About: William A. Jacobson

William A. Jacobson is Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the Securities Law Clinic at Cornell Law School. Prof. Jacobson 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, Prof. 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 a national reputation as a leading practitioner in securities arbitration, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association, an organization of over 450 attorneys dedicated to protecting public investors. Professor Jacobson 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 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.

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 is here.




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Mueller found the man (Trump), now he’ll find the crime

http://www.nbcnews.com/video/former-fbi-director-robert-mueller-named-special-counsel-in-the-russia-investigation-946481731669
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Posted by    Thursday, July 20, 2017 at 11:49am 7/20/2017 at 11:49am
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The NY Times has published excerpts of its interview yesterday with Donald Trump.

While there were several newsworthy comments, most focus is on the criticism of Jeff Sessions recusing himself from the investigation and the resulting appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Sessions’ recusal is the most consequential event of the Trump...

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Poll showing Republican and Trump voters more motivated for 2018 has Dems worried

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wDYNVH0U3cs
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Posted by    Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at 9:00pm 7/19/2017 at 9:00pm
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Polling this far out from the mid-term elections in November 2018 is just guesswork.

But a Washington Post – ABC News poll has Democrats worried, because while it shows voters in general want a change in control of Congress, it also shows that Republicans in general, and Trump supporters particularly, are much more...

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Supreme Court stays Hawaii Order as to refugees, not as to relatives

http://www.cnn.com/interactive/2017/01/politics/trump-inauguration-gigapixel/
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Posted by    Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at 1:07pm 7/19/2017 at 1:07pm
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The Supreme Court has ruled on the Trump administration’s Motion for Clarification and for a Stay of the Hawaii Order significantly scaling back implementation of Travel Order No. 2.

The Court denied the request for “clarification,” granted a stay of the Hawaii Order on refugees, and was silent (de f...

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Media scoop of undisclosed Trump-Putin “meeting” at G20 falling apart

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Posted by    Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at 8:40am 7/19/2017 at 8:40am

The competition among major media to feed the Russia-mania news cycle beast leads to shoddy (at best) reporting.

We saw that yesterday, when the Washington Post ran a scoop about Trump having an “undisclosed hour-long meeting with Putin at G-20 Summit.”

Here is the Original version:

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Jake Tapper criticized Linda Sarsour, so she accused him of being “alt-right”

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Posted by    Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at 8:40pm 7/18/2017 at 8:40pm

Linda Sarsour is the Women’s March co-organizer who has been in the news quite a bit lately, as we wrote in Linda Sarsour declares legal Jihad on people who “defame my character”.

Now she has Jake Tapper in her sights.

We have covered Sarsour here previously, including:

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SCOTUS WATCH: Hawaii files Opposition to Trump Motion for Clarification and Stay (Updated)

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Posted by    Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at 1:00pm 7/18/2017 at 1:00pm

Hawaii just filed its Opposition (pdf.) to the Trump admin...

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Hillary more UNPOPULAR than Trump

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Posted by    Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at 11:00am 7/18/2017 at 11:00am

There’s a saying, “Absence Makes The Heart Grow Fonder.”

Not when it comes to Hillary Clinton.

A survey shows that she is still unpopular, her second lowest rating in 8 years. And lower than Trump.

The Washington Examiner reports:

More people have a favorable view of President Trump than his 2016 Democratic rival Hillary Clinton,...

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Media Russia-mania feeding frenzy will not cause permanent damage unless there is a “there there”

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Posted by    Monday, July 17, 2017 at 9:00pm 7/17/2017 at 9:00pm

The last post I wrote about the Donald Trump Jr. meeting was last Thursday, Trump Jr. and the Russian lawyer: “there’s something very unusual about this whole thing”.

Subsequent to that post, NBC News broke the story that there were additional people at the meeting than had been disclosed previously. Nonetheless, I think...

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Legal Insurrection’s 100 millionth page view

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Posted by    Sunday, July 16, 2017 at 6:00pm 7/16/2017 at 6:00pm

Sometime last month Legal Insurrection received its 100 millionth page view since we went live on October 12, 2008.

