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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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Not being Eric Holder is not enough – vote No on Loretta Lynch

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Posted by    Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 8:05pm
Loretta Lynch Testifying Jeff Sessions

It pains me to come to the conclusion that Loretta Lynch should not be confirmed as our next Attorney General.

As I wrote before, Lynch was a law school classmate. While we were not “friends,” we were acquaintances. I have only good memories of her, and it does not surprise me that...

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U. Illinois: Steven Salaita “lacked the professional fitness to serve on the faculty”

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Posted by    Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 2:22pm
Univ Illinois Board of Trustees Meeting 9-11-2014 Chancellor Phyllis Wise

Earlier today we reported that controversial former professor Steven Salaita had filed a federal lawsuit over his non-hiring. I identified what I saw as a glaring defect in the Complaint.

The University of Illinois has responded with a Statement which previews how the case will be defended.

The defense hones in on...

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Steven Salaita files federal lawsuit over non-hiring (Update: Glaring defect)

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Posted by    Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 11:57am
Steve Salaita Twitter Photo Cropped

Steven Salaita, the controversial former professor who was denied a tenured job at the University of Illinios at Urbana-Champaign, has filed a lawsuit against the university trustees and unnamed (“John Doe”) donors who allegedly pressured the university. The one trustee who voted in favor of hiring, James Montgomery, w...

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Obama’s not offended, he just wants Bibi out of office

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Posted by    Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 11:30am
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Claims by anonymous sources that the Obama administration is deeply offended by a “breach of protocol” in the planned appearance by Benjamin Netanyahu at a joint meeting of Congress are increasing.

The New York Times quotes an unnamed official as saying the anger goes beyond John Boehner and Netanyahu, to the...

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Boycotting Israel – The insidious threat of the BDS movement

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Posted by    Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at 8:30pm
William A. Jacobson Cornell Israel BDS Boycott Speech Roc4Israel

On Tuesday night, January 27, 2015, I spoke at the Rochester (NY) Jewish Community Center on the topic of Boycotting Israel – The insidious threat of the BDS movement

I was invited to spe...

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Breaking – Big Blogger Burns Out

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Posted by    Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at 3:15pm
Sussex Friends of Israel Man Screaming

Blogger Burnout.

A frequent topic here, first visited on January 15, 2009, Add “Blogger Burnout” To The List Of Blogger Ailments. For those of you keeping track, that would be about 3 months after I started Legal Insurrection.

Three months! Even then I realized that being a blogger could be about the most...

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Look who I found

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Posted by    Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at 7:00am
William A. Jacobson and  Philly guy

Had a good speech last night at the Jewish Community Center in Rochester (NY) on the topic of Boycotting Israel: The insidious threat of the BDS movement.

I’ll post the video soon.

As previously mentioned,...

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Anti-Israel San Mateo Bridge blockaders: Police violated our rights!

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Posted by    Monday, January 26, 2015 at 8:40pm
http://abc7news.com/483891/

We previously reported how anti-Israel activists hijacked a Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day #BlackLivesMatter protest and turned it into an anti-Israel event.

They trapped hundreds, if not thousands, of motorists by setting up a protest line at the highest point of the bridge span, and also abandoning...

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Can Terrorists Understand a Message of “Hope and Love and Peace”?

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Posted by    Monday, January 26, 2015 at 9:30am
http://youtu.be/dxgAWImAg00

There is yet another pageant answer controversy brewing.

MRC TV reports:

On Sunday night beautiful ladies from all over the world competed in the 2015 Miss Universe pagaent in Miami, Florida. Miss Columbia was ultimately crowned ‘Miss Universe,’ but it was Miss America’s [stet - Miss USA] answer during the interview portion...

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Near Rochester (NY)? My speech against the Israel boycott is Tuesday night

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Posted by    Monday, January 26, 2015 at 8:30am
Roc4Israel Logo

On Tuesday night, January 27, 2015 at 7:00 p.m., I will be speaking at the invitation of Rochester for Israel (Roc4Israel) at the Jewish Community Center, on the topic 

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No-Jew-Go Zones

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Posted by    Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 8:30pm
http://bcove.me/76rjw357

A three-day long controversy broke out recently over the use of the term “No-Go Zones” with regard to certain European cities in light of the Charlie Hebdo and HyperCasher supermarket attacks by Islamic radicals.

Steve Emerson of The Investigative Project,...

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No more finest hours

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Posted by    Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 10:30am
Winston Churchill

Britain stood alone.

In today’s terms, the liberal punditry and political machine would tell us that Britain was on the wrong side of history, and that the rising tide in mainland Europe needed to be accommodated, joined, and imported, not fought.

Except Britain wasn’t on the wrong side of history, because the number...

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Will Hezbollah attempt to capture Metula?

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Posted by    Friday, January 23, 2015 at 5:45pm
(Metula, Israel - Close Up Map View)

After several senior Hezbollah military leaders and an Iranian General were killed in the Syrian portion of the Golan Heights, presumably by Israel, there is plenty of speculation as to when and how Hezbollah and Iran will react.

An article in The Times...

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Anti-Israel activists caused car crashes on San Mateo Bridge

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Posted by    Friday, January 23, 2015 at 8:30am
http://kron4.com/2015/01/19/protesters-block-westbound-lanes-on-san-mateo-bridge/

We previously reported how, on Monday, January 19, 2015, Anti-Israel activists blocked the San Mateo – Hayward Bridge.

While the protest ostensibly was about the #BlackLivesMatter movement and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, it was hijacked as so many such protests are by the anti-Israel contingent, just like in Ferguson and...

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Anti-Israel activists disrupt NYC Council vote commemorating liberation of Auschwitz

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Posted by    Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 5:33pm
NYC Council disruption Anti Israel Palestinian flag

This has to be a new low.

Anti-Israel activists in New York City have started a campaign as part of the Boycott, Divest and Sanctions movement to try to prevent City Council members and other politicians from visiting Israel. A coalition of 40 groups, most of which are quite small but including...

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Finally Obtained: David Gregory Arrest Warrant Affidavit

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Posted by    Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 1:42pm
David Gregory If I Were You Meme

This is likely the final chapter in the saga of our two-year long fight to obtain important documents regarding the non-prosecution of David Gregory for possessing on

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Mossad Chief: Not opposed to Iran sanctions, contrary to reports

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Posted by    Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 9:22am
Press TV Iran Nuclear Agreement

On January 21, 2015, Josh Rogin and Eli Lake at Bloomberg News reported Israeli Mossad Goes Rogue, Warns U.S. on Iran Sanctions:

The Israeli intelligence agency Mossad has broken ranks with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, telling U.S. officials and lawmakers that a new Iran sanctions bill in...

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