Judge Jia M. Cobb, District of Columbia U.S. District Court

Judge Jia M. Cobb

District of Columbia U.S. District Court

Jia Michelle Cob was born in 1980 in Springfield, Ohio. She earned an undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and received her Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School.  She clerked at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. 

She worked as a trial attorney for the District of Columbia Public Defender Service. She also taught law at the Washington College of Law and Harvard Law School.  She was in private practice for nine years. 

Cobb served as an elected member of the District of Columbia Bar’s Criminal Law and Individual Rights Section Screening Committee. 

She was nominated by President Joe Biden to serve as a district judge for the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. She was confirmed by the Senate after a cloture vote and received her commission in November 2021. 

In the News…

The federal district court for the District of Columbia reversed a rule from the previous administration that had prevented the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) from requiring that service providers in the federal grant program not discriminate based on sexual orientation, gender identity, or other characteristics. 

The ruling stems from a lawsuit filed by a nonprofit group and others on behalf of plaintiffs that included foster care and youth homelessness organizations. The rule that is being reversed had allowed entities like faith-based foster groups receiving HHS grant money to receive waivers for administration provisions protecting same-sex or non-Christian couples. Last year, the HHS department reversed the waiver policy. 

Judge Jia M. Cobb of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has formally closed the case ruling that denying access to HHS-funded programs violated important procedural safeguards. 

Contact this Leader…

Did you pray for Judge Cobb today? You can let her know at:

The Honorable Jia M. Cobb 
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia 
E. Barrett Prettyman U.S. Courthouse 
333 Constitution Avenue, NW 
Washington, D.C. 20001 


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