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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Another NY Times hit job on Clarence Thomas

Supreme Court Justices 2010
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Posted by    Friday, August 28, 2015 at 1:02pm 8/28/2015 at 1:02pm
Supreme Court Justices 2010

The effort by liberal media to delegitimize Clarence Thomas as a powerful legal scholar is not new.

From his confirmation hearings through to the present, Thomas has endured relentless denigration of his intellect in places like The NY Times.

Yesterday brought a stark example.

NYT Supreme Court reporter Adam Liptak has an article focusing...

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Just when you thought the Wisconsin “John Doe” fiasco couldn’t get any worse

Walker addresses crowd
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Posted by    Friday, August 28, 2015 at 11:31am 8/28/2015 at 11:31am
Walker addresses crowd

The Wisconsin “John Doe” investigations of conservatives has ended in fiasco … for prosecutors.

John Doe No. 1, clearly aimed at Scott Walker, focused on Walker’s time as Milwaukee County Executive. Despite enourmous efforts led by Democratic prosecutor John Chisholm, no evidence of wr...

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Charges dropped against Florida man who played Star Spangled Banner on 4th of July

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Posted by    Thursday, August 27, 2015 at 11:47am 8/27/2015 at 11:47am
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I just received word from Caleb Rowland, the attorney for Lane Pittman, that the charges against Pittman for playing the Star Spangled Banner on the 4th of July in Neptune Beach, Florida:

Despite the delay, Mr. Pittman is pleased the State’s Attorney’s office declined to prosecute him for expressing his patriotism and...

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Clownish: HuffPo breaks Trump political scoop in Entertainment Section

Trump Mobile Crowd Podium
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Posted by    Thursday, August 27, 2015 at 8:30am 8/27/2015 at 8:30am
Trump Mobile Crowd Podium

On July 17, 2015, two senior political reporters at Huffington Post announced that all future coverage of Donald Trump’s campaign would take place in the Entertainment section of HuffPo, not the Politics section.

HuffPo played it up on its Homepage, with a graphic meant to get attention:

We reported about...

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Hillary lawyer: No obligation to retain “personal” emails and we decide what’s “personal”

https://twitter.com/czechov/status/633784760452513792
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Posted by    Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at 5:30pm 8/26/2015 at 5:30pm
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One of the key disputes in the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit commenced by Judicial Watch seeking records as to Huma Abedin’s outside employment is whether emails sent and received by Hillary Clinton through her personal email account on her personal server are “federal records” covered by FOIA.

The Court, however,...

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August 26, 2014 – Gaza ceasefire after summer of Hamas human shields

Hamas Ceasefire
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Posted by    Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at 10:15am 8/26/2015 at 10:15am
Hamas Ceasefire

This is the 6th in our look back at the summer 2014 Gaza conflict.

On August 26, 2014, the active Gaza fighting stopped with agreement on a ceasefire. How long that lasts is anyone’s guess. Hamas is bragging that it has rebuilt tunnels leading into Israel and its rocket stockpiles and production.

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Under BDS rules, Matisuyahu’s concert in Oświęcim, Poland, must be banned

Matishayu Concert announcement Oscwiecim Poland
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Posted by    Tuesday, August 25, 2015 at 1:00pm 8/25/2015 at 1:00pm
Matishayu Concert announcement Oscwiecim Poland

The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement has declared that American Jewish musician Matisyahu must be banned from public concerts because he is too pro-Israel.

In a report at the anti-Zionist Mondoweiss website,  Benjamin Norton (who criticized the ban at his own website before the post was taken down), lays out the position of...

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Who is “Toby Miles” and why did Lois Lerner use that name for secret email account? (Court Document)

Lois Lerner Leaves House Hearing 3-5-2014
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Posted by    Tuesday, August 25, 2015 at 10:05am 8/25/2015 at 10:05am
Lois Lerner Leaves House Hearing 3-5-2014

Late last night the IRS filed a Status Report (full embed at bottom of post) disclosing that Lois Lerner used a secret email account for some official business, under the name “Toby Miles.”

The Washington Times reports:

Lois Lerner had yet another personal email account used to conduct some IRS business, the tax...

