Elizabeth Cooper

Fordham Law Professor Elizabeth Cooper

Professor of Law; Faculty Director, Feerick Center for Social Justice

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Office: Room 9-107 (150 West 62nd Street, Ninth Floor)

Areas of Expertise: Legislation, Poverty Law/Social Welfare

    • Root-Tilden Scholar and Articles Editor, Annual Survey of American Law (1987-88)
    • Law Clerk, Hon. Anne E. Thompson, United States District Court (1988-90)
    • Skadden Fellow / Staff Counsel, ACLU AIDS Project in New York City (1990-92)
    • Gibbons Fellow in Public Interest and Constitutional Law, Gibbons, Del Deo, Dolan, Griffinger and Vecchione (Newark NJ, 1992-94); Adjunct Clinical Professor in Constitutional Litigation Clinic at Rutgers University School of Law (Newark, 1992-94) 
    • Clinical Instructor, Federal Litigation Clinic, Brooklyn Law School (1994-95)
    • AALS, Section on Litigation, Chair
    • Principal subjects: Legislative and Policy Advocacy Clinic; Fundamental Lawyering Skills


    • New York University, JD, 1988
    • University of Pennsylvania, BA, 1983
  • Representative Publications

    • The Power of Dignity, 84 Fordham L. Rev. 3 (2015) (written symposium on the impact of Obergefell v. Hodges, 135 S. Ct. 2584 (2015)).
    • Stories: The Case for Structured Rounds, in Theory and Practice in Clinical Pedagogy (Bryant et al. eds., 2014).
    • Co-Reporter (with Hunter Carter) New York State Bar Association Special Committee on LGBT People and the Law, Report and Recommendation on Marriage Rights for Same Sex Couples (May 2009)
    • "Introduction: Forty Years of Loving: Confronting Issues of Race, Sexuality, and the Family in the Twenty-First Century", 76 Fordham Law Review 2669 (2008) (with R.A. Lenhardt, Sheila Foster & Sonia Katyal)
    • Global Collaboration in Law Schools: Lessons to Learn, 30 Fordham Int'l L.J. 346 (2007)
    • "Who Needs Marriage?: Equality and the Role of the State." (Decisions and Families: A Symposium on Polygamy, Same-Sex Marriage, and Medical Decision Making), 8 Journal of Law & Family Studies 325 (2006)
    • Reporter, New York State Bar Association, Report and Recommendations of the Special Committee to Study Issues Affecting Same-Sex Couples (October 2004)
    • Social Risk and the Transformation of Public Health Law: Lessons from the Plague Years, 86 Iowa L. Rev. 871 (2001)
    • Testing for Genetic Traits: The Need for a New Legal Doctrine of Informed Consent, 58 Maryland L. Rev. 346 (1999)
    • I Diritti Spettanti ai Malati di AIDS ed ai Sieropositivi negli Stati Uniti: Una Valutazione Critica [The Legal Rights of People Living with HIV/AIDS in the United States: A Critical Assessment], in HIV/AIDS, Diritti E Responsabilita [HIV/AIDS, Rights and Responsibilities] (Elisabetta Simeoni ed. & Lorenza Crestoni trans., 1998).
    • Introduction (with Benjamin Zipursky), Urban Bioethics: A Symposium on Health Care, Poverty, Autonomy, Co-sponsored by the Urban Law Journal and the Stein Center on Ethics and Public Interest Law, 24 Urban L.J. 663 (1998).
    • Introduction, "Mandatory Testing of Pregnant Women and Newborns: HIV, Drug Use and Welfare Policy," Urban Bioethics: A Symposium on Health Care, Poverty, Autonomy, 24 Urban L.J. 719 (1998).
    • HIV Disease in Pregnancy -- Ethics, Law and Policy, 24 Obstetrics and Gynecology Clinics of North America, December 1997.
    • Why Mandatory HIV Testing of Pregnant Women and Newborns Must Fair: A Legal, Historical, and Public Policy Analysis, 3 Cardozo Women's Law Journal 13 (1996)
    • Historical and Analytic Overview of Policy Issues Affecting Women Living with AIDS: A Blueprint for Learning from Our Past, 72 Bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine 283 (Summer Supplement 1995).
    • Ethical, Legal and Policy Considerations (with Kathleen Powderly), in Primary Care of Women and Children with HIV Infection: A Multidisciplinary Approach (Patricia Kelly et al. eds., 1995).
    • HIV Exceptionalism, Or, Making Plague Pay, 133 N.J.L.J. 1192 (March 29, 1993).
    • When Being Ill is Illegal: Women and the Criminalization of HIV, Health/PAC Bulletin at 10 (Winter 1992).
    • HIV-Infected Parents and the Law: Issues of Custody, Visitation and Guardianship, AIDS Agenda (Nan D. Hunter & William B. Rubenstein eds., 1992).
    • AIDS Law: The Impact of AIDS on American Schools and Prisons, 1987 Ann. Surv. Am. L. (1987) 
  • Recent Courses

    • Policy and Legislative Advocacy: Civil Rights and Poverty Clinic
    • Social Justice Clinic
    • Fundamental Lawyering Skills
    • Institutional Reform Through The Courts
    • Civil Rights Clinic  & Seminar
    • Litigation Skills Clinic & Seminar
    • Critical Race Theory (segment on public health)
    • AIDS and the Law

Elizabeth Cooper Press Highlights

preLaw Magazine Ranks Fordham Law a Top School for Racial Justice, Tax Law, and Criminal Law

Bar Exam Policies On Menstruation Still Fall Short

Fordham Law Mourns the Loss of Beloved Professor Maria L. Marcus

Punishing Bar Exam Policies On Menstrual Products Must Go

How Amy Coney Barrett’s Views Affect Your Well-Being If She Makes It to the Supreme Court

Stop the Stigma Against Menstruation; Starting with the Bar Exam

LGBT Ruling Paves Way for Bathroom, Religious Battles at Work

Fordham Law Students Join the Fight for Period Equity

Fordham Law Review Online Publishes All-Woman Issue

New Tax, Poverty, and Justice Clinic Addresses Driver’s License Suspensions

LPA Clinic Advocates in Albany for Tax Debt Law Reforms

The Appearance of Professionalism

At Inaugural Women’s Leadership Institute, Women Speak Up

New York Fashion Week Models Finally Get Private Dressing Space

Not Just Any Cake

Bill Geared for Protecting Models Against Sexual Harassment Is Supported by Assemblywoman Nily Rozic

After Weinstein Scandal, a Plan to Protect Models

What It’s Truly Like to Be a Fashion Model

Leading the Way to Careers in Justice

Full Heart