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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In Memory of Ali Dawabsheh and Hadas Fogel

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Posted by    Friday, July 31, 2015 at 8:00pm 7/31/2015 at 8:00pm
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Today was one of those terrible days I’m glad I was traveling for.

That seems to be a pattern for me; I was traveling on the day of the Newtown, CT school shooting, and other incidents that I don’t have time to dig out of the archives.

Very early, before 5 a.m. Eastern...

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How could this happen?

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Posted by    Friday, July 31, 2015 at 7:00am 7/31/2015 at 7:00am
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Saw this vehicle in Ithaca recently.

When I snapped the photos, I just assumed from some of the stickers in the rear of the car that it was just a typical Ithaca liberal collection.

I’ll run those rear stickers in a later post.

But as I took a closer look at the photos, some of these stickers surprised me…

…  that someone was willing to wear them on her car … in Ithaca.

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The Most Dangerous Man in America?

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Posted by    Thursday, July 30, 2015 at 4:33pm 7/30/2015 at 4:33pm
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While the ire of the media has been focused mostly on Donald Trump for the past few news cycles, Scott Walker is still getting some scorn.

This column by Dana Milbank at The Washington Post could all but be a campaign poster for walker, with a few wording changes:

Why Scott Walker is so...

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Fighting The Coming EU Economic War Against Israel

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Posted by    Thursday, July 30, 2015 at 2:45pm 7/30/2015 at 2:45pm
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The Security Subcommittee of The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Committee held a hearing on July 28, 2015, on The Impact of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement

The Tower has a write up on the full scope of the hearing.

In a prior post, we featured the testimony of Daniel Birnbaum,...

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Florida man arrested for playing Star Spangled Banner on 4th of July rejects plea deal (Update)

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Posted by    Thursday, July 30, 2015 at 8:30am 7/30/2015 at 8:30am
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On July 4, 2015, 22 year-old Lane Pittman decided to take his electric guitar and play the Star Spangled Banner on the street outside his friend’s house in Neptune Beach, near Jacksonville.

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Epic House Testimony – BDS in business of “Manipulation, Violence and Destruction”

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Posted by    Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at 4:00pm 7/29/2015 at 4:00pm
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The Security Subcommittee of The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Committee held a hearing on July 28, 2015, on The Impact of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement.

According to the House Advisory, the purpose was

  •  To better understand...
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Cecil the Lion

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Posted by    Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at 10:05am 7/29/2015 at 10:05am
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To put it mildly, the internet is in an uproar over the killing in Zimbabwe of Cecil the Lion by a dentist from Minnesota on safari.

Cecil was a beautiful animal.

I understand that trophy hunting, when done legally, helps support local conservation efforts and local communities in Africa. It may seem counter-intuitive,...

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Breaking! Anti-Israel academic boycotters STILL don’t like being boycotted

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Posted by    Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at 9:15pm 7/28/2015 at 9:15pm
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This could be a series. In fact, with this post, maybe it is a series.

We have covered many times the faculty members who demand the boycott of Israeli academic institutions (BDS) — which necessarily involves boycotting the individuals who work at those institutions — and then complain when...

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Can States sink the Iran Nuke Deal? (Update)

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Posted by    Monday, July 27, 2015 at 9:00pm 7/27/2015 at 9:00pm
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The Obama administration thinks it outsmarted opponents of the Iran deal by running to the U.N. Security Council for international approval before Congress’s review period even started.

It was a typical Obama F-U to his domestic opponents.

Since Congress now needs a super-majority to block the deal, the outcome is uncertain. The Obama...

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ICC prosecutor appeals Judges’ request to reconsider closing of Gaza Flotilla prosecution (Update – Appeal Papers)

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Posted by    Monday, July 27, 2015 at 11:57am 7/27/2015 at 11:57am
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Earlier this month we reported on an outrageous decision by the International Criminal Court requesting that the ICC prosecutor reconsider her decision to close the investigation into the Israeli raid on a Gaza Flotilla boat, the Mavi Marmara. In that raid, Turkish Islamists and activists attacked Israeli soldiers, resulting in 9...

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Wisconsin “John Doe” Whistleblower Michael Lutz dead, apparent suicide

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Posted by    Monday, July 27, 2015 at 11:37am 7/27/2015 at 11:37am
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We previously have featured the story of Michael Lutz, the Wisconsin whistleblower and former prosecutor who alleged that the union-operative wife of “John Doe” prosecutor John Chislhom was behind the targeting of conservative activists that recently was thrown out by the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

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Summer 2014 – “Pro-Palestinian” rallies morph into anti-Semitic hatefests

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Posted by    Sunday, July 26, 2015 at 7:05pm 7/26/2015 at 7:05pm
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This is the third in our series revisiting our coverage of the 2014 Gaza conflict.

In the first post, we reported how the war did not start the way the anti-Israel propagandists content, with an Israeli attack in retaliation for the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teens by a Hamas-affiliated cell...

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Psychoanalyzing The Great Oberlin College Racism Hoax of 2013

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Posted by    Saturday, July 25, 2015 at 8:45pm 7/25/2015 at 8:45pm
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Some of you may remember my August 22, 2013 post,The Great Oberlin College Racism Hoax of 2013:

A massive racism hoax took place at Oberlin College in February 2013 in which two students made seemingly racist, anti-Semitic and other such posters, graffiti and emails for the purpose of getting a reaction on...

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Who is more deceptive – Hillary Clinton or New York Times? (Reader Poll)

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Posted by    Friday, July 24, 2015 at 2:30pm 7/24/2015 at 2:30pm
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When the Hillary Clinton email scandal first broke, Hillary’s claims that she conducted her entire job as Secretary of State without classified information being transmitted through her private server and email account did not seem plausible to me.

I said at the time that there was a

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Iran nuke deal will end like Syria chemicals deal – Western blind eye to non-compliance

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Posted by    Friday, July 24, 2015 at 11:30am 7/24/2015 at 11:30am
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We are told that the Obama administration, its successor and European governments will strictly enforce Iran’s adherence to the nuclear deal.

Put aside for the moment the problems with the deal, and focus on compliance. Put aside also that Iran has a history of cheating on nuclear issues.

We have a recent example...

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San Diego Protest: “I didn’t cross the border, the border crossed me” (VIDEO)

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Posted by    Thursday, July 23, 2015 at 4:00pm 7/23/2015 at 4:00pm
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On Wednesday, July 22, 2015, I was on a panel at the Annual Meeting of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).  Keynote speakers at the Annual Meeting include Scott Walker and Ted Cruz.

The topic of my panel was Freedom of Thought in Higher Education.

The panel chair was Utah State Senator ...

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Rasmea Odeh appeal twists into pretzel logic

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Posted by    Monday, July 20, 2015 at 5:45pm 7/20/2015 at 5:45pm
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Rasmea Odeh is the supermarket bomber who killed Hebrew University students Edward Joffe and Leon Kanner in 1969, served 10 years in Israeli prison before being released in a prisoner exchange, and then made her way to the U.S. in the mid-1990s.

Rasmea then lied on her visa and naturalization applications, among...

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