Circuit Court Chief Judge Frederick Lauten and Appellate Court Chief Judge Jay P. Cohen have long and distinguished legal careers. Both Chicago natives, the two friends spend this week’s podcast discussing Judge Cohen’s career as an appellate and trial judge and his instrumental hand in creating the Orange County mediation program. Launched in 1992, the program has helped thousands of litigants quickly resolve their disputes while lightening the load off bloated trial dockets and saving countless tax dollars.
Judge Cohen was born on the Southside of Chicago (Go White Sox!). He earned a degree in English before receiving his juris doctor, both from the University of Florida. In 1990, Judge Cohen was appointed to the Orange County Bench and was later appointed to the Circuit Bench in 1993. Throughout his career at the Ninth Judicial Circuit, he served as Administrative Judge in the criminal, appellate, and civil divisions. In January 2008, he was appointed to the Fifth District Court of Appeal, becoming Chief Judge this January.