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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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Alison Lundergan Grimes now fighting Rand Paul

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Posted by    Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 11:35am
Alison Grimes I'm Not Barack Obama

Alison Lundergan Grimes was to be the Wendy Davis of Kentucky.

And you know what? It worked. She was crushed by Mitch McConnell.

Now Grimes is lashing out, trying to prevent Rand Paul from being able to run for both President and Senate on the same ballot.

From ABC11, Grimes pledges legal challenge if...

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What would The Washington Free Beacon do if MSNBC went out of business?

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Posted by    Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 10:00am
http://youtu.be/WKT_iwg9xbY

The Washington Free Beacon’s videos mocking MSNBC are some of the best stuff on the internets.

The Agony of Repeat: Al Sharpton Literally Repeats Obama Verbatim is beyond classic.

The latest MSNBC highlight video, The Worst of MSNBC in 2014, is no exception:

 
 
 

NY to Ban Fracking: Turn out the Upstate Lights

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Posted by    Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 9:00pm
Bumper Sticker Ban Fracking

It’s tough up here in NY’s flyover country, that enormous expanse that starts in the Catskill mountains north of New York City, and runs north towards the Adirondack Mountains through the State Government City (Albany), westward for hundreds of miles along the “Southern Tier” past Elmira and Corning, then up to...

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December Surprise: Obama normalizes relations with Cuba

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Posted by    Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 11:32am
Fidel Castro

Can’t say this was on anyone’s near term radar.

The NY Times reports U.S. and Cuba, in Breakthough, Resume Diplomatic Relations:

The United States will restore full diplomatic relations with Cuba and open an embassy in Havana for the first time in more than a half-century after the release of an American contractor...

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Harvard Law Review Editor on exam delay request: Our Weakness is Our Strength

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Posted by    Monday, December 15, 2014 at 5:43pm
harvard die in

As we reported, a coalition of student groups at Harvard Law School demanded exam delays due to student trauma over the Ferguson and Eric Garner grand jury refusals to indict.

There was withering criticism, including here. HLS refused to budge, but did agree to counseling, meetings, and other steps.

William Desmond, a...

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Should Elizabeth Warren run for President? (Reader Poll)

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Posted by    Monday, December 15, 2014 at 4:13pm
Elizabeth Warren Google Image Search 12-15-2014

The internets have exploded with Elizabeth Warren-mentum.

Elizabeth Warren is playing hard to get when it comes to running for President. She still “is” not running, which literally is true, but never says that under no circumstances

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If you are reading this, congratulations, you made it

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Posted by    Monday, December 15, 2014 at 11:33am
http://vimeo.com/52231459

Someone forwarded this video.

Pretty much says so much about the nanny state and nanny culture.

If you are reading this, you are a survivor.

Congratulations.

I can’t believe we made it. from Bart Mitchum on Vimeo.

 
 
 

Berkeley protesters bum rush stage, shut down speech because #Ferguson

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Posted by    Sunday, December 14, 2014 at 10:00am
http://youtu.be/XO_9kzayO78

Does it really matter who it was?

Could have been anyone.

It was Peter Thiel, the founder of PayPal. And no, it wasn’t because of the high fees.

Via The Blaze:

Billionaire investor and PayPal cofounder Peter Thiel was forced offstage at the University of California, Berkeley, on Wednesday after Ferguson and Eric...

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Remember how Senate Dems rushed through Obamacare on Christmas Eve 2009?

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Posted by    Sunday, December 14, 2014 at 8:00am
http://youtu.be/HoJGWLPjivs

Watching the maneuvering to rush through CRomnibus 2014, a massive bill few have read, reminds me of how Senate Democrats pushed through Obamacare legislation on December 24, 2009.

That Senate bill became the foundation of the Obamcare eventually enacted, because Senate Dems lost their filibuster proof majority when Scott Brown was elected...

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#CRomnibus Passes 56-40

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Posted by    Saturday, December 13, 2014 at 8:20pm
Senate Vote CRomnibus

The Senate passed the CRomnibus bill 56-40, and also defeated a Ted Cruz constitutional point of order based on Obama’s amnesty executive action, with significant numbers of Republican Senators sided with Obama.

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Hillary will crumble if Elizabeth Warren just says “Yes”

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Posted by    Saturday, December 13, 2014 at 2:09pm
Elizabeth Warren Run Elizabeth Run Vido

Forget the polls.

Forget. The. Polls.

The Democratic nomination for president is Elizabeth Warren’s for the asking.

If that wasn’t the case two weeks ago, it is now after Warren’s performance trying to kill CRomnibus because of a rider scaling back a part of the Dodd-Frank financial scheme.

It doesn’t matter if Warren is right

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Headline correction: “Ted Cruz makes his mark” (#CRomnibus)

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Posted by    Saturday, December 13, 2014 at 10:30am
Ted Cruz Senate Amnesty 12-12-2014

The differing treatment of Ted Cruz and Elizabeth Warren pretty much sums up the state of implicit media bias.

Compare these two headlines from The Hill regarding Warren’s attempt to cajole the House into defeating the CRomnibus, with Ted Cruz’s similar effort in the Senate.

Warren made “her mark” and raised her...

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Cornell Univ. Police Chief apologizes for saying #AllLivesMatter instead of #BlackLivesMatter

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Posted by    Friday, December 12, 2014 at 6:41pm
Cornell campus aerial view towards Cayuga Lake

College Insurrection and others recently reported how the President of Smith College apologized to the student body for using the term “All Lives Matter” rather than “Black Lives Matter.”

A Cornell engineering student just tweeted to me about a similar statement from the Chief of the Cornell University Police, Kathy Zoner, in...

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UCLA law students traumatized by exam question about Ferguson

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Posted by    Friday, December 12, 2014 at 5:57pm
http://youtu.be/TK0Ldx_JEoo

You thought it was bad that law students at Columbia, Harvard, Georgetown and Berkeley demanded exam delays because of the failure of grand juries to indict in the killings of Michael Brown and Eric Garner?

Sit down.

Harvey Silverglate, civil liberties lawyer and co-founder of the FIRE, tweets a link to a Volokh...

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European Diplomat: Of course we hold Israel to a higher standard

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Posted by    Friday, December 12, 2014 at 4:50pm
http://bcove.me/bys9efjk

We know that Israel is held to a higher standard of conduct than the Palestinians and its neighbors.

A Danish diplomat, in a troubling yet refreshing admission of the obvious, admitted it at a Jerusalem Post forum, and Caroline Glick blasted him:

Europe should apply a double standard to Israel when judging its...

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Rasmea Odeh may fist pump her way to longer sentence (#Justice4Rasmea)

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Posted by    Friday, December 12, 2014 at 11:30am
https://twitter.com/shamznoor/status/543154397828890625/photo/1

Rasmea Odeh, convicted in Israel of involvement in a supermarket bombing that killed two students and in Detroit of immigration fraud, was released yesterday on $50,000 cash bond.

Prosecutors had planned to challenge...

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It’s their law school and they’ll cry if they want to

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Posted by    Friday, December 12, 2014 at 8:30am
http://youtu.be/_wOUMd3bMRI?t=59s

As we reported, a wide range of Harvard Law School students, represented by over a dozen student groups, issued a set of demands to HLS administrators in light of the failures of grand juries...

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