Nina A. Kohn is a Visiting Professor at Cornell Law School. She also is the David M. Levy Professor of Law at Syracuse University College of Law, a Distinguished Scholar in Elder Law with Yale Law School’s Solomon Center for Health Law and Policy, and a member of the American Law Institute. She previously served as a Visiting Professor at Yale Law School.
Kohn is a leading expert in elder law, advance planning and medical consent, and the civil rights of older adults and those with diminished cognitive capacity. A prolific writer, her recent work has appeared in such diverse fora as the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, the Boston University Law Review, the Georgetown University Law Review Online, and the Washington Post. She also authored the textbook Elder Law: Practice, Policy & Problems (Wolters Kluwer, 2d ed. 2020).
Kohn has served in numerous public interest roles, including as Reporter for both the Uniform Health Care Decisions Act and the Uniform Guardianship, Conservatorship, and Other Protective Arrangements Act. As a member of the American Law Institute, she serves as an Advisor to the Medical Malpractice and Miscellaneous Provisions portions of the Restatement Third of Torts.
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. Prior to entering academia, she served as a Skadden Fellow, providing direct representation to nursing home residents and frail elders. She is a recipient of Syracuse University College of Law’s Res Ipsa Loquitur award for teaching excellence, and Syracuse University’s Judith Greenberg Seinfeld Distinguished Faculty Fellowship.