Caroline P. Cohen is an experienced litigator and vigorous community advocate running for Civil Court Judge in Brooklyn's 6th Municipal District. She has been found qualified to serve as a Civil Court Judge by the judicial screening committee of the Kings County Democratic Party.
As a Senior Associate at Crumiller P.C., Caroline commences a practice dedicated to fighting gender and pregnancy discrimination as well as protecting the civil rights of vulnerable tenants, including the elderly and disabled.
Caroline was previously employed by the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), where she successfully litigated a variety of cases including discrimination cases brought before the New York State Division of Human Rights, New York City Commission on Human Rights, the EEOC, and the New York State Supreme Court.
While at NYCHA, Caroline earned an unparalleled reputation for resolving cases with tenants and opposing counsel alike. Caroline achieved this by working diligently and consistently with both NYCHA and tenants to ensure that repairs were completed in a timely manner. In addition, she worked with New York City agencies including the Human Resources Administration and the HIV and AIDS Services Administration to assist tenants with unpaid rent.
Since the birth of her first child six years ago, Caroline has been a working mom. Recently, her time away from the home has multiplied, as being a judicial candidate is truly a second job that requires not only physical but also emotional work. She is fortunate that every day on the campaign trail, she calls on her friends, neighbors, and family to watch her children while maintaining her professional obligations. Juggling all of these commitments has endowed Caroline with a uniquely compassionate perspective that is needed on the bench now more than ever.
Caroline Cohen decision to run for Civil Court Judge was inspired by her late mother who always wanted to attend law school in order to join the bench. However, her mother's father refused to support her financially, proclaiming that “she was educated enough for a woman". Caroline's mother was smart, tough, and a true leader in her family and community. She saw those same qualities in Caroline and encouraged her to consider becoming a lawyer and, perhaps one day, a judge.
Caroline holds a J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, as well as a Masters and Bachelors of Arts from New York University. Caroline co-founded Ditmas Art, a quarterly mixed media arts event focused on political discourse. In September 2018, Caroline was re-elected as Judicial Delegate of the 42nd Assembly District. Caroline is also a member of the Kings County Democratic Committee. Caroline was awarded as Community Leader of the Year by Brooklyn Young Democrats and named a Brooklyn Power Woman by Schneps Media. Caroline has been a member of the Park Slope United Methodist Church since 2011. She has been endorsed by a host of elected officials including Councilmember Brad Lander, Assemblymember Walter Mosley, and Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte. She has also been endorsed by the Brooklyn Young Democrats and two prominent LGBTQ organizations, the Lambda Independent Democrats of Brooklyn and the Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club.
Caroline lives in Ditmas Park-Flatbush with her husband, Steve, their two children, Daschel and CiCi, and dog Petey.