William A. Jacobson

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
William A. Jacobson
EducationHamilton College (B.A.)
Harvard Law School (J.D.)
University professor
EmployerCornell Law School

William A. Jacobson is an American lawyer, professor, and conservative blogger. He has "a national reputation as a leading practitioner in securities arbitration."[1] His cases have been covered by The Wall Street Journal,[2]The Boston Globe,[3] The Providence Journal,[4] TheStreet.com,[5] RegisteredRep.com,[6] and Investment News.[7]


Jacobson is a 1981 graduate of Hamilton College and a 1984 graduate of Harvard Law School.[8] During his time at Harvard, Jacobson served as Senior Editor of the Harvard International Law Journal and as Director of Litigation for the Harvard Prison Legal Assistance Project.[9][10]


Early career[edit]

Before 2007, Jacobson was a litigator in Providence, Rhode Island, with a successful civil litigation and arbitration practice.[11] His work was focused around investment, employment, and business disputes in the securities industry.[1]

Cornell Law School[edit]

In 2007, Jacobson joined Cornell Law School as a Clinical Professor of Law. He is also the Director of the Securities Law Clinic.[1]

Legal Insurrection[edit]

Jacobson is author of the conservative law blog, Legal Insurrection, which was founded in 2008.[12][13] As of January 2011, Legal Insurrection was ranked number 24 in politics and number 67 overall by Technorati[14] and number 7 for top legal blogs by Avvo.[15]

Jacobson is a conservative pundit, writing for a variety of outlets. He is a contributor to Politico's "Arena".[16]


Elizabeth Warren[edit]

During Senator Elizabeth Warren's 2012 U.S. Senate campaign against Republican Scott Brown, Jacobson was cited by Massachusetts and national news outlets, namely for his critique of Warren's claim that she was 1/32nd Cherokee Indian and her decision to claim minority status as a law professor during the 1980s and 1990s.[17][18][19][20] Specifically, Jacobson carried out in-depth research into Warren's claims about her "high cheekbones" and family tensions, both allegedly a result of her Cherokee heritage. After concluding his research, he found no evidence to substantiate these claims.[21][22][23]

Jacobson is also credited with raising the issue of whether Warren was actually licensed to practice law in Massachusetts, where she lived and practiced law.[24][25][26] After extensive research on the subject, and following the Warren campaign's refusal to release a full list of her caseload, he concluded that she never obtained the right to practice law there.[25][27]

Israel and Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS)[edit]

Jacobson has taken an active role in recent years exposing and fighting back against the academic boycott of Israel in higher education.[28][29][30][31] He has participated in numerous speaking engagements on the matter, most notably events at Harvard Law School (hosted by Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA) in association with Alliance for Israel),[32][33][34] Cornell University (sponsored by Cornellians For Israel),[35] Children of Jewish Holocaust Survivors,[36][37] Vassar College (a Vassar Conservative Libertarian Union event),[38] and the Florida Region of CAMERA.[39]

When pro-Palestine activist Bassem Tamimi spoke to third graders at an elementary school in Ithaca, NY in 2015, Jacobson covered the event on his blog, thereafter bringing the story into the national limelight.[40] Jacobson filed a Freedom of Information Law request with the Ithaca City School District (ICSD) to further investigate the circumstances surrounding the speaking event.[40] After a year-long court battle with the ICSD demanding that the ICSD remove extensive redactions in the documents provided,[41] a judge sided with Jacobson, after which the ICSD was ordered to release the video of the event.[42][40] That video included one of the speakers saying to the children, "You can defend us, you can be freedom fighters for Palestine, you can bring peace;"[43] a child is also heard saying, "When I grow up, I’m going to go to Palestine and protest."[42]

David Gregory[edit]

After NBC's Meet the Press anchor David Gregory displayed a 30-round gun ammunition magazine during a show in 2012,[44] Jacobson filed a Freedom of Information Act request in the District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department to obtain records on the matter.[45] Despite no criminal charges being brought against Gregory, a police affidavit was released revealing that the police department had warned NBC that possession of the magazine was illegal, making the case in support of an arrest warrant for Gregory.[46] Jacobson was thereafter cited for his report exposing the hypocrisy of D.C.'s decisions to prosecute lesser-known people who, like Gregory, lacked criminal intent.[47][45]

YouTube Controversy[edit]

On January 13, 2017, Jacobson's YouTube channel was taken down, with YouTube citing copyright violations.[48] However, Jacobson has stated that he was targeted for his conservative political views.[48] The channel was restored on January 15, 2017.[49]


  • Blogger of the Year, Conservative Political Action Conference Red Carpet Bloggers Awards, March 2014.[50]


