Jason Cohen teaches Legal Method & Writing. Before joining the College in 2017, Professor Cohen taught legal analysis, writing and research, rhetoric theory and law-based public speaking, and ran a hybrid clinic at Rutgers Law School. He was also the law school's the Director of Lawyering. In 2015, he was awarded the campus-wide Chancellors' Award for Teaching Excellence, and since 2009, has received the honor of being selected as the Professor of the Year, Reader of the Names, and Grand Marshal of the law school's graduating classes. Recently, he was chosen as the Lawyering Professor of Year for two years in row, 2016 and 2017.
Professor Cohen is a former litigator with the law firm of Stradley Ronon in Philadelphia, where his practice focused on a range of complex commercial and employment matters, including cases involving discrimination, enforcement of restrictive covenants, retaliation and wrongful discharge claims at the administrative, state and federal levels. While in practice, he also handled client counseling, discovery, briefing and oral argument resulting in summary judgments in favor of his clients, including several published decisions. His arguments and briefing on behalf of a major brokerage firm were instrumental in the denial of a nation-wide class action of Title VII sexual harassment plaintiffs in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.
Professor Cohen has also represented governmental and quasi-governmental entities, including the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and Senate in various matters before Commonwealth Court and Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. Recently, he has served as special counsel to the Parliamentarian of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives on issues involving statutory interpretation. He has served on the Board of Directors for GALLOP (Gay and Lesbian Lawyers of Philadelphia) and the Mazzoni Center, an LGBT wellness organization based in Philadelphia.
Professor Cohen is a 1994 Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Florida, with honors, and a 1998 graduate of Rutgers Law, cum laude. While a law student, he was Lead State Constitutional Law editor of the Rutgers Law Journal, and is the author of two Developments in State Constitutional Law pieces. He has authored an article advocating client-centered legal writing and another article on assessing the rhetorical situation in speaking scenarios and is the co-author of a book chapter on experiential learning in the 1L year. He is also a Lead Editor for Legal Communication & Rhetoric: Journal of the Association of Legal Writing Directors.
More on the Intersection of Law and Rhetoric: A Book Review of Making the Case: Advocacy and Judgment in Public Argument
“Partnering with an LGBT Legal Services Organization to Teach Analysis, Writing and Research” and “Classes in Focus: ALW: Community Based Practice”
Attorneys at the podium: A Plain Language Approach to Using the Rhetorical Situation in Public Speaking
Know Your Client: Maximizing Advocacy by Incorporating Client Centered Principles into Legal Writing Rhetoric Practice