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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Meet an Israeli Doctor Saving Syrian Lives and Limbs

Safed Rivka Ziv Medical Center Dr. Alexander Lerner
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Posted by    Monday, May 25, 2015 at 8:30pm 5/25/2015 at 8:30pm
Safed Rivka Ziv Medical Center Dr. Alexander Lerner

Yesterday I reported on the Haifa Bus 37 suicide bombing in 2003, and how I stumbled on the Memorial during my first full day in Haifa.

Today was a travel day that took us even fur...

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Remembering Roslyn Schulte, Johnny “Mike” Spann and Jonathan Porto

Roslyn Schulte Cropped
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Posted by    Monday, May 25, 2015 at 7:30am 5/25/2015 at 7:30am
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I’m in Israel now.

A fitting place to be on Memorial Day because the lives and freedoms of the two nations are so intertwined.

Without the sacrifices of those who fought and died to protect our freedom, there would be no freedom for our friends and allies.

We have remembered Air Force Lt. Roslyn Schulte...

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Remembering Haifa Bus 37 Suicide Bombing

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Posted by    Sunday, May 24, 2015 at 8:00pm 5/24/2015 at 8:00pm
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In Israel, you are never far away from terror or the memory of terror. I learned that by chance tonight.

We arrived in Israel late afternoon yesterday, May 23, 2015.  Today was planned as a rest day to try to adjust to the 7-hour time difference.

From the airport we headed directly...

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Walking While Jewish in … Cairo

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Posted by    Friday, May 22, 2015 at 11:35am 5/22/2015 at 11:35am
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Is this officially a series now?

We’ve done Paris, Britain, Copenhagen and Malmö, where people walking the street dressed in attire indicating they are religious Jews face street harassment, mostly by Muslim young men.

We also did Montevideo, where the reaction was positive.

Here’s Cairo, as the Jerusalem Post reports:

An Egyptian journalist conducted an...

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Clinton Foundation didn’t disclose $26 million in donations

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Posted by    Friday, May 22, 2015 at 8:30am 5/22/2015 at 8:30am
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The Clinton Foundation is in the process preemptively coming clean on problems before it gets caught.

Will even mainstream media reporters smelling scandals in the murky world of payments to the Clintons and influence peddling, Hillary’s handlers are not waiting for the skeletons to be found. At least not the one buried...

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New York may boycott the anti-Israel boycotters

[BDS protester, San Francisco,  July 2014]
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Posted by    Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 1:00pm 5/21/2015 at 1:00pm
[BDS protester, San Francisco,  July 2014]

We recently reported on legislation in Illinois barring state pension funds from investing in companies that boycott Israel.

The legislation passed both chambers unanimously, a stunning bi-partison rejection of...

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Hillary emails — Her Benghazi Problem just got worse

Hillary Clinton What Difference Does It Make
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Posted by    Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 11:30am 5/21/2015 at 11:30am
Hillary Clinton What Difference Does It Make

The New York Times has extensive reporting on the first partial batch of Hillary emails released to the public regarding Libya.

This is only the first batch, and of course, we don’t know what was deleted from her private server.

The bottom line is that the relationship with Sidney Blumenthal is...

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Stephanopoulos puts ABC News brand at risk

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2011/12/abc-news-launches-see-the-whole-picture-campaign/
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Posted by    Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at 10:00am 5/20/2015 at 10:00am
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In 2011, ABC News launched a major rebranding effort focused on the slogan “See the Whole Picture,” featuring key news personalities including George Stephanopoulos:

Today ABC News launched a major re-branding initiative. The last time that ABC News spoke directly with its audience about what defines ABC News was over a decade...

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Let My Apology Tour To Israel begin

(Tel Aviv Beach Looking North From Jaffa)
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Posted by    Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at 10:15pm 5/19/2015 at 10:15pm
(Tel Aviv Beach Looking North From Jaffa)

I’m leaving Friday for a two week Apology Tour to Israel. I will deliver the speech referenced in the link, possibly.

I hope I don’t violate the Logan Act.

I’ll start in Haifa and northern Israel, where I’ll be a guest at the University of Haifa Law School and will travel up the...

