VIDEO: Law of Self Defense and Cornell Law School Finally Meet


Well, today I finally got to meet Professor William Jacobson of Legal Insurrection in meat space--and neither of us recognized each other. Apparently we both look markedly different than our pictures.  I also had the opportunity to meet his lovely wife, Wendy (please, God, let me have gotten that name right--I have a cognitive defect when it comes to just-learned names). The purpose of our meeting was for both of us to speak at Cornell Law School on the subject of the Zimmerman Trial--"Did the jury get it right?"--at the invitation of the Cornell Law Second Amendment Club, led by 3L student Jon Underwood.  If his name sounds British, just wait until you hear his accent--a decided (but very pleasant) surprise in the position of Second Amendment Club president.  Jon also mentioned during our talk that he possessed a Florida CCW.  Good for him.

Jon Underwood, Andrew Branca, Professor William Jacobson (l-to-r)

The Professor spoke with great clarity and insight on some of the political issues around the Zimmerman trial.  It was my job to speak to some of the more technical legal issues in the context of the actual facts in evidence.  Unfortunately, I only pulled my own presentation together yesterday, and it showed.  I stumbled a bit around some of the slides, starting to talk on issues I'd intended to cover in detail later in the deck, that kind of thing. The slides themselves are awesome--and presented below--but my execution of them was lacking.

On the other hand, the Q&A session after the formal session went wonderfully, I thought, and the attending students seemed to agree.  It's so much easier to answer direct questions and engage in a dialogue than to present into a "vacuum".  That's why I build so many Q&A pauses into my LOSD seminars.

Cornell Law School was kind enough to send me a link to the video of the talk, available here.

Andrew Branca, Law of Self Defense, Speaks at Cornell Law School

The first two minutes of the video is introductions by Jon Underwood, after which Professor Jacobson speaks. I start right about the :31 mark, and continue until just after the 1:00 mark. The Professor and I then spend about another 40 minutes answering questions (with me conveniently sitting just off screen to the left--oh well.) :-)

In addition, below you can find the actual slides I used in the presentations (I had to cut them into Part 1 and Part 2 to get them uploaded here).

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Tomorrow I have 8 or 9 hours of riding from Ithaca, NY to Toledo, OH, and Saturday morning I present the LOSD Seminar in Toledo, hosted by  RE/MAX Masters, and then Saturday evening I do a repeat performance at Gun Envy in Columbus, OH.  Sunday I ride from Columbus to West Elkton (Cincinnati/Dayton area), where I give a third LOSD Seminar Sunday evening, hosted by Mad Duck Training (I've provided a link, but that one's sold out).

By then I should have the lengthier LOSD seminar down pat.  :-)

I hope to see a bunch of you there!

--Andrew, @LawSelfDefense


Andrew is currently in the process of planning his Fall 2013 Seminars. Please see Law of Self Defense Seminars/Webinars to get more information.


"The Law of Self Defense, 2nd Edition," covers the current state of self-defense law in all 50 states. We've heard from many of you, however, that you'd like to dive even deeper into the self-defense law of your particular state--to have on hand the full-text of every self-defense statute, jury instruction, and even the full-text of the most important and controlling self-defense court decisions. Fitting 50-states worth of level of comprehensive detail would result in a book that weighs 500 lbs, which is why we didn't take that approach in "The Law of Self Defense." Due to the great demand for this further detail, however, we have begun rolling out a series of State-Specific Supplements that do provide exactly such  comprehensive coverage of each particular state's self-defense law. Right now these are available on a pre-publication basis at a 38% discount, with delivery of each to occur over the next 2-3 months--pre-publication customers will, as always, receive their books first, with shipment to the general public not beginning until all pre-publication customers have first been sent their books.  To see the five states we are starting with, vote for other states to be covered, or to place your pre-publication order, click here:  State-Specific Supplements.

About Andrew F. Branca

Andrew is an Massachusetts lawyer in his third decade of practice and the author of the seminal book “The Law of Self Defense,, 2nd Edition" now available at and also at as either a hardcopy or in Kindle version.

He is also an attorney-member of the Armed Citizens Legal Defense Network, a Guest Instructor at the Sig Sauer Academy, an NRA Life-member and Certified NRA Instructor, and an IDPA Charter/Life member (IDPA #13) and Master-class IDPA competitor in CDP and SSP.

You can follow Andrew on Twitter on @LawSelfDefense and using #LOSD2, on Facebook, and at his blog, The Law of Self Defense.