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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Paul Manafort is being prosecuted because of who he knows. I hope he walks.

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Posted by    Thursday, August 16, 2018 at 9:00pm 8/16/2018 at 9:00pm
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The jury ended its first day of deliberations in the prosecution of Paul Manafort in the Eastern District of Virginia. When this trial is over, Manafort faces a second trial on other charges in federal court in D.C.

The jury asked the judge for help understanding “reasonable doubt.” As is usual in...

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Welcome home from Bloody Tarawa, Pvt. Emil F. Ragucci

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Posted by    Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at 9:00pm 8/15/2018 at 9:00pm
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The Battle of Tarawa atoll was fought on November 20-23, 1943.

Over 1000 U.S. Marines lost their lives, and over 2000 were wounded, during the 72-hour battle, earning the atoll the name “Bloody Tarawa.”

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Colorado goes after Masterpiece Cakeshop again – this time over “gender transition” cake

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Posted by    Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at 9:00am 8/15/2018 at 9:00am
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When Masterpiece Cakeshop won its case on June 4, 2018, in the U.S. Supreme Court over refusal to bake a cake celebrating a gay wedding, many people assumed it was a win for religious freedom and free speech (the right not to have government compel your speech).

The cake shop did not...

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In reaction to Women’s March leaders’ Farrakhan embrace and anti-Israel progressives, new group calls on Democrats to “Say NO to antisemitism!”

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Posted by    Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at 8:20pm 8/14/2018 at 8:20pm

The Women’s March has been rocked by its association with anti-Israel and anti-Semitic figures almost from inception.

In February 2017, we wrote how Convicted terrorist Rasmea Odeh co-organized March 8 #DayWithoutAWoman, and we followed up in January 2018, Anti-Israel activists attempt to hijack Women’s March – again:

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Phrase of the Week: Perjury Trap

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Posted by    Monday, August 13, 2018 at 9:05am 8/13/2018 at 9:05am

Should Donald Trump sit down to a face-to-face interview with Robert Mueller and his team?

The answer for me has been clear for a long time: Just Say No.

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Is era of Ocasio-Cortez over? Candidate she backed gets 6% in Dem #HI01 primary

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Posted by    Sunday, August 12, 2018 at 9:20am 8/12/2018 at 9:20am
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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a media darling. They love, love, love her. Her defeat of Joe Crowley in the NY-14 primary was to herald a new era in Democrat politics – a new, young Socialist face for the coming years.

Ignored was that Ocasio-Cortez won her primary with only about <...

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Ocasio-Cortez endorses Ilhan Omar, of “may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel” infamy (#MN05)

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Posted by    Saturday, August 11, 2018 at 12:00pm 8/11/2018 at 12:00pm
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Minnesota State Representative Ilhan Omar is running in the Democratic Primary to replace Keith Ellison in Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District.

Ellison, as you will recall, is the former Nation of Islam activist who has a long history of promoting and associating with anti-Israel groups. Ellison embodied the Red-Green alliance, far-left and Islamist...

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Daily Mail: Photos prove Jeremy Corbyn honored Munich Massacre terrorists at 2014 ceremony in Tunisia

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Posted by    Friday, August 10, 2018 at 9:15pm 8/10/2018 at 9:15pm
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We haven’t written much recently about Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of Britain’s Labour Party.

In 2015, as he was campaigning for Labour leader, we covered his sordid history, Likely British Labour leader’s creepy associations, including Holocaust deniers, anti-Semites, Jihadist preachers, BDS and Max Blumenthal, among others.

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Court denies preliminary injunction in U. Michigan Bias Response Team lawsuit

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Posted by    Thursday, August 9, 2018 at 1:00pm 8/9/2018 at 1:00pm

In early May 2018, we covered a lawsuit brought by a new group called Speech First challenging U. Michigan’s Bias Response Teams, Lawsuit: U. Michigan speech code and Bias Response Team “profoundly chill free speech and open discourse”.

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American Association of University Professors: Don’t boycott the anti-Israel academic boycotters

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Posted by    Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at 9:10pm 8/8/2018 at 9:10pm
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The academic boycott of Israel, part of the broader Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, has been endorsed by approximately 1400 university and college faculty members in the U.S. alone.

So far, the only major academic association to endorse the academic boycott was the American Studies Association (December 2013), though there have...

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Dems excited about possibly electing first Native American woman to Congress (no one tell Elizabeth Warren)

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Posted by    Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at 1:15pm 8/8/2018 at 1:15pm

Sharice Davids just won the Democratic primary in the KS-03 District. She defeated the Bernie-Ocasio-Cortez backed progressive candidate. She will face incumbent Republican Kevin Yoder in November.

I normally wouldn’t take interest in the race, except that Sharice is a former student of mine.

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The Big Tech censorship storm has landed

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Posted by    Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at 9:20pm 8/7/2018 at 9:20pm
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Alex Jones was deplatformed on at least four major social media platforms in a day: Facebook, Apple, YouTube and Spotify.

The Guardian reports:

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Leading Syrian chemical weapons and missile scientist assassinated

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Posted by    Monday, August 6, 2018 at 9:15pm 8/6/2018 at 9:15pm
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Dr. Aziz Asbar (Azbar) was assassinated in Hama, Syria, when his car exploded.

Dr. Asbar was no simple Dr., as The Jerusalem Post reports:

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RI Senate Race could be the big surprise of 2018

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Posted by    Sunday, August 5, 2018 at 9:00pm 8/5/2018 at 9:00pm
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The Rhode Island Senate race between incumbent Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse and Republican challenger Robert Flanders is not on anyone’s radar as competitive.

It should be.

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NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo on claim he may put NRA out of business: “I would like to believe it’s true”

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Posted by    Sunday, August 5, 2018 at 7:00pm 8/5/2018 at 7:00pm
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Among New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s leading political enemies is the National Rifle Association.

Long before the Parkland Shooting and the national movement to pressure companies to sever ties to the NRA, the NRA was battling Cuomo’s absurd gun control legislation, the so-called SAFE Act. That legislation had to be partially rewritten...

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Cory Booker: I was tricked into holding this anti-Israel sign

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Posted by    Saturday, August 4, 2018 at 7:30pm 8/4/2018 at 7:30pm

Senator Cory Booker appeared at the Netroots 2018 conference.

Netroots is the annual gathering of far-left (“progressive”) activists. For presidential hopefuls hoping to generate buzz among the base, Netroots is a must. This year Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, and Cory Booker were among the speakers.

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This will not stand: Judge orders DACA fully reinstated

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Posted by    Friday, August 3, 2018 at 9:00pm 8/3/2018 at 9:00pm

The lower federal courts repeatedly have attempted to strip the executive (meaning THIS executive, because he’s Trump) of his constitutional and legislatively-granted powers.

We saw it in the Travel Order cases, which resulted ultimately in a Supreme Court rebuke of this judicial overreach.

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