Leslie Cohen, JD

Sonoran UCEDD
Department of Family and Community Medicine
University of Arizona
1521 E. Helen St.
PO Box 210155H
Tucson, AZ 85721
 
Phone: 520-626-0080
Email: ljcohen@email.arizona.edu
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Last Updated: August 12, 2015

Leslie Cohen
 

Leadership: UCEDD Director
Primary Activity Coordinators: Training Director
 
Discipline(s): Law
 
AUCD Council Membership: Council on Research and Evaluation
National Training Directors' Council
NSIP

Vita/Bio

Leslie Cohen graduated with a bachelors degree from Washington University in St. Louis and a juris doctor degree from the University of New Mexico School of Law.  She practiced law in the area of civil litigation for many years in both the private and public sectors.  She brings to the position extensive experience in developmental disabilities advocacy and policy as well as broad based community connections with stakeholders in government agencies, self-advocacy and family groups, provider agencies and ADD network partners.  Ms. Cohen's experience includes over ten years as Executive Director of the Arizona Center for Disability Law, Arizona's protection and advocacy system. She has been a long-time member of the Arizona's Developmental Disabilities Planning Council, including as Chair of its Public Affairs Committee. She has served as a consultant to organizations in Arizona and nationally on a wide variety of strategic planning, management and substantive disability  issues and as a peer program reviewer for the Administration on Developmental Disabilities and the Center for Mental Health Services.  She is a member of the Advisory Council for the Institute for Human Development at Northern Arizona University; Board of Directors of the Primavera Foundation and Linkages Arizona; and the  Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD).  Ms. Cohen is Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine and adjunct faculty at the Rogers College of Law, University of Arizona.