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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Alan Grayson and Harry Reid in MASSIVE CAT FIGHT!!!

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Posted by    Friday, February 12, 2016 at 8:30pm 2/12/2016 at 8:30pm
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Alan Grayson is one of the most despicable of Democrats.

And that is saying A LOT.

So it’s quite satisfying to see Grayson exposed — once again — as a hypocrite.

The NY Times reports, Alan Grayson’s Double Life: Congressman and Hedge Fund Manager:

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Trump: I’ll sue to disqualify Cruz if the attack ads don’t stop

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Posted by    Friday, February 12, 2016 at 5:30pm 2/12/2016 at 5:30pm
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It’s Friday afternoon.

This should get the holiday weekend off to a nice, quiet start.

Donald Trump, angry that negative ads are being run against him, is threatening to sue to keep Ted Cruz out of the race based on the claim that Cruz is not a “natural born Citizen” and not eligible....

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Vassar student: “F*ck Jews” really only means F*ck Israel-supporting Jews

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Posted by    Thursday, February 11, 2016 at 2:00pm 2/11/2016 at 2:00pm
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We previously reported on the anti-Semitic messages sent at Vassar College after the launch of a Boycott, Divest and Sanctions (BDS) student campaign by Vassar Students for Justice in Palestine and Vassar Jewish Voice for Peace.

The messages also followed fast on the heels of a faculty-sponsored anti-Israel speech by Rutgers Professor...

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First General Election Ad: Democrats are all Socialists now

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Posted by    Thursday, February 11, 2016 at 12:15pm 2/11/2016 at 12:15pm
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America Rising Squared has come out with what looks like the first general election ad targeting Democrats.

What the ad shows is that regardless of whether Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton is the Democrat nominee, Bernie’s Socialism will matter because Hillary has been forced to run left.

Will Democratic Socialism play well nationally...

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Will mocking Trump work where all other attacks have failed?

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Posted by    Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at 9:00pm 2/10/2016 at 9:00pm
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An ad put out by the Ted Cruz campaign attacking Donald Trump is brilliant.

The production quality is high, it’s funny, and it goes to a core public perception of Trump as a candidate — that he is not to be treated as a serious person. Trump has the highest national negatives...

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Carly Fiorina suspends campaign

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Posted by    Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at 3:11pm 2/10/2016 at 3:11pm
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Carly Fiorina just posted on her Facebook page that she is suspending her campaign:

This campaign was always about citizenship—taking back our country from a political class that only serves the big, the powerful, the wealthy, and the well connected. Election after election, the same empty promises are made and the same...

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Transition from Obama to Trump administration may not go smoothly

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Posted by    Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at 12:30pm 2/10/2016 at 12:30pm
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I had forgotten Obama’s 2011 speech at the White House Correspondent’s dinner, in which he used the platform to “roast” Donald Trump, until I saw a video retweeted today.

Trump, you will recall, had been demanding release of Obama’s birth certificate.

If Trump were to become president, I wonder how the transition would...

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Reports: Chris Christie suspending campaign

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Posted by    Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at 10:51am 2/10/2016 at 10:51am
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Numerous reports indicate Chris Christie is suspending his campaign, with a formal announcement later today).

Details to follow.

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Squeeze the transcripts out of Hillary, even if she squeals

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Posted by    Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at 4:20pm 2/9/2016 at 4:20pm
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During the MSNBC Democratic debate, Chuck Todd asked if Hillary would release the transcripts of her paid speeches, particularly the three Goldman Sachs speeches for which she was paid $675,000 total.

As the question was being asked, you could see Hillary’s mental wheels spinning until she came up with the response she...

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Former Nanny Mayor inches closer to presidential run

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Posted by    Monday, February 8, 2016 at 8:00pm 2/8/2016 at 8:00pm
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Former Nanny Mayor Michael Bloomberg has made a public statement indicating he is considering running for President.

This represents a slight elevation of speculation and posturing.

The NY Times reports:

Michael R. Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York City, confirmed in an interview with The Financial Times that he was actively weighing an...

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Vassar faculty-sponsored anti-Israel event erupts in controversy

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Posted by    Monday, February 8, 2016 at 8:40am 2/8/2016 at 8:40am
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Once again, Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY, is mired in controversy regarding anti-Israel activities on campus involving Vassar faculty.

The controversy surrounds the February 3, 2016, appearance of Rutgers Associate Professor Jasbir Puar at the invitation of several Vassar departments, including Jewish Studies.

At the outset of the appearance, according to the Vassar...

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Humorless Pro-Abortion Feminists Live Tweet Criticisms of Super Bowl Ads

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Posted by    Sunday, February 7, 2016 at 8:24pm 2/7/2016 at 8:24pm
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NARAL Pro-Choice America is live tweeting its criticisms of various Super Bowl ads.

It’s everything you would expect. And no, it’s NOT THE ONION, because in The Onion even feminists take a break:

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Rubio Rorschach Test

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Posted by    Sunday, February 7, 2016 at 6:30pm 2/7/2016 at 6:30pm
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It’s pretty clear what the most talked-about segment of the GOP New Hampshire debate was.

When Chris Christie treated Marco Rubio like an accused murderer on the witness stand, alternatively badgering and mocking the witness’s alibi for where he was the night of the crime. The witness, though, would not be shaken...

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The Regressive Left in Israel and the West

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Posted by    Saturday, February 6, 2016 at 6:16pm 2/6/2016 at 6:16pm
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Consider this a follow-up to our prior reporting on the Regressive Left:

The concept of masochists defending sadists came from this article, The Masochists Who Defend Sadists: The Regressive Left in Theory and Practice:

I think they hated the idea of the West and of Empire, so they made a practical and intellectual alliance...

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Reports of anti-Semitic messages after Vassar BDS launch

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Posted by    Friday, February 5, 2016 at 2:33pm 2/5/2016 at 2:33pm
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Concentrated, intense anti-Israel activity at Vassar College in early 2014 resulted in gross displays of anti-Jewish hostility, as I documented at the time, Anti-Israel academic boycott turns ugly at Vassar.

Thirty-nine Vassar professors signed a letter in the student newspaper supporting the academic boycott of Israel, and aggressive protests by Students for...

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#Trumpertantrum turns into #Trumpernoia

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Posted by    Friday, February 5, 2016 at 11:30am 2/5/2016 at 11:30am
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Did you hear the latest?

Yesterday in Trumpernoia: Fox News is out to get Donald Trump, after giving him so much airtime people previously had accused Fox News of being in the tank for Trump. Now, the fix it in for Marco Rubio. It’s an Open Borders billionaire conspiracy. Rupert Murdoch and...

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Hillary: Vast Right Wing Conspiracy still out to get me

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Posted by    Thursday, February 4, 2016 at 4:00pm 2/4/2016 at 4:00pm
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The more things change, the more they stay the same.

At the Democratic Town Hall on CNN last night, a Hillary supporter asked Hillary about right-wing attacks on her, and Anderson Cooper followed up with a question whether she still believes there is a vast right wing conspiracy against her.

Hillary’s response will...

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