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.


  • Harvard Law Professor: OCR’s Stance on Campus Sex Assault is ‘Madness’, January 2, 2015

  • VIDEO: FIRE’s Azhar Majeed Debates NYU Law Prof. Jeremy Waldron on Hate Speech, December 18, 2014

  • More on Senate Committee’s Hearing on Campus Sexual Assault, December 10, 2014

  • Senate Committee Conducts Hearing on Campus Sexual Assault, December 9, 2014

  • UMass Amherst Tells Court That ‘Dear Colleague’ Letter Is Not Binding Law, December 4, 2014

  • Department of Education Publishes New Regulations to Implement Changes in VAWA, October 22, 2014

  • Connecticut Campus Sexual Assault Bill Further Undermines Due Process, August 18, 2014

  • FIRE Op-Ed Part of ‘New York Times’ Debate on Campus Sexual Assault, August 13, 2014

  • Third Campus Sexual Assault Bill Introduced in Congress: Still No Provisions Addressing Due Process, August 1, 2014

  • Second Campus Sexual Assault Bill Introduced in Senate Yesterday, July 31, 2014