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.


  • Two universities stop censorial outrage mobs dead in their tracks, February 7, 2018

  • Beware the rolling tide of constitutional violations on campus, January 18, 2018

  • Iowa taxpayers watch their money go up in smoke over censorship, January 10, 2018

  • Reminder: You can’t defund a student organization just because you disagree with it, December 22, 2017

  • Students, faculty, and administrators launch attack on Texas State University newspaper, December 13, 2017

  • University of Houston reacts fast to protect free speech, November 14, 2017

  • Shouting down speakers doesn’t work, October 24, 2017

  • Washington state legislators call for censorship of student organization, September 22, 2017

  • On University of Tampa’s termination of Ken Storey, August 29, 2017

  • Public universities must resist pressure to discipline students for attending Charlottesville rally, August 21, 2017