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Brenda Cooke

New York City Department of Correction
Executive Agency Counsel for Special Projects & Government Affairs
New York, NY, USA

Brenda Cooke is Executive Agency Counsel for Special Projects & Government Affairs at the New York City Department of Correction.  In this capacity she is responsible for legal activity concerning significant policy or financial consequences, including litigating complex and significant cases; drafting important legislation, rules and policy statements on behalf of the agency; preparing and issuing policies and procedures; planning, directing and supervising staff in disciplinary investigations and litigation; and providing direction and advice on matters of legal strategy.  Previously, Ms. Cooke was Senior Counsel in the Special Federal Litigation Division of the New York City Law Department and spent four years litigating complex and significant Section 1983 civil rights cases brought against the City, including the trial in Floyd v. City of New York, which challenged the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk practices.  Prior to City service, Ms. Cooke was an Associate at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP, in the White Collar Criminal Defense and Securities Enforcement practice areas.  Upon graduation from law school Ms. Cooke clerked for the Honorable Robert C. Chambers, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia.

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