Marcia S. Cohen holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from Roosevelt University of Chicago, a Masters degree in Music Composition from Northwestern University, and received her Juris Doctor degree from Stetson University College of Law in 1984. Since becoming a member of The Florida Bar, she has practiced almost exclusively in the area of labor and employment law with a concentration in employment discrimination and sexual harassment, and has the distinction of having had a successful case before the U.S. Supreme Court. Ms. Cohen currently serves as Legal Counsel to the National Organization for Women (NOW).
A former appointee to The Florida Bar Special Committee on Gender Equality, Ms. Cohen was Chair of the Equal Opportunities Law Section of The Florida Bar. She is a member of the Labor and Employment Law Section, as well as the Animal Law Section, of The Florida Bar.
Ms. Cohen has been a guest lecturer on U.S. civil rights and employment discrimination law at the University of Paris at Nanterre, and was an Adjunct Professor at Stetson University College of Law and the University of South Florida. She is a member of the Legal Panel of the Pinellas County Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union and was the recipient of its Gardner Beckett Civil Rights Award. She has been both a planner and panelist at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg Conference on World Affairs.
Marcia Cohen has spoken widely on women’s legal rights and US equal pay law, including the Millennia2015 Conference at UNESCO in Paris, at Hunter College in New York City, and the Institute for Science and Human Values conference at Columbia University in New York. She was a delegate of the Destree Institute of Namur, Belgium at the UN Conference on the Status of Women, and received the Woman of Achievement award from the Stetson University College of Law chapters of NOW, the ABA, and the Florida Association for Women Lawyers.
Musically, Ms. Cohen has been a jazz vocalist for a number of years. She sings weekly in St. Petersburg, Florida, and in Paris, France.