Marcia G. Cooke

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Marcia G. Cooke
Judge on United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
Incumbent
Assumed office
May 18, 2004
Nominated by George W. Bush
Preceded by Wilkie D. Ferguson
Personal details
Born 1954 (age 59–60)
Sumter, South Carolina

Marcia Gail Cooke (born 1954) is an American lawyer and district judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida. She joined the court in 2004 after being nominated by President George W. Bush.

Early life and education[edit]

Cooke was born in 1954 in Sumter, South Carolina. She graduated from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University with a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service in 1975 and from Wayne State University Law School with a J.D. in 1977.

Legal career[edit]

Cooke was a staff attorney for Neighborhood Legal Services in Michigan from 1978 to 1979 and was a deputy public defender of the Legal Aid and Defender Association in Michigan from 1979-1980. Cooke served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan from 1980 to 1983. From 1983 to 1984 Cooke was in private practice in Michigan with the firm of Miro, Miro and Weiner. Cooke served as a magistrate judge for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan from 1984 to 1992.

In 1992 Cooke served as director of professional development and training at the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida. From 1992 to 1994 she was the Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, before returning to her director of professional development and training from 1994 to 1999. Cooke served as chief inspector general for the Executive Office of the Governor of Florida under Jeb Bush from 1999 to 2002. From 2002 to 2004 she was assistant county attorney in Miami-Dade County.

Federal judicial career[edit]

President George W. Bush nominated Cooke to the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida on November 25, 2003, to the seat vacated by Wilkie D. Ferguson. She was confirmed by the Senate on May 18, 2004, Cooke received her commission the same day. She is the first black woman federal judge in Florida. [1]

Cooke presided over the trial of José Padilla in 2007.

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