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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Speaking at Vassar on October 25: “Hate Speech” is still Free Speech, even after Charlottesville

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Posted by    Friday, October 13, 2017 at 7:45pm 10/13/2017 at 7:45pm
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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)

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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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Legal Insurrection is 9 years old, and filled with dread

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Posted by    Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 11:30am 10/12/2017 at 11:30am

Nine years ago today Legal Insurrection published its first post, Obama is Door No. 2.

For background on how we got started and have grown over the years, see our 7th Anniversary post, or scroll through our  tag.

Last year I noted that while it was a difficult year personally, I was optimistic. That’s...

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Hollywood’s political credibility now is so utterly destroyed it glows in the dark

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Posted by    Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 7:00pm 10/11/2017 at 7:00pm
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The Harvey Weinstein scandal has the potential to deal a body blow to the role Hollywood actors, and by extension the entire entertainment industry, plays in our political life.

For decades we have had to listen to moralizing by Hollywood actors denigrating Republicans and particularly conservatives. It is in overdrive in the...

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SCOTUS dismisses 4th Circuit Travel Order case as moot, vacates Maryland District Court judgment

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Posted by    Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 7:00am 10/11/2017 at 7:00am

We previously wrote how the U.S. Supreme Court was likely to dismiss the two Travel Order cases before it, one from the 4th Circuit (via Maryland District Court) and one from the 9th Circuit (via Hawaii District Court) on grounds of mootness. Both of those...

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Reem’s Oakland Bakery Drops Lawsuit to Silence Protests Against Mural of Terrorist Rasmea Odeh

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Posted by    Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at 10:19pm 10/10/2017 at 10:19pm

Reem’s bakery in Oakland, CA, prominently displays a full-wall mural of Rasmea Odeh, who recently was deported for immigration fraud.

Rasmea is the former military member of the terrorist Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine who was convicted in Israel in 1970 of the 1969 supermarket bombing that killed two Hebrew...

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Las Vegas police change story on shooting timeline

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Posted by    Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at 10:00am 10/10/2017 at 10:00am
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This is not good.

The internet is rife with conspiracy theories about Stephen Paddock and the mass murder by rifle fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel. Accurate and timely information from investigators is needed, and I hoped it would be forthcoming.

I had several questions about the shooting, one...

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Did YOU know about Harvey Weinstein’s sexual harassment allegations? (Reader Poll)

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Posted by    Monday, October 9, 2017 at 7:00pm 10/9/2017 at 7:00pm
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Hollywood, the liberal media, and Democrats kept a dark, dirty secret for decades.

It is now acknowledged to have been common knowledge in those domains that numerous women over a long period of time complained about sexual harassment by movie industry mogul Harvey Weinstein. And there was substantial evidence to back up...

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Left-wing Israeli writer paints bleak future for anti-Trump Resistance

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Posted by    Monday, October 9, 2017 at 1:00pm 10/9/2017 at 1:00pm
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It’s hard to find an apt comparison in U.S. media for the role that Haaretz plays in Israeli media.

Haaretz is “far-left” in its opinion content, but also has some excellent straight news reporting, particularly on security issues. And when I say “far-left,” I emphasize “far” in that equation. Reading some of...

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