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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In Memory of Petra Marquardt-Bigman

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Posted by    Saturday, January 16, 2021 at 9:00pm 1/16/2021 at 9:00pm
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Dr. Petra Marquardt-Bigman has passed away. Petra was a dear friend, and a researcher and writer for Legal Insurrection and many other outlets.

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Impeachment Problem? Chief Justice Roberts May Not Have Constitutional Authority To Preside At Trial Of FORMER President

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Posted by    Saturday, January 16, 2021 at 7:30pm 1/16/2021 at 7:30pm
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Donald Trump no longer will be president as of noon on January 20, 2021, when Joe Biden is sworn in. At some point after that, possibly just hours, the Senate under control of Democrats will initiate an impeachment trial of the then-former president.

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Military Buildup In D.C. Makes No Sense, Unless They Know Something We Don’t

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Posted by    Saturday, January 16, 2021 at 12:00pm 1/16/2021 at 12:00pm
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You don’t need 25,000 armed National Guard troops to protect an inauguration, and you certainly don’t need that and more to protect a mostly virtual inauguration.

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American Thinker disables its comment section

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Posted by    Friday, January 15, 2021 at 7:00pm 1/15/2021 at 7:00pm
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The demise of comment sections has been happening for a decade.

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“Leave Democrats to their own devices, and they will screw themselves politically, just when they are at the height of power”

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Posted by    Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 8:30pm 1/14/2021 at 8:30pm
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I think it’s worth reposting this excerpt from my post on April 29, 2009, reacting the news that PA Senator Arlen Specter had left the Republican Party and become a Democrat, securing a filibuster proof Senate majority for Democrats, Relax, The Dems Will Screw Up:

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Emergency Event: Surviving The Big Tech Purge (Sunday, January 17, 7 p.m. Eastern)

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Posted by    Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 5:30pm 1/13/2021 at 5:30pm

The Big Tech oligopoly is drunk with power, taking unto itself the decisions as to who gets to be heard on the internet and social media. In this panel discussion, we will discuss how to navigate the Big Tech purge, and strategies for maintaining personal privacy. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. You can SIGN...

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House Votes to Impeach Trump, again

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Posted by    Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 4:25pm 1/13/2021 at 4:25pm
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The House has voted in favor of House Resolution 24. The final count is 232 in favor, including 10 Republicans, 197 against.
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Impeachment 2.0 – No, the Senate cannot convict Trump after he leaves office

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Posted by    Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 12:30pm 1/13/2021 at 12:30pm
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The U.S. House will be voting today to impeach Trump. It’s a done deal because Democrats have the majority, and probably will get about 20 Republicans to join them. Then it eventually heads to the Senate for trial, where Mitch McConnell has said the earliest a trial could be held under...

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VP Mike Pence Rejects Pelosi Demand To Invoke 25th Amendment To Remove Trump

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Posted by    Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 9:00pm 1/12/2021 at 9:00pm
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On January 6, 2021, Vice President Mike Pence refused demands that he use his role as President of the Senate to refuse to count electoral votes from six contested states that were certified for Biden. Pence took the position that he had no such constitutional power.

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Parler CEO: Unclear when will be back, sues Amazon Web Services for website takedown (Updates)

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Posted by    Monday, January 11, 2021 at 9:08pm 1/11/2021 at 9:08pm
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The takedown of Parler by the cabal of Google, Apple, and Amazon Web Services (AWS), joined by other vendors who now are afraid to deal with Parler, is one of the most dangerous moments for internet freedom.

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The claim that Parler represents some unique risk to public safety is a lie driven by politics

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Posted by    Sunday, January 10, 2021 at 9:00pm 1/10/2021 at 9:00pm
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The takedown of Parler, currently in progress, is one of most chilling and ominous signs that this country is heading to a very bad place, a lot worse than we have seen.

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Kathy Shaidle — 5 Feet of Fury — RIP

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Posted by    Saturday, January 9, 2021 at 9:30pm 1/9/2021 at 9:30pm
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Canadian blogging pioneer and friend of Legal Insurrection Kathy Shaidle passed away today after a battle with Ovarian cancer.

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Apple suspends Parler from App Store, Amazon kicking Parler off hosting platform

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Posted by    Saturday, January 9, 2021 at 8:34pm 1/9/2021 at 8:34pm
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Apple joins Google in removing the Parler App from the App Store. This is part of a broad internet tech giant move to deplatform not only Donald Trump, but also supporters on the pretext of threats of violence after the Capitol Hill riot

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Dominion Voting Systems Sues Sidney Powell, alleges her “wild accusations are demonstrably false”

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Posted by    Friday, January 8, 2021 at 1:00pm 1/8/2021 at 1:00pm
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Dominion Voting Systems and affiliates have sued lawyer Sidney Powell and Defending The Republic, Inc., over claims she made that election fraud was perpetrated with or through Dominion systems.

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TRUMP VIDEO: “I am outraged at the violence, lawlessness, and mayhem” at U.S. Capitol

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Posted by    Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 7:27pm 1/7/2021 at 7:27pm
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Donald Trump just released a video statement regarding the riots at the Capitol yesterday.

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The Trump Movement As We Knew It Ended Today

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Posted by    Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 10:05pm 1/6/2021 at 10:05pm
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It’s often hard to understand the impact an event will have in the future when you are going through it in real time or soon after.

Today’s storming of the Capitol, including rioting, is one of those real-time events about which I’m comfortable reaching some conclusions.

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CBS News: Cabinet Members Discussing 25th Amendment To Remove Trump

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Posted by    Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 8:56pm 1/6/2021 at 8:56pm

A CBS News correspondent reports that cabinet members are discussing possibly invoking the 25th Amendment to remove Donald Trump as president.

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