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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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Scott Walker’s rivals have a plan, a bad plan

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Posted by    Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 7:30pm
http://www.jsonline.com/blogs/news/124005599.html

The Daily Beast has an article on how Scott Walker’s rivals plan on taking him down.

Not his Democratic rivals. We know what they do. KOCH. JOHN DOE. KOCH. KOCH. RIGHT-WING. HATES TEACHERS. KOCH. NOT HAHVAHD. KOCH. WOULD KILL YOUR PUPPY IF COULD. KOCH.

No, his Republican rivals,

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Israeli Apartheid Week conceived in Tehran (#IsraeliApartheidWeek)

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Posted by    Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 11:44am
http://youtu.be/D64CkLyX8oY

We are in the midst of “Israel Apartheid Week.”  In the U.S. it lasts from February 26-March 12 — which is more than one week, but anti-Israel groups always take liberties with terminology and numbers.

On campuses we will see mock “Apartheid Walls” (referring to the Israeli security barrier); but we will not...

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Email server in the house, political blood in the water

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Posted by    Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at 5:00pm
hillary - warren

Hillary Clinton’s email scandal gets worse by the day.

First, the NY Times broke the story of Hillary’s exclusive use of personal email account, raising serious security issues in addition to record keeping issues.  Then

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Former RI House Speaker Pleads Guilty to Tax Fraud

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Posted by    Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at 6:15pm
Gordon Fox

My formerly home State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations is keeing up its long history of corrupt politicians.

In March 2014, we reported how Gordon Fox, the RI House Speaker and most powerful politician in Rhode Island was

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Bigger Question: Did Hillary use unsecured email for Classified Info?

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Posted by    Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at 9:45am
hillary texting

News broke yesterday, via The NY Times, that Hillary Clinton used a personal email account to conduct government business the entire time she was Secretary of State, which would appear to be a violation...

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Sisters of Leon Kanner seek “maximal sentence” for Rasmea Odeh

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Posted by    Monday, March 2, 2015 at 8:30pm
[In the camera that was found at the bombing site was this photo which was taken with the scenery of Jerusalem. This photo was later developed as Leon did not get the chance to see it.]

Rasmea Odeh is the Chicago resident who was convicted of a supermarket bombing in Jerusalem in 1969 that killed Edward Joffe and Leon Kanner, two university students.

Despite claims from Rasmea’s supporters, the evidence of her guilt was overwhelming, as set forth in my post,

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Anti-Israel San Mateo Bridge blockaders face misdemeanor charges

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Posted by    Monday, March 2, 2015 at 3:50pm
http://kron4.com/2015/01/19/protesters-block-westbound-lanes-on-san-mateo-bridge/

We previously reported extensively on the blockade of the San Mateo – Hayward Bridge on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day by a group of protesters.

What started as a #BlackLivesMatters protest was hijacked by anti-Israel protesters who draped the Palestinian flag across both sides of the bridge at its highest span.

The action...

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Netanyahu at #AIPAC2015 (Live)

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Posted by    Monday, March 2, 2015 at 8:28am
Netanyahu AIPAC on stage

We will have live coverage of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech at AIPAC, scheduled to start at 8:30 a.m. Eastern. But of course, it’s running late (the slipped in a panel discussion), so stay tuned.

Amy is in the room and will send photos and reports. Her Twitter feed is...

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Mild About Martin O’Malley

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Posted by    Sunday, March 1, 2015 at 9:04pm
Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley

Martin O’Mally [damn - I spelled his name wrong] (quick, look him up on Wikipedia, and let me know who he is) is spoken about in certain circles as a possible challenger to Billary.

The New York Times reports that Marty (is it okay to call him that?) is jabbing at Billary, ...

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The Third Amendment makes all the others possible

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Posted by    Sunday, March 1, 2015 at 3:00pm
Bumper Sticker American Anti Quartering Association

It’s often said that the Second Amendment makes all the others possible.

Let’s take a step back.

The Second Amendment is good, I’ll admit.  But as readers know, the Third Amendment is just as — if not more — important:

No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the...

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3 Years after Andrew Breitbart’s death, no apologies needed

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Posted by    Sunday, March 1, 2015 at 11:30am
http://youtu.be/KEabZxKkrmk

On March 1, 2012, Andrew Breitbart died. My post upon hearing the news tried to capture what many of us were feeling, including reactions from friends and foes, Andrew Breitbart dead. We’ve tried our best to remember his death each anniversary:

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Thanks Jezebel! Sincerely, Scott Walker

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Posted by    Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 8:15pm
Scott Walker pic

Gawker Media website Deadspin helped Cory Gardner win the Colorado Senate race, and contributed to Republicans taking the Senate, by botching a gotcha story about Garnder supposedly faking his high school football record. Deadspin was dead wrong, and we said Thanks Deadspin!

Now Gawker Media website Jezebel has done the equivalent for...

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In the Belly of the Beast

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Posted by    Friday, February 27, 2015 at 11:10am
William A. Jacobson Congress BDS Legislation

On Thursday, I had the pleasure of giving a presentation to House staffers on the BDS movement, and the role Congress legitimately can play in addressing the new form of the century-old Arab boycott of Jews in the land of Israel. I spoke about pending legislation, as well as possible...

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U. Illinois Trustees seek to throw out Steven Salaita federal lawsuit

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Posted by    Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at 8:13pm
Steve Salaita Twitter Photo Cropped

In late January 2015, Steven Salaita filed a federal lawsuit against the Trustees of the University of Illinois and certain of its senior officers, alleging that they violated Salaita’s contractual and First Amendment rights.

The lawsuit concerns the Trustees refusal to approve a contingent offer of tenured employment after Salaita’s bizarre Twitter...

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Prosecution seeks 5-7 year sentence for Rasmea Odeh

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Posted by    Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at 5:50pm
http://youtu.be/afK-AM-XDE8

Rasmea Odeh was convicted in Israel of the 1969 bombing of the Super Sol supermarket in Jerusalem, in which Hebrew University students Edward Joffe and Leon Kanner were killed, in addition to the attempted bombing of the British Consulate.

Rasmea served 10 years of a life sentence before being released in a...

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Pre-CPAC Reader Poll Results

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Posted by    Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at 7:00am
http://www.cnn.com/2015/01/14/politics/crowdpac-video-and-story/

We had good participation in our Pre-CPAC Reader Poll, in which readers could pick up to 3 candidates.

Of course it’s not a “scientific” poll, it’s a snapshot of the Legal Insurrection Readership at a moment in time — more towards the conservative, Tea Party, libertarian …. definitely not “establishment” (however you...

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Judge delays Feds’ Immigration Emergency Stay Motion to next week

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Posted by    Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at 6:04pm
Obama Immigration Executive Action Speech End

Yesterday the U.S. government filed an Emergency motion to stay the U.S. District Court’s temporary injunction putting Obama’s immigration executive action on hold.

In its Emergency Motion, the Feds threatened that if U.S. District Court Judge Andrew S. Hanen did not grant the stay by the close of business on Wednesday, February...

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