Nina A. Kohn is the David M. Levy Professor of Law and Faculty Director of Online Education at Syracuse University College of Law, a faculty affiliate with the Syracuse University Aging Studies Institute, and a member of the American Law Institute.
As Associate Dean for Online Education, Kohn has focused on developing an academically rigorous online JD program for the College of Law. In January 2019, the program—JDinteractive (JDi)—launched as the nation’s first fully interactive online JD program. In addition to teaching Torts to JDi students, Kohn oversees the program’s ongoing development and operations.
Professor Kohn’s scholarly research focuses on elder law and the civil rights of older adults and persons with diminished cognitive capacity. Her recent articles have addressed such issues as family caregiving, supported and surrogate decision-making, financial exploitation of the elderly, vulnerability and discrimination in old age, the practical and constitutional implications of elder abuse legislation, the potential for an elder rights movement, and legal education. She also authored the textbook Elder Law: Practice, Policy & Problems (Aspen 2014). Consistent with her research interests, Professor Kohn has taught elder law, family law, trusts and estates, torts, and an interdisciplinary gerontology course.
Professor Kohn has served in a variety of public interest roles, including as Reporter for the Third Revision of the Uniform Guardianship and Protective Proceedings Act. She currently serves as Co-Chair of the Elder Rights Committee of the Individual Rights and Responsibilities Section of the American Bar Association; Co-Director of the Aging, Law, and Society Collaborative Research Network; and Secretary of the Association of American Law Schools’ Section on Mental Disability.
Professor Kohn earned an A.B. summa cum laude from Princeton University and a J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard University. She clerked for the Honorable Fred I. Parker of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Following her clerkship, she was awarded a fellowship by the Skadden Fellowship Foundation to provide direct representation to nursing home residents and frail elders. She is a past recipient of Syracuse University College of Law’s Res Ipsa Loquitur award recognizing excellence in teaching, and Syracuse University’s Judith Greenberg Seinfeld Distinguished Faculty Fellowship.