Edward H. Cooper

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Edward Hayes Cooper[1] is the Thomas M. Cooley Professor of Law at the University of Michigan Law School.[2] He is a leading scholar of civil procedure and federal jurisdiction.[2][3] Cooper is among the most widely cited authorities in civil procedure.[4]


Cooper's hometown is Detroit, Michigan.[3] Cooper received his A.B. in economics from Dartmouth College and his LL.B. from Harvard Law School.[2][3] He was a law clerk to Judge Clifford Patrick O'Sullivan of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit before practicing law in Detroit.[2] He was admitted to practice in Michigan on January 5, 1965.[5]

Cooper's first teaching job was as an adjunct professor at Wayne State University in Detroit.[3] Following this, he was associate professor at the University of Minnesota Law School for five years before joining the Michigan Law school faculty in 1972.[2] He was named the Thomas M. Cooley Professor of Law in 1988.[2] His predecessor in the chair was John W. Reed.[3] At Michigan, Cooper teaches civil procedure and jurisdiction and choice of law, and other courses.[2] In the past, he also taught antitrust.[3]

Cooper is the co-author, with Charles Alan Wright and Arthur R. Miller, of the first, second, and third editions of Federal Practice & Procedure, the leading legal treatise on federal jurisdiction and procedure.[2] The first version of the treatise was published in 1975.[3]

Cooper served as a member of the Advisory Committee on Civil Rules of the Judicial Conference of the United States from 1991 to 1992, and has been reporter for that committee since 1992.[2][3] Cooper has been a member of the Council of the American Law Institute since 1988 and has served as adviser to the ALI Federal Judicial Code, International Jurisdiction and Judgments, and Transnational Procedure projects.[2][3]

Cooper is married, and he and his wife have two children and three grandchildren.[3]


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