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|Current Court Information:|
|United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York|
|Appointed by:||George W. Bush|
|Active:||06/07/2006 - Present|
|Preceded by:||Frederic Block|
|Home State:||Chicago, IL|
|Undergraduate:||U. of Illinois|
|Law School:||Cornell Law|
Brian Cogan is a federal judge for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York. Cogan joined the court in June 2006 after being nominated by President George W. Bush. Prior to joining the court, Cogan was a private practice attorney in New York City.
Early life and education
Cogan began his legal career as a law clerk for Federal District Judge Sidney Aronovitz for the Southern District of Florida from 1979 to 1980 before becoming a private practice attorney in New York City from 1980 to 2006.
Eastern District of New York
Cogan was nominated to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York by President George W. Bush on January 25, 2006; he assumed a seat that was vacated by Frederic Block. Cogan was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on May 4, 2006 on a majority voice vote and received his commission on June 7, 2006.
*The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York, et al v. Kathleen Sebelius, et al 12 Civ. 2542 (BMC)
On December 16, 2013, Judge Cogan ruled in favor of the plaintiff in the case of The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York, et al against Kathleen Sebelius, in her official capacity as Secretary, United States Department of Health and Human Services, et al. The HHS Mandate at the center of the case, requires employers to provide birth control to their employees. However, the Catholic Church strictly forbids the use of birth control. Cogan's decision states that the plaintiffs “have demonstrated that the mandate, despite accommodation, compels them to perform acts that are contrary to their religion. And there can be no doubt that the coercive pressure here is substantial.” The plaintiffs, then, will not have to follow the HHS Mandate and will not be fined the $100 a day penalty per each affected beneficiary. Of the groups, the Catholic Health Services of Long Island includes six hospitals, three nursing homes, and a hospice. In addition, Cogan's ruling reasoned that the HHS Mandate that required the distribution of birth control was likely unconstitutional and went as far to say that it should not be enforced. Because the HHS Mandate was never approved by Congress, Kathleen Sebelius, should not be able to enforce the mandate, Cogan argued. Furthermore, this enforcement could compromise the First Amendment. Because this decision goes beyond the exemption offered to churches by extending it to religiously-affiliated organizations, this decision paves the way for more organizations to take similar legal action.
- Biography of Brian Cogan
- List of active judges on the Eastern District of New York's website
- The Robing Room- Rate Judge Cogan
- The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York, et al against Kathleen Sebelius, et al Decision
- Brian Cogan Biography from the Federal Judicial Center.
- "THOMAS" Brian M. Cogan USDC,EDNY confirmation: PN1183-109
- Business Week, "N.Y. Catholics Groups Win Court Bar to Contraception Mandate," accessed December 19, 2013
- EWTN, "What does the Church Teach about Birth Control?
- Investor's Business Daily, "Catholic Groups Win First Amendment Victory Over ObamaCare," accessed December19, 2013
|Federal judicial offices|
|Eastern District of New York
Chief Judge: Carol Amon • Joseph Bianco • Brian Cogan • Sandra Feuerstein • Nicholas Garaufis • John Gleeson • Dora Irizarry • Kiyo Matsumoto • Roslynn Mauskopf • Sandra Townes • Eric Vitaliano • William Kuntz • Margo Brodie • Pamela Ki Mai Chen
Raymond Dearie • Leo Glasser • Denis Hurley • Sterling Johnson • Edward Korman • Thomas Platt • Arthur Spatt • Jack Weinstein • Leonard Wexler • Nina Gershon • Allyne Ross • Joanna Seybert • Frederic Block •
|Magistrate judges||Steven Gold • Joan Azrack • Lois Bloom • Marilyn Go • Robert Levy • Arlene Lindsay • Roanne Mann • James Orenstein • Viktor Pohorelsky • Cheryl Pollak • Ramon Reyes, Jr. • A. Kathleen Tomlinson • William Wall • Vera Scanlon • Gary R. Brown •|
|Former Article III judges||
Charles Sifton • David Trager • Frank Altimari • Charles Linnaeus Benedict • Joseph McLaughlin • Reena Raggi • George Pratt • Asa Wentworth Tenney • Edward Beers Thomas • Thomas Chatfield • Van Vechten Veeder • Edwin Louis Garvin • Marcus Beach Campbell • Robert Alexander Inch • Grover Moscowitz • Mortimer Byers • Clarence Galston • Matthew Abruzzo • John Bartels • Frederic Block • Henry Bramwell • Walter Bruchhausen • Mark Costantino • John Dooling • Orrin Judd • Harold Kennedy • Jacob Mishler • Edward Neaher • Eugene Nickerson • Leo Rayfiel • George Rosling • Anthony Travia • Joseph Zavatt •
|Former Chief judges|