Stuart (Stu) R. Cohen is senior vice president of Legal Advocacy for AARP Foundation. In this position, he leads a team of 13 litigators who advocate nationwide for the rights of people age 50 and older, addressing diverse legal issues that affect their daily lives and ensuring that they have a voice in the judicial system. The team provides support for cases involving employment discrimination; employee benefits; housing; consumer issues including financial fraud and utility issues; health and long term care; and public benefits.
Prior to coming to AARP in 1999, he spent 25 years providing civil legal services in New York, Maryland and New Jersey. He was executive director of Camden Regional Legal Services in New Jersey and chief of litigation of the Legal Aid Bureau in Maryland. He is a graduate of Wayne State University School of Law and Michigan State University. He serves on the governing board of the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law.