Professor Jacob served at Hofstra as Professor of Law (1979 - 97) and Alexander M. Bickel Distinguished Professor of Communications Law (1997-2008). During those years he taught, most continuously, the first-year Property course and also Constitutional Law, The Media and the First Amendment, The First Amendment, Wills Trusts & Estates, Real Estate Transactions, Real Estate Financing, Legal History, Jurisprudence, and Classics in Law and Rhetoric. Professor Jacob holds degrees from St. John’s College, Annapolis, MD (BA), the University of California Berkeley (Boalt Hall) (JD), and the Graduate Faculty of the New School for Social Research (PhD).
On his graduation from law school, Professor Jacob clerked during the 1960-61 Term of the U.S. Supreme Court for Justice William O. Douglas. His subsequent career has included;
• 14 years of law practice, primarily real estate law.
• More than 30 years of teaching at U.C.L.A. and Hofstra.
• Service as lawyer and administrator in major state and federal programs.
Professor Jacob began practice with Gibson Dunn & Crutcher in Los Angeles and was a partner in the New York firm of Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson from 1972 to 1981. He served with the U.S. Office of Foreign Direct Investment, the Federal Water Pollution Control Administration and the California Department of Water Resources at various times between 1965 and 1969, as well as the Ocean Resources Council of California.
Professor Jacob has had a continuing interest in philosophy and, since completing his Ph.D. dissertation in the significance of ancient rhetoric, he has published articles on rhetoric and theories of communication and on the political and ethical writings of Aristotle in both legal and non-legal journals. As an emeritus professor, he hopes to continue exploring the rich literature of the Socratic philosophical life as well as the complex problems of land ownership and use.
Professor Jacob is married to the Honorable Phyllis Gangel-Jacob, Justice (ret.) of the New York Supreme Court and the Appellate Term of that Court. He and his wife have a son and a daughter and four grandchildren.