Tanya Asim Cooper
Tanya Asim Cooper (she/her) serves as Director of the Restoration and Justice Clinic and Associate Clinical Professor of Law.
Professor Cooper's research focuses on intimate partner violence in the Christian Church, and she earned several grants from Pepperdine's Community-Based Research Program and Cross-School Collaborative Research Programs to study this problem and train local churches. In 2017, Professor Cooper convened an interdisciplinary conference, In Search of Sanctuary: Strengthening the Church's Response to Intimate Partner Violence. In 2018, Professor Cooper received a fellowship to attend the Summer Research Institute at Harris Manchester College in the University of Oxford.
Previously, Professor Cooper taught at the University of Alabama School of Law, where she directed the Domestic Violence Law Clinic. While in Alabama, she chaired a county-wide domestic violence task force, responsible for coordinating local domestic violence agencies, shelters, courts and law enforcement, and providing holistic services to victims.
Professor Cooper also previously taught at the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law, where she directed a parent representation litigation clinic. Professor Cooper helped reunify families and engaged in systems change and community organizing to improve DC's child abuse and neglect system.
Before teaching, Professor Cooper practiced at DC’s Children's Law Center in Washington, DC. She represented indigent children in abuse, neglect, adoption, guardianship, and custody cases; parents in special education, custody, housing and public benefits cases; child witnesses in civil and criminal child abuse cases; and she advocated for neglected children in juvenile delinquency and special education matters. She is a certified child welfare law specialist.
Professor Cooper's scholarship addresses: sexual 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 legal scholars, students, and practitioners as well as the California legislature, the National Crime Victim Law Institute, and the ABA Criminal Justice Section. Excerpts of her articles have been reprinted in the casebook, Children and the Law: Doctrine, Policy and Practice (6th ed.), and on websites, including Race, Racism and the Law. Her articles on clinical teaching have appeared on the Clinical Law Prof Blog.
Professor Cooper serves on the Pepperdine University Diversity Council and the Caruso School of Law's Council for Diversity and Inclusion. From 2012-2019, she served as editor of the Clinical Legal Education Association (CLEA) newsletter. In 2023, she was elected to the CLEA Board of Directors to serve a three year term.
Professor Cooper is an active member of the California bar, and she is also licensed to practice in Washington, DC and Alabama. She is married to Stephen Alexander Cooper, a lawyer and writer.
- 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
- Tanya Asim Cooper, #SororityToo, 2020 MICH. ST. L. REV. 355 (2020) SSRN
- Tanya Asim Cooper, Racial Bias in American Foster Care: The National Debate, 97 MARQ. L. REV. 215 (2013) SSRNHeinOnline
- Tanya Asim Cooper, Corbis & Copyright? Is Bill Gates Trying to Corner the Market on Public Domain Art?, 16 INTELL. PROP. L. BULL. 1 (2011) SSRNHeinOnline
- Tanya Asim Cooper, Sacrificing the Child to Convict the Defendant: Secondary Traumatization of Child Witnesses by Prosecutors, their Inherent Conflict of Interest, and the Need for Child Witness Counsel, 9 CARDOZO PUB. L. POL'Y & ETHICS J. 239 (2011) SSRNHeinOnline
- Tanya Asim Cooper, Race is Evidence of Parenting in America: Another Civil Rights Story, in CIVIL RIGHTS IN AMERICAN LAW, HISTORY, AND POLITICS (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2014) SSRN
- Tanya Asim Cooper, The Clinic Effect, CLINICAL LAW PROF BLOG, May 13, 2015
- Tanya Asim Cooper, Implicit Bias, A Listserv Discussion & Compilation of Resources, CLINICAL LAW PROF BLOG, Oct. 29, 2014
- Tanya Asim Cooper, For Clinicians, "Happiness Is the Truth", CLINICAL LAW PROF BLOG, Aug. 12, 2014
- Tanya Asim Cooper, Practicing Race Theory, CLINICAL LAW PROF BLOG, Apr. 28, 2014
- Tanya Asim Cooper, #SororityToo: Breaking the Code of Silence about Relationship Violence in Collegiate Greek Life, 11th Feminist Legal Theory Conference: Applied Feminism and #MeToo at the University of Baltimore School of Law, April 12, 2019.
- Tanya Asim Cooper, Does the Bible Justify Intimate Partner Violence?, Rise UP Against Abuse Rally and Conference at Andrews University, March 8, 2019.
- Tanya Asim Cooper, Closing Plenary Session of the Southern Clinical Conference, University of South Carolina, Oct. 20, 2018.
- Tanya Asim Cooper, #SororityToo: Breaking the Code of Silence about Relationship Violence in Collegiate Greek Life, Clinical Law Review Workshop at New York University School of Law, Sept. 22, 2018.
- Tanya Asim Cooper, Quoted in article, Former UA Player's Arrest Highlights Domestic Violence Trends on College Campuses, Fox 6 WRBC Interview, Tuscaloosa, Apr. 13, 2015
- Tanya Asim Cooper, Quoted in article, One Love Raises Awareness for Domestic Violence, THE CRIMSON WHITE, Jan. 11, 2015
- Tanya Asim Cooper, Quoted in article, "Love Does Not Hurt": Alabama First Lady Speaks on Domestic Violence at University of Alabama, AL.com, Tuscaloosa, Nov. 11, 2014
- Clinical Law
- Critical Studies
- Gender Violence