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Sherman L. Cohn

Professor of Law

B.S.F.S., LL.B., LL.M., Georgetown

Areas of Expertise:

Civil Procedure and Trial Practice, Legal Profession and Professional Ethics

A professor at the Law Center since 1965, Professor Cohn specializes in the fields of civil procedure, professional responsibility, and legal issues of complementary, alternative...

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A professor at the Law Center since 1965, Professor Cohn specializes in the fields of civil procedure, professional responsibility, and legal issues of complementary, alternative & integrative medicine, on which he also lectures at the Georgetown Medical Center. In addition, he teaches Jewish Law.He writes and speaks in each of those areas. Before joining the Law Center faculty, he served as a clerk for Judge Charles Fahy of the D.C. Circuit and in the Appellate Section of the Civil Division of the Department of Justice. He is a member of the D.C., Maryland, and Virginia (ret’d) bars and is also a member of the American Law Institute, the American Judicature Society, and the Society of American Law Teachers. 

He served for eleven years as the first national president of the American Inns of Court. He is a master of the Charles Fahy American Inn. He served as the Administrator of Preview of U.S. Supreme Court Cases from 1976-79 and as Director of Continuing Legal Education at the Law Center from 1977-84. From 1983-84, he served as chair of the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.He has served as president of the American Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists, as deputy president of the International Association, and as President of the Jewish Law Association. He has also served as a director of the Foundation for Mideast Communication. From 1985-87, he served as chair of the Georgetown Annual Fund. Earlier he had been chair of the Georgetown Law Fund. 

In recent years, he has lectured in Germany, Colombia, Russia, Korea, China, Japan, Paraguay, Ecuador, Israel and Italy. He is currently a member of the Board of Trustees (formerly Chair) of the Maryland University of Integrative Health, formerly known as the Tai Sophia Institute. He has served as the President of the National Acupuncture Foundation, chair of the Board of the Tai Hsuan Foundation, and a member of the Board of the Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Alliance. He currently serves on the Boards of Directors of the Integrative Health Policy Consortium and the Council for Court Excellence, the Board of Visitors of John Marshall  Law School, and as a Trustee of the Jewish Council for the Aging.



Recent Scholarship

Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals

  • Sherman L. Cohn, Acupuncture, 1965-85: Birth of a New Organized Profession in the United States (pt. 2), Am. Acupuncturist, Spring 2011, at 22-25, 29.   
  • Sherman L. Cohn, Celebrating 100 Years of The Georgetown Law Journal, 100 Geo. L.J. 1-4 (2011).    [HEIN] [Gtown Law] [WWW]
  • Sherman L. Cohn, Acupuncture, 1965-85: Birth of a New Organized Profession in the United States (pt. 1), 54 Am. Acupuncturist 12-15 (2010).    [WWW]

Book Chapters and Collected Works

  • Sherman L. Cohn, Fahy, Charles (1892-1979), Entry, in The Yale Biographical Dictionary of American Law 191-192 (Roger K. Newman ed., New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press 2009).    [BOOK]
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Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals

  • Sherman L. Cohn, Acupuncture, 1965-85: Birth of a New Organized Profession in the United States (pt. 2), Am. Acupuncturist, Spring 2011, at 22-25, 29.   
  • Sherman L. Cohn, Celebrating 100 Years of The Georgetown Law Journal, 100 Geo. L.J. 1-4 (2011).    [HEIN] [Gtown Law] [WWW]
  • Sherman L. Cohn, Acupuncture, 1965-85: Birth of a New Organized Profession in the United States (pt. 1), 54 Am. Acupuncturist 12-15 (2010).    [WWW]
  • Sherman Cohn & Deborah L. Wirsing, Medical Acupuncture: The Legal Environment As Practiced By the Physician, 3 Seminars Integrative Med. 24-30 (2005).   
  • Sherman L. Cohn, In Memoriam, Yale Rosenberg: The Scholar and the Teacher of Jewish Law, 39 Hous. L. Rev. 872-877 (2002).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law] [WWW]

