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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Student journalist: Shoplifting at Gibson’s Bakery was part of Oberlin College’s “Culture of Theft”

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Posted by    Sunday, June 16, 2019 at 9:40pm 6/16/2019 at 9:40pm
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We have covered Oberlin College at least since 2013, when we wrote extensively about The Great Oberlin College Racism Hoax of 2013.

Classes were cancelled in favor of campus-wide forums to address white supremacy and systemic r...

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VIDEO: Cartoonist A.F. Branco teaches How to Draw Obama and Hillary

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Posted by    Sunday, June 16, 2019 at 7:35pm
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You too can draw cartoons like Tony Branco!

Okay, maybe not, but Tony kindly has posted videos showing “how to” draw Obama and Hillary.

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Gibson’s Bakery v. Oberlin College coverage — One of our finest hours

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Posted by    Saturday, June 15, 2019 at 8:30pm 6/15/2019 at 8:30pm

The Gibson’s Bakery massive verdict against Oberlin College has sparked incredible reader excitement, and brought many new readers to Legal Insurrection.

I’ve spent the last week trying to absorb what is happening. The reactions to the compensatory and punitive damage verdicts remind me of only a few times in Legal Insurrection’s almost...

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Oberlin College warfare on Gibson’s Bakery shows “this can happen to anybody, it’s not just a campus phenomenon”

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I appeared tonight on Tucker Carlson Tonight to talk about the massive jury verdict against Oberlin College in the Gibson’s Bakery lawsuit.

I had talked about the case previously on Tucker’s show, on May 13, 2019, after the trial had started, but long before the verdict.

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Oberlin College vows to fight Gibson’s Bakery Verdict: “This is not the final outcome”

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Posted by    Friday, June 14, 2019 at 10:13am 6/14/2019 at 10:13am
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After a jury awarded Gibson’s Bakery and its owners $11 million in compensatory damages, and $33 million in punitive damages (which likely will be reduced to $22 million under a state law capping damages at 2X compensatory damages), the college and its administrators are unapologetic and vowing to fight.

The President of...

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Oberlin College hit with maximum PUNITIVE DAMAGES (capped at $22 million by law) in Gibson’s Bakery case

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Posted by    Thursday, June 13, 2019 at 3:23pm 6/13/2019 at 3:23pm

The jury just rendered its verdict on punitive damages in the Gibson’s Bakery v. Oberlin College case.

Daniel McGraw, our reporter in the courtroom, reports that in addition to the $11.2 million compensatory damages awarded last Friday, the jury awarded a total of $33 million in punitive damages, which will probably be...

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Gibson’s Bakery v. Oberlin College – Punitive Damages VERDICT WATCH

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Posted by    Thursday, June 13, 2019 at 8:30am 6/13/2019 at 8:30am

Oberlin College hit with maximum PUNITIVE DAMAGES (capped at $22 million by law) in Gibson’s Bakery case

Update 11:40 a.m. – Closing statements and jury instructions over. Jury starts deliberations.

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Gibson’s Bakery v. Oberlin College: “The jury held accountable an unhinged progressive activist college …

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Posted by    Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at 7:00am 6/12/2019 at 7:00am
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I have a column in The Wall Street Journal regarding a case you *might* have heard of, Gibson’s Bakery v. Oberlin College.

Here’s an excerpt from Oberlin Pays for Smearing the Town Grocer:

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Elizabeth Warren polling at 10% … in Massachusetts

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Posted by    Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at 6:30pm 6/11/2019 at 6:30pm
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There’s not question that Elizabeth Warren has generated buzz with her serial proposals to transform the country.

Whether her plans, which impose a government control of the economy that makes Obama seem like a free-market zealot, will sell in a general election is something even the NY Times is questioning:

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Gibson’s Bakery v. Oberlin College Punitive Damages Hearing – Judge Denies Attempt to use College Blast Email Criticizing Jury

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Posted by    Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at 1:30pm 6/11/2019 at 1:30pm
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Update

[3:20 p.m.] The Court has rejected plaintiffs’ request to use the mass email sent by Oberlin College’s Vice President and General Counsel, Donica Thomas Varner, to the Oberlin community criticizing the jury. The plaintiffs subpoenaed her to testify, and the defense filed a motion to quash the subpoena.

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Democrats won’t name names on list of judges they’ll nominate if Trump loses

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Posted by    Monday, June 10, 2019 at 9:15pm 6/10/2019 at 9:15pm
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During the 2016 campaign, Donald Trump famously put out a list of judges he would consider for the Supreme Court if he were elected.

The list served both to assure conservatives and also to motivate Republican voters. It’s widely agreed that the Supreme Court specifically, and the federal judiciary more generally, were...

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Gibson’s Bakery v. Oberlin College – On eve of punitive damages hearing, college plays victim

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Posted by    Monday, June 10, 2019 at 7:30pm 6/10/2019 at 7:30pm
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As you know, last Friday the jury rendered a verdict of $11.2 million against Oberlin College and Dean of Students Meredith Raimondo for compensatory damages. Allyn W. Gibson was awarded $3 million, David Gibson $5.8 million, Gibson Bros. $2,274,500.

Legal Insurrection readers heard it here first. Our Verdict post has been shared...

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Prof. Gabriel Noah Brahm and Samantha Mandeles join Legal Insurrection Foundation

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Posted by    Sunday, June 9, 2019 at 9:00pm 6/9/2019 at 9:00pm

It has been a busy few months here since launching the Legal Insurrection Foundation in early March 2019.

We have continued to put the systems in place to effectuate our mission to put together a small but effective research, investigative and educational team. We have a special focus on intersectionality and the...

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Oberlin College mass email criticizing Jurors could influence Punitive Damages Hearing in Gibson’s Bakery case

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Posted by    Sunday, June 9, 2019 at 10:00am 6/9/2019 at 10:00am

There are a lot of things about the way Oberlin College handled the Gibson’s Bakery dispute and lawsuit that have had me wondering who, if anyone, is in control over there.

As mentioned numerous times, “

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EXCLUSIVE: Oberlin College insurer likely to reject coverage for Gibson Bakery $11 million verdict

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Posted by    Saturday, June 8, 2019 at 9:40am 6/8/2019 at 9:40am

A jury has awarded Gibson’s Bakery and its owners $11 million in compensatory damages against Oberlin College, for libel, intentional interference with business, and intentional infliction of emotional distress. The punitive damage hearing next week could add another $22 million, bringing the total to $33 million.

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VERDICT: Jury awards Gibson’s Bakery $11 million against Oberlin College

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Posted by    Friday, June 7, 2019 at 3:11pm 6/7/2019 at 3:11pm

The Jury in the Gibson’s Bakery v. Oberlin College case has reached a verdict.

According to our reporter in the Courtroom, the jury awarded $11 million. Here are the details: Allyn W. Gibson was awarded $3 million, David Gibson $5.8 million, Gibson Bros. $2,274,500. Next Tuesday there will be a separate punitive...

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Poll Shows the Message is Getting Through: BDS is anti-Semitic

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Posted by    Thursday, June 6, 2019 at 8:30pm 6/6/2019 at 8:30pm

When a coalition of student groups at Cornell University, led by Students for Justice in Palestine, recently tried to pass a divestment resolution against certain companies doing business in Israel, a couple of interesting things happened.

First, as is now a common tactic, the dispute was racialized to portray it as a...

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