Melinda Cooperman, Academic Director (Law Institute I)
Melinda Cooperman is returning for her third summer as Program Director for the Summer Law Institute I program.
Melinda is Associate Director of the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project, and member of the adjunct faculty, at American University Washington College of Law. She oversees the program’s efforts in DC public high schools, supervises the 36 Marshall-Brennan Fellows in their classroom work, and teaches a seminar in advanced constitutional law.
Melinda is a passionate advocate for justice and dignity for the most marginalized members of our society. Melinda is a proud graduate of the City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law, where she was a Haywood Burns Fellow in Civil and Human Rights. Prior to working at Washington College of Law, Melinda was a Clinical Teaching Fellow at Georgetown University Law Center’s Street Law Clinic and concurrently earned an LLM. While at the Street Law Clinic Melinda, and her colleagues, created an Innocence Project curriculum to teach students about the issue of wrongful convictions.
Melinda received a B.A. in Political Communication from The George Washington University. Before attending law school, Melinda served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in rural El Salvador where she worked to increase citizen participation in government program, directed a youth and family education program at a transitional homeless shelter in San Francisco, and worked with as a pension rights counselor at Legal Services of New York.
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