Judge Samantha Ruiz-Cohen is a judge of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court in Florida. She was elected to this court on August 24, 2010, and was officially sworn in to office in C2011#February 2011. She was re-elected to a new six-year term in 2016.
Ruiz-Cohen was born in New York City, but raised in Miami. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Miami in 1988. She received her J.D. degree from Hofstra University and was admitted to the Bar in 1992.
Ruiz-Cohen began her legal career working in the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office, where she became a Division Chief, supervisor and Office Training Director. She has also taught as an adjunct professor at Florida International University.
Florida’s 20 circuit courts all had seats up for election in 2016. Of the 151 seats up for election, 125 saw only one candidate file for the election. The unopposed races were canceled, and the sole candidates were automatically elected. Of the 26 opposed races, only 10 saw more than two candidates file.
Cohen won the election in the 2010 primary, receiving 70% of the vote. She then ran unopposed and was elected in the general election on November 2nd.