Felice Cohn was one of Nevada’s first women lawyers and the fourth woman permitted to argue before the US Supreme Court. Cohn was admitted to the Nevada Bar in 1902, at age eighteen, and was admitted to the Supreme Court Bar in 1916. She served as court reporter for Ormsby County for eight years and spent brief periods as assistant US attorney in Carson City and special sales agent for the US Land Office, overseeing land sales and mineral claims between the US government and major railroads, resulting in 100,000 acres being returned to the government. As president of the Non-Militant Suffrage Association, she wrote the 1914 amendment for suffrage adopted by the Nevada legislature. In 1922, she entered private practice, handling thousands of divorce cases in five states. She also led a number of charitable and professional organizations, including vice president of the American Bar Association in Nevada from 1930–1931, vice president of the National Association of Women Lawyers, and president of B’nai B’rith, among others. Beginning in 1925, she served on the board of the American Red Cross, and was chair of their home service committee for fifteen years.
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Jewish Women's Archive. "Felice Cohn." (Viewed on July 30, 2014) <http://jwa.org/people/cohn-felice>.