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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Kafkaesque campus sexual assault tribunal at Johnson & Wales alleged in lawsuit

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Posted by    Monday, January 15, 2018 at 8:30pm 1/15/2018 at 8:30pm

The more cases of campus sexual assault adjudications we cover, the more we see patterns.

There frequently is an ongoing consensual sexual relationship in which only some of the interactions were claimed to be non-consensual; a delay in reporting the alleged assault; a process in which the accused is left uncertain as...

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Dick Durbin blew up DACA, deliberately

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HOjbetz7JjY
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Posted by    Monday, January 15, 2018 at 10:30am 1/15/2018 at 10:30am
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Democrats and the media think they have the golden bullet to take down Trump, in the form of the “s–thole” comment during DACA negotiations behind closed doors.

There are conflicting claims and reports as to whether the term was used, and to whom he was referring if it were used. Original reports...

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Mahmoud Abbas denies Jewish history, again

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWYTrCE9kJc
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Posted by    Monday, January 15, 2018 at 8:40am 1/15/2018 at 8:40am
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Mahmoud Abbas is a “moderate” by Palestinian political standards.

He fools the world into thinking the dispute with the Jews is over a little land here, a little land there. In fact, Abbas is steeped in anti-Jewish paranoia and conspiracy theories.

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Flake’s Law: The longer a #NeverTrump Republican keeps talking, the probability of a comparison of Trump to Stalin approaches one

http://abcnews.go.com/ThisWeek/video/sen-jeff-flake-trumps-oval-office-comments-attacks-52339480
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Posted by    Sunday, January 14, 2018 at 6:30pm 1/14/2018 at 6:30pm
http://abcnews.go.com/ThisWeek/video/sen-jeff-flake-trumps-oval-office-comments-attacks-52339480

You probably have heard of Godwin’s Law:

As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches one.

We now have Flake’s Law:

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Israel destroys vast Hamas attack tunnel

https://www.timesofisrael.com/idf-says-it-destroyed-a-hamas-attack-tunnel-in-southern-gaza/
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Posted by    Sunday, January 14, 2018 at 1:01pm 1/14/2018 at 1:01pm
https://www.timesofisrael.com/idf-says-it-destroyed-a-hamas-attack-tunnel-in-southern-gaza/

Israel destroyed a vast Hamas attack tunnel system that ran into Israel and Egypt. The third major cross-border tunnel destroyed in the past two months.

We reported on one of those prior tunnel destructions last October, Israel’s IDF Obliterates Gaza Attack Tunnel.

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Rhode Island Dem lawmaker accused of sexual harassment during anti-sexual harassment training

http://wpri.com/2018/01/10/local-lawmakers-attend-anti-sexual-harassment-training/
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Posted by    Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 5:30pm 1/11/2018 at 5:30pm
http://wpri.com/2018/01/10/local-lawmakers-attend-anti-sexual-harassment-training/

Welcome to my home State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations.

Rhode Island lawmakers are undergoing anti-sexual harassment training after a female lawmaker alleged she was told she could get legislations passed if she slept with the right people.

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DOJ forms Hezbollah Narcoterrorism Task Force, after Obama went soft to appease Iran

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FivpjqLqud0
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Posted by    Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 5:00pm 1/11/2018 at 5:00pm
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Lebanese-based terrorist group Hezbollah, a functionary of the Iran, has engaged in international drug running and other crimes to help finance its terror activities worldwide.

As exposed late last year, the Obama administration was aware Hezbollah was running cocaine into the U.S., but disrupted law enforcement plans (Project Cassandra) to shut down...

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Court: Trump pick Mick Mulvaney can remain as Acting Director of CFPB

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Posted by    Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at 7:00pm 1/10/2018 at 7:00pm
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Donald Trump secured a victory in the federal District Court in D.C., as a Judge just ruled that Mick Mulvaney can continue as Acting Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). The Court rejected the claims of Leandra English, appointed by Richard Cordray just as he was leaving CFPB, that...

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Judge prevents Trump from reversing Obama DACA policy (Updated)

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Posted by    Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at 11:00am 1/10/2018 at 11:00am

Another day, another judicial intervention trying to prevent Donald Trump from exercising his lawful Executive Branch powers.

