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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Legal Insurrection Semi-Annual Fundraiser

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Posted by    Sunday, June 17, 2018 at 8:45pm 6/17/2018 at 8:45pm

(This post will be “sticky” for a while.)

It’s that time of year when we ask readers to help keep us doing what we do. For those of you who are relatively new here, our 7th Anniversary post has a pretty good history of Legal Insurrection. Our current psychiatric condition is discussed...

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#DearJeffBezos: We request @Amazon donate the money it took from us to struggling WaPo employees

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Posted by    Sunday, June 17, 2018 at 7:30pm 6/17/2018 at 7:30pm
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When Amazon s***canned us from the Amazon Associates program, it made a point to tell us it was holding back and would not pay us any money we had accumulated as referral fees:

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Former NSA/CIA Director Gen. Michael Hayden compares U.S. border policy to Nazi extermination camps

https://twitter.com/GenMhayden/status/1008035777455026178
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Posted by    Sunday, June 17, 2018 at 10:00am 6/17/2018 at 10:00am
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Have you noticed that in the last few days the issue of children separated from parents arrested while illegally crossing the Mexican border has become the latest anti-Trump fury and obsession. This is not a new issue, but is now dominating the media and social media landscape as so many other...

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Will DOJ Inspector General Report be the excuse Hillary needs to run in 2020?

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Posted by    Saturday, June 16, 2018 at 9:00pm 6/16/2018 at 9:00pm

The Inspector General report not only explosed James Comey’s breach of protocol, there was a tidbit about Comey using his gmail account for FBI business.

That was like rubbing salt in Hillary Clinton’s wound.

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Rudy unleashed: Trump interview with Mueller off the table, and maybe we’ll pardon everyone

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Posted by    Friday, June 15, 2018 at 9:00pm 6/15/2018 at 9:00pm
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Rudy Giuliani’s role in the Trump defense against the Mueller onslaught is part lawyer, and a bigger part public perception shaping.

About a month ago I wondered what Rudy was thinking when he suggested Trump should have a sit-down interview with Mueller, Rudy’s terrible, horrible, no good idea about Trump sitting for a...

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Robert Mueller to provide Paul Manafort with free room and board until September

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Posted by    Friday, June 15, 2018 at 1:00pm 6/15/2018 at 1:00pm
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Special Counsel Robert Mueller finally has sent someone to jail. Paul Manafort.

For nothing having to do with Russia or the Trump campaign.

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SCOTUS: Minnesota can’t tread on voters’ t-shirts through “political” apparel ban at polling places

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Posted by    Thursday, June 14, 2018 at 9:00pm 6/14/2018 at 9:00pm
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The Supreme Court, in the case of Minnesota Voters Alliance v. Mansky, ruled that a Minnesota law that banned “political badge, political button, or other political insignia” at polling places on Election Day was unconstitutional.

The case was brought by voters who, among other things, wanted to wear a Tea Party Patriots...

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DOJ Inspector General Report on Hillary Email Investigation

https://www.justice.gov/file/1071991/download
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Posted by    Thursday, June 14, 2018 at 3:00pm 6/14/2018 at 3:00pm
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The Department of Justice Inspector General has issued his report (pdf.) into the FBI/DOJ investigation of Hillary’s email server and decision not to prosecute.

Bottom line: Democrats got the narrative they wanted, that the FBI was not motivated by politics in exonerating Hillary, and that Comey made serious errors of judgment in...

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Jewish Democratic group won’t back BDS-funder Dem nominee Scott Wallace (#PA01)

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Posted by    Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at 1:00pm 6/13/2018 at 1:00pm
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Scott Wallace is the progressive Democratic nominee in the 1st Congressional District in Pennsylvania, running against Brian Fitzpatrick in the newly created district. Fitzpatrick is the current Representative in the soon-to-be extinct 8th District, which disappeared as part of judicially-ordered redistricting.

Wallace’s foundation, the Wallace Global Fund, was a funder...

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DOJ files in support of lawsuit against U. Michigan over Bias Response Team

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Posted by    Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at 5:00pm 6/12/2018 at 5:00pm

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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Conservative majority scorches Sotomayor’s “scorching” dissent in Ohio voting rolls case

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Posted by    Monday, June 11, 2018 at 9:00pm 6/11/2018 at 9:00pm

Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute presented a fairly boring legal issue of statutory construction.

The legal issue was whether the process used by Ohio to clean up its voter rolls complied with federal statutes.

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Who won in Merkel-Trump G-7 Photo? (Reader Poll)

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Posted by    Sunday, June 10, 2018 at 10:00am 6/10/2018 at 10:00am

The featured image photo above was released by the Office of German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

By releasing the photo, Merkel signaled that she viewed it as portraying her favorably. She was standing above Trump, with most of the other G-7 nations having her back visually (other than Japanese Prime...

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If you are active on social media, are you happier now than before social media?

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Posted by    Saturday, June 9, 2018 at 9:30pm 6/9/2018 at 9:30pm

Two recent high profile suicides have led to a lot of discussion about how suicide rates have been rising for the past 20 years.

The issue of why also has been discussed a lot, and...

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DOJ won’t defend Obamacare mandate – unlike Obama-Holder shift on DOMA there’s a reasonable legal basis

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Posted by    Friday, June 8, 2018 at 4:00pm 6/8/2018 at 4:00pm

In February 2011, the Obama/Holder DOJ abruptly announced it would refuse to continue defending the Defense of Marriage Act after years of arguing in Court that DOMA was constitutional.

In defending DOMA for years, the DOJ was upholding an important principle, that DOJ should defend existing laws in court so long as...

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Kenneth Marcus confirmed to head Department of Education Office for Civil Rights

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Posted by    Thursday, June 7, 2018 at 1:23pm 6/7/2018 at 1:23pm

Kenneth Marcus has been confirmed as Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights in the Department of Education. In that capacity, he will lead the Civil Rights Office, which was scandalized during the Obama administration, particularly on the issue of campus due process.

The nomination had been opposed on a party-line vote, with Democrats...

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This is my *shocked* face: Amazon turns over policing of its charity program to SPLC

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Posted by    Thursday, June 7, 2018 at 9:00am 6/7/2018 at 9:00am

We got kicked out of the Amazon Associates program for reasons that remain unknown.

Amazon told us that its “criteria” used to kick us out were proprietary. Amazon would not provide evidence of our alleged Operating Agreement violations to us or to...

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All Hail the King Harv’s Imperial Coffees (Updated)

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Posted by    Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at 7:00am 6/6/2018 at 7:00am

I have been known to be drink $4 Ithaca lattes, if visiting Legal Insurrection readers pay.

So when reader David threw a pity party for me after Amazon dumped us, and offered to send me some coffee from his family business, I was like: If you insist.

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