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Mitchell Harry Cohen, American federal judge. Bar: New Jersey 1930. Recipient Outstanding Alumni award Dickinson College, 1972, William J. Brennan Junior award Association Federal Bar New Jersey, 1988; Federal Courthouse in Camden, New Jersey named, in his honor, The Mitchell H. Cohen Courthouse.

Background

Cohen, Mitchell Harry was born on September 11, 1904 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of Harry and Minnie (Rubin) Cohen.

Education

Student, Temple University, 1922-1924;Bachelor of Laws, Dickinson Law School, 1928;Doctor of Laws (honorary), Dickinson School Law, 1975.

Career

Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Cohen received an LL.B. from Dickinson School of Law in 1928. He was in private practice in Camden, New Jersey for various periods beginning in 1930. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, and was thereafter prosecutor for Camden County, New Jersey from 1948 to 1958.

Cohen was a judge on the Camden County Court from 1958 to 1961, and on the New Jersey Superior Court from 1961 to 1962. On July 6, 1962, Cohen was nominated by President John F. Kennedy to a seat on the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey vacated by Richard Hartshorne. Cohen was confirmed by the United States Senate on August 1, 1962, and received his commission on August 2, 1962.

He served as chief judge from 1973 to 1974, assuming senior status on September 11, 1974. Cohen served in that capacity until his death, in 1991, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Mitchell H. Cohen United States Courthouse in Camden was dedicated in 1994.

Achievements

  • Bar: New Jersey 1930.

Membership

Founder, co-producer Camden County Music Fair, 1955. Chairman Camden County chapter Sister Kenny Foundation, Allied Jewish Appeal, Camden. Leader Camden Republican Committee, 1947-1958.

Served with Army of the United States, World World War World War II. Member American, New Jersey, Camden County bar associations, American Judicature Society.

Connections

Children: Margaret, Fredric.

father:
Harry Cohen

mother:
Minnie (Rubin) Cohen

child:
Margaret Cohen

child:
Fredric Cohen