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James Alexander Cobey

James Alexander Cobey, American law educator. Recipient Golden Gavel award National Association Legislation Leaders, 1962, Distinguished Alumnus award Mercersburg Academy, 1982. Justice James A Cobey Day proclaimed by Mayor Los Angeles, 1981. Served to lieutenant United States Naval Reserve, 1942-1946.; Member American Bar Association, Democrat.; Club: Valley Hunt (Pasadena).


  • Cobey, James Alexander was born on October 3, 1913 in Frostburg, Maryland, United States. Son of James Carpinter and Elizabeth Kownslar (Earle) C.

  • Education

    • Graduate School Business Administration, 1938.


    • Bar: District of Columbia 1939, Supreme Court of the United States Court 1946, California 1947. Attorney review, National Labor Relations Board, Washington, 1938-1939, field, Los Angeles, 1940-1941, 1946. Chief research attorney California Court Appeal, Los Angeles, 1946-1948.

      Deputy county counsel Los Angeles County, 1948. Associate C. Ray Robinson, Merced, California, 1949-1960. Partner Cobey & Adams, Merced, 1961-1966.

      Professor law Southwestern University, Los Angeles, 1982-1990. Member California State Senate from Merced-Madela Counties, 1955-1966. Associate justice California Court Appeal, Los Angeles, 1966-1981.

      District commander American Legion, Merced, 1952. President Constitutional Rights Foundation, Los Angeles, 1976-1978. Trustee Westridge School, Pasadena, 1972-1982.


    Denomination: Episcopalian


    Served to lieutenant United States Naval Reserve, 1942-1946. Member American Bar Association, Democrat. Club: Valley Hunt (Pasadena).


    • Children– Hope Batey, Christopher E., Lisa.
    • father: James Carpinter Cobey
    • mother: Elizabeth Kownslar (Earle) Cobey
    • children: Hope Batey Cobey
    • Christopher E. Cobey
    • Lisa Cobey
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    Born October 3, 1913