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Jonathan R. Cohen




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Box #117625 Gainesville, FL 32611


(352) 273-0919

(352) 392-3005

Jonathan R. Cohen is Professor of Law and Associate Director of the Institute for Dispute Resolution at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. Prior to teaching at the University of Florida, Cohen clerked for the Honorable Benjamin Kaplan of the Massachusetts Appeals Court, practiced employment litigation at a private law firm in Boston, and served as a Hewlett Fellow at the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School. The central theme of Cohen’s research is ethical human relations, and his writings, especially concerning apology, have been influential both nationally and internationally in promoting legislative reforms and changes to legal practice. His teaching includes courses in negotiation, reconciliation, the human side of lawyering, law and religion, Jewish law, and evidence. Professor Cohen's scholarship can be found on:


J.D., Harvard Law School; Ph.D., Harvard University; M.A.., Harvard University; A.B., Harvard College

Teaching and Scholarship

  • Negotiation, Dispute Resolution, Ethics, Evidence, Social Justice

Professional Activities

  • University of Florida: Joined College of Law faculty in 1999 on staff at the law school's Institute for Dispute Resolution
  • Harvard Law School: Hewlett Fellow & Lecturer in Law (1997-99)
  • Harvard University: Teaching Fellow (Economics) (1989, 1992-93)
  • Organizations: American Bar Association (Dispute Resolution Section), Massachusetts Bar, New York Bar

Evidence (4 credits) - Law 6330

Negotiation (3 credits) - Law 6385

Religion in Legal Thought & Practice - Law 6936


  • Open-Minded Listening, 5 Charlotte Law Review 139-164 (2014)
  • Conflicts as Inner Trials: Transitions for Clients, Ideas for Lawyers, 13 Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution 393-412 (2012)
  • The Path between Sebastian’s Hospitals: Fostering Reconciliation after a Tragedy, 17 Barry Law Review 89-131 (2011)
  • Coping with Lasting Social Injustice, 13 Washington and Lee Journal of Civil Rights and Social Justice 259-283 (2007)
  • Judaism without Ordinary Law: Toward a Broader View of Sanctification, 71 The Reconstructionist 50-56 (Fall 2006)
  • Legislating Apology: The Pros and Cons, 70 University of Cincinnati Law Review 819-872 (2002)
  • When People are the Means: Negotiating with Respect, 14 Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics 739-802 (2001)
  • Apology and Organizations: Exploring an Example from Medical Practice, 27 Fordham Urban Law Journal 1447-1482 (2000)
  • Advising Clients to Apologize, 72 Southern California Law Review 1009-1069 (1999)

Other Publications

  • Ferguson: Prejudice and Prejudgment, Op-Ed, The Orlando Sentinel, Dec. 7, 2014, at A22
  • From Jacob to Israel: On Conflicts and Inner Growth, The Times of Israel (Feb. 16, 2014)
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