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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Problems with website

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Posted by    Sunday, July 12, 2020 at 4:51pm 7/12/2020 at 4:51pm

You may have noticed that the website has been going down repeatedly the last few days. We are aware of the problem and are working on a solution. Hopefully this will be solved within a day or two. Thanks.

 
 
 

Democrats’ November Strategy: Worry, Don’t Be Happy

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Posted by    Saturday, July 11, 2020 at 9:00pm 7/11/2020 at 9:00pm
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On June 29, 2020, I urged people Don’t fall for Operation Demoralize:

We are in the middle of another Operation Demoralize. It happens every national election. This time it’s early, only June.

The media swarms and lies. Tells you it’s over, wants you to give up. Happens every single time.

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Trump Commutes Roger Stone Sentence

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Posted by    Friday, July 10, 2020 at 8:06pm 7/10/2020 at 8:06pm
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Donald Trump has commuted the 40-month prison sentence given to Roger Stone.

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Appeals Court Order To Dismiss Flynn Case Stayed Pending Ruling On Judge Sullivan Petition for Rehearing

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Posted by    Friday, July 10, 2020 at 7:00pm 7/10/2020 at 7:00pm
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On June 24, 2020, a panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ordered Judge Emmet Sullivan to grant the government’s moti...

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Judge Emmet Sullivan wants full D.C. Circuit to overule Order requiring him to dismiss Michael Flynn case

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Posted by    Thursday, July 9, 2020 at 8:00pm 7/9/2020 at 8:00pm
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A panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals gave the judicial equivalent of a slap in the face to District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan when it ordered Sullivan to grant the government’s motion to dismiss the criminal case against Michael Flynn.

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Supreme Court: Mixed rulings on grand jury and congressional subpoenas for Trump tax and financial records

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Posted by    Thursday, July 9, 2020 at 10:18am 7/9/2020 at 10:18am
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The Supreme Court has ruled in two cases whether Trump’s financial records and tax returns are subject to subpoena.

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Supreme Court upholds religious exemption from Obamacare contraceptive mandate

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Posted by    Wednesday, July 8, 2020 at 10:33am 7/8/2020 at 10:33am
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The U.S. Supreme Court issued two important religious liberty decisions today. Both were 7-2 decisions with Sotomayor and Ginsburg in dissent.

The first and most high profile was Little Sisters of the Poor v. Pennsylvania, involving regulations allowing entities with religious or morality objections to the Obamacare contraceptive mandate. The lower courts...

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Liberal and Leftist Writers Condemn Cancel Culture (With Obligatory Anti-Trump Nod)

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Posted by    Tuesday, July 7, 2020 at 9:00pm 7/7/2020 at 9:00pm
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Harper’s Magazine has A Letter on Justice and Open Debate signed by a lot of famous names (and many non-famous) mostly from the left.

The letter starts with pathetic Trump Derangement Syndrome, as if Trump and the “right” are the original great threat to free speech (emphasis added):

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Supreme Court unanimously upholds states’ right to penalize Faithless Electors

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Posted by    Monday, July 6, 2020 at 10:16am 7/6/2020 at 10:16am
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The Supreme Court has ruled in a case involving whether states may require that Electors of the Electoral College vote in accordance with the popular vote in the state.

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Why we joined #Parler – @legalinsurrection

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Posted by    Friday, July 3, 2020 at 8:00pm 7/3/2020 at 8:00pm

So Legal Insurrection is on Parler, find us at @legalinsurrection.

Why? To reach our audience.

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Appeals Court frees Molotov Cocktail Lawyers on bail and home confinement

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Posted by    Wednesday, July 1, 2020 at 8:30pm 7/1/2020 at 8:30pm
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On June 5, 2020, we reported that Appeals Court Orders Molotov Cocktail Lawyers Back to Jail:

Two Brooklyn-based lawyers facing federal charges for allegedly throwing Molotov cocktails into a NYPD cruiser during the riots are back in federal custody after an appeals court reversed the bail decision.

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“to shrink away from this challenge would be a huge mistake”

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Posted by    Wednesday, July 1, 2020 at 10:35am 7/1/2020 at 10:35am

I was interviewed by Virginia Allen for The Daily Signal’s podcast regarding the issues I’m facing at Cornell Law School, and issues facing academia and the nation more generally regarding the Black Lives Matter Movement.

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Gibson’s Bakery: ‘Amicus’ Groups are “really only friends of the Oberlin Parties and not friends of the Court”

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Posted by    Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at 9:35pm 6/30/2020 at 9:35pm

Oberlin College has filed its Brief appealing the $11 million compensatory and $33 million punitive damage verdicts (later reduced to $25 million under Ohio tort reform caps) won by Gibson’s Bakery. The Bakery also has filed its Cross-Appeal Brief seeking reinstatement of the full punitive damages verdict.

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Don’t fall for Operation Demoralize

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Posted by    Monday, June 29, 2020 at 8:35pm 6/29/2020 at 8:35pm
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We are in the middle of another Operation Demoralize. It happens every national election. This time it’s early, only June.

The media swarms and lies. Tells you it’s over, wants you to give up. Happens every single time.

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Oberlin College loses appeal in suit by expelled male student, case reinstated

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Posted by    Monday, June 29, 2020 at 2:30pm 6/29/2020 at 2:30pm

It has been a while since we wrote about the case of John Doe No. 1 against Oberlin College. (Because there now is a second John Doe case against Oberlin College, we are now referring to this case as John Doe No. 1.)

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Legal Insurrection ‘Summer of Love’ Fundraiser

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Posted by    Monday, June 29, 2020 at 9:15am 6/29/2020 at 9:15am

We are at a potential inflection point for the nation. As discussed during our Ongoing Cultural Purge live event, these are revolutionary times, a confluence of factors being expoited to tear down history and civil society. Or, as the Mayor of Seattle would call it, the Summer of Love. If you...

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VIDEO: Smashing Statues Is The Distraction, Something Else Is Going On

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Posted by    Saturday, June 27, 2020 at 9:00pm 6/27/2020 at 9:00pm
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The War on Statues is not new.

In 2017, RebelPundit filmmakers Jeremy Segal and Andrew Marcus followed Chicago community organizer, Paul McKinley, on a tour of the south side neighborhood, Washington Park, where they find local residents opposed to a pastor’s calls to remove George Washington’s name and statue from...

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