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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Update — Mandy Nagy 5 years later

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Posted by    Monday, September 16, 2019 at 9:00pm 9/16/2019 at 9:00pm

It has now been 5 years since our Editor Mandy Nagy suffered a catastrophic stroke at the young age of 45.

On Sunday, September 7, 2014, I received an email from Mandy’s mom, Ginny, directed to the “contact” email address:

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It’s never over, is it?

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Posted by    Sunday, September 15, 2019 at 10:33pm 9/15/2019 at 10:33pm

Donald Trump was elected president. But it wasn’t over.

There immediately launched an attempt to pressure Electors to change their votes, then an FBI-Democrat collusive attempt to undermine the presidency before it began, and a slow-motion coup to prevent...

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Oberlin College offered only a small fraction of ultimate verdict to settle Gibson’s Bakery lawsuit

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Posted by    Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 9:00pm 9/14/2019 at 9:00pm
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One of the big questions in the Gibson’s Bakery v. Oberlin College case is why it didn’t settle. Based on recent court filings, we have a glimpse at the settlement process, and how it failed.

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Kamala Harris’ campaign should have ended tonight at #DemDebate

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Posted by    Thursday, September 12, 2019 at 10:45pm 9/12/2019 at 10:45pm

The Democrat debates are the best thing that ever happened to Donald Trump.

Tonight’s debate in Houston was another example, a mostly sleepy affair in which the two leftist party leaders — Bernie and Warren — further cemented their primary policy of taking private insurance away from almost 150 million people. Some...

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Mandy Nagy on “Remembering September 11th and the importance of loved ones and endurance”

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Posted by    Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at 8:30am 9/11/2019 at 8:30am
http://videos.videopress.com/1DHcJIf8/9-11-beeps2_hd.mp4

In 2013, our then-Editor Mandy Nagy wrote one of the best posts on 9/11. Considering what would happen to her a year later, the post was particularly poignant.

Here is the post, excerpted, click on the link for the full original post:

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Oberlin College denied new trial in Gibson’s Bakery case

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Posted by    Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at 12:06pm 9/10/2019 at 12:06pm
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In the Gibson’s Bakery v. Oberlin College case, the judgment for the plaintiffs amounted to almost $32 million in damages and defendants were required to post a $36 million bond to secure the judgment pending appeal.

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Think Progress website, which led smear of Tea Party, shuts down

https://twitter.com/thinkprogress
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Posted by    Friday, September 6, 2019 at 7:45pm 9/6/2019 at 7:45pm
https://twitter.com/thinkprogress

We have not written a lot in recent years about Think Progress, the left-wing website owned by the Center for American Progress.

But back in the day, in the earlier years of Legal Insurrection, we wrote a lot about Think Progress...

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CNN’s 7-Hour ‘Climate Change’ Town Hall was a man-made disaster for Democrat presidential candidates

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Posted by    Thursday, September 5, 2019 at 9:00pm 9/5/2019 at 9:00pm
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The presidential ambitions of the leading Democrat candidates may not survive CNN’s 7-Hour ‘Climate Change’ Townhall.

It was a man-made disaster, created in the fevered swamps of CNN and fueled by pledges of allegiance to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal.

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This is your periodic reminder, AJ+ (@AJplus) is Al Jazeera’s viral video propaganda wing

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Posted by    Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at 9:15pm 9/3/2019 at 9:15pm

We haven’t written a lot about AJ+ (@AJplus), but we have written some.

We’ve tweeted about @AJplus more than we’ve written, with the periodic reminder that @AJplus is the viral video wing of the anti-Israel movement:

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Republican Senators: Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) Brief “openly threatened” Supreme Court “with political retribution”

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Posted by    Monday, September 2, 2019 at 4:00pm 9/2/2019 at 4:00pm

In August 2019, Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse signed and filed an Amicus Brief in the U.S. Supreme Court that threatened the Justices with future court-packing if they didn’t vote his way on a 2nd Amendment case.

It truly was an extraordinary move, as we explained in Dem Senators to Supreme Court:...

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Hezbollah attacks near Avivim, Israel, scene of notorious 1970 school bus rocket attack

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Posted by    Sunday, September 1, 2019 at 9:18pm 9/1/2019 at 9:18pm

Israeli raids on Iranian bases in Syria killed two Hezbollah operatives working with the Iranians to launch drone attacks on Israel. That same day, Israel reportedly destroyed key Iranian missile manufacturing equipment in the heart of Hezbollah’s Beirut stronghold, using small copter-drones.

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James Comey “was shown to be a scoundrel, a liar, a leaker, all of these things”

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Posted by    Saturday, August 31, 2019 at 9:30pm 8/31/2019 at 9:30pm
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In the aftermath of the Department of Justice Investigator General Report on James Comey, I commented that James Comey was the Bad Guy in the ‘Russia Collusion’ story

I had a chance to expand on that concept during a radio interview with Jack Riccardi on KTSA, San Antonio:

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Reports: Small Israeli copter-drones blew up key Iranian missile equipment in heart of Hezbollah stronghold

https://www.timesofisrael.com/report-drone-strike-will-delay-hezbollah-missile-program-by-at-least-a-year/ https://twitter.com/michaelh992/status/1166317716266991617
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Posted by    Friday, August 30, 2019 at 5:00pm 8/30/2019 at 5:00pm
https://www.timesofisrael.com/report-drone-strike-will-delay-hezbollah-missile-program-by-at-least-a-year/ https://twitter.com/michaelh992/status/1166317716266991617

We recently reported on Israel’s attacks on Iranian bases in Syria at which drone attacks on Israel were being prepared, Israel hits Iranian bases in Syria to prevent large-scale drone attack.

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James Comey was the Bad Guy in the ‘Russia Collusion’ story

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Posted by    Thursday, August 29, 2019 at 9:00pm 8/29/2019 at 9:00pm

The Department of Justice Inspector General Report revealed what many of us suspected all along: James Comey was the Bad Guy in the ‘Russia Collusion’ story.

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Gibson’s Bakery: Oberlin College’s request for a new trial is “baseless”

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Posted by    Thursday, August 29, 2019 at 1:15pm 8/29/2019 at 1:15pm

In the Gibson’s Bakery v. Oberlin College case, the judgment for the plaintiffs amounted to almost $32 million in damages and defendants were required to post a $36 million bond to secure the judgment pending appeal.

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Kirsten Gillibrand ends her pathetic, opportunistic presidential candidacy

https://twitter.com/SenGillibrand/status/369574515753250816
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Posted by    Wednesday, August 28, 2019 at 5:55pm 8/28/2019 at 5:55pm
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There never was a reason for a Kirsten Gillibrand presidential candidacy.

In a world of opportunistic, unprincipled, chameleon-like politicians, she stood out as among the most opportunistic, unprincipled and chameleon-like.

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Investigation: Radical ‘American Muslims for Palestine’ a Key Connector of Anti-Israel Groups

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Posted by    Monday, August 26, 2019 at 5:00pm 8/26/2019 at 5:00pm

American Muslims for Palestine (AMP) has emerged as one of the most radical and controversial anti-Israel groups, with a far reach into campuses and anti-Zionist organizations. We have covered the role of AMP in numerous posts dating back several years.

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