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.


  • More Observers Question the Wisdom of Leaving Campus Sex Assault Adjudications to Administrators, July 16, 2014

  • ‘Las Vegas Review-Journal’ Calls on UNLV to Abandon Speech Codes, July 9, 2014

  • New York State’s Highest Court Invalidates Cyberbullying Law, July 3, 2014

  • Department of Education Offers Proposed Campus Sexual Assault Regulations, June 19, 2014

  • South Carolina Budget Punishes Colleges for LGBT Books, Violates Academic Freedom, June 13, 2014

  • Oklahoma Passes Law to Protect Religious Student Groups’ Freedom of Association, May 30, 2014

  • NCHERM’s Open Letter on Campus Sexual Assault Reveals Common Ground, May 30, 2014

  • The Shibleys Explain the Harms Caused by Campus ‘Trigger Warnings’, May 27, 2014

  • Good and Not-So-Good News on the Maryland Anti-Boycott Legislation Front, April 15, 2014

  • Victory in Tennessee: Bill Banning Outside Speakers Is Abandoned, March 25, 2014