Book Chapters and Collected Works

  • Sherman L. Cohn, Fahy, Charles (1892-1979), Entry, in The Yale Biographical Dictionary of American Law 191-192 (Roger K. Newman ed., New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press 2009).    [BOOK]
  • Sherman L. Cohn, Fahy, Charles (1892-1979), Entry, in 2 Encyclopedia of the Supreme Court of the United States 171-173 (David S. Tanenhaus ed., Detroit, Mich.: Gale Cengage Learning 2008).    [BOOK]
  • Sherman Cohn, Ethical Considerations in Structural Settlements, in The Emergence of Settlement Planning As a Profession (Schaumburg, Ill.: Society of Settlement Planners CD-Rom March 2005).   
  • Sherman Cohn, Foreword, in Legal Issues in Integrative Medicine: A Guide for Clinicians, Hospitals, and Patients ix-xii (Michael H. Cohen ed., Gig Harbor, Wash.: National Acupuncture Foundation Publications 2005).    [BOOK]
  • Sherman Cohn, The St. Bartholomew of West Twelfth Street, in 120 HIAS Stories 7-9 (Kathleen Andersen, Morris Ardoin & Margarita Zilberman eds., New York: Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society 2002).   
  • Sherman Cohn, Teaching Jewish Law in a Secular American Law School, in 12 Jewish Law Association Studies: The Zutphen Conference 37-50 (Hillel Gamoran ed., Binghamton, N.Y.: Global Publications, State University of New York at Binghamton 2002).    [BOOK]

U.S. Supreme Court Briefs

  • Brief of Association of Trial Lawyers of America as Amicus Curiae Supporting Respondents, Browning-Ferris Industries of Vermont, Inc. v. Kelco Disposal, Inc., No. 88-556 (U.S. Mar. 1, 1989).    [W]

Congressional Testimony

  • Sunshine in Litigation Act of 2009: Hearing Before the Subcomm. on Commercial & Admin. Law of the H. Comm. on the Judiciary, 111th Cong., June 4, 2009 (Statement of Sherman L. Cohn) (CIS-No.: 2010-H521-27).    [Gtown Law]
  • Oversight of the USA Patriot Act: Hearing Before the S. Comm. on the Judiciary, 109th Cong., Apr. 5, May 10, 2005 (Statement of Sherman Cohn) (CIS-No.: 2006-S521-6).    [WWW]
  • Oath Taking, Truth Telling, and Remedies in the Business World: Hearing Before the H. Comm. on Energy & Commerce, 107th Cong., July 26, 2002 (Statement of Sherman Cohn) (CIS-No.: 2002-H361-66).    [Gtown Law]
  • Abuse of Taxpayer Funds to Subsidize Lobbying and Political Activity: Hearing Before the H. Comm. on Gov't Reform, 104th Cong., Aug. 2, 1995 (Statement of Sherman Cohn) (CIS-No.: 97-H401-87).   
  • Counterterrorism Legislation: Hearing Before the S. Comm. on the Judiciary, 104th Cong., May 4, 1995 (Statement of Sherman Cohn) (CIS-No.: 97-S521-22).   
  • Abortion Clinic Violence: Hearing Before the H. Comm. on the Judiciary, 103d Cong., Apr. 1, June 10, 1993 (Statement of Sherman Cohn) (CIS-No.: 94-H521-26).   
  • Title X Regulations (The Gag Rule): Health Implications For Poor Women: Hearing Before the S. Comm. on Labor & Human Res., 102d Cong., May 16, 1991 (Statement of Sherman Cohn) (CIS-No.: 91-S541-40).   
  • Voting Representation in Congress For the District of Columbia: Hearing Before the H. Comm. on the Judiciary, 92d Cong., July 19-22, 1971 (Statement of Sherman Cohn) (CIS-No.: 71-H521-11).   

Selected Contributions to Other Publications

  • Sherman Cohn, Howard T. Markey, 1 J. Fed. Cir. Hist. Soc'y 7-12 (2007).    [HEIN] [Gtown Law]
  • Sherman Cohn, The American Inns of Court: The National Phase Begins, Bencher, Sept./Oct. 2004, at 1-2, 15-18, 39.   
  • Sherman Cohn, The Challenge of Self-Regulation, 63 Iowa Law. 17-18 (2003).   
  • Sherman Cohn, The Challenge of Self-Regulation, Nebraska Law. Apr. 2003, at 7-8.    [HEIN]
  • Sherman Cohn, The Challenge of Self-Regulation, Bencher Nov./Dec. 2002, at 13.   
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In the News

Legal Scholars: Reading Anti-Gun Bias Into Merrick Garland's En Banc Vote Is A "Dangerous" Assumption,” coverage in Media Matters for America, March 17, 2016, quoting Professor Sherman L. Cohn.

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Legal Scholars: Reading Anti-Gun Bias Into Merrick Garland's En Banc Vote Is A "Dangerous" Assumption,” coverage in Media Matters for America, March 17, 2016, quoting Professor Sherman L. Cohn.

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