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About: William A. Jacobson

William A. Jacobson is Associate 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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U.S. House introduces anti-academic boycott legislation

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Posted by    Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 3:02pm

While legislation regarding academic boycotts is stalled in the NY State Assembly after widespread protests, a federal bill has been introduced by House Chief Deputy Whip Peter Roskam (R., Ill.) and Rep. Dan Lipinski (D., Ill.).  The bill is embedded at the bottom of this post.

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Yale to hold Non-Human Rights Conference

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Posted by    Friday, December 6, 2013 at 10:40pm

There were plenty of headlines about a lawsuit seeking a court ruling that four captive Chimpanzees were persons and entitled to

“the right to bodily liberty via a writ of habeas corpus. The suits, filed in New York Supreme Court, are based on scientific evidence proving that chimpanzees are self-aware and autonomous, and...

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UCLA Prof accused of racist “micro-aggression” for correcting student grammar

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Posted by    Friday, November 22, 2013 at 10:42am

Grammar is bad and racist, right?

That’s the accusation by some students at UCLA who have accused a professor of creating a racially hostile environment through aggressive grammar corrections.

Seriously, it’s called “micro-aggression,” as David Thompson reports:

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Harvard Law internationalizes Veterans Day (Update – Harvard responds)

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Posted by    Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at 1:03pm

Veterans Day, dating back to the WWI Armistice, honors those who served in one of the branches of the U.S. military.

Until today, I had not heard of Veterans Day being internationalized into a general holiday honoring anyone who served in any military, domestic or foreign.

A reader who is a student at HLS writes...

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College Insurrection is One Year Old

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Posted by    Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 9:36am

College Insurrection turns 1 year old today.

The first post was August 22, 2012, and shockingly,  was titled Welcome to College Insurrection:

When I announced in mid-June that College Insurrection would be opening, I described the purpose as follows:

Because most campuses are dominated by liberal adminstrators, faculty, and student activists, conservative/libertarian students often...

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Kangaroo courts for men on campus

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Posted by    Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at 10:58am

The media often wonders why young men are staying away from universities and colleges. Perhaps the hostile environment on campuses is part of the reason.

Universities, protected by law and compelled by a directive from the Obama Department of Education, have established a kangaroo campus court system in which young men...

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“Great Vagina Man” shouts down pro-life speaker at U. Waterloo

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Posted by    Sunday, March 17, 2013 at 1:17pm

This is one of those “only in America” stories except that it’s in Canada, which is America with Money.

As bad as freedom of speech is on campuses here, in Canada the situation is so much worse because of the thought police a/k/a the Human Rights Act.

Somehow I doubt this person will...

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College Insurrection is 1000

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Posted by    Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 11:29am

Today marked the 1000th post at College Insurrection, CA schools give up teaching algebra in 8th grade.

Thanks to Aleister of American Glob and Leslie Eastman of Temple of Mut (and Legal Insurrection) for their help in creating and aggregating content daily.

Thanks also to our guest authors, including John Rosenberg from Discriminations blog,...

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Hamilton College hit with class action alleging failure to pay Athletic Dept “interns” minimum wage

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Posted by    Thursday, December 27, 2012 at 7:28pm

Hamilton College, my alma mater, recently was the focus here over its decision to force The Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization off campus because it did not comport with the college’s multi-cultural agenda, Western Civilization driven off campus at Hamilton College.

Now Hamilton has been hit with a...

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Western Civilization driven off campus at Hamilton College

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Posted by    Monday, December 24, 2012 at 12:30pm

I graduated from Hamilton College in 1981.  At the time it had the reputation and reality of a fairly no-nonsense school with rigorous academics and very little of the academic political correctness sweeping other campuses at the time.

Oh, how times changed.  By 2004-2005, Hamilton was among the most politically dogmatic campuses, evidenced...

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Prof. Bainbridge — Save us from lefty law school clinics

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Posted by    Sunday, December 2, 2012 at 6:58pm

Law Professor Stephen Bainbridge of UCLA law school ponders the distinctly left-wing nature of law school clinics.

As someone in the mix, I can tell you that generally speaking, he’s right.  The “social justice” movement is the heart of law school clinical education, and that almost always means liberal causes.  It’s not...

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Greg Gutfeld congratulates Fordham Republicans

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Posted by    Thursday, November 29, 2012 at 8:00am

Somehow we missed this segment from November 13.

Greg Gutfeld offers a heartfelt congratulatations to the Fordham College Republicans for canceling Ann Coulter’s appearance on campus.


 
 
 

Conservative faculty applicant wins but loses discrimination lawsuit against U. Iowa Law School

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Posted by    Saturday, November 24, 2012 at 9:45am

In a confusing series of events, a University of Iowa law professor lost her case for political discrimination because jurors misunderstood the law as to who could be liable.  Only the Dean was named because under law the institution could not be liable.  Interviews with jurors indicate that the jurors didn’t...

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Fordham — Coulter bad, OWS supporting Prof who calls Republicans evil, stupid, hateful and psycho, good

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Posted by    Friday, November 16, 2012 at 3:06pm

In his letter to the community denouncing the Fordham Republicans invitation to Ann Coulter to speak, President and Father Joseph M. McShane elaborated on the standard expected of students in selecting speakers:

To say that I am disappointed with the judgment and maturity of the College Republicans, however, would be a tremendous understatement. There...

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Cornell Review 2012 Election Guide

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Posted by    Friday, November 2, 2012 at 7:50am

The Cornell Review has produced an excellent Election Guide, embedded below.

Click on the embed and it will open in a new view which allows you to enlarge and scroll through the issue.

 
 
 

College Insurrection is one month old

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Posted by    Sunday, September 23, 2012 at 5:11pm

College Insurrection went live on August 22 with the post Welcome to College Insurrection.

Since then we have published 171 posts, had just over 65,000 unique visits, and almost 85,000 page views.

Thanks to the numerous bloggers who have helped with links, including but not limited to Professors Reynolds and Althouse, and NRO’s ...

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Chick-fil-A boycotts coming to a campus near you

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Posted by    Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at 2:00pm

HuffPo is very excited about this.  How about you?

Would love to get reports from college students at to whether kicking Chick-fil-A off campus (like happened at Davidson) is g...

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Morris Brown College files bankruptcy

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Posted by    Sunday, August 26, 2012 at 5:30pm

Morris Brown College is one of the oldest traditionally black colleges.  But it is in deep financial trouble, as reported by the Atlanta Journal Constitution:

Morris Brown College officials have filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in a last ditch effort to prevent the 131-year-old school from being foreclosed on and sold at...

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SUNY Prof wonders who funds College Insurrection

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Posted by    Sunday, August 26, 2012 at 9:17am

I’m actually quite surprised College Insurrection was noticed so quickly.

But not surprised that once noticed, suspicions were aroused that CI is part of the vast right-wing conspiracy.

Jeffrey Miller is Associate Professor of Political Science at the State University of New York at New Paltz.

On his faculty blog Miller posts on a...

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Welcome to College Insurrection

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Posted by    Wednesday, August 22, 2012 at 2:00am

Welcome to College Insurrection, kid sibling of Legal Insurrection.

When I announced in mid-June that College Insurrection would be opening, I described the purpose as follows:

Because most campuses are dominated by liberal adminstrators, faculty, and student activists, conservative/libertarian students often feel isolated and alone, and up against seemingly insurmountable forces which wield power...

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