About: William A. Jacobson

William A. Jacobson is Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the Securities Law Clinic at Cornell Law School. Prof. Jacobson 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, Prof. 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 a national reputation as a leading practitioner in securities arbitration, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association, an organization of over 450 attorneys dedicated to protecting public investors. Professor Jacobson 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 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.

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 is here.




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Researcher: Trump supporters still want The Wall

http://dailycaller.com/2017/10/21/are-us-voters-in-for-a-rude-awakening-in-2018-elections-video/
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Posted by    Monday, October 23, 2017 at 9:37pm 10/23/2017 at 9:37pm
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Anne Sorock of The Frontier Lab started writing for Legal Insurrection in April 2012 and was a regular contributor for many years. Over time Anne focused more and more of her time at The Frontier Lab, and now writes for us only sporadically.

Anne uses “deep values” research rather than polling and superficial surveys.

In November 2016, just after...

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“Progressive Stack” racial/gender speaker hierarchy an Occupy Wall Street legacy

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Posted by    Sunday, October 22, 2017 at 8:30pm 10/22/2017 at 8:30pm

The “progressive stack” is a method to order speakers and participants by race and gender along a “social justice” hierarchy. Women “of color” come first, men “of color” next, then white women, and at the back of the line, white men.

The progressive stack is all over the news the last few...

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It’s still the illegal immigration, stupid

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Posted by    Sunday, October 22, 2017 at 5:15pm 10/22/2017 at 5:15pm

James Carville famously salvaged Bill Clinton’s political career by focusing on economic problems people were facing during the 1992 campaign.

The term “it’s the economy, stupid,” attributed to Carville as Clinton’s campaign strategist, became the mantra for a generation of Democrat politicians and political strategists:

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A warning about Robert Mueller, from a civil liberties lawyer he tried to entrap

http://www.nbcnews.com/video/former-fbi-director-robert-mueller-named-special-counsel-in-the-russia-investigation-946481731669
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Posted by    Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 11:00am 10/21/2017 at 11:00am
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It has been relatively quiet lately on the Russian-collusion Democrat-Media leak and rumor mill. “Relatively” is the key word.

What once was a sustained campaign of leaks timed to hit every 2-3 days to create a permanent Russia-collusion news cycle, now barely makes a sound.

Of course, some Russian collusion is more newsworthy...

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Pardon? Sheriff Joe Arpaio request to vacate criminal contempt finding denied

https://www.facebook.com/sheriffjoearpaio/photos/a.405604816147012.93091.108536052520558/405604819480345/?type=1&theater
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Posted by    Friday, October 20, 2017 at 4:02pm 10/20/2017 at 4:02pm
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A federal judge in Arizona previously ruled that Donald Trump’s pardon of former Sheriff Joe Arpaio was legally effective, despite claims from several left-wing public interest groups and law professors that the pardon was unlawful. We covered that ruling in Pardon of Sheriff Joe Arpaio upheld by court.

In...

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The vast left-wing conspiracy got $18 billion more from George Soros

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ApM4cqGLnI
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Posted by    Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 9:20pm 10/19/2017 at 9:20pm
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George Soros, through the groups he has funded, has created a self-sustaining left-wing ecosystem, including #TheResistance.

Soros has poured hundreds of millions of dollars into the U.S. political process, as the Media Research Center reported in August 2017:

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Grassley and McConnell need to get moving on judicial confirmations

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Posted by    Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 4:00pm 10/19/2017 at 4:00pm

The rot in many institutions cannot be undone in one presidential term or even two. In part that’s because of the entrenched permanent bureaucracy, in part because many (if not most) important institutions are not part of government.

Higher Ed is a prime example. Over two generations, faculty hiring and infighting has...

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Speaking at Vassar on October 25: An Examination of Hate Speech And Free Speech on College Campuses

https://www.facebook.com/VassarVSA
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Posted by    Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at 8:15pm 10/17/2017 at 8:15pm
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We frequently cover issues related to free speech on campus, including shut-downs, shout-downs, disruptions, threats and violence.

