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

  • 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