Professor Laura Dym Cohen Named Director of Street Law Program
Professor Laura Dym Cohen has been named Director of the Street Law clinical program at Southwestern. After joining the law school's adjunct faculty in 2006 to establish the clinical externship, which is based on the national Street Law Youth in Transition curriculum, Professor Cohen received national recognition when she was named 2007 Street Law Educator of the Year."Professor Cohen's combination of passion for the public interest and ability to organize to get things done guarantees that she will make a major difference for Southwestern and its students," Southwestern Dean Bryant Garth said.
Law students enrolled in Professor Cohen's externship teach law-related critical life skills to teens in the Los Angeles dependency, delinquency and special education systems. The goal of the program is to give the youth legal information that will assist them for a successful transition to adulthood.
"It has been a privilege to work with the students, faculty and staff at Southwestern," Professor Cohen said. "I have been inspired by my Street Law students' dedication and commitment to help at-risk youth. I look forward to continuing to teach the Street Law Clinic and will try to expand our program as we target a population that is in great need of law related education and resources. I will also be working with the legal community to bring additional programs to Southwestern Law School."
Professor Cohen, who has specialized in juvenile dependency, worked at the Los Angeles County Children's Court helping abused and neglected children and their families. She has also recruited and trained pro bono attorneys for a number of nonprofit legal agencies and is Co-Chair of the Juvenile Task Force of the Los Angeles County Bar Association. She completed her B.A. in Communication Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1988 and her J.D. at the University of San Francisco School of Law in 1992.