William A. Jacobson

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Industry Law
Occupation Associate Clinical Professor of Law, Cornell Law School
Introduction Associate Clinical Professor of Law, Cornell Law School, Ithaca, NY
Interests I am a 1981 graduate of Hamilton College and a 1984 graduate of Harvard Law School. At Harvard I 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, I 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. I am quoted frequently in national media on issues related to investment fraud and investor protection, and in the past have served as one of a small number of private practice attorneys who trained new arbitrators for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. I am on the Board of Directors of the Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association, an organization of attorneys representing public investors. I have 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. My academic interests include alternative dispute resolution, electronic evidence discovery, and the scope of arbitrator power in contractual arbitration. For a listing of my professional presentations, reported cases, and press references, see my CV at: http://ww3.lawschool.cornell.edu/faculty/faculty_cvs/Jacobson.pdf