Even before Katherine Cohen graduated from FIU Law in 2011, she knew she wanted to help others. It was during her first internship in law school, that she realized that Legal Aid was what she wanted to do. Now a Medical Legal Partnership attorney, Cohen was recently named Director of St. Luke’s Hospital Medical Legal Partnership, in Western Missouri.
We recently caught up with Cohen to discuss her career path and what motivated her to become a Legal Aid attorney.
How did you become interested in the field of legal aid?
When I entered law school, I knew that I wanted to work in something that would help the most vulnerable people in our society. My first summer internship after starting law school was at the Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County. I quickly realized that Legal Aid was the place that I wanted to be. During that summer, I saw that there was an incredible need for talented attorneys who cared about the low income population and their legal needs. I continued to pursue internships with Legal Aid organizations throughout law school and became more determined to be a Legal Aid attorney.