Faculty Profiles

Dale Cohen

Dale Cohen

Special Counsel, "Frontline"
Director of Documentary Film Legal Clinic
B.A. Syracuse University, 1980
J.D. Northwestern University School of Law, 1983

Dale Cohen is Director of Documentary Film Legal Clinic at UCLA School of Law. He also teaches News Media Law in the Digital Age. His research interests include media and communications law.

Dale is currently Special Counsel at Frontline, an award‐winning newsroom PBS documentary series where he educates, counsels, and leads the news team and producers on legal, ethical, and quality control issues. His extensive experience as a media lawyer, litigator and executive includes positions as Vice President at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Senior Director at NPR, Associate General Counsel of Media at Cox Enterprises, Inc. and various positions at Tribune Company. Dale was also a litigation partner at the law firm of Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal in Chicago.

Dale's teaching experience includes media-related courses at University of North Carolina School of Law, Emory College, University of Maryland, and Northwestern University. He is also a frequent speaker at media law conferences.

Dale earned his B.A. cum laude at Syracuse University and his J.D. cum laude at Northwestern University School of Law. He is co-author of leading textbook Media and the Law (2nd ed., 2014).