Neil P. Cohen

Cohen Neil
  • UTK Distinguished Service Professor of Law and W.P. Toms Professor of Law (Retired)

  • B.A., 1967, Yale University
    J.D., 1970, Vanderbilt University
    LL.M., 1972, Harvard University
    Diploma in Criminology, 1976, Cambridge University


Publications of Neil P. Cohen

Professor Cohen’s areas of expertise are criminal law and procedure, and evidence. He was frequently quoted by national, state, and local media during the O.J. Simpson trial and was also a commentator for Court TV and a guest lecturer to numerous academic and civic groups.

Professor Cohen is the author or co-author of 10 books and has been published in many law reviews, including the Harvard Journal of Legislation. His book, The Law of Probation and Parole (1999), has been cited by the U.S. Supreme Court. Prof. Cohen also drafted the gender-neutral version of the Tennessee Rules of Appellate, Civil, Criminal, and Juvenile Procedure and assisted in drafting the Tennessee Rules of Evidence and the Tennessee Penal Code, as well as the modernized Tennessee Rules of Criminal Procedure.

He served as the reporter of the Tennessee Bar Association's Jury Reform Commission. He was appointed by the President of the American Bar Association to the American Jury Project.

Professor Cohen has worked as a special prosecutor with the Knox County District Attorney General’s Office and has been honored with the Harold C. Warner Award for Outstanding Teaching, the Harry W. Laughlin Award for Outstanding Service, the Bass, Berry & Sims Award for Outstanding Service to the Bench and Bar, the Carden Award for Outstanding Scholarship, and the Tennessee Supreme Court Outstanding Service Award.


Biography of Neil P. Cohen


Co-author, Criminal Law: Cases, Statutes, and Lawyering Strategies (LexisNexis 2005).

Co-author, Tennessee Law of Evidence (Lexis, 5th ed., 2005).

Co-author, Questions and Answers: Criminal Procedure (LexisNexis 2003).

The Law of Probation and Parole (West Group, 1999).

Co-author, Criminal Procedure: The Post-Investigative Process (Lexis, 2nd. ed., 2000)(with Teacher’s Manual).

General Editor, Tools for the Ultimate Trial (American Bar Association, 1985).

Co-author, Rights of Prisoners (Shepard’s/McGraw-Hill, 1981).

Co-author, Problems in Substantive Criminal Law & Teachers Manual (West, 1976).

Interrogation Techniques Guide (1974).

Articles & Other Works

Co-author, Jury Reform in Tennessee, 34 U. Mem. L. Rev. 1(2003)

Better Happier Juries, 39 Tenn. B.J. 16 (2003).

The Timing of Jury Instructions, 67 Tenn. L. Rev. 681 (2000).

Co-author, The Prevalence and Use of Criminal Defenses: A Preliminary Study, 60 Tenn. L. Rev. 4 (1993).

A Meta-Analysis of the New Tennessee Rules of Evidence, 57 Tenn. L. Rev. 1 (1989).

The Process of Curriculum Reform, 39 J. Legal Educ. 535 (1989).

Penal Code Reform, Crime Classification, and Sentencing Guidelines: An Overview, Tennessee Sentencing Commission (1986).

Contributor, Comments to Proposed Tennessee Penal Code (1988).

Additional articles in Fed. Prob., Tenn. L. Rev., Harv. J. Legis. and U. Fla. L. Rev.

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