Ari Cohn

About Ari Cohn

A native of Skokie, Illinois, Ari Cohn earned his J.D. cum laude from Cornell Law School, and his B.A. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he studied political science and sociology. Growing up in Skokie, he studied the famous ‘National Socialist Party of America’ case at an early age, which cultivated a profound respect for the First Amendment, and a lifelong passion for free speech issues. He brings a diverse perspective on student disciplinary issues as well; as an undergraduate, he served on the University of Illinois’ student conduct hearing committee, and later returned to work as a legal intern in its Office of University Counsel. Ari is a member of the Illinois State Bar, and previously served as a legal fellow for FIRE in 2011, after which he joined the Chicago office of Mayer Brown LLP, where he represented large multinational corporations in high-stakes commercial litigation. When not working to advance the cause of civil liberties, Ari enjoys playing the guitar and the violin, attending concerts, following his beloved Chicago and University of Illinois sports teams, and being dragged all around town by his spirited Siberian Husky.


Commentary

  • Concern Mounts Over Boise State’s Speech Policies, July 15, 2014

  • UNC Wilmington Hit With $700,000 Legal Bill for Violating Professor’s Speech Rights, June 11, 2014

  • University of Chicago Students Disregard Context, Call for Ban on ‘Hate Speech’ After Dan Savage Lecture, June 6, 2014

  • Loyola University Chicago Backs Down from Demands That Students Censor Free Speech Wall, May 12, 2014

  • Western Michigan University Bans Rapper, Burdens Free Expression, April 18, 2014

  • Facing Mounting Criticism, Bergen Community College Mans The Wall, April 17, 2014

  • Judge Orders UNC Wilmington to Promote Mike Adams, Awards Back Pay, April 8, 2014

  • Greg and Ari on the Significance of Mike Adams’ Lawsuit Victory for ‘Minding the Campus’, April 1, 2014

  • Ninth Circuit Modifies, Broadens Ruling in Important Academic Freedom Case, February 10, 2014

  • University of Illinois Chancellor Echoes Respect for First Amendment, Encourages Discussion, January 30, 2014

  • University of Illinois Administration Respects First Amendment, Rejects Censorship; Discussion Ensues, January 28, 2014

  • Support Pours in for Grand Valley State Student Journalist Harangued by Administrators, January 17, 2014

  • Media Continues to Report on FIRE’s ’10 Worst Colleges for Free Speech’ List, January 17, 2014

  • Virginia Legislature Considers Bills to Safeguard Student Rights, January 15, 2014

  • Trial Date Set for Whistleblowing Professor’s Retaliation Lawsuit Against UCLA, January 15, 2014

  • Grand Valley State Administrators Attack Newspaper Staff for Criticizing Donor Handling, January 14, 2014

  • Local Outlets Pick Up ’10 Worst Colleges for Free Speech’ List, January 3, 2014

  • University of Michigan Student Group Files Lawsuit Over Unconstitutional Funding Decisions, December 23, 2013

  • ‘Reason’ Magazine Takes on Campus Due Process Problems, December 17, 2013

  • ‘Chattanooga Times Free Press’ Explores Free Speech Zones at UTC, Nationwide, December 16, 2013

  • FIRE and Student Press Law Center File Brief in ‘Oyama v. University of Hawaii’, December 12, 2013

  • Judgment for University of Oregon in Doctoral Candidate’s Title IX Lawsuit, December 12, 2013

  • Vandals at Syracuse University Demonstrate How Not to Advocate for Free Speech, December 10, 2013

  • University of Nebraska Student Senator Faces Impeachment Over Remarks Made During Debate, November 25, 2013

  • Threat of Honor Code Charges Causes Texas Student Group to Cancel Event, November 21, 2013

  • UW-Madison Senior Rebukes Censorial Commenters, Defends Open Debate, November 14, 2013

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison To Pay $500,000 for Violating Religious Student Group’s First Amendment Rights, September 26, 2011

  • ‘Inside Higher Ed’ Highlights Concerns about Proposed UIUC Electronic Communications Policy, September 15, 2011

  • Victory: University of Illinois Shelves Proposed Email Policy Due to Free Speech Problems, September 14, 2011

  • Did the Office for Civil Rights’ April 4 ‘Dear Colleague’ Letter Violate the Law?, September 12, 2011

  • First Amendment Rights: Students versus Prisoners, September 8, 2011

  • SPLC Asks Seventh Circuit to Uphold FERPA Decision, August 23, 2011

  • San Diego State University Upgraded From ‘Red Light’ Status, August 17, 2011

  • State Representative Demands University Stop Selling Candy Satirizing President Obama, August 4, 2011

  • Eighth Circuit Applies ‘Tinker’ to Off-Campus Speech in Disappointing High School Ruling, August 3, 2011

  • Fourth Circuit Expands Schools’ Abilities to Punish Off-Campus Speech, July 29, 2011

  • Victory for a School and its Students: Lack of Censorship Prevents Libel Suit Against School District, July 27, 2011

  • Mike Huckabee (Erroneously) Opines that LSU Counter-Protestors Were Engaged in Protected Speech, May 23, 2011

  • Yale Student: OCR is Pressuring Schools to Abandon Commitment to Freedom of Speech, May 20, 2011

  • LSU Chancellor Speaks Out on Flag Burning Protest, May 17, 2011

  • Schools in a Rush to Comply with Office for Civil Rights’ ‘Dear Colleague’ Letter, May 9, 2011

  • Yale Student Applauds His Critics, Laments Lack of Commitment to Free Speech, April 25, 2011

  • ‘Daily Bruin’ Columnist: Stop Asking UCLA to Apologize for the Speech of Others, April 25, 2011

  • Student Journalist on Censorship: ‘We are the problem and the solution’, April 21, 2011

  • Sixth Circuit Orders Federal District Court to Rule on Student Blogger’s Free Speech and Due Process Claims, April 14, 2011