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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Virginia State Bar Boycotts Israel, Cancels Jerusalem Seminar

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Posted by    Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 4:00pm 3/28/2015 at 4:00pm
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On Friday, March 27, 2015, Virginia State Bar President Kevin E. Martingayle sent an email to the membership cancelling a planned Mid-Year Legal Seminar in Jerusalem. It is unclear what time it went out, with some members referencing late afternoon or evening.

The full letter is reprinted later in this post. The...

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Cover up: Hillary wipes hard drive clean

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Posted by    Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 7:00am 3/28/2015 at 7:00am
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I may not be able to read Russian anymore, but I can read people. And I can smell rats.

When Hillary Clinton held her tightly-controlled press conference at the U.N. regarding the email server scandal, I read right through her, and smelled a rat.

I wrote that her performance reflected

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Iran nuke deal and Ted Cruz eligibility have something in common

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Posted by    Friday, March 27, 2015 at 9:00pm 3/27/2015 at 9:00pm
William A. Jacobson on Larry O'Connor Show December 29 2014

On March 27, 2015, I appeared in studio on Washington’s Drive at Five hosted by Larry O’Connor on WMAL 630 in D.C.

We touched on two completely unrelated, but interesting, subjects: Obama’s plan to make an end run around Congress to the U.N. Security Council to sign a nuke deal with Iran,...

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Congress ramps up attack on anti-Israel boycott movement

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Posted by    Friday, March 27, 2015 at 11:30am 3/27/2015 at 11:30am
BDS protesters San Francisco gives finger to pro Israel protesters

The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, conceived at the anti-Semitic 2001 Durban NGO Conference and rolled out with a 2005 boycott call from “Palestinian Civil Society,” is a weapon to isolate, demonize and dehumanize Israel and Israeli Jews.

As documented here hundreds...

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Bye-Bye Harry Reid

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Posted by    Friday, March 27, 2015 at 8:30am 3/27/2015 at 8:30am
Harry Reid Nuclear Option Floor Debate 2

There have been few people as destructive to our political process and discourse as Harry Reid. His pugnacious antics have been a feature here since the inception of this blog.

Finally, he’s retiring.

From The NY Times:

Senator Harry Reid, the tough tactician who has led Senate Democrats since 2005, will not seek re-election...

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Grandpa, what did you do to stop Iran building the bomb?

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Posted by    Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 9:30pm 3/26/2015 at 9:30pm
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I could imagine such a conversation some decades in the future, if and when I have grandchildren and they are old enough to comprehend the historical mistakes of prior generations.

The deal being discussed does not eliminate Iran’s ability to produce nuclear weapons, it enshrines the process by international agreement so long...

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Going Mobile

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Posted by    Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at 8:33pm 3/25/2015 at 8:33pm
Legal Insurrection Mobile Template

We did it, we really did it.

After years of reader requests, nay demands, for a mobile phone template we did it.  It is NOT AN APP. Don’t ask me how you get the App.  You don’t need to download anything.

Apps are so three years ago.

It’s a full blown mobile tempate. Like...

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About that “ISIS at Cornell” video

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Posted by    Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at 1:15pm 3/25/2015 at 1:15pm
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James O’Keefe has released a sting video of an Assistant Dean of Students at Cornell University indicating to a purported potential foreign student that the school was amenable to pro-ISIS and pro-Hamas student clubs, and even training of “Freedom Fighters.”

I don’t know the Assistant Dean and never heard of him before this,...

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Ithaca College student gov’t votes for Microaggression reporting system

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Posted by    Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at 10:00am 3/25/2015 at 10:00am
Leno Obama kicking open door

It has been a while since we have reported on Microaggression mania on college campuses:

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How intense is spying on Israel? This intense.

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Posted by    Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 6:30pm 3/24/2015 at 6:30pm
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With news that Israel spied on the Iran nuke negotiations, there is high dudgeon in some quarters.

Extending the administration’s Bibi-bashing news cycle apparently was the intent of the U.S. officials who leaked the information to The Wall Street Journal.

While Israel denies spying on U.S. officials, as opposed to targeting the...

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Obama’s treatment of Israel in one tweet

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Posted by    Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 1:37pm 3/24/2015 at 1:37pm
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The featured image was sent in response to my tweet:

 
 
 

Obama furious Israel found out Iran nuke deal secrets and told Congress

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Posted by    Monday, March 23, 2015 at 11:11pm 3/23/2015 at 11:11pm
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The Obama administration has vented its fury at Israel based on Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress, and pre-election statements.

None of those issues justified the complete fury coming from the administration. It just didn’t add up.

Now The Wall Street Journal reveals the back story — one in which the Israelis found...

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Supreme Court allows Wisconsin Voter I.D. law to stand

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Posted by    Monday, March 23, 2015 at 11:15am 3/23/2015 at 11:15am
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The Supreme Court today refused to accept for review a case challenging the Wisconsin Voter I.D. law.

The case, Frank v. Walker, was on a long list of cases as to which petitions for certiorari were denied without explanation.

In early October, 2014, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the Voter I.D....

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It will be Bibi — progressive American Jews hardest hit

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Posted by    Monday, March 23, 2015 at 10:03am 3/23/2015 at 10:03am
Benjamin Netanyahu Stage Election Night Sign

The talk of forming a ruling coalition is over — at latest count, the Likud-led coalition has 67 Knesset seats (61 needed for majority) pledged to it, as The Times of Israel reports this morning:

With [Avigdor] Liberman’s (unsurprising) endorsement, Prime Minister Netanyahu has 67 MKs, representing six parties (Likud, Jewish Home,...

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Steel cage match: Scott Walker v. Ted Cruz (Reader Poll)

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Posted by    Sunday, March 22, 2015 at 7:31pm 3/22/2015 at 7:31pm
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The race is on.

Scott Walker is expected by everyone to run for President, and already has formed an exploratory committee.

Ted Cruz is set to announce on Monday that he’s running, skipping the exploratory stage.

These are two Legal Insurrection favorites based on prior polling, so let’s see how it sorts out.

Steel Cage...

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Game Changer: Boston Globe urges Elizabeth Warren to challenge Hillary

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Posted by    Sunday, March 22, 2015 at 2:06pm 3/22/2015 at 2:06pm
Run Liz Run Elizabeth Warren for President Video Netroots

With Hillary’s email and fundraising scandals destined to be a permanent fixture in the 2016 campaign if she runs, and with Clinton fatigue already setting in, the voices calling on Elizabeth Warren to mount a challenge are growing stronger.

What started with committed progressives at places like MoveOn.org and Daily Kos, now...

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Iran’s Supreme Leader lays down nuke talk red lines (Update: And “Death to America”)

Iran Press TV Ayatollah Khameini address Norouz nuke talks
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Posted by    Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 10:31am 3/21/2015 at 10:31am
Iran Press TV Ayatollah Khameini address Norouz nuke talks

Last night we started a flash poll as to whether to laugh or cry as to Obama’s video message to Iranian youth for the Norouz (Persian New Year) festival, in which Obama practically begged them to help reach a nuke deal.

As if Iranian youth have any say in it....

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