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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Buzzfeed’s “if true” bombshell report that Trump directed Michael Cohen to lie to Congress

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Posted by    Friday, January 18, 2019 at 9:00am 1/18/2019 at 9:00am
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We have been here sooooooo many times before.

A media outlet publishes an article based on anonymous sources providing information that is so vague it cannot be proven or disproven, but which purports to (1) implicate Trump in a crime, (2) show collusion with the Russians, and/or (3) raise enough suspicions to...

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VIDEO: Canadian PM Trudeau reiterates BDS is simply “a new frame around anti-Semitism”

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Posted by    Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at 4:35pm 1/16/2019 at 4:35pm
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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau held a town hall on January 15, 2019, at Brock University in Canada.

During the town hall, someone requested that Trudeau renounce Trudeau’s prior strong condemnation of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanction (BDS) movement.

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Pelosi demands Trump postpone State of the Union address

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Posted by    Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at 2:32pm 1/16/2019 at 2:32pm
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Nancy Pelosi has sent a letter to Trump demanding that Trump postpone the State of the Union address because of the partial government shutdown.

#TheResistance is thrilled.

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10 years ago: Sully Sullenberger lands US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River

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Posted by    Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at 9:00pm 1/15/2019 at 9:00pm

On January 15, 2009, US Airways Captain Chesley Burnett “Sully” Sullenberger III had just taken off from LaGuardia Airport in New York City when the Airbus plane he was flying hit a flock of birds, lost engine capacity, and had to try an emergency landing.

Not just any emergency...

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WaPo fact-checks Trump’s boast burgers were piled up “a mile high”

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Posted by    Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at 1:00pm 1/15/2019 at 1:00pm
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Donald Trump hosted the Clemson Tigers championship football team at the White House.

Trump served fast food hamburgers to the team. The media lost its mind.

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The Manchurian Media

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Posted by    Sunday, January 13, 2019 at 10:00pm 1/13/2019 at 10:00pm

Two supposed bombshell reports about Trump-Russia collusion rocked the media news cycle this weekend, but as all of the other bombshells dropped by the media, there is a lot less to the reports than the hype suggests.

The hype has given rise to a Manchurian Candidate

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Israel uncovers 6th and largest Hezbollah attack tunnel

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Posted by    Sunday, January 13, 2019 at 2:00pm 1/13/2019 at 2:00pm
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Israel’s Operation Northern Shield continues to uncover Hezbollah attack tunnels dug from Lebanese civilian areas under the border into northern Israel.

The purpose of the tunnels was to surprise Israel in the next war by infiltrating special Hezbollah commando units who have been tasked with capturing an Israeli town or border community....

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Dem Rep. Tulsi Gabbard is running for president, and that’s important (really, it is)

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Posted by    Friday, January 11, 2019 at 8:45pm 1/11/2019 at 8:45pm

Tulsi Gabbard, Democrat Representative from Hawaii, is a strange political bird.

A November 2017 profile of Gabbard in The New Yorker described her as follows:

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Beto tries to outdo Elizabeth Warren by livestreaming his dentist appointment

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Posted by    Friday, January 11, 2019 at 9:00am 1/11/2019 at 9:00am
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The Democrat primaries haven’t even begun, yet Democrats already are pulling livestream publicity stunts to get attention.

And in the process, raising *troubling* questions as to how far they will go.

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg Watch

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Posted by    Thursday, January 10, 2019 at 8:30pm 1/10/2019 at 8:30pm
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85-year-old Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has suffered multiple health setbacks in recent months.

She fell and broke some ribs, and then had cancerous tumors removed from her lungs. Recovery from the lung surgery caused Ginsburg to miss

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Blockbuster Russia collusion story collapses, NY Times issues devastating “correction”

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Posted by    Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at 9:30pm 1/9/2019 at 9:30pm
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The NY Times broke a story asserting that Paul Manafort passed secret polling data to a Russian Oligarch with close ties to Russian intelligence:

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Mystery solved: Laura Loomer kicked off Twitter after pressure from CAIR

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Posted by    Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at 9:00am 1/9/2019 at 9:00am

For the past couple of years, there has been an increasing concern that tech giants, particularly social media giants, were making highly politicized decisions as to who they kicked off their platforms.

A conspiracy theorist like Alex Jones was kicked off Twitter (and deplatformed elsewhere) while anti-Trump c...

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Trump makes the case for a border wall in address to the nation

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Posted by    Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at 8:30pm 1/8/2019 at 8:30pm
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President Trump just delivered his Address to the Nation on the need for a border wall.

It was short, under 10 minutes.

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BDS-supporter Rep. Rashida Tlaib plays anti-Semitic dual loyalty and disloyalty cards against Israel supporters

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Posted by    Monday, January 7, 2019 at 9:00pm 1/7/2019 at 9:00pm
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Rashida Tlaib is a new Palestinian-American congresswoman from the Detroit area.

She’s also an Israel hater and supporter of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, which is a modern version of the anti-Jewish boycotts dating back at least to the 1920s in the then British Mandate for Palestine. (See my lecture, The...

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Media fabricated narrative about conservatives mocking Ocasio-Cortez dance video

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Posted by    Sunday, January 6, 2019 at 9:30pm 1/6/2019 at 9:30pm
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Did you hear the one about Republicans trying to shame Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez over her college dance video, and being angry about it?

That claim echoed through many mainstream media outlets late last week into the weekend. But it was a media fabrication, Fake News in the worst, most devious way intended to...

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Liberals demand you STOP talking about ELIZABETH WARREN’s LIKABILITY or comparing her to HILLARY

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Posted by    Sunday, January 6, 2019 at 7:30pm 1/6/2019 at 7:30pm

Likability as a political asset for a candidate is a “you know it when you see it” quality.

It’s not the same thing as “approval” or “favorability” or whether you actually “like” the candidate. And it’s something that can’t be taught or learned.

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Reports: “Work Accident” blows up home of senior terrorist in southern Gaza

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Posted by    Saturday, January 5, 2019 at 9:00pm 1/5/2019 at 9:00pm
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There are numerous reports of an explosion at the home of a senior Palestinian terrorist in southern Gaza resulting from a so-called “work accident.”

The Times of Israel reports:

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