Laurie Ball Cooper

Laurie Ball Cooper is an adjunct professor teaching Gender, Cultural Difference, and International Human Rights. 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. 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. She has also served as a consultant on issues related to genderbased 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 violations.

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