It’s a pleasure and honor to introduce Torch readers to Joseph Cohn, FIRE’s new Legislative and Policy Director.
Joe, a 2004 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School and Penn’s Fels Institute of Government, joins us here in Philadelphia from Utah, where he most recently served as the interim legal director of the ACLU of Utah. Joe was well prepared for that position, having also recently served as interim legal director of the ACLU of Nevada. But overseeing southwestern ACLU chapters is not all Joe has done! He’s also served as a staff attorney for the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, a law clerk in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, a staff attorney at the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania, and an adjunct professor at his alma mater, Penn Law. As if that wasn’t impressive enough, Joe’s been named a "Lawyer on the Fast Track" by The Legal Intelligencer and Pennsylvania Law Weekly and a "Rising Star" by Super Lawyers magazine—in other words, he’s kind of a big deal!
As FIRE’s Legislative and Policy Director, Joe will lead our efforts to ensure that legislation that touches upon civil liberties issues on university and college campuses upholds our constitutional promise to protect free speech, the free exercise of religion, and due process rights.
We’re thrilled to have Joe join us here at FIRE. We’ll get a head shot of him up soon, but in the meantime, Joe has asked me to assure you that he looks exactly like a dreamy combination of George Clooney and a young Harrison Ford.