Before his appointment as a Justice of the Delaware Supreme Court in 2003, Jack B. Jacobs served as Vice Chancellor of the Delaware Court of Chancery since October 1985, after having practiced corporate and business litigation in Wilmington, Delaware since 1968. Justice Jacobs holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago (B.A., 1964, Phi Beta Kappa) and a law degree from Harvard University (LLB., 1967).
In addition to his judicial activities, Justice Jacobs serves as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the New York University School of Law, at the Columbia University School of Law and at the Widener University School of Law. Justice Jacobs is a member of the American Law Institute, where he served as an Advisor to its Restatement (Third) of Restitution, and currently, as an Advisor to its Principles of the Law of Liability Insurance. He is also a member of the Delaware and American Bar Associations (where he served on the Committee on Corporate Laws of the ABA Business Law Section), a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, and a member of the Rand Center for Corporate Ethics and Governance Advisory Board.
Justice Jacobs has participated in academic symposia and continuing legal education programs related to corporate and securities law sponsored by various law schools and Continuing Legal Education organizations. He has guest lectured at numerous American and foreign law schools. Justice Jacobs has delivered the Distinguished Jurist Lecture at the University of Pennsylvania Law School (March 2002); the Regent's Lecture in Residence at the UCLA School of Law (January 2005); the Morrison & Foerster Lecture at Stanford Law School (February 2008); the William J. Brennan Lecture at NYU School of Law (February 2009); and was the Distinguished Visiting Jurist at the Harvard Law School Corporate Governance Program (2008). He also serves as a member of the Board of Advisors of the Columbia Law School Center on Corporate Governance, and of the Planning Committee of the University of Chicago Corporate Law Institute and the Tulane Corporate Law Institute.
Justice Jacobs has also been an invited guest speaker in various conferences, including those sponsored by the Asian Corporate Governance Association (Hong Kong, October 2003); the Korea Development Institute (Seoul, Korea, November 2004); the University of Tokyo (Japan, November 2005 and June 2010); the OECD (Stockholm, Sweden, March 2006); the Ministry of Economic Affairs (Amsterdam, Netherlands, April 2006); the Australian Law Council (Sydney Australia, April 2008), and conferences in Israel co-sponsored by Columbia Law School (2008) and University of Pennsylvania Law School (2010). Justice Jacobs has also authored (and co-authored) numerous law review articles addressing various aspects of corporation law, mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance.