Biography

Laura Cohen is a Commissioner for the Los Angeles Superior Court.

Laura Cohen currently is a Commissioner for the Los Angeles Superior Court handling family law matters. Previously she was a Clinical Professor at Southwestern Law School and was Director of their Street Law Clinic, a program she developed and implemented using the Youth in Transition Curriculum (now called the Legal Life Skills Lesson Library) from Street Law, Inc. Laura has helped to revise the YIT curriculum, and trained a colleague to take over the clinical program at Southwestern since her election. Law students enrolled in the Street Law Clinic teach law-related critical life skills to teens, many are in foster care or on probation. The goal of the program is to encourage youth to think critically about the law, help them to make good choices, and to give them legal information that will assist them for a successful transition to adulthood. In addition, she was the Director of the Public Service Program which encouraged law students to volunteer in the community. Each year the law students collectively volunteered approximately 20,000 hours. Prior to being a Professor, she worked as an attorney in the Children’s Court in Monterey Park.

Throughout her legal career she developed many collaborative programs serving the needs of Los Angeles including the Los Angeles Incubator Consortium which was awarded grants from the State Bar of California Commission on Access to Justice. Laura has held many leadership roles and regularly presents at conferences supporting diversity in the profession and ensuring access to justice. She has served on committees with the Los Angeles County Bar Association, as a member of the California State Bar Council on Access and Fairness, was on the California State Bar Task Force on Admissions Regulation Reform (Phase II: Implementation) and was on Equal Justice Work's National Advisory Committee. She also was co-chair for the NALP Pro Bono Work Group within the Public Service Section, and has served on the planning committee for SALT’s Trina Grillo Retreat and for the Equal Justice Conference. 

Laura received her law degree from the University of San Francisco School of Law and her bachelor’s degree from the University of California Santa Barbara.