Joel Cohen

Joel_low_res (3)Doing a brief bio for the WFU Dept. of Politics and International Affairs is a special pleasure as it is an opportunity to reflect on the amazing courses and professors that introduced me to political thought and encouraged me to always strive to broaden my perspective.  A particular thank you to my profs and classmates, many of whom I still count as close friends.

After Wake, I worked at the DHS in Washington, DC helping to shape domestic policy seeking to prevent terrorism in aviation.   There, my colleagues and I wrestled with the difficulties of developing effective policy and then conforming such a policy to the political and legal reality of the day.   Wresting with the legal issues, in particular, was good prep for me, as I would soon be transitioning into the legal field.

After completing a JD and Masters in International and Comparitive Law at Duke (you probably know it as “that other NC private school”) I went to work in private practice at a leading international firm called Skadden, Arps.   At Skadden, my practice focused on cross-border transactions and mergers & acquisitions.

After working in private practice, I have taken a career shift back in the direction of education and contemporary thought.   Currently, I’m in the process of launching a new media and online education company with some outstanding lawyers – Talks On Law (“TOL”).   TOL is a platform where top thinkers and practitioners speak on contemporary and controversial legal issues of the day to inform the debate and inspire change.  And for the rest of us, it’s another great place to learn.  Feel free to follow us on twitter: @talksonlaw or facebook: www.facebook.com/talksonlaw.  I very much hope to continue to hear from other Wake Politics grads in the future. [posted August 2013]