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Legal Journalist Andrew Cohen Joins Brennan Center as New Fellow

The Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law is pleased to welcome as a new Fellow Andrew Cohen, a Murrow Award-winning journalist and one of the nation’s leading legal analysts.

March 1, 2013

Contact: Jean­ine Plant-Chirlin, jean­ine.plant-chirlin@nyu.edu, 646–292–8322

New York, NY – The Bren­nan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law is pleased to welcome as a new Fellow Andrew Cohen, a Murrow Award-winning journ­al­ist and one of the nation’s lead­ing legal analysts.

Today, Cohen wrote a column for the Center’s website on this week’s Voting Rights Act case, Shelby County v. Holder, arguing Section 5 is still needed to combat racial discrim­in­a­tion in voting.

Cohen, the first-ever legal analyst for 60 Minutes, currently serves as chief network legal analyst for CBS Radio News. He also is a national corres­pond­ent and contrib­ut­ing editor for legal affairs for The Atlantic, where he writes online about the inter­sec­tion of law and polit­ics.

“Andrew Cohen is one of the nation’s top legal journ­al­ists, and we are thrilled to bring him on board,” said John Kowal, the Center’s Vice Pres­id­ent for Programs. “Andrew brings deep exper­i­ence in report­ing on the Supreme Court, the lower federal courts, the Justice Depart­ment, voting, and crim­inal justice issues. He will enhance the public’s under­stand­ing of the demo­cracy and justice issues we care deeply about. We are very excited to work with him.”

In his role as a Bren­nan Center Fellow, Cohen will write a regu­lar column on law and justice, contrib­ute to the Center’s online cover­age of break­ing legal news, and assist with long-term projects involving legal topics of interest to the Center.

“I have admired the work of the Bren­nan Center for many years and am excited to work with their team of smart and dedic­ated special­ists,” said Cohen. “The Center is at the fore­front of many of the most vital legal issues of our time, issues I care deeply about and have focused upon in my recent writ­ing. I hope this is the begin­ning of a long and happy part­ner­ship.”

Most recently, Cohen is the 2012 winner of the Amer­ican Bar Asso­ci­ation’s Silver Gavel Award for distin­guished comment­ary for his writ­ing in The Atlantic on the death penalty. His multi-part CBS Radio News series commem­or­at­ing the attacks of Septem­ber 11, 2001, “Justice in a Time of Terror,” won the 2012 Writers’ Guild Award for Outstand­ing Comment­ary.

As a legal analyst and reporter for the past 15 years, Cohen has provided analysis and comment­ary on thou­sands of legal and polit­ical events and issues. He has covered the Supreme Court nomin­a­tions of four current justices, the impeach­ment of Pres­id­ent Bill Clin­ton, the Oklahoma City bomb­ing trials, and virtu­ally every other high-profile crim­inal and civil case since 1997. In the 11 years since the terror attack of Septem­ber 11, 2001, Cohen also covered and writ­ten about hundreds of terror law cases.

Today, in addi­tion to his regu­lar daily beat cover­age, Cohen is focus­ing on voting rights litig­a­tion, the death penalty, judi­cial nomin­a­tions and judi­cial inde­pend­ence, state marijuana initi­at­ives, and new federal litig­a­tion over the rights of the nation’s mentally-ill pris­on­ers.

In addi­tion to his online work for The Atlantic, Cohen wrote the “Bench Confer­ence” blog at the Wash­ing­ton Post and has contrib­uted to the op-ed pages of the Denver Post, the Rocky Moun­tain News, the Wash­ing­ton Post, the Los Angeles Times, the Hous­ton Chron­icle, and USA Today. His work also has appeared in The New York Times, the Chron­icle of Higher Educa­tion, the Phil­adelphia Inquirer, the Baltimore Sun, the Kansas City Star, and the Detroit Free Press.