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 may be unreachable one overnight this week as we roll out the new website

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Posted by    Sunday, March 7, 2021 at 9:00pm 3/7/2021 at 9:00pm

Sometime this week, hopefully overnight Monday into Tuesday, we will roll out Legal Insurrection’s new website. The goal is to do it in the early morning hours Eastern time so that when most people in the U.S. wake up, we have a shiny new website live.

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Andrew Branca To Cover Derek Chauvin Trial For Legal Insurrection

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Posted by    Friday, March 5, 2021 at 10:00pm 3/5/2021 at 10:00pm
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Derek Chauvin goes on trial starting Monday, March 8, 2021, for the alleged murder of George Floyd. I say “alleged” because though the media and activists have already written the narrative of guilt, we know that criminal guilt must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt and media narratives do not always...

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Smith College President: Damaging racism hoax exposed by NY Times was matter of “perspective”

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Posted by    Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 9:15pm 3/4/2021 at 9:15pm
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Smith College whistleblower Jodi Shaw exposed the toxic atmosphere generated by race-shaming “antiracism” training, and now has resigned citing a racially hostile work environment. Shaw’s story’s has received widespread media coverage.

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Rush Limbaugh Eulogizes Andrew Breitbart (March 1, 2012): “He was far more effective than he probably ever dreamed”

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Posted by    Monday, March 1, 2021 at 9:00am 3/1/2021 at 9:00am

On March 1, 2012, Andrew Breitbart died. Each year we remember him, and try to focus on various aspects of his life and legacy.

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The Targeting of Princeton Prof. Joshua Katz Continues

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Posted by    Sunday, February 28, 2021 at 9:15pm 2/28/2021 at 9:15pm
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Princeton University Professor of Classics Joshua Katz was one of our panelists at our “Saving Higher Ed From Cancel Culture” event in August:

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Boston Parents Sue Alleging Discrimination Against Asians and Whites In Change of Prestigious Public School Admissions

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Posted by    Saturday, February 27, 2021 at 9:00pm 2/27/2021 at 9:00pm
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Boston Parent Coalition for Academic Excellence (BPCAE) has sued over changes in how students are admitted to a small number of prestigious public schools.

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Supreme Court Asked To Hear Harvard Anti-Asian Discrimination Case

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Posted by    Friday, February 26, 2021 at 9:15pm 2/26/2021 at 9:15pm
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A group called Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA) sued Harvard University alleging discrimination against Asian-Americans in admissions through the use of soft factors.

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NY Times reveals the devastation after Smith College capitulated to a false claim of racism

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Posted by    Thursday, February 25, 2021 at 9:35pm 2/25/2021 at 9:35pm
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For several months we have been covering the story of Jodi Shaw, a now-resigned Smith College staff member who blew the whistle on racist “anti-racist” training which singled out and demonized “whites”.

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Cornell Daily Sun Interviews Professor William Jacobson Re Critical Race Training Database

https://cornellsun.com/2021/02/24/students-weigh-in-on-critical-race-theory-database-launched-by-law-school-professor/
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Posted by    Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 5:40pm 2/24/2021 at 5:40pm
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The Cornell Daily Sun student newspaper asked to interview me about our new website, criticalrace.org, which has received enormous media attention and well over a million page views since launch on February 2, 2021.

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The FIRE: St. Joseph’s U violated academic freedom of Prof. Greg Manco

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Posted by    Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 9:00pm 2/23/2021 at 9:00pm
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On Sunday night, February 21, 2021, we called attention to an emerging cancel culture case involving the targeting of Math Professor Greg Manco, of St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, PA.

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Smith College disputes Jodi Shaw exposé: Our “equity and inclusion training” has not created “a racially hostile environment for white people”

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Posted by    Monday, February 22, 2021 at 8:35pm 2/22/2021 at 8:35pm
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Jodi Shaw is the former Smith College staff member who blew the whistle on horrific mandatory white-shaming training programs at the college. We have covered Shaw’s situation for several months:

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Supreme Court Denies Review Of Pennsylvania Election Challenge As “Moot”

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Posted by    Monday, February 22, 2021 at 10:33am 2/22/2021 at 10:33am
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No surprise here. The Supreme Court has refused to accept a case challenging the Pennsylvania election result, on the basis that the mail-in ballot procedures were illegal, as “moot”.

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Saint Joseph’s U Math Prof. Gregory Manco Targeted For Cancellation Over Tweet Opposing Reparations

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Posted by    Sunday, February 21, 2021 at 9:10pm 2/21/2021 at 9:10pm
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Here we go again. Another Professor targeted for cancellation because of tweets that offended a small number of people. In this case, we can see it playing out in real time.

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The Attempted Deplatforming You Probably Never Heard Of – Baen Books Forum

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Posted by    Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 9:00pm 2/20/2021 at 9:00pm
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I had never heard of Baen Books, and that’s on me. It’s apparently a big player in the Science Fiction genre, something I’m not into, so there’s no reason I would know of it, but there’s plenty of reason why plenty of other people do know of it.

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Sky News Australia Host: ‘Never before’ has the leader of the free world been ‘so cognitively compromised’

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Posted by    Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 9:30am 2/20/2021 at 9:30am
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The media view from afar is more clear than anything we see in mainstream domestic media.

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Smith College Whistleblower Jodi Shaw Resigns Over “Racially Hostile Environment” Created By Critical Race Training

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Posted by    Friday, February 19, 2021 at 6:45pm 2/19/2021 at 6:45pm
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We have written several times about Jodi Shaw, the Smith College staff member who objected to what has become a scourge in higher education, Critical Race Training tactics, sometimes misleadingly called “anti-racism” training.

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Student Lawsuit: U. Central Florida Treatment of Prof. Charles Negy Chilled Campus Free Speech

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Posted by    Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 9:00pm 2/17/2021 at 9:00pm
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The University of Central Florida has been in the news for its punitive actions against Professor Charles Negy after he tweeted opinions that went contrary to campus and social justice politics. We have covered the Negy case extensively:

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