Judge Cobb was confirmed by the Senate on October 26th, 2021. From 2006 to 2012, she served as a trial attorney at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia, where she represented indigent criminal defendants and supervised and trained new attorneys.
Judge Cobb was previously a Partner at Relman Colfax, a plaintiff-side civil rights firm, where her practice focuses primarily on housing discrimination and criminal justice misconduct.
In 2016, Cobb represented Briggitta Hardin, a Black woman who was unlawfully denied a position working at a bar in Washington D.C. on the basis of race. Cobb secured a total of $687,000 in damages for Hardin.
Cobb represented Edward Kovari, who was arraigned on a fugitive warrant based on a report that turned out to be false. Kovari was shackled for eighteen days in human waste and kept in other inhumane conditions while he was detained in the back of a private prisoner transportation van. In 2020, a federal court denied the defense’s motion for summary judgement, thereby finding that Kovari had presented substantial evidence showing that the defendants’ conduct was unconstitutional.
In 2019, Cobb secured a $400,000 settlement on behalf of eight women who were tenants of a landlord who demanded sexual favors in exchange for lower rents and other tenant benefits. The settlement prevented the landlord from being directly involved in any property management.
In 2016, Judge Cobb was elected by members of the District of Columbia Bar to serve as a member of the Criminal Law and Individual Rights Steering Committee.
Judge Cobb graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School in 2006, where she was Coordinating Editor of the Harvard Law Review and received the Heyman Fellowship.