On Tuesday, September 26, the ALA will host a discussion with author Joel Cohen on his research into how judges decide cases. The event is titled “Blindfolds Off: Judges on How They Decide,” and Cohen will share his insights into an unexpected human range of judicial philosophies, practicalities, and biases, a rare perspective he gleaned in researching and writing his book, also titled “Blindfolds Off: Judges on How They Decide.”
In the book, Cohen interviewed more than a dozen members of the federal bench, including judges of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second and Ninth Circuits and the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. All of them provided candid, revealing, and personal assessments of their approaches to rulings and decisions in high-profile and complex cases.
Cohen has published several books, including Broken Scales: Reflections on Injustice, as well as works of fiction and books on religion. His articles regularly appear in Slate, New York Law Journal, Huffington Post, ABA Journal, and other publications. A former federal prosecutor and currently an adjunct professor at Fordham Law School, Cohen counsels individuals and corporations in criminal matters, ethical issues, and disciplinary proceedings. In July 2017, he was part of the appellate team that convinced the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit to reverse the conviction of the former Speaker of the New York State Assembly, a case headed to the United States Supreme Court.
The event will take place at the Union League Club of Chicago (65 West Jackson Boulevard), beginning at noon and running until 1:30 p.m. Attendees to the event will receive one hour of MCLE credit.
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