Dale Cohen

Director | Special Counsel

Dale Cohen is the Director of the UCLA Documentary Film Legal Clinic. Founded in 2018 the Documentary Film Legal Clinic provides pro bono legal services to documentary filmmakers on a wide variety of matters, ranging from intellectual property to risk management and from defamation to business formation. Dale also serves as Special Counsel to FRONTLINE, the award‐winning PBS documentary series, where he counsels and leads the news team and producers on legal issues and ethical standards. His extensive experience as a media lawyer, litigator and news executive includes positions at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, NPR, Cox Enterprises and Tribune Company. Dale was also a litigation partner at the law firm of Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal (now Denton’s) in Chicago.

In addition to the Clinic, Dale teaches News Media Law in the Digital Age at UCLA. His teaching experience includes media law courses at several top journalism programs and law schools. Dale is a member of the International Documentary Association’s Enterprise Documentary Fund Advisory Committee. He is also the co-author of a leading textbook, Media and the Law (2nd ed., LexisNexis).

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