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Hillary has a Blumenthal Problem

Sidney Blumenthal Bill Clinton Oval Office 1998
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Posted by    Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at 11:40am 5/19/2015 at 11:40am
Sidney Blumenthal Bill Clinton Oval Office 1998

I knew that Hillary was going to have a Blumenthal problem for her 2016 campaign.

But I expected that the problem would be Max Blumenthal, son of close Clinton advisor Sidney Blumenthal.

Max, the virulently anti-Israel activist, has been the subject of

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U. Denver Law gets endowed Marijuana Professorship

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Posted by    Monday, May 18, 2015 at 5:52pm 5/18/2015 at 5:52pm
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Okay, now they’ve gone and done it.

Colorado Law Week reports:

The University of Denver Sturm College of Law will continue leading legal marijuana education with an investment from Denver-based law firm Vicent Sederberg.

The law school announced today that Vicent Sederberg made a $45,000 commitment to enable one faculty member to serve as...

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Anti-Israel boycotters want State Dept anti-Semitism definition changed

BDS protesters San Francisco gives finger to pro Israel protesters
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Posted by    Monday, May 18, 2015 at 4:45pm 5/18/2015 at 4:45pm
BDS protesters San Francisco gives finger to pro Israel protesters

The anti-Semitism deeply embedded in the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement has been apparent for years, but particularly since the 2014 Gaza War.

Rallies against Israel regularly devolved into Jew-baiting throughout Europe, and even in some places in the U.S.,

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US Supreme Court will not hear Wisconsin John Doe case

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Posted by    Monday, May 18, 2015 at 9:37am 5/18/2015 at 9:37am
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The U.S. Supreme Court issued an Order this morning denying the Petition for Writ of Certiorari in the Wisconsin John Doe case.

For background, see our prior posts, including Will Supreme Court take blockbuster “John Doe” campaign case?:

The case is O’Keefe v. Chisholm…. The issue on which review was sought had little...

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Amb. Power’s Bizarre Analogy: Columbia Mattress Girl and Afghan women

Columbia Student Carrying Mattress Emma Sulkowicz
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Posted by    Sunday, May 17, 2015 at 6:44pm 5/17/2015 at 6:44pm
Columbia Student Carrying Mattress Emma Sulkowicz

We have covered the case of Emma Sulkowicz, the Columbia University student who vowed to carry her mattress around campus in protest of her alleged rapist who remained on campus. That alleged rapist was cleared by the University, and now is suing to clear his name.

I don’t know if Sulkowicz was...

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Hillary cannot leave her past or Obama behind

Hillary Email Press Conference 3
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Posted by    Sunday, May 17, 2015 at 1:00pm 5/17/2015 at 1:00pm
Hillary Email Press Conference 3

I have an Op-Ed in The Washington Examiner, Expect even more executive power grabs from Hillary:

Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign launch was meant to present a different side of Hillary — a softer, more humble, less power-hungry version of the candidate. The “Scoobie” van road trip to Iowa portrayed Hillary as the...

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Conservatives on Campus “have to be smarter, better prepared”

Craig Silverman Show - William A. Jacobson
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Posted by    Sunday, May 17, 2015 at 7:30am 5/17/2015 at 7:30am
Craig Silverman Show - William A. Jacobson

I appeared on Saturday, May 16, 2015, on The Craig Silverman Show on 710 KNUS in Aurora, Colorado.

The conversation covered my background, what it means to be a conservative on campus, the anti-Israel boycott movement, the Pope on a Palestinian “state,” the Pew Poll on Christians, and the fate of Christians...

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Accused on campus: Charges dropped, but the infamy remains

SDSU Student Francisco Sousa Suing CBS8 w border
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Posted by    Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 8:30pm 5/16/2015 at 8:30pm
SDSU Student Francisco Sousa Suing CBS8 w border

The number of lawsuits by men wrongly accused of sexual assault on campus is increasing almost by the day.

Most remain silent, preferring to go the “John Doe” route to avoid further reputational damage. Slowly, however, some men are going public, often where there names were already published anyway in...

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