Cody Jacobs

Professor Cody Jacobs
Visiting Assistant Professor of Law
565 W. Adams St., Room 859
Chicago, IL 60661


  • LL.M., Temple University Beasley School of Law
  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center
  • B.A., University of South Florida


Professor Jacobs joined the Chicago-Kent faculty in 2017 after spending two years as an Abraham L. Friedman Fellow at Temple University's Beasley School of Law, where he taught Legal Research & Writing and products liability while earning his LL.M. in legal education. Before his time at Beasley, he was a clinical teaching fellow at SUNY Buffalo School of Law, where he founded a civil legal services clinic for military veterans.

Professor Jacobs spent a year as a staff attorney at the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence in San Francisco. There, he tracked Second Amendment litigation, edited amicus briefs for Second Amendment cases, provided testimony for California lawmakers on firearms-related bills, and represented the organization in local and national media appearances.

From 2011 to 2013, Professor Jacobs was an associate in the Los Angeles office of Sidley Austin LLP, where his practice focused on products liability and other complex commercial litigation. His pro bono work included a class-action challenge to prolonged immigration detention that helped hundreds of immigration detainees secure bond hearings. For his work on that case, he received the ACLU of Southern California's Access to Justice Award in 2012 and was named an Attorney of the Year by California Lawyer magazine in 2014. Before starting his practice at the firm, he was a Sidley Austin Pro Bono Fellow in fall 2010, working at the ACLU of Southern California in Los Angeles.

Professor Jacobs' research focuses on civil procedure, firearms policy and the Second Amendment, and the intersection between those areas and tort law—particularly products liability litigation. Professor Jacobs' previous work has included pieces examining the development of personal jurisdiction law as it relates to large corporate defendants and the impact of the Second Amendment on private law causes of action such as products liability suits against gun manufacturers. His articles have been published or will be published in the Southern California Law Review, UCLA Law Review, New Mexico Law Review, Tennessee Law Review, DePaul Business & Commercial Law Journal, and Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law & Policy.

In addition to holding an LL.M. degree, Professor Jacobs graduated magna cum laude and Order of the Coif from Georgetown University Law Center. At Georgetown, he was the writing director for the Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law and Policy and served as a Law Fellow, mentoring first-year students in legal research and writing. He earned a B.A. with honors in political science, graduating cum laude from the University of South Florida in Tampa.

Selected Publications

In Defense of Territorial Jurisdiction, 85 University of Chicago Law Review 1589 (2018).

The Second Amendment and Private Law, 90 Southern California Law Review 945 (2017).

The Stream of Violence: A New Approach to Domestic Violence Personal Jurisdiction, 64 UCLA Law Review 684 (2017).

If Corporations Are People, Why Can't They Play Tag?, 46 New Mexico Law Review 1 (2016).

End the Popularity Contest: A Proposal for Second Amendment "Type of Weapon" Analysis, 83 Tennessee Law Review 231 (2015).

A Fork in the Stream: The Unjustified Failure of the Concurrence in J. McIntyre Machinery Ltd. v. Nicastro to Clarify the Stream of Commerce Doctrine, 12 DePaul Business & Commercial Law Journal 171 (2014).

Note, Trade We Can Believe In: Negotiating NAFTA's Labor Provisions to Create More Equitable Growth in North America, 17 Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law & Policy 127 (2010).

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