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Cohen, Felix Solomon


Felix Solomon Cohen was born July 3, 1907, in New York City. He graduated from the College of the City of New York with a bachelor of arts degree in 1926. He subsequently received a master of arts degree in 1927, a doctor of philosophy degree in 1929 from Harvard University, and a bachelor of laws degree from Columbia Law School in 1931.

In 1931 and 1932 Cohen performed the duties of secretary to the justice of the New York Supreme Court. He was also admitted to the New York bar and established his law office in New York. In 1948 Cohen was admitted to the District of Columbia bar; he practiced law in his later years in Washington, D.C.

Cohen's career interests extended to the field of education and he presented a series of lectures on legal philosophy at the New School for Social Research during 1932 and 1933. He entered government service in 1933, serving as assistant solicitor for the U.S. Department of the Interior for ten years. From 1936 to 1948 he also acted on the board of appeals of the interior department where he was presiding officer from 1940 to 1948. In 1939 he performed the duties of special assistant to the attorney general. Cohen served in the U.S. department of justice from 1939 to 1940 and returned to the Department of the Interior in 1943, acting as associate solicitor for the next five years.

In 1946 Cohen returned to teaching and served as a visiting professor at the Yale Law School; he also taught law at the City College of New York in 1948.

Cohen wrote several publications including Ethical Systems and Legal Ideals, which was published in 1933.

Cohen died October 19, 1953, in Washington, D.C.

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