Professor of Law
Tel. 714.444.4141 ext. 216
Building Two, Room 216
Professor Neil H. Cogan has been on the faculty since 2001. He was Dean of the Law School and Vice President for Legal Education for the College from 2001 to 2009. During his deanship, the Law School established the Center for International and Comparative Law, the Institute for Legal Writing and Professional Skills, the Institute for Student and Graduate Academic Support, the Institute for Trial Advocacy, and six Summer Study Abroad Programs. He directs the Israel Summer and Winter Study Abroad Program.
He taught at Quinnipiac University School of Law, where he was dean; Southern Methodist School of Law, where he was Associate Dean for Academic Affairs; and Bar Ilan University Faculty of Law. He was a Visiting Scholar at Yale Law School, a Visiting Scholar-in-Residence at Hebrew University Faculty of Law, a Visiting Scholar-in-Residence at the United States Department of Justice, Division of Civil Rights, and a Visiting Lecturer at Touro Law School. He is a consultant on accreditation issues.
He has edited books and written articles on constitutional law, civil rights, and civil and criminal procedure; his The Complete Bill of Rights (Oxford U. Pr., 1997) has been frequently cited by the United States Supreme Court and in the scholarly literature. With former dean Don Lively, he is at work on a new form of case book to be published by Aspen Press.
He is a litigator, having tried both bench and jury trials and argued appeals in the federal and state courts. Before doing administrative work, Professor Cogan participated in politics, lobbying, and community organizing; he frequently was an elected delegate at political conventions. He received “The Good Guy” award from the Texas Women’s Politic Caucus. He reads and writes narrative in four languages and fiction and poetry in two. He is married and lives in Los Angeles and has seven children and six grandchildren. His wife, Mannette, and he enjoy traveling, cooking, and gardening.