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It’s the sovereignty

Kate Steinle Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez w border
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Posted by    Monday, August 24, 2015 at 8:48pm 8/24/2015 at 8:48pm
Kate Steinle Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez w border

All the way back on July 13, 2015, when Donald Trump’s initial rise in the polls caused early onset apoplexia among Republicans, I wrote a column at National Review, Trump’s Lesson: Voters Are Furious about Illegal Immigration:

One section in Trump’s Phoenix speech jumped out at me as capturing especially well what...

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Leading BDS writer courageously condemns Matisyahu ban (then post disappears)

Matisyahu Rototom Sunsplash Sings Jerusalem
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Posted by    Monday, August 24, 2015 at 10:05am 8/24/2015 at 10:05am
Matisyahu Rototom Sunsplash Sings Jerusalem

Benjamin Norton is a leading author who favors the boycott movement (BDS) against Israel.

Norton writes for the anti-Zionist Mondoweiss website, as well as a slew of other places on the topic of how bad Israel is. While I don’t agree with most of what Norton says, he certainly is prolific...

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Gaza Summer 2014 – Hamas mass public executions

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Posted by    Sunday, August 23, 2015 at 7:30pm 8/23/2015 at 7:30pm
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Periodically throughout this summer, we are taking a look back at our coverage of the 2014 Gaza conflict.

It’s important to do this because a relentless propaganda campaign which falsely portrays the conflict as initiated and continued by Israel, when in fact it was initiated by Hamas rocket fire and continued by...

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Matisyahu sings “Jerusalem” in face of anti-Israel protesters at Spanish Festival

Matisyahu Rototom Sunsplash Sings Jerusalem
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Posted by    Saturday, August 22, 2015 at 9:00pm 8/22/2015 at 9:00pm
Matisyahu Rototom Sunsplash Sings Jerusalem

Matisyahu is the American Jewish musician who was banned by the Rototom Sunsplash Reggae Festival under pressure and threats from the Boycott, Divestments and Sanctions (BDS) movement. Leading American BDS activists support the ban.

The ban created a strong reaction from the Spanish press and government, which called the ban blatant and...

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Biden-Warren 2016?

Animal House Thank You God
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Posted by    Saturday, August 22, 2015 at 7:30pm 8/22/2015 at 7:30pm
Animal House Thank You God

There has been speculation Joe Biden may run.

There has been speculation Elizabeth Warren may run.

Either of them individually would be a dream come true for the pure theater of it (and with Warren, for some other reasons).

But together, it will have the conservative media and blogosphere shouting “Thank You God!”

Could it...

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Watch LIVE: Trump in Mobile (#Trump2016)

Trump Mobile Crowd Podium
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Posted by    Friday, August 21, 2015 at 7:14pm 8/21/2015 at 7:14pm
Trump Mobile Crowd Podium

Will he or won’t he (fill the stadium in Mobile, AL)?

Watch Live:

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Boycott Movement: We only ban Zionist and pro-Israel Jews (i.e. most Jews)

Matisyahu performing live at the Republik Music Festival in Honolulu, Hawaii. June 8, 2014. photo credit PETER CHIAPPERINO
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Posted by    Friday, August 21, 2015 at 11:30am 8/21/2015 at 11:30am
Matisyahu performing live at the Republik Music Festival in Honolulu, Hawaii. June 8, 2014. photo credit PETER CHIAPPERINO

The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement suffered one of its worst public relations debacles when it pressured the Spanish Rototom SunSplash festival to ban American Jewish musician Matisyahu.

At so many levels, the...

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Rep. Mia Love: “I do not trust our administration” on Iran nuke deal

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Posted by    Friday, August 21, 2015 at 7:00am 8/21/2015 at 7:00am
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Longtime readers know the history of Legal Insurrection and Mia Love, whose success was one of the most satisfying moments for Legal Insurrection.

This interview with Lou Dobbs shows why we’ve supported her since the start.

Via Washington Examiner. Love became very emotional when discussing the Planned Parenthood videos:

Freshman Rep. Mia Love, R-Utah,...

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Spanish reversal of ban on Jewish musician has BDS in panic

Matisyahu Israel
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Posted by    Thursday, August 20, 2015 at 6:02pm 8/20/2015 at 6:02pm
Matisyahu Israel

American Jewish reggae singer Matisyahu was banned from the Spanish Rototom Sunsplash festival after intense pressure from supporters of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, who demanded that Matisyahu sign a pledge supporting a Palestinian state.

Matisyahu was singled out because he was Jewish. He’s not even Israeli. No other musician, regardless...

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