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.


  • 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