Our next subject for “Questions for the Bench” is Judge Mark Cohen of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. He worked in the state attorney general’s office, for Gov. Zell Miller and for Troutman Sanders before being nominated in 2014 by President Barack Obama.

What prompted you to become a lawyer? I grew up in South Florida, and my father (who was not an attorney) used to take me to see hearings and trials in the Dade County Courthouse because of his respect for the practice of law. That, and seeing Gregory Peck in the role of Atticus Finch in “To Kill a Mockingbird,” certainly contributed to my desire to become a lawyer.

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