  1. ^ a b c "William A. Jacobson". cornell.edu.
  2. ^ "Former Salomon Manager Wins $1.9 Million in Arbitration Case". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2017-05-27.
  3. ^ "Galvin alleges Oppenheimer was lax in preventing fraud," The Boston Globe, August 3, 2006
  4. ^ "Broker accused of victimizing Mass. couple". www.brokeragesdaytrading.com. Retrieved 2017-05-27.
  5. ^ "Oppenheimer Has Heart of Stone, Ethics of Putty" Archived 2012-10-11 at the Wayback Machine TheStreet.com, July 10, 2007
  6. ^ "Citigroup Wins Long, Strange CAP Battle" RegisteredRep.com, October 4, 2006
  7. ^ "No shot at third strike for former Smith Barney rep". investmentnews.com.
  8. ^ "Jacobson, William A." vivo.cornell.edu. Retrieved 2017-06-23.
  9. ^ "Editorial Board, 25 Harvard International Law Journal, 1984". heinonline.org. Retrieved 2017-06-23.
  10. ^ "Cornell Law Professor to Discuss Academic Freedom - Hamilton College". www.hamilton.edu. Retrieved 2017-06-23.
  11. ^ "William A Jacobson, JD - SPME". SPME. Retrieved 2017-09-21.
  12. ^ "Blogger: User Profile: William A. Jacobson". blogger.com.
  13. ^ LI About, Retrieved 2015-03-29
  14. ^ Technorati page for Legal Insurrection Archived 2011-01-12 at the Wayback Machine, January 26, 2010
  15. ^ Avvo – Top Legal Blogs[permanent dead link], January 26, 2010
  16. ^ Contributor profile, The Arena
  17. ^ "How Warren fumbled first controversy". POLITICO. Retrieved 2017-09-21.
  18. ^ "Elizabeth Warren Tells Another Whopper". FoxNation.com. 2017-09-21. Retrieved 2017-09-21.
  19. ^ "NightSide - Professor William Jacobson Talks With Dan Rea About Senate Candidate Elizabeth Warren". CBS. Retrieved 2017-09-21.
  20. ^ "Articles: Clueless: Kim Kardashian and Elizabeth Warren". www.americanthinker.com. Retrieved 2017-09-21.
  21. ^ "Here's Everything You Need to Know About Elizabeth Warren's Fake Native American Heritage". Daily Wire. 2016-06-28. Retrieved 2017-09-21.
  22. ^ "Elizabeth Warren Registered 'High Cheekbones' Aunt as White". Weekly Standard. 2012-07-02. Retrieved 2017-09-21.
  23. ^ Franke-Ruta, Garance. "Is Elizabeth Warren Native American or What?". The Atlantic. Retrieved 2017-09-21.
  24. ^ "Did Elizabeth Warren Practice Law Illegally?". Weekly Standard. 2012-09-24. Retrieved 2017-09-21.
  25. ^ a b "Warren: Blue-Collar Champion or Not?". National Review. Retrieved 2017-09-21.
  26. ^ Lat, David. "Does Elizabeth Warren Have a Law License Problem?". Above the Law. Retrieved 2017-09-21.
  27. ^ "Elizabeth Warren had key role in Travelers asbestos case before Supreme Court - The Boston Globe". BostonGlobe.com. Retrieved 2017-09-21.
  28. ^ "When Students Vote on Israel's Demise - Commentary Magazine". Commentary Magazine. 2015-05-03. Retrieved 2017-09-12.
  29. ^ "Partners in protest: The anti-Israel, cop-bash link". New York Post. 2014-12-27. Retrieved 2017-09-12.
  30. ^ "Anti-Semitism at CU Gets Response". Ithaca Times. Retrieved 2017-09-12.
  31. ^ "Cornell student government tables Israel divestment, averting Passover vote". JNS.org. Retrieved 2017-09-12.
  32. ^ "Academics unpack BDS, anti–Semitism at media watchdog's national conference". American Israelite. Retrieved 2017-09-12.
  33. ^ "War by Other Means: Israel, BDS and the Campus". JewishBoston. Retrieved 2017-09-12.
  34. ^ "The REAL History of BDS Movement, by Prof. William Jacobson (Legal Insurrection via EoZ)". Israel Activist Alliance. 2016-12-30. Retrieved 2017-09-12.
  35. ^ "Cornell Prof. Lectures on Ithaca Elementary School Anti-Israel Event". The Cornell Review. 2015-11-02. Retrieved 2017-09-12.
  36. ^ "The Case for Israel and Academic Freedom". Frontpage Mag. 2014-06-16. Retrieved 2017-09-12.
  37. ^ How the Academic Boycott of Israel Hurts American Students with Professor William Jacobson, Esq., 2014-06-29, retrieved 2017-09-12
  38. ^ "Blog: 'Vile at Vassar'". www.americanthinker.com. Retrieved 2017-09-12.
  39. ^ "CAMERA on campus". Jewish Journal. Retrieved 2017-09-12.
  40. ^ a b c "Judge sends Ithaca schools a message over pro-Palestinian speaker". The Ithaca Voice. Retrieved 2017-09-12.
  41. ^ "ICSD to release video of controversial talk". Ithaca Journal. Retrieved 2017-09-12.
  42. ^ a b "Video shows pro-Palestinian indoctrination of 3rd graders in NY school". The Jerusalem Post | JPost.com. Retrieved 2017-09-12.
  43. ^ "New York schoolchildren outrageously shown anti-Israel propaganda during presentation". Express.co.uk. 2016-12-16. Retrieved 2017-09-12.
  44. ^ "David Gregory Under Police Investigation Over Gun Magazine On 'Meet The Press'". Huffington Post. 2012-12-26. Retrieved 2017-09-21.
  45. ^ a b "D.C. Detective Sought Warrant for Arrest of NBC's David Gregory". Retrieved 2017-09-21.
  46. ^ "Affidavit in Support of an Arrest Warrant" (PDF).
  47. ^ "David Gregory and Why Law Is Only for the Little People". National Review. Retrieved 2017-09-21.
  48. ^ a b Rogers, James (January 13, 2017). "YouTube removes influential conservative website's channel". Fox News. Retrieved January 13, 2017.
  49. ^ Rogers, James (January 16, 2017). "YouTube restores influential conservative website's channel". Fox News. Retrieved January 17, 2017.
  50. ^ "Covering CPAC 2014: What the mainstream media got wrong". The Jewish Star. Retrieved 2017-09-21.

External links[edit]