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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Susan Collins will vote NO when Amy Coney Barrett vote comes to Senate floor

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Posted by    Sunday, October 25, 2020 at 9:30pm 10/25/2020 at 9:30pm

Lisa Murkowski has been voting not on procedural votes regarding the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett, because she objects to the nomination so close to the election, but announced yesterday that when the vote comes to the floor on Monday, she will vote Yes on the merits.

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Leading ‘ultra-Orthodox’ Jewish Rabbis Issue Letter Effusively Praising Trump

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Posted by    Sunday, October 25, 2020 at 11:30am 10/25/2020 at 11:30am

A group of leading Hasidic (‘ultra-Orthodox’) Jewish Rabbis have signed and released a letter effusively praising Donald Trump for his suppor for religious freedom, particularly in light of government shutdowns.

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Ithaca (NY) ‘Back the Blue’ Rally Squares Off Against Antifa/BLM Counter-Protesters

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Posted by    Saturday, October 24, 2020 at 8:30pm 10/24/2020 at 8:30pm

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A pro-Trump rally in ultra-liberal Ithaca, New York, resulted in an attack by a crowd organized by Ithaca Democratic Socialists, as we reported on Sunday, October 17, 2020, Pro-Trump Rally Attacked In Liberal Ithaca (NY):

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Murkowski will vote “YES” on Coney Barrett floor vote

https://twitter.com/lisamurkowski/status/1268943426789277696
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Posted by    Saturday, October 24, 2020 at 4:10pm 10/24/2020 at 4:10pm
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Lisa Murkowski along with Susan Collins have opposed the Amy Coney Barrett nomination on the ground that it comes too close to the election.

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Pennsylvania Supreme Court – Absentee and mail-in ballots don’t need matching signatures (or valid postmarks)

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Posted by    Friday, October 23, 2020 at 8:00pm 10/23/2020 at 8:00pm
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If there is any swing state that worries me about election shenanigans, it’s Pennsylvania.

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Another Trump Middle East Breakthrough – Israel and Sudan to Normalize Ties

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Posted by    Friday, October 23, 2020 at 12:00pm 10/23/2020 at 12:00pm
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The Trump administration has just announced another Middle East breakthrough. Sudan and Israel will normalize ties. This is the third Arab nation to do so as a result of Trump’s efforts, in addition to the United Arab Emirate and Bahrain.

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Post-Debate Analysis — People tell me Trump did really well (Reader Poll – Who won?)

https://youtu.be/egKFCHn0GQE
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Posted by    Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 10:36pm 10/22/2020 at 10:36pm
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So I got some text messages from Trump supporters telling me Trump did really well. So there’s that.

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Hunter Biden Business Partner: Joe Biden Is The “Big Guy” In Influence Peddling Emails

https://nypost.com/2020/10/22/hunter-biz-partner-confirms-e-mail-details-joe-bidens-push-to-make-millions-from-china/
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Posted by    Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 8:40am 10/22/2020 at 8:40am
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The NY Post has another blockbuster update to the Biden family influence peddling scandal.

The “big guy” referenced in previously released emails, who was to share in payments, was Joe Biden.

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FBI and DNI: Iran interfering in election to damage Trump, sending fake emails and other cyber activities

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Posted by    Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 7:50pm 10/21/2020 at 7:50pm

The Director of National Intelligence just gave an emergency statement. Iran and Russia obtained voter information, and Iran has been sending fake emails trying to sow discord and damage Trump. Russia has not yet taken any action.

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VIDEO: “The End Goal Is The Abolishment of Capitalism”

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Posted by    Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 9:30pm 10/20/2020 at 9:30pm
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Jeremy Segal, aka Rebel Pundit, put together a video of his interactions with BLM/Antifa/Leftist activists on the streets in recent years.

They tell you exactly what their goal is. It’s what we’ve always known.

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Tens of Millions Are Early Voting As Biden Fights To Keep A Lid On Influence Peddling Scandal

https://twitter.com/BoKnowsNews/status/1317275294194085888
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Posted by    Monday, October 19, 2020 at 9:21pm 10/19/2020 at 9:21pm
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Joe Biden calling a 4-day ‘lid’ on his campaign, during which he would be unavilable to the press, comes after several days of near silence after the NY Post broke the story of Hunter Biden’s influence peddling for the family.

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SCOTUS: John Roberts Joins Liberals To Permit PA To Count Non-Postmarked Ballots 3-Days After Election Day

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Posted by    Monday, October 19, 2020 at 8:30pm 10/19/2020 at 8:30pm
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How important is the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett? I wrote on September 19, 2020, that it was important to fill the Ginsburg vacancy prior to Election Day in order to neutralize the unreliable vote of Chief Justice John Roberts:

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Gibson’s Bakery v. Oberlin College – Appeal Oral Argument – November 10

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Posted by    Sunday, October 18, 2020 at 7:30pm 10/18/2020 at 7:30pm
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It’s been a long time coming. We have followed the Gibson’s Bakery case against Oberlin College since before it was a case: through the pre-trial court proceedings, the trial, the compensatory and punitive verdicts, the post-trial motions, the appellate bond issue, the tragic death of David Gibson, the college’s post-trial

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Pro-Trump Rally Attacked In Liberal Ithaca (NY)

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Posted by    Saturday, October 17, 2020 at 9:00pm 10/17/2020 at 9:00pm
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Ithaca, NY, home to Cornell University, is a notoriously liberal town. That liberalism, both on and off campus, is taking on an increasingly intolerant and totalitarian tone, as was just demonstrated when a small pro-Trump rally was attacked by a crowd organized by the Ithaca Democratic Socialists, but also carrying Black...

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Supreme Court to hear case over Trump excluding illegal aliens from counting for congressional apportionment

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Posted by    Friday, October 16, 2020 at 5:50pm 10/16/2020 at 5:50pm
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The Supreme Court just announced that it will hear a case involving the Trump administration’s plan to exclude illegal aliens from counting for the purpose of congressional apportionment.

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TONIGHT: I’m Moderating Online Panel To Educate Jewish High School Students On The Hostility They Will Face At College

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Posted by    Friday, October 16, 2020 at 10:00am 10/16/2020 at 10:00am

I’m moderating an online panel this Sunday, October 18, at 7 p.m. Eastern, to help prepare for Jewish high school students for the hostile environment they will face on many college campuses. The program is sponsored by The Israel Group:

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Biden leaves door open to Supreme Court packing

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Posted by    Thursday, October 15, 2020 at 9:10pm 10/15/2020 at 9:10pm

At the ABC News town hall with Joe Biden, Biden was asked about court-packing, a question he previously has refused to answer.

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