Ceremony to honor late U.S. District judge

The family of the late U.S. District Court Judge Julian Abele Cook Jr. has arranged a remembrance celebration of his life on June 23 at the Theodore Levin U.S. Courthouse in Detroit.

The event will be held at 3:30 p.m. in Courtroom 716 – the same courtroom Cook occupied before he retired from the court in 2014 after four decades on the bench and seven years as chief judge. Cook died May 16, 2017, at his home in Silver Spring, Md.

In a related development, the family has finalized plans to create a scholarship in Cook’s memory with Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and invited potential donors to help endow the scholarship. The scholarship will be awarded to students who demonstrate a financial need and whose background or experience will allow them to contribute to the diversity, enrichment and advancement of the Georgetown University Law Center and its community.

Donations may be made by check or online following the instructions:

• By phone—Call the Georgetown University Office of Development at 202-662-9500 and inquire about contributing to the Julian Abele Cook, Jr. Endowed Opportunity Scholarship Fund.

• By check—Make check payable to Georgetown University and indicate on the memo line that the contribution is for the Julian Abele Cook, Jr. Endowed Opportunity Scholarship Fund. Mail the check to Georgetown Law Office of Advancement, 600 New Jersey Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20001.

• Online—Go to www.law.georgetown.edu/makeagift and look for the shaded blue “Direct Your Gift” section. On the “Other Designation” line, enter “Julian Abele Cook, Jr. Endowed Opportunity Scholarship Fund” and enter the amount of the contribution. Then, fill out the billing information. For assistance, call 800-424-2795.

• Questions—Leave your name and contact information at the family’s website, www.jacookjr.com.

Cook, the great-great-grandson of a slave, grew up in Washington, D.C., and received his bachelor’s degree from Pennsylvania State University in 1952. He received a law degree from Georgetown University School of Law (now the Law Center) in 1958 followed by a Master of Laws degree from University of Virginia School of Law in 1988.

After law school, Cook served as a law clerk for then-Oakland County Probate Court Judge Arthur E. Moore. Later, Cook practiced law, served as a special Michigan assistant attorney general, chairman of the Michigan Civil Rights Commission (1968–1971) and as an adjunct law professor at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law (1971–1978).

President Jimmy Carter appointed him to the U.S. District Court bench in 1978. He served as chief judge from 1989–1996.

Besides his three children, Cook is survived by his wife of 60 years, Carol Dibble Cook.

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