Blogger/lawyer wins national award

CHICAGO–Fred Cohen, an attorney who blogs regularly at hearinghealthmatters.com, has been selected by the National Commission on Correctional Health Care to receive its 2011 B.J. Anno Award of Excellence in Communication.

Cohen, who writes the weekly column The Law and Hearing on this site, will be honored for his outstanding contribution to the field of correctional health care. He wrote an April 12 Hearing Views article for hearinghealthmatters.com on legal issues related to hearing care for prisoners.

A graduate of Yale Law School, he has taught at a number of leading law schools and was a founder of the Graduate School of Criminal Justice at the State University of New York at Albany.

In his undergraduate days at Temple University, the future lawyer excelled on a different type of court, helping lead the Owls to the final four in the 1956 NCAA basketball tournament. In Temple’s loss to the University of Connecticut in the semi-finals, Cohen pulled down 34 rebounds, an individual record for an NCAA tournament game that still stands.