, detailing the depths to which Democratic prosecutors sank in the effort to get...

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Who’s up for a Vietnamese Flash Mob singing Hine Mah Tov? (Psalm 133)

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Posted by    Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 11:35am 4/19/2015 at 11:35am
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I mentioned in a post last night that when Anatoly (Nathan) Sharansky arrived in Israel in 1986, the crowd sang Hene Mah Tov, the lyrics of which start with Psalm 133:

I.הִנֵּה מַה טוֹב = Hine mah tov
Behold how good

וּמַה נָּעִים = uMah-Nayim
and how pleasing

שֶׁבֶת אָחִים גַּם יַחַד = shevet achim...

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A death penalty liberals can believe in

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Posted by    Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 8:00am 4/19/2015 at 8:00am
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Hi Prof. Jacobson –

I snapped this in the parking lot at an event on April 16 at the Univ. of Virginia’s Miller Center for Public Affairs, featuring a discussion with Erik Prince, founder of the now-defunct Blackwater.

Check the uppermost left(!) sticker, as contrasted to the rest of the “peace” messages (including the one right below it).

But then, if this foaming-at-the-mouth leftist was honest, informed and consistent, she would be a foaming-at-the-mouth leftist hypocrite and supporter of violence against those with whom she disagrees.

Best,

J.

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Sharansky: The U.S. has “lost the courage of its convictions”

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Posted by    Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 9:00pm 4/18/2015 at 9:00pm
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One of my early posts at Legal Insurrection, on November 11, 2008, was Is It Time For Conservatives To Sit Down In The Snow?.

The post analogized what conservatives were about to experience in the aftermath of Obama’s first victory to the experience of Soviet Jewish Refusenik Anatoly (Nathan) Sharansky. I...

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VIDEO: Jewish reporter harassed in Paris street

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Posted by    Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 7:30pm 4/18/2015 at 7:30pm
Paris Jewish Reporter Harassed Miri Michaeli Schwartz

We have run several posts about Walking While Jewish in European cities, and the resulting street harassment.

Here is another example. Call it “Reporting While Jewish” in Paris.

Miri Michaeli Schwartz is a reporter for Israel Channel 10 News.

She was doing a report on...

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Obama now open to immediate lifting of Iran sanctions?

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Posted by    Friday, April 17, 2015 at 7:01pm 4/17/2015 at 7:01pm
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“This is the new America. We had better get used to it.”

Those were the words of an Israeli TV analyst upon learning that Obama is open to negotiating an immediate lifting of sanctions on Iran as part of a nuclear deal —...

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Virginia Chief Justice Drawn Into Israel Trip Cancellation Issue

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Posted by    Friday, April 17, 2015 at 1:00pm 4/17/2015 at 1:00pm
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On Friday night, March 27, 2015, the Virginia State Bar (VSB) ignited a firestorm of controversy by sending a blast email to 43,000 members cancelling a planned November 2015 Mid-Year Legal Seminar in Jerusalem (the “Israel Trip”).  In a follow up email blast on March 29, VSB defended the decision, citing a...

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Hillary has an Elizabeth-Warren-Like Family Lore Problem

Hillary Waving from Plane
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Posted by    Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 10:00am 4/16/2015 at 10:00am
Hillary Waving from Plane

Andrew Kaczynski at Buzzfeed reports that Hillary’s often-told story about all her grandparents being immigrants is 3/4 false. Only one was.

Speaking in Iowa Wednesday, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that all her grandparents had immigrated to the United States, a story that conflicts with public census and other records...

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Hillary staged Iowa coffee shop talk, what about Chipotle?

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Posted by    Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 5:32pm 4/15/2015 at 5:32pm
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Via Drudge, The Daily Mail reports to the surprise of no one who has followed the Clintons, that Hillary’s coffee shop talk in Iowa was staged:

Hillary Clinton’s astroturf candidacy is in full swing in Iowa.

Her Tuesday morning visit to a coffee shop in LeClaire, Iowa was staged from beginning to end,...

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GreenStar boycott group trainer hurls “Israel-firster” slur at Schumer

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Posted by    Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 6:00pm 4/14/2015 at 6:00pm
Josh Ruebner Ithaca Food Justice

We have written several times before about the effort by Jewish Voice for Peace activists in Ithaca, NY, where Cornell is located, to advance a referendum at the GreenStar Food Coop to boycott Israeli products.

The Greenstar Council is considering whether, under its bylaws, there are grounds to reject the referendum petition,...

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Gaga or Gag Gag for Hillary Chipotle story?

Hillary at Chipotle Security Camera
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Posted by    Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 1:00pm 4/14/2015 at 1:00pm
Hillary at Chipotle Security Camera

The Hillary Chipotle story is either one of the most amazing unintended earned-media campaign stories ever, or a contrived set up. Regardless, put points in Team Hillary column.

Maggie Haberman at The NY Times broke the story about Hillary’s supposedly secret trip to Chipotle on her Scooby trip to Iowa.

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Marco Rubio Presidential Announcement (LIVE)

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Posted by    Monday, April 13, 2015 at 5:45pm 4/13/2015 at 5:45pm
Marco Rubio Announcement

The event starts at 6 p.m.

We will have live stream, and Twitter feed at bottom of post.

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Stanford Student Candidate Says Questioned About Being Jewish (Updated)

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Posted by    Monday, April 13, 2015 at 1:15pm 4/13/2015 at 1:15pm
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We were one of the first to report how a candidate for the UCLA Judicial Board was questioned about being Jewish. The supposed logic of the questioning was that her affiliation with Jewish groups on campus might render her unfit because anti-Israel divestment issues may come before the Board.

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