Laurie Ball Cooper

Senior Staff Attorney

Laurie Ball Cooper is a Senior Staff Attorney in the Housing Law Unit. Laurie represents clients in landlord-tenant matters in D.C. Superior Court. She also litigates housing law claims before administrative bodies, such as the D.C. Housing Authority and the Office of Administrative Hearings. Laurie is fluent in Spanish and Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian. In addition to her duties at Legal Aid, Laurie is an adjunct professor of law at George Mason University, where she teaches Refugee and Asylum Law, and at American University’s Washington College of Law, where she teaches Gender, Cultural Difference, and International Human Rights.

Prior to joining Legal Aid in September 2013, Laurie was a Skadden Fellow at the Tahirih Justice Center, where she worked as an immigration attorney and focused primarily on human trafficking cases. Immediately prior to her fellowship, Laurie served as a law clerk to the Honorable M. Margaret McKeown on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Laurie graduated with a B.A., with highest distinction, from Duke University. Laurie completed a dual degree program, receiving her J.D. from Yale Law School and an M.P.A. from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. At Yale, Laurie participated in the Immigration Legal Services and Domestic Violence clinics and was a student supervisor in the Immigration Legal Services Clinic. She received the Charles S. Albom Prize for Excellence in Appellate Advocacy in Connection with a Clinic. Before law school, Laurie worked in Bosnia and Herzegovina with the Mozaik Community Development Foundation, a local non-profit.

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J.D., Yale Law School
M.P.A., Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School
B.A.with highest distinction, Duke University


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