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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Elizabeth Warren has become a laugh line (even at MSNBC and CNN)

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Posted by    Friday, December 2, 2016 at 8:30pm 12/2/2016 at 8:30pm
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Elizabeth Warren is going deeper and deeper off the deep end since Trump won.

Her already hyperbolic threats have done intergalactic, bringing even Mika Brezinski to say enough already, as Mark reported recently Mika Shockingly Scorches Elizabeth Warren: ‘Tired of this Act,’ ‘Shrill, Almost Unhinged’:

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VERDICT WATCH: Initial Jury deadlock in police shooting of Walter Scott (Update: resume deliberations Monday)

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Posted by    Friday, December 2, 2016 at 5:35pm 12/2/2016 at 5:35pm
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You may recall the shooting killing of Walter Scott by police officer Michael Slager.

Video showing Slager shooting Scott in the back as he ran away went viral.

Slager testified in his own defense at the trial. His basic defense was that he acted reasonably given the high stress situation:

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Keith Ellison blames “right-wing smear campaign” for his Farrakhan and Israel controversies

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Posted by    Friday, December 2, 2016 at 1:00pm 12/2/2016 at 1:00pm
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Legal Insurrection readers have known for weeks about the controversial past of Keith Ellison, including support for Louis Farrakhan, being the go-to Congressman for anti-Israel groups, and statements suggesting it made no sense to base Mideast policy around Israel:

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Texas Gov. Abbott to seek law banning sanctuary cities

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Posted by    Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at 4:30pm 11/30/2016 at 4:30pm
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The Dallas Morning News reports:

Gov. Greg Abbott said Tuesday morning that he has used his power as governor to withhold funds to Texas cities and counties that adopt “sanctuary” policies toward unauthorized immigrants.
“I have used my powers as governor of Texas to withhold funds to cities or counties that are declaring...

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Nancy Pelosi – Will she stay or will she go? UPDATE: Stays

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Voting is taking place right now on the challenge by Tim Ryan to Nancy Pelosi’s leadership of Democrats in the House.

Results are expected momentarily.

We will update.

UPDATE: She Stays –

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2010 audio: Keith Ellison complains U.S. Mideast policy turns on “what is good or bad” for Israel

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Posted by    Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at 8:30pm 11/29/2016 at 8:30pm
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Democratic Congressman Keith Ellison was an early favorite for Chair of the Democratic National Committee. He quickly garnered top endorsements, including from Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi.

But then Ellison’s past came back to haunt him, specifically his membership in and support for Louis Farrakhan’s Nation of Islam and his more recent...

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Unexpected development in Rasmea Odeh immigration fraud case

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Posted by    Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at 7:00am 11/29/2016 at 7:00am
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We have been covering the case of Rasmea Odeh since October 2014.

Rasmea is the terrorist member of the military wing of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine who was convicted in Israel in 1970 of the 1969 bombing of the SuperSol supermarket in Jerusalem that killed two Hebrew University...

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Palestinian Intifada car ramming tactic comes to Ohio State

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Posted by    Monday, November 28, 2016 at 8:30pm 11/28/2016 at 8:30pm
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I was off the grid traveling much of the day, so I didn’t follow in live time the apparent terror incident at Ohio State University where a Somali legal immigrant rammed his car into pedestrians on the sidewalk, then attacked with what is variously described as a butcher knife or machete.

As...

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Oh, Canada (#TrudeauEulogies)

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Posted by    Saturday, November 26, 2016 at 9:00pm 11/26/2016 at 9:00pm
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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had one of the most cringeworthy statements for departed tyrant Fidel Castro (emphasis added):

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on the death of former Cuban President Fidel Castro:

“It is with deep sorrow that I learned today of the death of Cuba’s longest...

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“Hate Spaces: The Politics of Intolerance on Campus” (Trailer)

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Posted by    Saturday, November 26, 2016 at 7:30pm 11/26/2016 at 7:30pm
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Americans for Peace and Tolerance is releasing a 70-minute documentary on the rise of antisemitism and anti-Israel activity on campuses and the role played by the BDS movement and Students for Justice in Palestine.

The movie is titled Hate Spaces: The Politics of Intolerance on Campus.

I was interviewed for the documentary, along with...

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Contrasting Obama and Trump/Pence statements on Fidel Castro death

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Posted by    Saturday, November 26, 2016 at 5:00pm 11/26/2016 at 5:00pm
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Obama:

Trump/Pence:

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Brutal Dictator Fidel Castro DEAD

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Posted by    Saturday, November 26, 2016 at 9:00am 11/26/2016 at 9:00am
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Fidel Castro, darling of the left, brutal dictator in reality, died overnight.

The reactions, needless today, have varied.

In Little Havana in Miami, there was dancing in the street.

In the real Havana, celebrating his death would likely result in a lengthy prison sentence, so no dancing for them.

In the left-wing political circles, there...

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Harvard Law Prof. Lawrence Lessig wants Electoral College to go rogue for Hillary

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Posted by    Saturday, November 26, 2016 at 7:30am 11/26/2016 at 7:30am
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Lawrence Lessing, professor at Harvard Law School, wants the Electors in the Electoral College to go rogue and vote for Clinton regardless of the election results the led to the Electors ability to vote.

Conventional wisdom tells us that the electoral college requires that the person who lost the popular vote this...

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Jill Stein officially files for Wisconsin Recount

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Posted by    Friday, November 25, 2016 at 4:55pm 11/25/2016 at 4:55pm
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Jill Stein, Green Party candidate, officially has filed for a recount of the presidential election in Wisconsin.

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15th Anniversary: Johnny “Mike” Spann, first American killed in Afghanistan

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Posted by    Friday, November 25, 2016 at 9:00am 11/25/2016 at 9:00am
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The first time we wrote about Johnny Micheal “Mike” Spann was in early May 2011, in the aftermath of the killing of Osama bin Laden:

Hearing the news of Osama bin Laden’s death brought forward many emotions and memories.

One of those memories for me was the story of Johnny “Mike” Spann, from Winfield,...

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Consider Legal Insurrection for your holiday shopping

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Posted by    Thursday, November 24, 2016 at 8:00pm 11/24/2016 at 8:00pm
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Most readers probably know this, but if you use the Amazon.com links (like this) or search box in the sidebar, you are doing a “good” thing.

I’m not allowed under the Amazon.com Operating Agreement to give you the details, other than to quote what Amazon.com says I’m supposed to say:

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The Invisible Hand delivered your turkey

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Posted by    Thursday, November 24, 2016 at 3:00pm 11/24/2016 at 3:00pm
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Jeff Jacoby, The Boston Globe, November 27, 2003, Giving thanks for the ‘invisible hand’:

Isn’t there something wondrous — something almost inexplicable — in the way your Thanksgiving weekend is made possible by...

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