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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Trump declares crackdown on riots and looting, walks to fire-damaged historic St. John’s Church

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Posted by    Monday, June 1, 2020 at 8:00pm 6/1/2020 at 8:00pm
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Donald Trump just gave one of the strongest speeches of his career.

He promised to protect peaceful protesters and to seek justice for George Floyd, but demanded that Governors deploy the National Guard to stop the rioting, looting, and destruction of neighborhoods.

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Private Autopsy contradicts Medical Examiner on George Floyd cause of death

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Posted by    Monday, June 1, 2020 at 6:05pm 6/1/2020 at 6:05pm
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We earlier reported that the Criminal Complaint filed against Derek Chauvin in the George Floyd death containe a big problem for the popular and seemingly intuitive narrative that Chauvin’s extended knee pressure on Floyd’s neck was the cause of death.

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Last Call to Register for Virtual Reader Reception

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Posted by    Sunday, May 31, 2020 at 10:23am 5/31/2020 at 10:23am

Our “Virtual Reader Reception” is 7 p.m. Eastern tonight. See this post for more details.

Registration ends at 3 p.m. Eastern today. This is a closed event. Pre-registration via Eventbrite is required. It will not be livestreamed.

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SCOTUS: Roberts Joins Liberals To Reject Injunction in California Religious Discrimination Lockdown

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Posted by    Saturday, May 30, 2020 at 7:10am 5/30/2020 at 7:10am
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The Supreme Court has handed petty tyrants throughout the land license to discriminate against religious groups in ordering pandemic lockdowns and restrictions. From this point forward an argument that had succeeded in many lower courts will hold no sway.

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George Floyd Autopsy: “no physical findings that support a diagnosis of traumatic asphyxia or strangulation”

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Posted by    Friday, May 29, 2020 at 9:00pm 5/29/2020 at 9:00pm
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The video of George Floyd pinned down on his stomach, hands cuffed behind him, with Officer Derek Chauvin pinning him down with a knee to the neck, is hard to watch. Among other things, Floyd pleads with the officers that he can’t breath.

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SCOTUS Denies Emergency Injunction After Illinois Agrees “Religious Gatherings will no Longer be Subject to Mandatory Restrictions”

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Posted by    Friday, May 29, 2020 at 7:45pm 5/29/2020 at 7:45pm
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On May 27, 2020, we noted that two Religious Liberty Lockdown Cases Reach SCOTUS, one from Illinois and one from California. That post has links and excerpts from the respective cases.

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As Trump runs out of appeals court vacancies to fill, Lindsey Graham calls for ‘originalist’ judges to take Senior Status

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Posted by    Thursday, May 28, 2020 at 9:30pm 5/28/2020 at 9:30pm

Last we reported, while you were focused on the pandemic, Mitch McConnell kept moving judicial nominees through the Senate confirmation process, with an eye on filling every vacancy by November. If Republicans lose the presidency or the Senate, the ability to transform the judiciary for a generation will be lost notwithstanding...

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Trump Signs Executive Order on Social Media Bias

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Posted by    Thursday, May 28, 2020 at 5:00pm 5/28/2020 at 5:00pm
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Trump just signed an Executive Order regarding social media bias.

The Wall Street Journal reported:

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Religious Liberty Lockdown Cases Reach SCOTUS

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Posted by    Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at 9:00pm 5/27/2020 at 9:00pm
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There are at least two cases in which we may get rulings soon from the U.S. Supreme Court on issues of religious liberty in the age of lockdown.

Both cases allege that religious groups are being treated more harshly than secular businesses and groups. This type of disparate treatment has been at...

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Academic Freedom Win: Israel Boycott Supporter Ilana Feldman Will Not Be Dean at George Washington U

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Posted by    Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at 7:00pm 5/27/2020 at 7:00pm
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Ilana Feldman, a professor of anthropology at George Washington University (GWU), recently was appointed Interim Dean of the Elliott School of International Affairs at GWU.

There was an immediate firestorm of controversy, since Feldman is a supporter of and longtime activist leader of...

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Facebook creates unaccountable international Board to decide which content gets censored

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Posted by    Monday, May 25, 2020 at 9:25pm 5/25/2020 at 9:25pm
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Anti-conservative bias by the social media giants which dominate our means of political communication has been a topic we’ve covered for many years.

That problem is a main focus of the Legal Insurrection Foundation, and our speaking appearances and online engagement.

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Memorial Day 2020 – Sacrifice

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Posted by    Monday, May 25, 2020 at 5:30pm 5/25/2020 at 5:30pm

Each Memorial Day we try to focus on the lives of a small number of individuals who gave their lives for our country, and whose stories we have followed for several years. In this way we put human faces and life stories honoring all those who paid the ultimate price.

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Repressive Democrats and ‘Panic Porn’ Media Enable Trump to Run as the “Freedom President”

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Posted by    Sunday, May 24, 2020 at 9:20pm 5/24/2020 at 9:20pm
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The lockdowns imposed by Governors and local governments, under guidelines issued by the federal government, were widely accepted at first because there was a perceived collective purpose in ‘flattening the curve’ to keep the medical system from being overwhelmed.

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Report: Judge in Michael Flynn case hires a lawyer… for the Judge

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Posted by    Saturday, May 23, 2020 at 5:30pm 5/23/2020 at 5:30pm
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Judge Emmet Sullivan has been ordered by the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals to explain his actions In the Michael Flynn case.

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U.S. DOJ files Statement of Interest supporting lawsuit challenging Illinois lockdown orders

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Posted by    Friday, May 22, 2020 at 9:04pm 5/22/2020 at 9:04pm
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There is mounting litigation against state lockdown orders, in some cases based on constitutional violations, in other situations based on claims the state officials lacked or exceeded statutory or regulatory authority.

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Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse attacks Judge Neomi Rao, trying to dirty her up for potential SCOTUS nomination

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Posted by    Friday, May 22, 2020 at 1:00pm 5/22/2020 at 1:00pm

A three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals has ordered Judge Emmet Sullivan to respond to Michael Flynn’s Emergency Petition for a Mandate ordering the district court to dismiss...

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“If you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black” – Biden to black radio host

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Posted by    Friday, May 22, 2020 at 9:19am 5/22/2020 at 9:19am
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Joe Biden is a disaster waiting to happen every time he opens his mouth.

It’s why his basement isolation strategy has worked so well for him. In that highly controlled environment, his handlers can minimize the gaffes.

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