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Marcia Cooke

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Marcia Cooke
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
Title:   Judge
Position:   Seat #7
Appointed by:   George W. Bush
Active:   5/18/2004 - Present
Preceded by:   Wilkie Ferguson
Past post:   Federal magistrate judge
Past term:   1984 - 1992
Personal History
Born:   1954
Hometown:   Sumter, SC
Undergraduate:   Georgetown U., B.A., 1975
Law School:   Wayne State U., J.D., 1977
Marcia G. Cooke is an Article III federal 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. Prior to appointment, Cooke was a Assistant county attorney for Miami-Dade county.[1]

Early life and education

A native of South Carolina, Cooke graduated from Georgetown University with her bachelor's degree in 1975 and later graduated from Wayne State University in Michigan with her juris doctorate degree in 1977.[1]

Professional career

  • Staff attorney, Neighborhood Legal Services, Michigan, 1978-1979
  • Deputy public defender, Legal Aid and Defender Association, Michigan, 1979-1980
  • Assistant U.S. attorney, Eastern District of Michigan, 1980-1983
  • Private practice, Michigan, 1983-1984
  • Director of professional development and training, U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Florida, 1992, 1994-1999
  • Executive assistant U.S. attorney, Southern District of Florida, 1992-1994
  • Chief inspector general, Executive Office of the Governor, Florida, 1999-2002
  • Assistant county attorney, Miami-Dade County, Florida, 2002-2004[1]

Judicial career

Southern District of Florida

Cooke was nominated to the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida by President George W. Bush on November 25, 2003 to a seat vacated by Wilkie Ferguson. Cooke was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on May 18, 2004 on a Senate vote and received commission on May 18, 2004.

Eastern District of Michigan

Cooke Served as a federal magistrate judge for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan from 1984 to 1992.[1]

Notable cases

BankUnited Case (2010)

     United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
Judge Cooke was the presiding judge in a shareholder lawsuit against BankUnited. Shareholders of the Florida-based bank sued its management over being misled about the company's financial condition. Judge Cooke dismissed the case, that there was not enough evidence to find BankUnited's management deliberately mislead investors.[2]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Wilkie Ferguson
Southern District of Florida
Seat #7
Succeeded by: