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Laura Cohen

Rutgers Law School - Newark
Clinical Professor of Law
Newark, NJ, USA


Laura Cohen is a Clinical Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Eric Neisser Public Interest Program in Newark, New Jersey. Her clinical work centers around juvenile post-dispositional and parole advocacy and actual innocence litigation on behalf of clients convicted of serious offenses while still in their teens. She has written several law review articles on the legal representation of adolescents, as well as The Gault Case and Young People's Rights (Enslow Publishers 2006). She also is a co-team leader for the New Jersey Juvenile Indigent Defense Action Network, part of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation's Model for Change Initiative; co-director of the Northeast Juvenile Defender Center; and a member of the National Juvenile Defender Center's national advisory board.
 
Prior to joining the Rutgers faculty, Laura served as the director of training for the New York City Legal Aid Society's Juvenile Rights Division, where she oversaw both the attorney training program and public policy initiatives relating to juvenile justice and child welfare. She also has worked as a senior policy analyst for the Violence Institute of New Jersey; deputy court monitor in Morales Feliciano v. Hernandez Colon, a prisoners' rights class action in the U.S. District Court in San Juan, Puerto Rico; adjunct professor at New York Law School; and staff attorney for the Legal Aid Society.  She earned a B.A. summa cum laude from Rutgers College and a J.D. from Columbia, where she was managing editor of the Columbia Human Rights Law Review.
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