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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Flashbacks to Kamala Harris’ wacky policies and behavior

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Posted by    Tuesday, August 11, 2020 at 9:00pm 8/11/2020 at 9:00pm
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With Kamala Harris’ designation as Joe Biden’s running mate, comes the narrative battle.

The NY Times immediately pegged Harris as a “pragmatic moderate,” the line Democrats will be following in describing Harris.

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“Slow Joe and Phony Kamala” – First Attack Ad On Kamala VP Pick

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Posted by    Tuesday, August 11, 2020 at 5:40pm 8/11/2020 at 5:40pm
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The ‘Trump War Room’ operation of the Trump campaign was ready with an attack ad on the pick of Kamala Harris, branding her as “phony.”

This branding, as I pointed out with regard to Trump branding people, only works if there is some truth to it and it resonates with the...

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Biden Picks Kamala Harris

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Posted by    Tuesday, August 11, 2020 at 4:19pm 8/11/2020 at 4:19pm
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Joe Biden has selected Kamala Harris as his runing mate.

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Questioning whether Hezbollah had a role in massive Beirut explosion is off limits, per Hezbollah

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Posted by    Monday, August 10, 2020 at 9:00pm 8/10/2020 at 9:00pm
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The massive explosion that destroyed the port of Beirut and much of the city for miles, almost immediately was attributed the explosion of 2,700 tons of ammonium nitrate stored at port.

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CBS News Feature About Gibson’s Bakery v. Oberlin College Nominated for Emmy Award

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Posted by    Monday, August 10, 2020 at 5:00pm 8/10/2020 at 5:00pm
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On November 3, 2019, I wrote about a CBS News Sunday Morning feature by Ted Koppel about Gibson’s Bakery, its owners, and the years-long struggle to obtain justice after being targeted by Oberlin College, its administrators, faculty, staff, and students.

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Oberlin College male student files Appeal Brief trying to halt allegedly biased sexual assault hearing

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Posted by    Sunday, August 9, 2020 at 9:15pm 8/9/2020 at 9:15pm

John Doe No. 2 is an Oberlin College male student who seeks an injunction halting what he asserts is a biased sexual assault hearing system.

John Doe No. 2 faces the same system of college adjudication which led a different student, John Doe No. 1, to sue after expulsion, asserting that the...

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Group behind ‘Occupy Wall Street’ planning 50-day ‘White House Siege’ through Election Day

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Posted by    Sunday, August 9, 2020 at 7:37pm 8/9/2020 at 7:37pm

Adbusters was the group credited with creating the Occupy Wall Street movement that ‘occupied’ not only Zuccotti Park in downtown Manhattan, but much of our news coverage in 2011.

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Trump Takes Executive Action On Unemployment and Other Relief, Dares Dems to Sue

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Posted by    Saturday, August 8, 2020 at 9:05pm 8/8/2020 at 9:05pm
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Donald Trump announced several stimulus items taken by executive action after Democrats — as they did in the spring — held financial stimulus hostage to their grab bag of goodies unrelated to the virus.

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Biden says he has picked a running mate, his campaign says no he hasn’t

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Posted by    Saturday, August 8, 2020 at 3:15pm 8/8/2020 at 3:15pm
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Joe Biden said on video this morning that he had picked a running mate.

When asked, as a follow up, who it was, Biden joked to the reporter “you,” then pedaled away.

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Lockdown Queen Gretchen Whitmer reportedly interviewed by Biden for VP slot

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Posted by    Saturday, August 8, 2020 at 10:00am 8/8/2020 at 10:00am
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In a nation filled with petty government tyrants and bullies empowered by coronavirus panic, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer stands out as possibly the most petty and most tyranical of the bunch.

Whitmer has shown such a unique combination of fanatical self-righteousness and psychopathic vindictiveness that most people wrote off her...

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July Jobs Report Beats Expectations: 1.8 million jobs created, unemployment rate drops to 10.2%

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Posted by    Friday, August 7, 2020 at 9:20am 8/7/2020 at 9:20am
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The economy added 1.8 million jobs in July 2020, exceeding the 1.7 million predicted. The unemployment rate dropped to 10.2% from the 11.1% in June, and from the peak 14.7% in April.

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In *totally* non-political move, anti-Trump NY Attorney General files lawsuit to dissolve NRA

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Posted by    Thursday, August 6, 2020 at 1:00pm 8/6/2020 at 1:00pm
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Letitia James was elected Attorney General of New York State on a platform of using the full power of her office to target “illegitimate” Donald Trump and those around him. She is the epitome of the politicized #Resistance prosecutor.

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Will Joe Biden Debate Donald Trump? (Reader Poll)

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Posted by    Wednesday, August 5, 2020 at 9:00pm 8/5/2020 at 9:00pm
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The Great Debate is whether Joe Biden will debate Donald Trump in the series of three debates currently suggested.

While insisting that Biden “looks forward” to debating, you can see the seeds of an excuse being planted, centered around Trump allegedly abusing the debate process AND the coronavirus making travel and appearances...

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Gibson’s Bakery Files Brief Opposing Oberlin College Appeal

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Posted by    Wednesday, August 5, 2020 at 7:00pm 8/5/2020 at 7:00pm

Gibson’s Bakery and its owners have filed their Response Brief (pdf.) opposing the appeal of Oberlin College and Dean Meredith Raimondo, who in turn have filed their Response Brief (pdf.) to the Gibsons’ cross-appeal.

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Trump Launches Cancel Culture Ad: “I’m Afraid To Say This Out Loud”

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Posted by    Tuesday, August 4, 2020 at 8:30pm 8/4/2020 at 8:30pm
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The Trump campaign has released a TV ad that directly addresses what is commonly referred to as cancel culture, the silencing of people who fear retribution from liberals, like trying to get you fired.

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Massive explosion rocks Beirut port (Updates)

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Posted by    Tuesday, August 4, 2020 at 2:00pm 8/4/2020 at 2:00pm
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A massive explosion, or series of explosions, has rocked the port of Beirut, causing widespread destruction and generating an enormous shock wave and dust cloud.

The cause of the explosion is unclear. Some accounts attribute it to an explosion at a fireworks factory, while others speculate it is a Hezbollah weapons depot....

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While you were focused on the pandemic, Israel approved a pipeline to supply Europe with natural gas

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Posted by    Monday, August 3, 2020 at 7:30pm 8/3/2020 at 7:30pm
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We have been following the development of Israel’s natural gas resources for years, and in rather dramatic fashion.

In March 2013, we wrote, Yesterday the Middle East changed forever, and you didn’t know it:

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