Cooper was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She received
her BA and JD degrees from the University of Arizona. She is a member
of Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, and the Order of the Coif.
graduation, she practiced with the firm of Streich, Lang in Phoenix,
Arizona, specializing in banking law. In 1982, she joined the faculty
of UMKC School of Law, and taught contracts and commercial law for
almost 20 years. She has been a visiting professor at the universities
of Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Arizona, Kansas, and Colorado. She was
elected to membership in the ALI in 1994. She was named a Professor
Emerita of Law in 2000.
1993, Professor Cooper began to focus on the realm of professional
communication, culminating in development of the multimedia
presentation, Professional Presence®. She has
presented to professional firms and organizations throughout the
United States. In 2000, she retired from teaching to focus on communication
consulting. In 2008, her work for Seton Hall School of Law won an Apex Award of Excellence for one-of-a-kind publications.
most recent communication book is How
to Build a Law Firm Brand (ABA 2005), an e-book, also incorporated
into How to Capture and Keep Clients,
a book from the ABA on marketing. She has also published
on communication for women (ABA
Cooper has devoted several years to the development of non-verbal
tools to teach law. She wrote two books on the subject: Getting
Graphic®, on the use of non-verbal tools to teach
commercial law, and Getting
Graphic2®, about the use of graphics to teach
law. She has a keen interest in adult learning theory and integrated
this subject into her teaching and scholarship.
Cooper was a member of the Board of Editors of the ABA Journal
from 1999 to 2005, and was instrumental in the redesign of that
publication. She is a member of the Council of the ABA General Practice
Division. She served three years on the Council of the ABA Section
of Business Law. She served two years as Editor of Business Law
Today, which she redesigned. In 1996, she received the Business
Law Section's Glasscutter Award. She served on the ABA Standing
Committee on Continuing Legal Education, and as founding chair of
the Women's Business Law Network. She was Business Law Section's
representative to the ABA Commission on Women.
most recent scholarly work is Attorney
Liability in Bankruptcy (ABA 2006), which focuses on attorney
liability under the new Bankruptcy Reform Act. A
widely-recognized work, "Letter
to a Young Law Student," is an anthropological study of
the first year of law school. Another narrative work, "The Madonnas
Play Tug-of-War with the Whores," explores the role of lobbyists
in the law reform movement.
of her academic scholarship has been devoted to the Uniform Commercial
Code, including The
New Article 9 (ABA 1999; 2d ed. 2000) and The
Portable UCC (ABA 2005), now in its 4th edition. Her chapter
on the scope of Article 2A of the UCC, published in Equipment Leasing
(Matthew Bender 1995), is the principal work in the field.
1988, she studied finance in the MBA program at the Wharton School
of the University of Pennsylvania. In 1990, she served as the Director
of Issues for the campaign of Terry Goddard for Governor of Arizona.
She retains a keen interest in politics, although she has retired
from her radio program, "The Week in Dispute." She is a registered
Cooper is the principal of Professional Presence®;
she is also the principal of Outlaw Online®.
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