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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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In government, we don’t trust

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Posted by    Friday, October 31, 2014 at 9:39am
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As part of my ongoing occasional efforts to expand the audience, I have a column at Townhall.com, The Era of Trust in Government Is Over.

Here is an excerpt:

In 1986, Ronald Reagan joked that...

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Sign of the times

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Posted by    Friday, October 31, 2014 at 7:00am
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Spotted by a Legal Insurrection reader at the LIRR train station at Manhasset, on Long Island, New York.

When I grew up near there, it was solid Red.  Then it turned solid Blue.

Is it turning Red again?

Bus sign Obama 2014 Manhasset

 
 
 

Dan Maffei March 2010: Obamacare “burns the village in order to save it” (#NY24)

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Posted by    Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 11:50am
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Although I live in the NY-23 congressional district, we’re in the NY-24 (Syracuse) television market.

NY-24 is represented by Democrat Dan Maffei, who portrays himself as a moderate Democrat. Maffei is being challenged by John Katko.

Maffei first was elected in 2008, but lost his seat in 2010 by a few hundred votes,...

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Wisconsin breaking for Walker? Marquette shows 50-43% lead

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Posted by    Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 2:28pm
Walker addresses crowd

The Marquette Law School final poll was just released, and it shows Scott Walker with a 50-43% lead among likely voters:

A new Marquette Law School Poll finds Republican Gov. Scott Walker leading Democratic challenger Mary Burke 50...

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SodaStream relocating factory to southern Israel

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Posted by    Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 1:23pm
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Someplace a BDS activist is celebrating that SodaStream is closing it’s factory near a West Bank settlement.

And with it may go hundreds of jobs for Palestinians.

Sodastream says it was a commercial decision, not because of the boycott which seeks to ban Sodastream from television and stores.

But no matter, BDS will call...

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Court rejects Rasmieh Odeh motion to postpone trial (#Justice4Rasmea)

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Posted by    Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 12:07pm
Rasmieh Odeh Court Appearance

We reported on the case of convicted Palestinian terrorist Rasmieh Odeh (aka Rasmea Yousef), who is charged with falsely filling out her naturalization application by failing to disclose her conviction in Israel in the late 1960s on terrorism charges in connection with a supermarket bombing.

Odeh sought to contest that Israeli conviction...

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Millennials abandon Democratic sinking ship

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Posted by    Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 10:39am
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Last year at this time we noted the Harvard Institute for polling showed a shift in Millennials’ allegiance, Harvard Survey: Obama and Obamacare push Millennials support off cliff:

Havard’s Institute of Politics just released a devastating study showing a massive drop in support among...

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Senior Obama official: Bibi Netanyahu is “chickenshit”

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Posted by    Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at 6:13pm
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Jeffrey Goldberg writing in The Atlantic, The Crisis in U.S.-Israel Relations Is Officially Here:

The other day I was talking to a senior Obama administration official about the foreign leader who seems to frustrate the White House and the State Department the most. “The thing about Bibi is, he’s a chickenshit,” this official...

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Fear Stalks the Land

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Posted by    Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at 1:32pm
CNN Poll Oct 2014 Anger

You don’t need polls to tell you that there is a fearful, ornery mood out there.

But it is confirmed by the polls, and Democrats are the primary recipients of that anger.

We wrote about this a week ago, Election 2014: America “completely out of control” and “women feel unsafe”.

The mood does not...

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“The hell with his minimum wage raise, we don’t have any jobs”

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Posted by    Monday, October 27, 2014 at 8:51pm
http://youtu.be/BUSRZo1BE5o?t=1m55s

Our friend Jeremy Segal, aka Rebel Pundit, has documented the struggles of blacks who speak out against the Democratic political machine.

Jeremy did the viral videos Chicago Resident: Obama Will Go Down as Worst President Ever and 2014 State of the Union Address- A Black Grassroots Response.

Jeremy also did the editing for...

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Hillary: What I really meant was that businesses do create jobs

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Posted by    Monday, October 27, 2014 at 7:16pm
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Remember when Hillary, just a few days ago, said that Businesses Don’t Create Jobs, Gubmint does:

“Don’t let anybody tell you that it’s corporations and businesses that create jobs”

That was then. This is now.

Via Buzzfeed:

When Hillary Clinton fumbled a line at a rally last Friday — “Don’t let anybody tell you that...

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Devastating pre-trial rulings against Rasmieh Odeh in naturalization prosecution

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Posted by    Monday, October 27, 2014 at 3:59pm
Rasmieh Odeh Court Appearance

The trial of Rasmieh Odeh, an American citizen of Palestinian descent convicted in Israel decades ago of involvement in a terrorist group (the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine) that bombed a supermarket in the late 1960s, starts November 4.

Odeh was convicted in Israel, but now claims she was tortured...

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Whatever happened to the IRS targeting scandal investigation?

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Posted by    Monday, October 27, 2014 at 12:11pm
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It seems like it has fallen off the media radar completely.

Because Ebola.

Because ISIS.

Because 2014 Midterms.

Because Obama.

Because the Imperial Bureaucracy.

This video just released by the House Oversight Committee provides a good timeline of events:

After the midterms, time to ramp up the investigation.

Which is why taking back control of the Senate is so...

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How bad a candidate is Martha Coakley? Boston Globe endorses Republican for Gov

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Posted by    Monday, October 27, 2014 at 9:50am
Martha Coakley Fundraiser John McCormack on Ground

Pigs flying?

Hell freezing over?

Yup. Boston Globe endorses Republican Charlie Baker over Democrat Martha Coakley.

Effective activist government isn’t built on good intentions. To provide consistently good results, especially for the state’s most vulnerable and troubled residents, agencies need to focus on outcomes, learn from their errors, and preserve and replicate approaches...

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Liberal Sad Trombone: “We are such losers”

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Posted by    Sunday, October 26, 2014 at 5:13pm
http://www.salon.com/2014/10/26/thomas_frank_we_are_such_losers/

(I’m just going to post an excerpt of this. There is nothing I could add that would make it any more satisfying to read. So I will not put my own thoughts between Thomas Frank at Salon.com playing the sad trombone and the readers.)

Thomas Frank: “We are such losers”:

….Barack Obama...

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Debate crowd laughter may signal death knell for Democratic “War on Women” theme (#NY23)

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Posted by    Sunday, October 26, 2014 at 3:00pm
Martha Robertson War on Women Fox and Friends

The video of Martha Robertson, the Democratic challenger being laughed at when she lobbed a contrived “War Against Woman” accusation at incumbent Congressman Tom Reed (NY-23), has gone viral.

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Rotherham abuse scandal becomes election issue

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Posted by    Sunday, October 26, 2014 at 10:12am
Rotherham Abuse Campaign Poster

A reader emails:

Hey RNC! Are you taking notes?

This is how its done! No more bringing knives to gunfights…

linking to a post at Breitbart.com, UKIP Launches Hard-Hitting New Rotherham Poster.

It regards a campaign truck in a local election carrying a poster referring to the abuse of at least 1400 girls, as authorities...

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