There is a long history to this problem, and it first showed itself in attacks on Israeli, pro-Israel and Jewish speakers, as I documented in 

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Two moments of sanity from California Gov. Jerry Brown

https://www.facebook.com/jerrybrown/photos/pb.48001409120.-2207520000.1444524094./10152163487064121/?type=3&theater
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Posted by    Monday, October 16, 2017 at 8:30pm 10/16/2017 at 8:30pm
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Our “foreign” correspondent in California, Leslie Eastman, has made a blog career of documenting the tarnishing of the Golden State by insane legislative and regulatory policies, most of which are rubber-stamped by Governor Jerry Brown.

But this week there were two astounding moments of sanity from the Governor.

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Elizabeth Warren 2020: Will she be the Democrats’ Trump or Todd Akin?

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Posted by    Sunday, October 15, 2017 at 8:25pm 10/15/2017 at 8:25pm

The liberal media is building up Elizabeth Warren as just what Democrats need in 2020 to go against Donald Trump.

The Boston Globe recently ran a shameless puff piece on Warren that I wrote about in Rebranding for 2020 begins: “Elizabeth Warren’s Christian faith is deep and authentic”.

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Bitter Clinger

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Posted by    Sunday, October 15, 2017 at 7:00am 10/15/2017 at 7:00am

Spotted by me recently in Seekonk, Massachusetts.

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All is proceeding as dreaded

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Posted by    Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 8:00pm 10/14/2017 at 8:00pm

My recent DREAD-ful blog anniversary post had a good response in the comment section, and also generated numerous emails. I appreciate the feedback and support, it truly lifted my spirits.

So let me clarify that, to the extent some people read into my post an intent to close down Legal Insurrection, that...

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Cornell Black Students group apologizes for complaining about African and Caribbean students

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xTFnDG8Qshw
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Posted by    Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 11:00am 10/14/2017 at 11:00am
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Cornell University’s campus in Ithaca, NY, is in turmoil after two incidents, as I first reported in mid-September.

In one incident, a student shouted “build a wall” near the Latino Living Center. At least two reports (Campus Reform and The New American) claim the student was Hispanic and said it to mock Trump. The Cornell...

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Covering Up Political Bias: NY Times Social Media Guidelines for its Reporters

http://6thfloor.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/10/25/were-there-ever-liquor-carts-at-the-times/
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Posted by    Friday, October 13, 2017 at 9:20pm 10/13/2017 at 9:20pm
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I’m in favor of mainstream media reporters and news people speaking their political minds on social media.

Let it all hang out, tell us how much you hate Republicans/Conservatives/Non-Liberals/Americans/Donald Trump/Deplorables etc.

Lay your political biases on the table for all the world to see. If your news reporting is straight up and supported,...

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Las Vegas police now say critical 6-minute shooting gap doesn’t exist

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CoxUUrWqz3E
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Posted by    Friday, October 13, 2017 at 7:45pm 10/13/2017 at 7:45pm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CoxUUrWqz3E

I realize that in the heat of a shooting, particularly a mass shooting, it may take some time for a precise timeline to develop.

But it didn’t take very long for the Las Vegas police to release a precise timeline. The initial timeline was that Stephen Paddock’s shooting stopped when, approximately 6...

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Gen. John Kelly: Press is full of s*** (paraphrase)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xAxftARZEvs
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Posted by    Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 8:30pm 10/12/2017 at 8:30pm
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Almost every day some mainstream media reporter breaks a story about how the White House is in meltdown and the only thing standing between the nation and the abyss is Chief of Staff Gen. John Kelly.

Depending which “scoop” you are reading, Trump also is about to fire Kelly or Kelly’s about...

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U.S. to withdraw from Jewish-history-denying Islamic-supremacist-promoting UNESCO

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Posted by    Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 2:30pm 10/12/2017 at 2:30pm

UNESCO has become a poster child for how UN agencies have had their missions perverted by the anti-Israel agenda.

Other than the absurd UN Human Rights Council, which is run by some of the worst human rights offenders in the world, UNESCO stands out for its anti-Jewish agenda, which seeks to deny...

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