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Beth D. Cohen

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Director, Legal Research and Writing Program

Professor of Law


B.A., State University of New York at Stony Brook
J.D., Suffolk University Law School


Judicial Externship
Law Practice Externship Seminar
Legal Research & Writing
Professional Responsibility


Email: bcohen@law.wne.edu
Phone: 413-782-1622
Office: L 141


Beth Cohen has served as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs since 2009.  Dean Cohen also serves as Director of the Legal Research and Writing Program and teaches Lawyering Skills and the Law Practice Externship Seminar. She has also taught Professional Responsibility and currently serves on the Supreme Judicial Court Standing Advisory Committee on Professionalism. Dean Cohen is a board member of Scribes, The American Society of Legal Writers.

Dean 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.


Book Chapters

Beth D. Cohen and Pat K. Newcombe, Why Study Legal Studies, in LEGAL STUDIES FOR THE CURIOUS (Kishor Vaidya, ed., forthcoming 2015).

Journal Articles

Beth D. Cohen and Pat K. Newcombe, The Hanging Judge by Michael A. Ponsor -- Capital Punishment: Is the Death Penalty Worth the Price?, 62 CLEV. ST. L. REV. 493 (2014). SSRN Digital Commons

Beth D. Cohen, A Name of One's Own: The Spousal Permission Requirement and the Persistence of Patriarchy, 46 SUFFOLK U. L. REV. 1 (2013). SSRN Digital Commons

Beth Cohen, Radical Proposals to Reform Legal Pedagogy: Legal Learning for Life: Legal Immersion Fluency Education (LIFE), 43 HARV. C.R.-C.L. L. REV. 605 (2008). SSRN Digital Commons

Beth Cohen, Helping Students Develop a Humanistic Philosophy of Lawyering, 12 J. LEG. WRITING 141 (2006). SSRN Digital Commons

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, Miranda Revisited: Broadening the Right to Counsel During Custodial Interrogation--Commonwealth v. Sherman, 18 SUFFOLK U.L. REV. 99 (1984). SSRN Digital Commons

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

Shorter Writings

Beth D. Cohen, Writing Can Be Taught and Assessed, N.Y. TIMES (Mar. 10, 2014). Digital Commons

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