About: William A. Jacobson

William A. Jacobson is a Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the Securities Law Clinic at Cornell Law School.

He 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, Professor 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 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.

Professor Jacobson has a national reputation as a leading practitioner in securities arbitration. He was Treasurer, and is a former member of the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of the Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association, a professional organization of attorneys dedicated to protecting public investors. He 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 is co-author of the Securities Arbitration Desk Reference (Thomson-Reuters), updated annually.

Professor Jacobson is frequently quoted in the media on political and legal topics, has authored many Op-Eds in major publications, and appears on television and radio to discuss politics and the law.

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 here.




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Buttigieg Senior Advisor hits Elizabeth Warren secrecy over $millions earned as corporate hired gun

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Posted by    Friday, December 6, 2019 at 9:15pm 12/6/2019 at 9:15pm
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Since 2012, we have covered Elizabeth Warren’s years representing large corporations against the interests of employees and others Warren now claims to champion. Warren likely earned millions of dollars in compensation, but never has disclosed those amounts.

Indeed, our research led the way, with even The Washington Post recently credited us for...

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Upcoming Lecture: “The War on Conservative Speech – From Campus to Culture” (December 12, Sharon, MA)

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Posted by    Thursday, December 5, 2019 at 9:00pm 12/5/2019 at 9:00pm

On December 12, 2019, at 7 p.m., in Sharon, Massachusetts, I will be giving a lecture on “The War on Conservative Speech – From Campus to Culture,” at the invitation of the Sharon Republican Town Committee:

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Prof. Jonathan Turley: “legal case for impeachment is not just woefully inadequate, but in some respects, dangerous”

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Posted by    Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at 9:00pm 12/4/2019 at 9:00pm
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Today was perhaps the biggest farce yet in the impeachment saga. Two of the law professors called by the Democrats (Pamela Karlin and Noah Feldman) were so over-the-top partisan and political, that they buried whatever legal points they were making. The third law professor called by Democrats, Michael Gerhardt, was not...

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Gibson’s Bakery alleges Cleveland media collaborating with Oberlin College to unseal store clerk’s Facebook records

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Posted by    Monday, December 2, 2019 at 9:00pm 12/2/2019 at 9:00pm
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On November 8, 2019, I noted a strange twist in the Gibson’s Bakery v. Oberlin College case. Several months after the verdicts, and a month after the court denied a nearly identical motion by Oberlin College, two Cleveland media outlets plus an Ohio media non-profit group sought to unseal the Facebook...

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Trump lawyers to Jerry Nadler: We won’t participate in your sham Wednesday law professor hearing

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Posted by    Sunday, December 1, 2019 at 9:00pm 12/1/2019 at 9:00pm
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The impeachment torch is about to be passed from Adam Schiff (House Intelligence Committee) to Jerry Nadler (House Judiciary Committee).

Nadler scheduled a “hearing” for Wednesday, but it’s not an evidentiary hearing and the witnesses (as of this writing) are unknown.

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Impeachment: “Democrats are like the dog chasing the car and they found it and they don’t know what to do with it”

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Posted by    Thursday, November 28, 2019 at 12:00pm 11/28/2019 at 12:00pm
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I appeared on Fox News @Night with Shannon Bream on November 27.

We started with the upcoming Horowitz report on surveillance of the Trump campaign and then moved on to the current status of impeachment.

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Giving Tuesday – Smile

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Posted by    Thursday, November 28, 2019 at 9:00am 11/28/2019 at 9:00am

December 3, 2019, is Giving Tuesday, the first one for the Legal Insurrection Foundation, a tax-exempt 501(c)(3). All donations are tax deductible to the full extent permitted by law. Reader donations have been critical to our success and survival. More than you know.

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Court: Expelled Johnson & Wales male student gets trial on claim of unfair disciplinary process

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Posted by    Wednesday, November 27, 2019 at 8:20pm 11/27/2019 at 8:20pm

In January 2018, I wrote about the Kafkaesque campus sexual assault tribunal at Johnson & Wales alleged in lawsuit.

The case involved all-too-common really troubling procedural twists:

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Welcome to the World, Walter Canon

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Posted by    Tuesday, November 26, 2019 at 8:30pm 11/26/2019 at 8:30pm

On Sunday morning, November 24, Walter Canon, son of Kemberlee Kaye and her husband Jeff, entered the world at 9 lbs. 8 oz. He joins his two big sisters, who have been anxiously awaiting his arrival.

Walt was born with a congenital heart problem, and is being cared for by doctors and...

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Michelle Obama 2020 Chatter Rising — As We Predicted Over Two Years Ago

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Posted by    Tuesday, November 26, 2019 at 5:00pm 11/26/2019 at 5:00pm
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I’m not saying we’re clairvoyant. I’m not saying we see things before others do. I’m not saying that by the time this is all over you are going to be asking us to pick lottery numbers for you.

I’m not saying any of those things, though I will humble br...

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Supreme Court blocks House subpoena to Trump’s accountants pending full appeal

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Posted by    Tuesday, November 26, 2019 at 11:04am 11/26/2019 at 11:04am
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The U.S. Supreme Court has blocked a subpoena issued by the House Committee on Oversight and Reform to Trump’s accounting firm, pending a full appeal. So while the Stay is temporary, it likely will last several months until the appeal is decided.

This is part of a full-scale assault by Democrat controlled...

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18 years later: Remembering CIA Officer Johnny “Mike” Spann, the first American killed in Afghanistan after 9/11

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Posted by    Monday, November 25, 2019 at 6:30pm 11/25/2019 at 6:30pm
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For many years, on November 25 and also Memorial Day, we have remembered Johnny Micheal Spann, a CIA Operations Officer who was the first American killed in Afghanistan after 9/11.

We have told Spann’s story many times, but it never gets old. Our 15th Anniversary post summed up much of what we...

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Vulnerable Dems Taking Impeachment Heat Over Thanksgiving

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Posted by    Sunday, November 24, 2019 at 8:00pm 11/24/2019 at 8:00pm
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I was in Ithaca for a school event recently, and it didn’t take much time so see an anti-Impeachment ad on TV.

This ad directed at Anthony Brindisi (D-NY22) was all over the airwaves (not sure if it was Binghamton or Syracuse stations):

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All three Nicholas Sandmann lawsuits to go forward — WaPo, CNN, NBC

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Posted by    Friday, November 22, 2019 at 9:25pm 11/22/2019 at 9:25pm
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On October 28, 2019, we reported on a stunning development in Nicholas Sandmann’s previously dismissed lawsuit against The Washington Post, Judge Reopens Nicholas Sandmann lawsuit against Washington Post.

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Attempted Theft In Progress

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Posted by    Thursday, November 21, 2019 at 8:55pm 11/21/2019 at 8:55pm
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I am now going to give you the least surprising announcement in the history of unsurprising announcements:

“Breaking: Dems say enough evidence to move forward on impeachment. Vote likely by mid-December. They will not wait for courts to force additional witnesses”

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While you were watching Gordon Sondland, Trump flipped the 11th Circuit

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Posted by    Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at 5:05pm 11/20/2019 at 5:05pm
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“While you were focused on ….” Trump continued to remake the federal judiciary, is now something of a series here:

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Elise Stefanik skewers Dems impeachment case with classic cross-examination techniques

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Posted by    Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at 7:30pm 11/19/2019 at 7:30pm
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