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.


  • Introducing Shelby Emmett, the Newest Member of FIRE’s Staff, April 7, 2015

  • Members of U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Criticize OCR Overreach, March 2, 2015

  • Senators Introduce New Version of CASA, February 27, 2015

  • North Dakota Right to Counsel Bill Clears Key Hurdle, February 13, 2015

  • ‘Campus Free Expression Act’ Introduced in Both Houses of Missouri Legislature, January 12, 2015

  • Bipartisan Student Right to Counsel Bill Introduced in North Dakota, January 9, 2015

  • NY Times’s David Brooks Gives Emily Yoffe ‘Sidney Award’ for Campus Sex Assault Essay, January 5, 2015

  • 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