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    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.

    New York Magazine has performed what Rush might call a 'random act of journalism' by taking a deep dive on the transformation of the NY Times into both a paper whose growth was fueled by resistance to Trump, and fundamentally transformed internally by young "insurrectionist" staffers from outside the traditional journalism pipeline.

    Today starting at 10 a.m. is the oral argument in (1) the appeal byOberlin College and Dean of Students Meredith Raimando seeking to overturn the compensatory and punitive damage awards totalling, after reduction under Ohio tort reform law, $25 million, plus over $6 million in attorney's fees, bringing the judgment to over $32 million, and (2) the cross-appeal by Gibson's Bakery and two members of the Gibson family (including the widow of the late David Gibson) seeking to restore the full $33 million punitive damages award, arguing the tort reform reduction was unconstitutional, which would add back about $15 million to the judgment.

    There is a lot of litigation regarding election fraud. Some of it is significant, some of it small ball, but it all needs to work it's way through the legal system. The allegations are serious and pervasive; whether they are successful remains to be seen.

    The major networks have declared Joe Biden the winner of the national election. The Iranian Mullahs and their terrorist progeny, and the Chinese Communist Party, are thrilled. Other world leaders are falling in line, and Biden is acting as if he's President already. But believe it or not, there are several swing states where the votes have not yet been fully counted and where there may be legal challenges. There is enormous pressure on Trump to concede.

    The major networks have called Nevada and Pennsylvania for Joe Biden, and thereby the national election. Of course, network calls are just that, network calls. Trump still has a chance in Georgia (very tight, down a few thousand), Arizona (down about 20k), and North Carolina (up about 75k and likely to win). Those are three of the four legs he needs, but the fourth, Pennsylvania, is unlikely (down 35k which probably will increase). Trump needs a sweep of AZ, GA, NC, and PA. It is very close in thses states, not so close in SC but it hasn't been "called" due to an extension of the ballot receipt deadline to November 12. Some states may turn on military and provisional ballots.
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