Legal Aid Society Honors Professor Cooper
MARCH 17, 2008 — Laura Cooper, University of Minnesota law professor, will be honored at the 27th Annual Law Day Testimonial Dinner on May 1, 2008, at the Minneapolis Marriot City Center.
The event is co-sponsored by the Fund for the Legal Aid Society, which raises money to support the work of the Legal Aid Society of Minneapolis in providing free civil legal services to poor, disadvantaged, and disabled persons in the Twin Cities area and beyond, and the Hennepin County Bar Association.
Cooper has worked with Mid-Minnesota Legal Assistance (MMLA), the umbrella organization for Legal Aid components as well as Central Minnesota Legal Services and the Fund for the Legal Aid Society, for nearly 30 years. She served as president and was a member of the board of the Legal Aid Society for 24 years.
“She has been probably the best example over many years of what a law professor can do to help poor people,” said Jeremy Lane, executive director of MMLA. This event is held each year to present honorees as an example to their peers and to thank them for helping make the world a better place, according to Lane.
Cooper’s public service has also included a decade enforcing a consent decree for equal opportunity for women faculty at the University of Minnesota, participation in gender-fairness studies of state and federal courts, and membership on various other boards.
She is currently the J. Stewart and Mario Thomas McClendon Professor in Law and Alternative Dispute Resolution at the Law School. In recognition of her leadership in the field, she was elected a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers in 2006.