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NYU Students Beg Teacher to Stay at SEC as Wall Street Adversary

  • Jackson’s exit would increase pro-business tilt, students say
  • Online petition urges him to remain an SEC commissioner
Robert Jackson Jr.
Robert Jackson Jr.Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Growing speculation that Robert Jackson Jr. might step down from the Securities and Exchange Commission is sparking angst among Democrats, who worry that his departure would give the agency’s Republicans even more power to push a pro-Wall Street agenda.

Now a group of alumni and students at New York University School of Law, where Jackson is currently on leave, are weighing in as well –- and urging him not to rush back to his teaching gig. The effort includes an online petition with more than 100 signatories and a Facebook group called “NYU Law: Let SEC Commissioner Robert Jackson Serve His Country.”