Of course, that’s not the verbiage the court used, but it’s a fair characterization of the San Francisco federal district court decision (full embed at bottom...

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After Trump on-air immigration meeting, I hear that Amnesty Train a comin’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fc5tIKFDy1s
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Posted by    Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at 8:30pm 1/9/2018 at 8:30pm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fc5tIKFDy1s

The almost hour-long live on-camera discussion of DACA and immigration Trump had at the White House today with congressional leaders was at once genius, and very worrisome.

First, the genius part.

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Hamas salutes Code Pink Grand Central Station anti-Israel protest

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Posted by    Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at 6:00pm 1/9/2018 at 6:00pm

Last weekend I wrote about the anti-Israel protest held by a coalition of anti-Israel groups at Grand Central Station in New York City. The pretext of the protest was to support Ahed Tamimi, the Palestinian teen arrested for hitting and kicking a soldier in a videotaped provocation meant to generate a...

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Steve Bannon out at Breitbart News

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/08/17/ny-times-donald-trump-shake-hires-breitbart-executive-stephen-k-bannon-top-campaign-post/
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Posted by    Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at 4:13pm 1/9/2018 at 4:13pm
http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/08/17/ny-times-donald-trump-shake-hires-breitbart-executive-stephen-k-bannon-top-campaign-post/

I guess this was inevitable.

A website that played a large role in creating momentum for Donald Trump to win the Republican nomination, and to a much lesser extent the presidency, could not continue with someone at the helm who now was persona non grata with Donald Trump and his family. Either...

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Senior Hamas terrorist Imad al-Alami *accidentally* shoots himself in the head

https://www.timesofisrael.com/senior-hamas-official-suffers-gunshot-wound-is-in-critical-condition/
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Posted by    Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at 9:00am 1/9/2018 at 9:00am
https://www.timesofisrael.com/senior-hamas-official-suffers-gunshot-wound-is-in-critical-condition/

One of our Top Ten “Fun” posts for 2017 concerned Muhammad Hemada Walid al-Quqa, the Hamas explosives chief who accidentally blew himself up. It’s what’s often called a “work accident.”

There was just another supposed work accident by another senior Hamas terrorist, who shot himself in the head while inspecting his weapon....

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Court: Gibson’s Bakery lawsuit against Oberlin College can continue in full

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Posted by    Monday, January 8, 2018 at 1:00pm 1/8/2018 at 1:00pm

We previously covered the bitter town/gown dispute between Gibson’s Bakery and Oberlin College.

The short version is that three Oberlin students were arrested for shoplifting at Gibson’s bakery. Oberlin students claimed racial profiling, and mounted protests and a boycott supported by college student groups, administrators and faculty. The boycott continued even after...

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Israel to boycott BDS boycotters, and BDS boycotters are furious

http://www.israellycool.com/2015/11/14/code-pinker-ariel-gold-slips-up-in-description-of-her-arrest/
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Posted by    Monday, January 8, 2018 at 11:00am 1/8/2018 at 11:00am
http://www.israellycool.com/2015/11/14/code-pinker-ariel-gold-slips-up-in-description-of-her-arrest/

The Boycott, Divest and Sanctions (BDS) movement is dedicated to the destruction of Israel. As we documented, BDS in its present form was conceived at the 2001 Tehran and later Durban conferences, as a tactic with the goal...

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Berkeley Linguist: Trump “has the power to control tens of millions of brains via tweets”

https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/728297587418247168?lang=en
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Posted by    Sunday, January 7, 2018 at 9:00pm 1/7/2018 at 9:00pm
https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/728297587418247168?lang=en

You probably have not heard of  George Lakoff, a progressive linguistics Professor Emeritus at Berkeley.

But you have heard of Elizabeth Warren.

Particularly Warren’s “you didn’t build that on your own” speech, which picked up a theme also expressed by Obama, that people who are successful only got that way because...

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Jake Tapper cutting off Stephen Miller’s interview was not impressive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vU7v5A5P8BM
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Posted by    Sunday, January 7, 2018 at 6:08pm 1/7/2018 at 6:08pm
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CNN is anti-Trump 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. So anti-Trump that it has had some of the most embarrassing false reports, including:

  • The false report that James Comey would testify that he never told Trump that Trump was under investigation.
  • Three CNN journalists had to resign after a false report...
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