Fredrick “Rick” Cohen:
Current job: Family law attorney/certified family law specialist, private practice
Education: Bachelor’s degree, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, 1986; juris doctor, UC Davis School of Law, 1989
Experience: Associate attorney, Hennelly & Grossfeld, 1989-1995; principal litigator, Law Offices of Peta Lewis Hallisey, 1995-1996; Law Offices of Fredrick S. Cohen, 1996-present
Why running: “As a certified family law specialist, I have devoted my life to protecting children and families. Currently, we have no family law attorneys on the bench, and we need someone with the skill, experience and emotional fortitude of a family law specialist as our next judge. … It’s one of the most, if not the most, difficult areas of the law that there is. It touches everyone.”
Judicial philosophy: “You need to hear the people, hear the facts, get the information and apply the law honestly. You need to say what you mean and mean what you say, and be honest with the people.”
Additional skills/experience: Has served as temporary judge in family law and small claims matters, Placer and Sacramento Superior Courts, 1995-present; prior experience in civil, probate, corporate and appellate law.
Endorsements (partial list): Yolo County Democratic Party; Davis City Councilman Brett Lee; Yolo County Supervisor Jim Provenza; West Sacramento Vice Mayor Mark Johannessen; West Sacramento City Councilman William Kristoff; Winters City Councilman Woody Fridae; Sacramento Superior Court Judges Thadd Blizzard, Sharon Lueras and Alan Perkins; Citizens for Law and Order Inc.
Family: wife Ruth Young, a consumer fraud prosecutor; two children, ages 4 and 7