Joel Atlas

Director of the Lawyering Program and Clinical Professor of Law
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Contact Information
Cornell Law School
256B Hughes Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853-4901

Phone: (607) 255-1348
Fax: (607) 255-7193

Gina Jackson
Cornell Law School
315 Myron Taylor Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853-4901

Professional Biography

Joel Atlas teaches first-year lawyering and an upper-level course on oral-presentation skills.

After graduation from Boston University School of Law, Professor Atlas practiced law for 15 years, first as Associate Appellate Counsel and ultimately as Supervising Attorney, for the Criminal Appeals Bureau of the New York Legal Aid Society. During that time, he also taught first-year writing at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, a seminar on appellate advocacy at Brooklyn Law School, and the criminal appellate advocacy clinic at New York University School of Law. He joined Cornell Law School's Lawyering Program faculty in 2000 and became Director in 2006.


B.A., State University of New York at Albany, 1981
J.D., Boston University School of Law, 1984