Judge Marcia G. Cooke

United States District Judge

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Marcia G. Cooke is a native of Detroit, Michigan. She received her law degree from the Wayne State University Law School in Detroit, Michigan, and is a graduate of the Georgetown University Edmund G. Walsh School of Foreign Service.

 Judge Cooke practiced with the law firm of Miro, Miro and Weiner, and has served as a legal services attorney and a public defender, and as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of Michigan. In 1984, she was selected as a United States Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of Michigan.

 Relocating to Florida in 1992, Judge Cooke served as an Executive Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida for seven years.  In 1999, Governor Jeb Bush appointed her to serve as the Chief Inspector General for the State of Florida. Judge Cooke was nominated to the bench in 2003. She was confirmed in 2004.

 In addition to her other responsibilities, Judge Cooke is an adjunct professor at the University of Miami School of Law, teaching litigation skills, and an adjunct professor at St. Thomas University School of Law.  She is a faculty member of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA), has taught at trial practice and litigation programs throughout the country, and lectured on issues related to trial practice and litigation.

Judge Cooke is an active alumna of Georgetown University. She has served as the national President of the Georgetown University Alumni Association and was a member of the University’s Board of Directors.


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