|Judge of the United States District Court for the Central District of California|
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|
|Appointed by||Pete Wilson|
|Judge of the Los Angeles County Municipal Court|
|Appointed by||George Deukmejian|
February 9, 1940|
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
|Died||January 15, 2010
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
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. She attended night classes at City College of San Francisco for five years, but did not graduate from the school. 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. 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.
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).
Cooper was Court Commissioner of the Los Angeles Superior Court from 1983 to 1990. She then served as a Judge of Los Angeles Municipal Court from 1990 to 1991 and of the Los Angeles Superior Court from 1991 to 1999.
She was nominated by President Bill Clinton on July 14, 1999, to a seat vacated by Linda H. McLaughlin on the United States District Court for the Central District of California. 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.
In popular culture
- Ellis, Steven M. (April 22, 2009). "U.S. District Judge Florence-Marie Cooper to Retire Next Year". Metropolitan News-Enterprise. Retrieved August 13, 2011.
- Williams, Carol J. (January 15, 2010). "Florence-Marie Cooper dies at 69; U.S. District judge". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved August 13, 2011.
- Florence-Marie Cooper at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
Linda H. McLaughlin
|Judge of the United States District Court for the Central District of California
John A. Kronstadt