Laurie Ball Cooper



Laurie Ball Cooper is an adjunct professor teaching Gender, Cultural Difference, and International Human Rights in the Spring of 2014. Ms. Ball Cooper is a staff attorney at the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia, where she represents clients in landlord-tenant matters in D.C. Superior Court and litigates housing law claims before administrative bodies, such as the D.C. Housing Authority and the Office of Administrative Hearings. In addition, Ms. Ball Cooper is an adjunct professor at George Mason School of Law, where she teaches refugee and asylum law. Previously, Ms. Ball Cooper served as a Skadden Fellow at the Tahirih Justice Center in Falls Church, Virginia, where she represented survivors of gender-based violence in immigration matters. Ms. Ball Cooper has also served as a consultant on issues related to gender-based violence for the Nike Foundation and the International Rescue Committee. She recently co-authored, with Betsy Levy Paluck and Erin K. Fletcher, a chapter on reducing gender-based violence in The SAGE Handbook on Gender and Psychology (2013). Ms. Ball Cooper clerked for the Hon. M. Margaret McKeown on the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and graduated with dual degrees from the Yale Law School and the Woodrow Wilson School of International and Public Affairs at Princeton University. She completed her undergraduate degree at Duke University, and has completed field work related to community development and community recovery from political violence and human rights abuses in both Chile and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Ms. Ball Cooper is fluent in Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian and Spanish. She is admitted to practice law in California and before the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Her application for admission to the D.C. Bar is pending.