Background of Speaker:
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. He also studied in the Soviet Union during the cold war, earning an Advanced Certificate in Russian Language. 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 civil litigation and arbitration practice in Providence, Rhode Island.
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Context is everything. What I have really appreciated about Legal Insurrection is the clarity and concise logic as Professor Jacobson discusses this issue. It is very educational and I wish I had this information when I was an undergraduate in the UK in the late 1980’s.
The 1980’s was a period when anti-Israel activity on campus was unleashed and given quasi-legitimacy by the infamous UN resolution. Although this resolution was later rescinded, the cultural nemes it fueled have been tremendously poisonous factors in European society, witness the demonstrations in Paris this week. Academic and cultural elites have always had a global reach but, thanks to the work of people such as Professor Jacobson, the jury is out on whether US academia will be a victim of such a profound erosion of tolerance and justice.