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Tanya Asim Cooper - Pepperdine Law Faculty

Tanya Asim Cooper, LL.M.

Director of the Restoration and Justice Clinic
Assistant Clinical Professor of Law

E-mail: tanya.cooper@pepperdine.edu

Pepperdine School of Law
24255 Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, CA 90263

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Tanya Asim Cooper serves as Director of the Restoration and Justice Clinic and Assistant Clinical Professor of Law at Pepperdine University School of Law.

In Alabama, Professor Cooper directed the Domestic Violence Law Clinic and also chaired a county-wide domestic violence task force, which coordinated the efforts of local domestic violence agencies, shelters, courts and law enforcement to provide holistic services to victims and the community. In the District of Columbia, she taught and supervised student attorneys in a wide variety of family law cases before administrative, trial, and appellate courts. Together with her law students and colleagues, Professor Cooper helped reunify families and participated in systemic reform and community organizing to improve parents' experiences in D.C.'s child welfare system.

Prior to teaching, Professor Cooper was a staff attorney at DC's Children's Law Center for five years. She represented indigent children in abuse and neglect, adoption, guardianship, and custody cases; parents in special education, custody, housing and public benefits cases; child witness in civil and criminal child abuse cases; and she advocated for neglected children in juvenile delinquency and special education matters.

Professor Cooper's scholarship addresses domestic violence in collegiate Greek life, child victim-witness testimony, copyright and art law, and racial bias in American foster care. Her research has been cited by scholars, law students, and practitioners as well as the California State Legislature, the National Crime Victim Law Institute, and the ABA Criminal Justice Section. She also edits the newsletter of the Clinical Legal Education Association and serves as a contributing editor for the Clinical Law Prof Blog.

Tanya Asim Cooper is a member of the California, District of Columbia, and Alabama bars. She is married to Stephen Alexander Cooper, a criminal defense lawyer and writer.

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  • Family Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • Clinical Law 


  • LL.M., University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law, 2012
  • J.D., American University Washington College of Law, 2002
  • M.A., Boston University, 1997
  • B.A., Boston University, 1996

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