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.
Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals
“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.