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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Liberal Tears: Protesters play Christine Blasey Ford on huge screen outside gala honoring Brett Kavanaugh

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Posted by    Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 9:30pm 11/14/2019 at 9:30pm
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They are not over it.

It’s an open, gaping wound that is driving them crazy. And will for a generation.

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AUDIO: “There is a hunger on behalf of students to learn about” free speech “and they’ve never had anybody explain it to them”

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Posted by    Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at 8:30pm 11/12/2019 at 8:30pm
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A little over two years ago, on October 25, 2017, I gave a speech about free speech and hate speech at Vassar College.

It was, as I have described many times, an ‘out-of-body’ experience because of false claims spread about me and my appearance by students, including student government. From my post, Safe...

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VIDEO — Gibson’s Bakery v. Oberlin College: Identity Politics on Trial

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Posted by    Monday, November 11, 2019 at 9:00pm 11/11/2019 at 9:00pm
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On November 1, 2019, I gave a lecture for the James Wilson Institute, titled Gibson’s Bakery v. Oberlin: Identity Politics on Trial. The lecture was held at the Hillsdale College center in D.C.

JWI delivered a special treat for attendees, Gibson’s Bakery cookies!

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Sarah Palin suit against NY Times still alive: Appeals Court denies Rehearing of Order reinstating case

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Posted by    Monday, November 11, 2019 at 3:00pm 11/11/2019 at 3:00pm
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When we last checked in Sarah Palin’s lawsuit against the New York Time over false claims that Palin’s 2011 electoral map was connected to the shooting of then congresswoman Gabby Giffords, the lawsuit had been reinstated by a panel of the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals, after a trial...

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Prof. Miriam Elman – 5th Anniversary at Legal Insurrection

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Posted by    Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 9:00pm 11/9/2019 at 9:00pm

September 17, 2014, changed my life forever.

I gave a speech in Syracuse, NY, for the Jewish Federation of Central New York about the anti-Israel movement on campus. I can’t find a video or audio of the appearance, but I remember one thing in particular.

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Cleveland Media Seek Access To Gibson’s Bakery Store Clerk’s Sealed Facebook Records in Oberlin College Case, But Why?

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Posted by    Friday, November 8, 2019 at 8:30pm 11/8/2019 at 8:30pm
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Do you believe in coincidences? This may just be a huge coincidence, but it certainly is another very curious twist in the Gibson’s Bakery v. Oberlin College case.

You may recall that in late August 2019, two months after the trial which ended disastrously for Oberlin College, the college unsuccessfully sought to...

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It’s always been a “coup” attempt, so let’s stop shying away from that C-word

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Posted by    Thursday, November 7, 2019 at 9:40pm 11/7/2019 at 9:40pm

On December 12, 2016, a month after the presidential election and a month before Trump’s Inauguration, I called the attempt to nullify the 2016 election a “coup” attempt. I don’t know if I was the first to use that C-word, but I was earlier than most.

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Elizabeth Warren’s “life narrative will not hold up to scrutiny, I can guarantee you that”

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Posted by    Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at 9:09pm 11/6/2019 at 9:09pm
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During my recent trip to D.C., I had a chance to sit down for an interview with Cabot Phillips of Campus Reform, which is part of The Leadership Institute. The topic was Elizabeth Warren, focusing on her Medicare-for-all plan, as well as her Native American problem and electoral prospects.

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Biden describes Elizabeth Warren’s elitism: “If you were only as smart as I am you would agree with me”

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Posted by    Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at 9:00pm 11/5/2019 at 9:00pm
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Elizabeth Warren wants a fundamental transformation of the nation, large “structural change.”

Early on, some low-or-no polling *moderate* Democrat candidates challenged Warren, to no avail. Warren belittled challengers as wimps and sellouts. And the wimps and sellouts were left speechless.

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While you were focused on Impeachment, Trump continued to transform the federal judiciary

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Posted by    Monday, November 4, 2019 at 9:40pm 11/4/2019 at 9:40pm

Maybe this should be a series.

No matter what the current news cycle obsession, Trump judicial nominees continue to be confirmed and Trump continues to transform the federal judiciary.

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Ted Koppel: Despite verdict, Oberlin College President still “makes allusions to a pattern of racist behavior” by Gibson’s Bakery

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Posted by    Sunday, November 3, 2019 at 7:30pm 11/3/2019 at 7:30pm
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One of the most disturbing aspects of the Gibson’s Bakery v. Oberlin College case has been the almost obsessive demonization of Gibson’s Bakery and its owners by the college.

It started not just during the protests and pre-litigation interactions that gave rise to the lawsuit, but in the Answer filed by the...

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Elizabeth Warren’s Medicare-for-All tax plan is as credible as her claim to be Native American.

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Posted by    Saturday, November 2, 2019 at 10:00am 11/2/2019 at 10:00am

I appeared on Friday night, November 1, on Fox News @Night with Shannon Bream, to discuss Elizabeth Warren’s Medicare-for-All Tax Plan.

When Warren first announced, a couple of weeks ago, that she would be releasing a tax plan to pay for her Medicare-for-All proposal, I predicted on the Shannon Bream show that...

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Oberlin College’s “almost sociopathic malevolence” towards Gibson’s Bakery

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Posted by    Thursday, October 31, 2019 at 10:24pm 10/31/2019 at 10:24pm
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I appeared tonight on Tucker Carlson Tonight to provide an update on the Gibson’s Bakery v. Oberlin College case.

I’m in D.C. for my lecture Friday night about the case. (The event is sold out, btw).

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Judge Reopens Nicholas Sandmann lawsuit against Washington Post

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Posted by    Monday, October 28, 2019 at 6:36pm 10/28/2019 at 6:36pm
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In late July 2019, a federal district Judge in the Eastern District of Kentucky dismissed the lawsuit by Covington Catholic High School student Nicholas Sandmann against The Washington Post.

For background on the dismissal and the underlying legal issues, see our post, Nicholas Sandmann lawsuit against Washington Post DISMISSED.

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NY Times thinks it found the real enemy in al-Baghdadi raid: TRUMP

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Posted by    Sunday, October 27, 2019 at 9:00pm 10/27/2019 at 9:00pm

The New York Times wants you to know who the real enemy of U.S. troops was in the raid to get Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi: DONALD TRUMP.

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Nancy Pelosi takes break from impeachment maneuvering to chastise Trump for not telling her in advance about al-Baghdadi raid

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Posted by    Sunday, October 27, 2019 at 12:45pm 10/27/2019 at 12:45pm
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Nancy Pelosi is upset that Trump didn’t tell her in advance about the Special Forces raid that killed ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Trump explained in his press conference that he informed countries, including Russia and others, over whose territory or through whose air defenses U.S. forces had to fly that an operation...

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TRUMP: ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is DEAD

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Posted by    Sunday, October 27, 2019 at 8:51am 10/27/2019 at 8:51am
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Last night Trump tweeted that “Something Very Big Has Just Happened”.

There was a lot of speculation about what that “Big” thing was. Based on news reports this morning, it was the killing of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi by U.S. Special Forces in Syria. We will carry Trump’s 9 a.m. press statement...

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