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Tanya Asim Cooper - Pepperdine Law Faculty

Tanya Asim Cooper, LL.M.

Director, 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

Faculty Support Services: (310) 506-4676

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

Professor Cooper's research focuses on domestic violence in the Christian Church. Together with her research partner, Dr. Roslyn M. Satchel (Seaver College, Pepperdine University), Professor Cooper received a $9,000 grant from Pepperdine's Community-Based Research Program, and a $40,000 grant from Pepperdine's Cross-School Collaborative Research Program towards their project, Domestic Violence in the American Christian Church: Current Trends & Effective Resources.

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 has also taught at the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law, where she 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 engaged in systems change and community organizing to improve DC's child welfare system.

Before teaching, Professor Cooper served as a staff attorney at DC's Children's Law Center for five years. 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 in DC & Alabama.

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 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.

Professor Cooper serves as editor of the Clinical Legal Education Association newsletter and is a contributing editor for the Clinical Law Prof Blog.

Professor Cooper is an active member of the California and DC bars, and was a member of the Alabama State Bar from 2013-2015. She is married to Stephen Alexander Cooper, a lawyer and writer.

Areas of Expertise

  • 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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