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

  • Congressional Budget Deal Includes Unfortunate Increase in OCR’s Budget, December 17, 2015

  • Napolitano Criticizes OCR Overreach and Questions Colleges’ Ability to Investigate and Adjudicate Campus Sex Assault Cases, October 14, 2015

  • Second Department of Education Official in Eight Days Tells Congress Guidance Is Not Binding, October 2, 2015

  • Department of Education’s Overreach Questioned by Senator Lamar Alexander, September 30, 2015

  • Follow-Up Thoughts on Yesterday’s Congressional Hearing, September 11, 2015

  • Following Speech Code Letter, ‘Richmond Times-Dispatch’ Heaps Praise on Rep. Goodlatte, August 20, 2015

  • Congress Introduces Second Campus Due Process Bill: The Fair Campus Act, August 3, 2015

  • Congress Introduces Due Process Legislation: The Safe Campus Act, July 29, 2015

  • Everything Is Bigger in Texas, Including Violations of the First Amendment, July 16, 2015

  • Assemblyman Describes Problems with New York’s New Campus Sex Law, July 16, 2015