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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Ken Marcus, nominee to head DOE Civil Rights Office, finally to get floor vote

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Posted by    Thursday, May 24, 2018 at 4:00pm 5/24/2018 at 4:00pm

Kenneth Marcus is the nominee to lead the Office of Civil Rights in the Department of Education.

Marcus is uniquely qualified for the position, we wrote when he was nominated in October 2017:

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Amazon demonetizes conservative website (us)

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Posted by    Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at 7:00pm 5/23/2018 at 7:00pm
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Still not over it

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Posted by    Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at 7:00am 5/23/2018 at 7:00am

Spotted on the East Side of Providence, Rhode Island. Made my day.

Which also reminds me, I haven’t received very many reader bumper sticker photos lately. It used to be a regular feature here.

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#TheResistance is losing

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Posted by    Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at 9:00pm 5/22/2018 at 9:00pm

A Reuters/Ipsos poll shows a generic ballot lead for the 2018 congressional midterms … in favor of Republicans.

WUT?

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Trump needs to confront, not appease, Mueller’s posse

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Posted by    Monday, May 21, 2018 at 9:08pm 5/21/2018 at 9:08pm

I’m still shaking my head in disbelief at Rudy Giuliani’s idea that if Robert Mueller and his team agreed to wrap up the “obstruction” investigation by September 1, Trump would sit for an interview.

I covered this development in my prior post, Rudy’s terrible, horrible, no good idea about Trump sitting for a...

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Rudy’s terrible, horrible, no good idea about Trump sitting for a Mueller interview to speed things up

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Posted by    Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 9:00pm 5/20/2018 at 9:00pm
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In my January 24, 2018 post I explained why, Trump should not voluntarily submit to an interview with Mueller:

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Who done it? Huge explosions at Iranian missile depot in Hama, Syria – but no one being blamed

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Posted by    Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 6:00pm 5/20/2018 at 6:00pm
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Israel repeatedly has bombed Iranian missile and weapons depots in Syria, along with other Iranian assets. In most of the cases Syria is quick to blame Israel, and Israel is silent.

When Iranian Revolutionary Guard fighters fired dozens of rockets at Israel recently, Israel wiped out 50 or so Iranian targets and...

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Bernard Lewis RIP – “First the Saturday people, then the Sunday people”

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Posted by    Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 10:00am 5/20/2018 at 10:00am
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Historian Bernard Lewis died yesterday at age 101.

The accolades are rolling in.

Jay Nordlinger tweeted:

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Michael Avenatti to court: Michael Cohen “has presented no evidence” that I received or distributed SAR info

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Posted by    Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 7:30pm 5/19/2018 at 7:30pm
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Michael Avenatti has been described by the NY Times at the “ringmaster” in the Michael Cohen circus.

The fight going on in the SDNY over Avenatti’s request for permission to appear in the case certainly is turning into a circus, with the Judge likely to stop the show early next week.

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Judicial nominees keep moving through the pipeline

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Posted by    Friday, May 18, 2018 at 9:00pm 5/18/2018 at 9:00pm

Pretty much since the 2016 election we’ve been tracking the potential Donald Trump has to fundamentally alter the federal judiciary.

At various times we’ve expressed frustration with the ability of Democrats to slow down the Senate confirmation process. We’ve also recognized that for the most part Judiciary Chair Chuck Grassley and Majority...

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Dem Scott Wallace (#PA01) foundation funded worst-of-the-worst anti-Israel pro-BDS groups

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Posted by    Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 3:00pm 5/17/2018 at 3:00pm
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Pennsylvania’s newly formed 1st Congressional District is a classic “swing” district, and is rated a toss-up by Cook Political Report. Scott Wallace just won the Democrat nomination, and will run against Republican Brian Fitzpatrick, currently the Rep in the soon-to-be phased out 8th District.

Here’s the new judicially-ordered congressional map...

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Stormy Daniels court filing: Michael Cohen trying “to soil Mr. Avenatti” (Updated)

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Posted by    Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at 3:00pm 5/16/2018 at 3:00pm
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We reported previously on the court filing by Michael Cohen’s attorneys objecting to Michael Avenatti appearing in the case for Stephanie Clifford (aka Stormy Daniels).

Avenatti is required to submit an application for admission pro hac vice, meaning he seeks admission for the purpose of the case since he is not otherwise...

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Hamas official: 50 of 62 Gazans killed in border assault on May 14, 2018, were Hamas members

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Posted by    Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at 1:00pm 5/16/2018 at 1:00pm

The weekly attempts to breach the Israeli border fence by thousands of Gazans is portrayed in the media as a peaceful civilian protest. But it has been anything but peaceful, as we have documented numerous times.

Rather, these are military-style assaults using the cover of civilian protests. They are controlled by Hamas,...

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Court: Expelled male student can proceed on key claims against Johnson & Wales U

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Posted by    Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at 7:00am 5/15/2018 at 7:00am
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In January 2018, I wrote about a lawsuit by an expelled male student that alleged an outrageous denial of fundamental fairness and failure to follow university rules, Kafkaesque campus sexual assault tribunal at Johnson & Wales alleged in lawsuit:

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NRA sues NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo for using financial regulator to “blacklist” NRA

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Posted by    Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 9:00pm 5/12/2018 at 9:00pm
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The NRA has been under assault from liberal politicians and political groups for decades. But those attacks have intensified after the Parkland school shooting.

Student David Hogg, backed by powerful groups like Media Matters, launched a campaign to pressure companies to sever membership discount programs with the NRA. That campaign was largely...

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Gender Studies Profs Can’t Take a Joke Week in Higher Education

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Posted by    Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 10:00am 5/12/2018 at 10:00am
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What a putz! And an Israel-hater at that. But I repeat myself:

We’re not naturally violent and repressive,...

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Today’s “peaceful Palestinian protest”: Grenades, pipe bombs, burning tires and setting fire to Gaza gas supply line (Updated)

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Posted by    Friday, May 11, 2018 at 5:00pm 5/11/2018 at 5:00pm
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Here we go again.

The Great March of Return, touted by so-called “human rights” groups and western media as “peaceful protests,” continued its weekly assault on the Gaza-Israel border fence.

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