Corinne Cooper

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Corinne 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. In 1988, she studied finance in the MBA program at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. After graduation from law school, she practiced 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. In 1993, Professor Cooper began to focus on the realm of professional communication and formed her consulting firm, Professional PresenceĀ®. She has presented to professional firms and organizations throughout the United States, and consulted extensively on communication issues with law firms, law schools, and bar associations. She is the author of HOW TO BUILD A LAW FIRM BRAND (ABA 2005). She is the author or editor of many articles and publications. Her most recent scholarly work is ATTORNEY LIABILITY IN BANKRUPTCY (ABA 2006). 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. She is the author of two monographs on the use of graphics to teach law. Most 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. She is the creator of the series, RESOURCES FOR LAWYERS IN SPANISH, for ABA Publishing, and the editor of the book, LETTERS FOR SPANISH-SPEAKING CLIENTS (ABA forthcoming). Professor Cooper has served on the Councils of both the ABA Section of Business Law and the ABA GP-Solo Division. She has served on the boards of both ABA CLE and ALI-ABA. She also served on the editorial board of the ABA Journal, and as editor of Business Law Today. You can contact Professor Cooper at


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