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Jason Cohen

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Clinical Professor of Law
Faculty, DTPHX Campus, Mailcode 9520
Biography

Jason Cohen teaches Legal Method & Writing.  Before joining the College in 2017, Professor Cohen taught legal writing at the Rutgers Law School beginning in 2005 and was 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.  In 2017 and 2016, he was selected as the law school's Lawyering Professor of the Year.


Professor Cohen is a former litigator with the law firm of Stradley Ronon in Philadelphia, where from 1998 to 2005, 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 published decisions, Hampton v. Armand Corp., 834 A.2d 1077 (N.J. Super. 2003); Superka v. Valley Forge Life Insurance Co., 44 Pa. D & C. 4th 92 (Pa. Com. Pl. 1999). In 2005, 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 United States 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. This representation has culminated in several court decisions including: Grimaud v. Com., 865 A.2d 835, (Pa. 2005); Bergdoll v. Com., 858 A.2d 185 (Pa. Commw. Ct. 2004), affirmed, 874 A.2d 1148 (Pa. 2005); and Uniontown Newspapers, Inc. v. Roberts, 839 A.2d 185 (Pa. 2003). 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 is an executive board member of 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 School of Law Camden, with honors. While a law student, he was Lead State Constitutional Law editor of the Rutgers Law Journal, and is the author of Developments in State Constitutional Law, The Judicial Branch 28 Rutgers Law Journal 1184 (1997) and portions of Developments in State Constitutional Law The Legislative Branch 28 Rutgers Law Journal 1198 (1997). Recently, he authored an article advocating client-centered legal writing, appearing in the Charlotte Law Review, and another article on assessing the rhetorical situation in speaking scenarios.  He is also a Lead Editor for Legal Communication & Rhetoric: Journal of the Association of Legal Writing Directors.  Professor Cohen teaches legal analysis, writing and research, advanced writing and research hybrid clinic for the legal department of the Mazzoni Center, as well as a rhetoric theory-based public speaking class for lawyers. Professor Cohen serves as the faculty advisor for the LGBT student organization, Outlaws

Education

B.A., University of Florida (1994)

J.D., Rutgers University School of Law (1998)

Publications

More on the Intersection of Law and Rhetoric: A Book Review of Making the Case: Advocacy and Judgment in Public Argument

  • Fall 2013, 10 Legal Communication & Rhetoric:  Journal of Association of Legal Writing Directors 274
  • Critical essay review of book on rhetoric

“Partnering with an LGBT Legal Services Organization to Teach Analysis, Writing and Research” and “Classes in Focus:  ALW: Community Based Practice”

  • Fall 2011, The Second Draft; and Vol. 1, Issue 1, Summer/Fall 2011, Stating the Case:  Lawyering Programs
  • Essay describes the pedagogy and experiential learning of the hybrid writing clinic, as published in two separate publications:  one devoted to the national legal writing community, the other to promote Rutgers clinical programs.

Attorneys at the podium: A Plain Language Approach to Using the Rhetorical Situation in Public Speaking

  • 8 Legal Communication & Rhetoric:  Journal of Association of Legal Writing Directors 73
  • Article discusses Lloyd Bitzer’s Rhetorical Situation and explains its principles in the context of President Reagan’s 1986 Challenger speech and common attorney-public speaking scenarios.
  • Was listed on SSRN's Top Ten download list for LSN: Law Firms/Legal Practice

Know Your Client:  Maximizing Advocacy by Incorporating Client Centered Principles into Legal Writing  Rhetoric Practice

  • 1 Charlotte L.R. 253 (2009)
  • Article on incorporating principles of client-centeredness, borrowed from clinical scholarship theory. 
  • Listed by Greg May, author of the California Blog of Appeal as a “must-read.” http://www.calblogofappeal.com/2009/05/14/can-your-clients-help-you-be-m...
  • Also appeared in Mercer Law School’s internet-based Law & Rhetoric eJournal distributed through SSRN, and is also mentioned on the Legal Writing Professor’s Blog, Legal Informatics website, New York Paralegal blog, WordPress.com, and Drew M. Loewe's Bibliographies, among other sites. 
  • On November 26, 2009, SSRN listed the article as one of SSRN’s Top Ten downloaded list of legal writing articles for that time period. Developments in State Constitutional Law—the Judicial Branch, 28 Rutgers L.J. 1184 (1997) and portions of Developments in State Constitutional Law—the Legislative Branch, 28 Rutgers L.J. 1198 (1997).
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
LAW 519Legal Method and Writing
LAW 735Teaching Assistant
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