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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Gross appearance of impropriety in AG Lynch private meeting with Bill Clinton

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Posted by    Wednesday, June 29, 2016 at 4:38pm 6/29/2016 at 4:38pm
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What do you call an Attorney General who meets privately with the husband of a person under FBI investigation, and only discloses it when asked?

Loretta Lynch.

This is the last straw for me, when it comes to Lynch.

I opposed my former law school classmate’s nomination because her congressional testimony indicated she would...

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Add New Jersey to list of states boycotting the anti-Israel boycotters

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Posted by    Monday, June 27, 2016 at 8:00pm 6/27/2016 at 8:00pm
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Just over a week ago I reported how Rhode Island legislature passes anti-BDS law, becoming the 10th state to pass legislation exercising the state’s right not to subsidize the discriminatory Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS).

The forms of such legislation in various states focus on pension investments by and/or contracting with state agencies....

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VIDEO – How UN Refugee agency teaches children to hate and attack Jews

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Posted by    Sunday, June 26, 2016 at 8:20pm 6/26/2016 at 8:20pm
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We recently showed a video about how Palestinian incitement to violence is generated both top-down from the Palestinian Authority, and bottom-up through social media, VIDEO: No truly “Lone Wolves” in the Palestinian Knife Intifada

A newly released video expands on the problem of...

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Is #Brexit Do-Over Petition the greatest internet troll ever?

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Posted by    Sunday, June 26, 2016 at 6:35pm 6/26/2016 at 6:35pm
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Our 4th most read post in 2015 was Kemberlee’s now classic Feminists Fall For #PissForEquality Hoax in which 4Chan users trolled feminists to get them to pee their pants for equality.

If reports are accurate, 4Chan users may have outdone themselves with regard to the Brexit ReDo Petition to the UK Parliament, which now shows...

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Huge blow to BDS – International UAW rules no subordinate body can endorse BDS

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Posted by    Saturday, June 25, 2016 at 9:15pm 6/25/2016 at 9:15pm
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The anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement is very adaptive. As its tactics fail, BDS adjusts.

The latest adjustment is moving its focus to graduate student unions, where the student population is a subset of the entire student population. In such unions (similar to some faculty associations), BDS supporters take over governing...

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#BREXIT Ain’t about the uh cha-ching cha-ching

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Posted by    Friday, June 24, 2016 at 7:00pm 6/24/2016 at 7:00pm
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The reaction to the British vote to leave the EU focuses heavily on the money.

It will cost Britain jobs. The Pound is getting pounded. The EU will extract a price as bureaucratic retribution.

Britain shot itself in the economy. The departure allegedly will destroy young people, female workers, the arts, science, universities...

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Appeals Court: Fraud suit against CAIR affiliate can move forward

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Posted by    Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at 8:45pm 6/21/2016 at 8:45pm
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The group we commonly refer to as the Council on American Islamic Affairs (CAIR) actually operates through a web of local and regional affiliates, and includes the CAIR Action Newtork.

The CAIR Action Network has been embroiled in litigation relating to alleged fraud in the handling of client cases by a “lawyer”...

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VIDEO: No truly “Lone Wolves” in the Palestinian Knife Intifada

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Posted by    Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at 7:00am 6/21/2016 at 7:00am
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Earlier this year, the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs released a report on the so-called Knife Uprising (Intifada), The Knife and the Message: The Roots of the New Palestinian Uprising (pdf. version

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CAIR attempts to shut down Islamic terror debate with bogus “Islamophobia” report

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Posted by    Monday, June 20, 2016 at 8:35pm 6/20/2016 at 8:35pm
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There were two big developments today in the attempt to shut down debate about Islamic terrorism.

First, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch fulfilled her promise to excise from the transcript of the Orlando terrorist’s 911 police tape all references to Islam and ISIS. After intense and near universal criticism and mockery from...

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Legal Insurrection Semi-Annual Fundraiser

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Posted by    Monday, June 20, 2016 at 6:50am 6/20/2016 at 6:50am
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(This post will be “sticky” for a while.)

It’s that time of year when we ask readers to help keep us doing what we do.

Reader donations and other help (e.g., using our Amazon link) are extremely important to us. We’ve discussed before that we don’t use the most obtrusive but best...

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Worse than Holder?

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Posted by    Sunday, June 19, 2016 at 9:00pm 6/19/2016 at 9:00pm
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I opposed the confirmation of Loretta Lynch to be Attorney General because her confirmation hearing testimony led me to believe that she would be too political in her handling of...

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1974 Ma’alot Massacre – My search for the brother and sister in the iconic photo

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Posted by    Saturday, June 18, 2016 at 7:45pm 6/18/2016 at 7:45pm
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As Legal Insurrection readers know, my recent trip to Israel was intended to give me a chance to meet and help document the stories of the victims of the recent so-called Knife or Stabbing Intifada, such as the family of Yaakov Don.

Because my trip was cut short from two weeks to...

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Rhode Island legislature passes anti-BDS law

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Posted by    Saturday, June 18, 2016 at 1:10pm 6/18/2016 at 1:10pm
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The Rhode Island legislature has joined numerous other states in passing legislation prohibiting the state and its subdivisions from contracting with entities involved in discriminatory boycotts, which would cover the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. Signature by the Governor is expected.

The recognition that boycotts based on religion and national origin are d...

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Big Changes at Legal Insurrection

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Posted by    Friday, June 17, 2016 at 9:00pm 6/17/2016 at 9:00pm
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I’ve changed my profile pic.

For the first time since Legal Insurrection was founded on October 12, 2008.

It’s part of a new attitude. Hopefully it will last.

In other news, I’m *almost* out of the woods on family health issues which have stressed the hell out of me the past few months...

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Israel: If Hezbollah unleashes its huge missile arsenal, Lebanon is toast

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Posted by    Thursday, June 16, 2016 at 9:00pm 6/16/2016 at 9:00pm
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We know that media outrage and exaggeration, combined with biased anti-Israel Non-Governmental Organizations and U.N. agencies, form a strategic asset for terrorist groups like Hamas in Gaza and Hezbollah in Lebanon.

The international reaction to Israeli self-defense measures ignores actual international legal standards, and substitutes completely politicized measures, such as “disproportionality.” That...

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Victory: YouTube restores video of vile BDS harassment of pro-Israel Professor

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Posted by    Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at 9:30am 6/15/2016 at 9:30am
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On June 10, 2016, I reported on how Someone wants to suppress this video of vile BDS shoutdown of Professor.

The video in question showed Irish anti-Israel activist Joseph Loughnane verbally abusing and threatening Professor Alan Johnson, who runs the Fathom Journal and was giving a lecture against the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. His...

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Help me solve the riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma of the Orlando terrorist’s motives

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Posted by    Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at 8:15pm 6/14/2016 at 8:15pm
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When the Newtown school shooting took place, I was making the long car trek from Ithaca to Rhode Island.

And so it was as reports came out on Sunday about the Orlando Pulse gay night club terror attack.

As with the Newtown shooting, for the first several hours I had to rely on...

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