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Cornell Law Professor to Discuss Academic Freedom


William Jacobson '81
William Jacobson '81

William Jacobson, associate clinical professor of law and director of the Securities Law Clinic at Cornell Law School, will present a lecture titled “Academic Freedom and BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions)”, on Tuesday, Oct. 20, at 7 p.m., in the Red Pit, Kirner-Johnson Building. The lecture is free and open to the public.

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. Jacobson is the founder of Legal Insurrection Blog, which went live on October 12, 2008, originally at Google Blogger. 

Prior to joining the Cornell law faculty in 2007, 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.

He 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. Jacobson is frequently quoted in national media on issues related to investment fraud and investor protection.

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