Bo Cooper

Bo is a partner in the Fragomen Worldwide’s Washington, DC office, and leads the firm's government strategies and compliance group. He provides strategic business immigration advice to a variety of clients, including companies, advocacy coalitions, hospitals, research institutions, schools, and universities. He advises clients on strategies for solving problems at the policy level and is an expert on the legislative, regulatory and policymaking process.

Before entering private practice, Mr. Cooper served as general counsel of the US Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) from 1999 until February 2003, when he was responsible for the transition of immigration services to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). As general counsel, he directed a legal programme of 700 attorneys in 56 offices around the nation, and he advised the commissioner of the INS, the attorney general of the United States, the White House, other executive branch agencies, and the US Congress on all aspects of US immigration law.

He was principal legal adviser to the INS during two administrations, at a time when immigration ranked among the most sensitive issues on the national public policy agenda. Bo was involved in negotiating immigration-related agreements between the US and other governments, and has acted as a US delegate to international organizations.

Bo has written and lectured extensively, and teaches immigration, asylum and refugee law, immigration and national security, and immigration enforcement courses. He has served as an adjunct professor and fellow in law and government at the Washington College of Law at American University; as a public interest fellow at the University of Michigan Law School; and as an member of the adjunct faculty at the Georgetown Law Center.

Professor Cooper received his BA from Tulane University and his JD, cum laude, from the Tulane University School of Law.

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