Joseph Cohn

About Joseph Cohn

Joseph Cohn, FIRE’s Legislative and Policy Director, is a 2004 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School and the Fels Institute of Government Administration, where he earned his Juris Doctor and Masters in Government Administration. Prior to law school, Joe attended the University of Nevada at Las Vegas (UNLV), where he graduated cum laude and co-founded the university’s ACLU chapter. A former staff attorney for the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and law clerk in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, Joe joins FIRE having demonstrated a career-long dedication to advancing the cause of civil liberties.

He has served as a staff attorney at the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania, where his work earned him accolades from The Legal Intelligencer and Pennsylvania Law Weekly (“2007 Lawyer on the Fast Track”) in 2007 and from Super Lawyers magazine (“Rising Star”) in 2008. In 2010, Joe taught at the University of Pennsylvania Law School as an adjunct professor, where he lectured on good trial practices and supervised law students as they represented real clients in both state and federal courts. Just prior to joining FIRE, Joe served as the interim legal director for ACLU affiliates in Nevada and Utah.


Commentary

  • Connecticut Campus Sexual Assault Bill Further Undermines Due Process, August 18, 2014

  • FIRE Op-Ed Part of ‘New York Times’ Debate on Campus Sexual Assault, August 13, 2014

  • Third Campus Sexual Assault Bill Introduced in Congress: Still No Provisions Addressing Due Process, August 1, 2014

  • Second Campus Sexual Assault Bill Introduced in Senate Yesterday, July 31, 2014

  • More Observers Question the Wisdom of Leaving Campus Sex Assault Adjudications to Administrators, July 16, 2014

  • ‘Las Vegas Review-Journal’ Calls on UNLV to Abandon Speech Codes, July 9, 2014

  • New York State’s Highest Court Invalidates Cyberbullying Law, July 3, 2014

  • Department of Education Offers Proposed Campus Sexual Assault Regulations, June 19, 2014

  • South Carolina Budget Punishes Colleges for LGBT Books, Violates Academic Freedom, June 13, 2014

  • Oklahoma Passes Law to Protect Religious Student Groups’ Freedom of Association, May 30, 2014

  • NCHERM’s Open Letter on Campus Sexual Assault Reveals Common Ground, May 30, 2014

  • The Shibleys Explain the Harms Caused by Campus ‘Trigger Warnings’, May 27, 2014

  • Good and Not-So-Good News on the Maryland Anti-Boycott Legislation Front, April 15, 2014

  • Victory in Tennessee: Bill Banning Outside Speakers Is Abandoned, March 25, 2014

  • In Letter, FIRE Urges South Carolina’s Governor to Uphold Academic Freedom, March 13, 2014

  • Social Media Protection Bill Pending in Ohio, March 11, 2014

  • FIRE Provides Comment to White House Task Force, March 3, 2014

  • In Virginia, Right to Counsel Bill Tabled, February 7, 2014

  • ‘Nature News’ Evaluates the Costs and Benefits of Campus Threat Assessment Teams, January 8, 2014

  • ‘Slate’ Slams Kansas Board of Regents’ Outrageous New Social Media Policy, December 24, 2013

  • Cal Poly Administration Concludes Party Violated No Campus Policies, December 20, 2013

  • Student Government at U. of Washington Unanimously Passes Free Speech Resolution, December 4, 2013

  • Playboy’s ‘Smoking Jacket’ Covers Censorship on Campus, December 3, 2013

  • Political Poster Banned at Duquesne University, November 27, 2013

  • FIRE President: ‘When the Artist’s Brush Catches the Censor’s Eye’, November 26, 2013

  • Students’ Free Speech Victory Upheld at Oregon State as Supreme Court Denies Cert Petition, October 8, 2013

  • Blurred Logic: University Censorship of Pop Hit Sends the Wrong Message, September 30, 2013

  • U. of Cincinnati Cartoon: Crude? Perhaps. Protected Speech? Absolutely!, September 24, 2013

  • Department of Education Secretary ‘Happy to Assist’ on FERPA, September 9, 2013

  • Topless Self Portrait of Geraldo Prompts Duquesne University to Rescind Speaking Invitation, September 4, 2013

  • Schools Should Realize That ‘Davis’ Is the Solution, July 16, 2013

  • Responding to Volokh’s Defense of the ‘Preponderance’ Standard, June 12, 2013

  • Utah Adopts New Internet Privacy Law; Similar Bill Awaits Signature of Arkansas Governor, April 12, 2013

