Professor Marsha Cohen came to California to clerk for the late Associate Justice Raymond L. Sullivan, then of the California Supreme Court. Thereafter she joined the public interest law office of Consumers Union, publisher of Consumer Reports, in Washington, D.C., practicing primarily in the areas of federal food and drug and product safety law. She came to UC Hastings after a short stint at UC Davis. Professor Cohen has served on various government and National Academy of Sciences panels and for almost eight years was a member of the California State Board of Pharmacy (and its first non-pharmacist president).
During her years at UC Hastings, Professor Cohen most regularly taught Torts, Administrative Law, and Consumer Protection, and for many years she was the faculty supervisor of the Judicial Externship Program. Her area of narrowest specialty is food and drug law, and she is the coauthor of Pharmacy Law for California Pharmacists, now in its 7th edition.
Professor Cohen is the Founding Executive Director of Lawyers for America, which she hopes will add an exciting alternative path in legal education and help legal nonprofits and government to meet the overwhelming need for public interest lawyering.
Professor Cohen has been on the boards of, and raised money for, a variety of nonprofits, and urges people to attend the exciting and unusual theater offered near UC Hastings by the Cutting Ball Theater and to support the youth of San Francisco performing with the Young People's Teen Musical Theatre Company.
Professor Cohen is married to Robert Feyer, a classmate in her first year law school section. They have three adult sons, currently living in New York City, Chicago, and Madison, none of whom has the slightest interest in becoming a lawyer.
Courses Taught: Food and Drug Law
Expertise: Food and Drug Law, Torts, and Administrative Law
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