Beth D. Cohen
Professor of Law | Director, Legal Research and Writing Program
Courses Taught: Externship Seminar, Law Practice Externship Seminar, Lawyering Skills, Mindfulness in Law Practice, Professional Responsibility
Professor Beth Cohen serves as Director of the Legal Research and Writing Program and teaches Lawyering Skills and the Externship Seminar. She has also taught Professional Responsibility and currently serves on the Supreme Judicial Court Standing Advisory Committee on Professionalism. She previously served as a long-time board member of Scribes, the American Society of Legal Writers. Professor Cohen served as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs from 2009-2020.
Professor Cohen has taught at Western New England University School of Law since 1990. Prior to teaching at Western New England University she served as a Law Clerk to the Honorable Michael A. Ponsor of the United States District Court in Springfield, MA, and worked as an Associate at a small general practice law firm in Boston. She also taught Legal Practice Skills at Suffolk University Law School, where, as a student, she served on their Law Review. She graduated cum laude from Suffolk University Law School and also earned a Diploma in Advanced International Legal Studies in Salzburg, Austria, from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge Law School.
Beth D. Cohen & Pat K. Newcombe, Why Study Legal Studies?, in LEGAL STUDIES FOR THE CURIOUS (Kishor Vaidya, ed., 2016).
Beth Cohen & Jeanne Kaiser, An Elective Advanced Course, THE SECOND DRAFT (The Legal Writing Institute), May 2002, at 13. (with J. Kaiser). Digital Commons
Beth Cohen, Jocelyn Cuffee, Harris Freeman, Jeanne Kaiser & Myra Orlen, Commenting on Student Writing, THE SECOND DRAFT (The Legal Writing Institute), Nov. 1999, at 2. Digital Commons
Beth Cohen, Instilling an Appreciation of Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility in First Year Legal Research and Writing Courses, 4 PERSPECTIVES: TEACHING LEGAL RESEARCH AND WRITING 5 (1995). SSRN Digital Commons
Chris Iijima & Beth Cohen, Reflections of IRAC, THE SECOND DRAFT (The Legal Writing Institute), Nov. 1995, at 9. Digital Commons
Beth Cohen, Supreme Court Implies Students' Claim to Money Damages Under Title IX: Franklin v. Gwinett County Public Schools, 5 MBA INDIV. RTS. and RESP. SEC. NEWS 2 (June 1993).
Beth Cohen & E. Mitnick, The Collateral Estoppel Effect of an Admission to Sufficient Facts in a Section 1983 Action for False Arrest and False Imprisonment, 4 MASS. GOV'TAL. LIAB. REP. 106 (1990).
Beth Cohen, Union Must Provide Attorney Representation Without Regard to Union Membership--National Treasury Employees Union v. Federal Labor Relations Authority, 18 SUFFOLK U.L. REV. 845 (1984). SSRN Digital Commons
Beth D. Cohen & Pat Newcombe, Civic Education Making a Difference in the Community, AF-AM POINT OF VIEW, June 1, 2018, at 23.
Beth D. Cohen, Writing Can Be Taught and Assessed, N.Y. TIMES (Mar. 10, 2014). Digital Commons