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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Pressure mounts on Airbnb over boycott of ‘West Bank’ Jews, calling into question planned 2019 IPO

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Posted by    Thursday, December 13, 2018 at 9:17pm 12/13/2018 at 9:17pm
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When Airbnb announced in mid-November 2018 that it would delist Jewish homes in Judea & Samaria (the “West Bank”), the move met with cheers from anti-Israel activists, who had worked for years to pressure Airbnb.

The U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights (fka U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation) is an umbrella...

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Facing rogue faculty action, all 10 U. California Chancellors reaffirm opposition to academic boycott of Israel

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Posted by    Thursday, December 13, 2018 at 2:15pm 12/13/2018 at 2:15pm

In recent posts we have discussed how anti-Israel faculty at some universities and colleges have gone rogue.

Knowing that their institutions reject the academic boycott of Israel, these faculty members impose the boycott on students to deprive students of educational opportunities to study on approved programs in Israel.

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Incoming NY Attorney General vows to use full power of the State to get Trump

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Posted by    Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at 9:10pm 12/12/2018 at 9:10pm
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A series of New York State Attorney Generals have weaponized the Office of Attorney General against Donald Trump, his relatives, and his businesses.

AG Eric Schneiderman, who ended up resigning in disgrace after sexual abuse allegations, made a name for himself by threatening Trump, as the NY Times reported just before...

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Newborn delivered after mother shot dies, Israel captures several of the Palestinian terrorists and kills one

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Posted by    Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at 7:00pm 12/12/2018 at 7:00pm
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You probably will not hear the name Amiad Yisrael in the mainstream media. That’s because he’s a Jewish baby boy killed by Palestinian terrorists in a drive-by shooting in the West Bank.

Amiad’s 30-week pregnant mother was shot, and doctors delivered Amiad in an emergency c-section on his wounded mother.

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Stormy Daniels ordered to pay Trump $293,052.33 in attorneys’ fees, costs, and sanctions

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Posted by    Tuesday, December 11, 2018 at 4:12pm 12/11/2018 at 4:12pm
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Stormy Daniels aka Stephanie Clifford has been ordered to pay Donald Trump $293,052.33 in attorneys’ fees, costs, and sanctions.

The Order (pdf.) is embedded at the bottom of this post.

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AUDIO: What Hezbollah tunnel digging sounds like

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Posted by    Monday, December 10, 2018 at 8:30pm 12/10/2018 at 8:30pm
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Israel continues Operation Northern Shield, to uncover and destroy attack tunnels dug by Hezbollah from Lebanaon across the border into northern Israel.

The purpose of the tunnels was to allow Hezbollah to infiltrate into Israel in case of war, and to seize Israeli territory for a big propaganda win. We covered the...

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Newsguard Green Light: “Legal Insurrection does not distort facts to advance opinions”

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Posted by    Sunday, December 9, 2018 at 10:00pm 12/9/2018 at 10:00pm

Newsguard is a company formed by Steven Brill and Gordon Crovitz to rate websites to provide advertisers and readers who add the Newsguard browser add-on with an assessment of website journalistic credibility.

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Israel reveals discovery of third Hezbollah attack tunnel from Lebanon

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Posted by    Saturday, December 8, 2018 at 9:20pm 12/8/2018 at 9:20pm

Hezbollah had an extensive program to built attack tunnels capable of transferring large numbers of terrorists into northern Israel in a short amount of time.

The project, if ever used in war, would have allowed Hezbollah to score a short-term military, and long-term propaganda, victory by seizing towns and territory within Israel....

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Fleeing Elizabeth Warren’s sinking ship — Key campaign adviser reportedly talking to Beto

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Posted by    Saturday, December 8, 2018 at 10:00am 12/8/2018 at 10:00am
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Elizabeth Warren’s presidential ambitions are taking hits from all directions. You expect it from the “dark money” “right-wing” “extremists” Warren complains about.

But the cruelest cuts are coming form the left and her own once-upon-a-time supporters. And it all comes down to a problem Legal Insurrection has been following since May 2012,...

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Boston Globe Editorial Board: Elizabeth Warren a “divisive figure” who shouldn’t run for president

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Posted by    Friday, December 7, 2018 at 9:00am 12/7/2018 at 9:00am
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Elizabeth Warren’s failed strategy to take a DNA test to quiet coverage of her false claim to be Native American for employment purposes as a law professor, continues to reverberate.

Yesterday we posted about a NY Times article in which even Warren loyalists complained that Warren had severely damaged her presidential ambitions, Former...

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Israeli Report: Hezbollah tunnel terrorist “trained with Mexican drug cartels near the United States border”

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Posted by    Thursday, December 6, 2018 at 6:40pm 12/6/2018 at 6:40pm
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Israel is in the process of uncovering even more Hezbollah tunnels under the border from Lebanon.

A key part of this campaign is to win international diplomatic pressure on Lebanon and Hezbollah.

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Former Elizabeth Warren adviser: DNA test a “strategic failure” that was “depressing and unforgettable”

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Posted by    Thursday, December 6, 2018 at 11:00am 12/6/2018 at 11:00am
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The NY Times has an extensive report on the lasting and profound damage to Elizabeth Warren’s presidential ambitions from her decision in October to release the results of a DNA test to supposedly prove she was Native American.

When the DNA test was released, we noted the problems, Elizabeth Warren DNA test does...

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ALERT – University Presidents called upon to prevent rogue faculty from implementing Academic Boycott of Israel

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Posted by    Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at 9:30pm 12/5/2018 at 9:30pm

In December 2013, the American Studies Associations passed an academic boycott of Israel, part of the international Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

The ASA boycott, which is the subject of ongoing litigation, was undertaken by anti-Israel faculty who methodically took over key ASA committees and National Council. Though only about 20%...

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Israel launches Operation Northern Shield to destroy Hezbollah cross-border attack tunnels

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Posted by    Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at 8:30pm 12/4/2018 at 8:30pm
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We have covered many examples of Hamas attack tunnels from Gaza crossing into southern Israel being discovered and destroyed.

While there have long been rumors that Hezbollah was constructing tunnels under the border with Lebanon in the North, such reports were based mostly on the logic of Hezbollah’s tactics. Hezbollah has been...

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That moment a Hezbollah terrorist comes face-to-face with an IDF camera in an attack tunnel

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Posted by    Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at 6:02pm 12/4/2018 at 6:02pm
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Israel has uncovered and is in the process of destroying attack tunnels drilled by terrorist group Hezbollah in southern Lebanon under the border into Israel.

We will have more on this in a separate post.

But this video released by the Israel Defense Forces is worthy of a separate post. It shows a...

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Michael Avenatti, who proclaimed he “absolutely” could beat Trump, won’t run for President

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Posted by    Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at 1:00pm 12/4/2018 at 1:00pm
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Michael Avenatti, best known as the Creepy Porn Lawyer, repeatedly bragged that he could beat Trump.

With his characteristic bravado, Avenatti portrayed himself as someone who “absolutely” could beat Trump and would be Trump’s “worst nightmare”.

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Beto skates past Elizabeth Warren in 2020 Dem polling

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Posted by    Monday, December 3, 2018 at 8:30pm 12/3/2018 at 8:30pm

It’s too early for this.

NO, IT’S NOT.

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