  • Newark’s ‘The Star-Ledger’ Runs Two Op-Eds on Student Rights, April 9, 2013

  • Virginia Passes Law Protecting Religious Pluralism on Campus, March 27, 2013

  • Student Organization Bill Clears Idaho Legislature, March 27, 2013

  • House Votes to Reauthorize VAWA; How Will It Impact Student Rights?, February 28, 2013

  • Bipartisan ‘Social Networking Online Protection Act’ Introduced in House of Representatives, February 26, 2013

  • UCSB Student Government Passes Resolution Calling for Censorship, February 22, 2013

  • Tennessee Legislators Introduce New Bill to Combat ‘All-Comers’ Policies, February 18, 2013

  • Vassar College Chooses to Combat Unwanted Speech with More Speech, Not Censorship, February 14, 2013

  • Joe Cohn in ‘LGBTQ Nation’ On Tyler Clementi Higher Education Anti-Harassment Act, February 6, 2013

  • FIRE’s Top 3 Free Press Cases, January 31, 2013

  • KC Johnson to Journalists: Stop Presuming Guilt, January 22, 2013

  • ACLU to White House, Dept. of Ed: ‘Comprehensive’ First Amendment Guidance Needed, January 10, 2013

  • A Legislative Victory for Student Rights in Michigan, January 7, 2013

  • 113th Congress May Leave Mark on Student Rights, January 4, 2013

  • Remembering Chris Eckhardt, True Free Speech Hero, January 4, 2013

  • ‘Washington Examiner’ Makes Free Speech on Campus a 2013 New Year’s Resolution, January 3, 2013

  • ‘Augusta Chronicle’ Editorial: ‘Free Speech Still in Peril’, January 2, 2013

  • A Busy 2012 for Student Rights in Washington; 2013 Promises Even More Congressional Action, December 28, 2012

  • Standing Up for a Professor’s Right to Free Speech, Even While Disagreeing!, December 19, 2012

  • Strangling Satire at Harvard, December 12, 2012

  • Jonathan Turley in USA Today: ‘Accused Students Deserve Protection’, December 10, 2012

  • Good News from Capitol Hill: With Presidential Signature, Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act Now Law, December 5, 2012

  • UPDATE: After Being Removed from Office for Speech, Fresno City College Student Senator Reinstated, December 3, 2012

  • ACLU Executive Director Delivers Blistering Critique of Campus Speech Codes, November 20, 2012

  • Changes to Harvard Student Disciplinary Process Reviewed, November 7, 2012

  • Professor Don Downs on ‘Unlearning Liberty’ in ‘Minding the Campus’, November 6, 2012

  • Partial Mistrial in U. of Iowa Faculty Discrimination Lawsuit, October 29, 2012

  • Snow College Sued for Discriminating Against Religious Students, October 25, 2012

  • Responding in Full to ‘Preponderance of the Evidence’ Advocates, October 18, 2012

  • Ithaca College Restricts Student Journalists’ Access to College Administrators, October 12, 2012

  • Judge Upholds Virginia Ban on Alcohol Ads in Student Publications; Newspapers Appeal, October 12, 2012

  • Latest Example of Unlearning Liberty: Fresno City College, October 10, 2012

  • ‘Inside Higher Ed’ Turns to a Reliable Source to Talk Students’ Rights, October 9, 2012

  • Joe Cohn on Campus vs. Civil Trials in ‘The Chronicle of Higher Education’, October 1, 2012

  • FIRE in ‘The Denver Post’ on the Colorado Shooter and College ‘Threat Assessment Teams’, September 27, 2012

  • Kaminer: “The End of Free Speech at University of Colorado?, September 18, 2012

  • Runnin’ Rebel with a Cause: Protecting the First Amendment, September 18, 2012

  • We the People of FIRE Wish You a Happy Constitution Day!, September 17, 2012

  • Former OCR Attorney: ‘Dear Colleague’ Letter’s Preponderance Mandate ‘Unlawful’, September 12, 2012

  • Republican Platform Calls for Free Speech on Campus, August 30, 2012

  • A Balanced Approach to VAWA, July 24, 2012

  • Greg’s Anthem Film Festival Award Acceptance Speech — The Long Version!, July 17, 2012

  • Texas A&M At It Again, June 22, 2012

  • Will in ‘Huffington Post’: Free Speech 1, Free Speech Zone 0, June 20, 2012

  • ETSU, Brute?, June 8, 2012

  • ‘Fee Speech’: When University-Bank Partnerships Silence Students, June 4, 2012

  • Where FIRE Stands on VAWA, May 31, 2012

  • Alabama Bill Would Make it a Crime to Annoy Someone Online, March 6, 2012

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