We’re also just a couple of thousand shy of our 500,000th comment.

I realize that’s not Yuge by Yuge media standards, but we’re not Yuge media. Just a group of people who do the...

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French President Macron: Anti-Zionism is the “reinvented form of anti-Semitism”

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Posted by    Sunday, July 16, 2017 at 12:30pm 7/16/2017 at 12:30pm

There is an increasing recognition that most of the anti-Zionist movement, including Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS), is the new format for centuries-old anti-Semitism.

The reason anti-Zionists, with few exceptions, seek the destruction of Israel and deny the Jews the right to a homeland in their historic homeland, is because of Israel’s...

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Trump asks Supreme Court halt Hawaii Court ruling on Travel Order (UPDATE – Also goes to 9th Cir.)

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Posted by    Saturday, July 15, 2017 at 10:35am 7/15/2017 at 10:35am

In the ongoing saga over the lower federal courts’ attempt to usurp presidential power over who may enter the country, the Trump administration late last night filed a request for the Supreme Court to review and to halt the Hawaii federal court order that dramatically scaled back Trump’s Travel Order...

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Longhorn Hippie

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Posted by    Saturday, July 15, 2017 at 7:00am 7/15/2017 at 7:00am

From Ted:

Believe it or not, this car was spotted in the LA Fitness parking lot in Keller, Texas.

This Prius driving “Treehugging Dirt Worshipper” with a “Don’t Worry, Be Hippie” license frame is a self parody on wheels.

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Where #TheResistance is succeeding – slow walking Trump nominee confirmation process

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Posted by    Friday, July 14, 2017 at 7:30pm 7/14/2017 at 7:30pm

I pointed out recently that when it comes to judicial nominees, Republicans on the Judiciary Committee have signaled that they will do whatever it takes to get the nominees through the process over Democrat delay tactics.

As to judicial nominees, the slowdown tactics include Democrat Senators refusing to return so-called “blue cards”:

No Democrat...

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ACLU *mistakenly* posts *most unfortunate* tweet ever

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Posted by    Friday, July 14, 2017 at 11:00am 7/14/2017 at 11:00am
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Late last night a federal judge in Hawaii issued an Order scaling back the Trump administration’s implementation of the Travel Order.

The judge disagreed with the Trump administration as to who would be considered a “close familial relationship” under the Supreme Court’s ruling. The Hawaii judge ruled that “grandparents, grandchildren, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, aunts,...

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Hawaii Judge Grants Post-SCOTUS Injunction As To How Trump Travel Order Applies

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=npvd-VVqh9Q
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Posted by    Thursday, July 13, 2017 at 11:21pm 7/13/2017 at 11:21pm
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A federal judge in Hawaii has just granted in part, and denied in part, the State of Hawaii’s motion to enforce an injunction issued prior to the Supreme Court ruling as to Trump’s Travel Order No. 2. The key issue was who would be considered to have a “bona fide” connection...

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Trump Jr. and the Russian lawyer: “there’s something very unusual about this whole thing”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e1YeEcrIgU0
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Posted by    Thursday, July 13, 2017 at 10:15pm 7/13/2017 at 10:15pm
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If there’s anything I learned from studying about and in the Soviet Union during college, it was that things were never as they seemed.

There always seemed to be a manipulation and deception, whether for a specific purpose or just because they could. Kind of like the Clintons.

Which leads me to the...

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ABC and NBC Help SPLC Smear Successful Religious Liberty Law Organization as “Hate” Group

https://twitter.com/AllianceDefends/status/885598781135355904
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Posted by    Thursday, July 13, 2017 at 8:25pm 7/13/2017 at 8:25pm
https://twitter.com/AllianceDefends/status/885598781135355904

I have written often, and recently, about the corrosive effect of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s highly-politicized “hate” and “extremist” lists.

Politico also recently focused on the problem, which I described in Southern Poverty Law Center “extremist” lists used “to silence speech and speakers”, including this quote from the Politico article:

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