Florence-Marie Cooper

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Florence-Marie Cooper
Florence-Marie Cooper District Judge.jpg
Judge of the United States District Court for the Central District of California
In office
November 15, 1999 – January 15, 2010
Appointed by Bill Clinton
Preceded by Linda H. McLaughlin
Succeeded by John A. Kronstadt
Judge of the Los Angeles County Superior Court
In office
Appointed by Pete Wilson
Judge of the Los Angeles County Municipal Court
In office
Appointed by George Deukmejian
Personal details
Born (1940-02-09)February 9, 1940
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Died January 15, 2010(2010-01-15) (aged 69)
Santa Monica, California
Alma mater City College of San Francisco
Whittier College School of Law (J.D.)

Florence-Marie Cooper (February 9, 1940 – January 15, 2010) was a United States federal judge.

Early life and education[edit]

Cooper was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and moved to San Francisco with her family in 1952. Cooper graduated from high school in 1958 and began working as a legal secretary.[1] She attended night classes at City College of San Francisco for five years, but did not graduate from the school.[1] In 1971, her husband's job was transferred to Los Angeles, and Cooper began attending Beverly Law School under a program for students who had not graduated from college.[1] During that time, Beverly Law School merged into Whittier College School of Law, from which Cooper graduated in 1975 as the top student in her class.[1][2]


Cooper served as law clerk for the Hon. Arthur Alarcon, Los Angeles Superior Court, Appellate Dept. (1975–1977). She served as Deputy City Attorney of Los Angeles, California (1977). She was Senior Research Attorney for the Hon. Arthur Alarcon, Second Appellate District, California Court of Appeal (1978–1980). She was a Senior Research Attorney for the Hon. Judge Woods, Second Appellate District, California Court of Appeal (1980–1983). She was Adjunct Professor, San Fernando Valley College School of Law (1980–1985). She was Court Commissioner, Los Angeles Superior Court (1983–1990).

Judicial service[edit]

Cooper serves as Judge, Los Angeles Municipal Court from 1990 to 1991. She served as Judge, Los Angeles Superior Court from 991 to 1999.

She was nominated by President Bill Clinton on July 14, 1999, to a seat vacated by Linda H. McLaughlin. She was confirmed by the United States Senate on November 10, 1999, and received her commission on November 15, 1999. She served as a federal district judge until her death of lymphoma on January 15, 2010, aged 69.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d Ellis, Steven M. (April 22, 2009). "U.S. District Judge Florence-Marie Cooper to Retire Next Year". Metropolitan News-Enterprise. Retrieved August 13, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Williams, Carol J. (January 15, 2010). "Florence-Marie Cooper dies at 69; U.S. District judge". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved August 13, 2011. 

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