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Holly S. Cooper

Holly S. Cooper

UC Davis School of Law

Davis, CA, USA


Holly Cooper, Co-director of the Immigration Law Clinic, has extensive litigation experience defending the rights of immigrants and is a nationally recognized expert on immigration detention issues and on the immigration consequences of criminal convictions.

Cooper is a graduate of UC Davis School of Law, where she was on the Board of the King Hall Legal Foundation and an active member of the National Lawyers Guild. She received her B.A. degree in Political Science from the University of California, San Diego. As an undergraduate, she also studied Political Science and Economics at the University of Padua in Italy. She speaks, reads and writes in both Spanish and Italian.

After law school, Cooper worked for Reed Smith LLP (formerly Crosby, Heafey Roach & May LLP), The Law Offices of Fellom & Solorio, and the Florence Immigrant & Refugee Rights Project. As the Senior Staff Attorney at the Florence Project, Cooper initiated the Detained Immigrant Children’s Rights Project, provided representation and pro se assistance for adult detainees, and mentored pro bono attorneys. She currently serves on the UC Haiti Initiative’s Steering Committee and is on the Advisory Board for the Gifford Center for Population Studies.

Cooper joined the School of Law faculty in 2006. In the Immigration Law Clinic, she focuses on advocating for the rights of detained immigrants. In 2011, she was the recipient of the King Hall Legal Foundation’s Outstanding Alumni Award and the Carol Weiss King award from the National Lawyers Guild.

Cooper also trains lawyers on a national level and regularly speaks at academic conferences. She provides expert legal advice to public defenders and was the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s Liaison to the Office of the Chief Immigration Judge for two years. In the international domain, Cooper has worked on human rights issues in Haiti and has volunteered on multiple human rights delegations to Haiti since the earthquake.

Holly S. Cooper is associated with the following items:
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Challenging Immigration Detention with Habeas Petitions – A Basic Overview, Thursday, February 02, 2017
What Are My Arguments? – Common Challenges to Detention Through Habeas and Possible Hurdles - What Are My Arguments? – Common Challenges to Detention Through Habeas and Possible Hurdles , Friday, March 03, 2017
When Can I File a Habeas? – Overview of Immigration Custody Regimes and Corresponding Habeas Opportunities - When Can I File a Habeas? – Overview of Immigration Custody Regimes and Corresponding Habeas Opportunities, Friday, March 03, 2017
Ethical Considerations for Attorneys Representing Detained Immigrants, Monday, July 31, 2017
Audio Only On-Demand Web  Audio Only On-Demand Web Challenging Immigration Detention with Habeas Petitions – A Basic Overview - Challenging Immigration Detention with Habeas Petitions – A Basic Overview, Thursday, February 02, 2017
Transcripts  Transcripts Challenging Immigration Detention with Habeas Petitions – A Basic Overview - Challenging Immigration Detention with Habeas Petitions – A Basic Overview, Thursday, February 02, 2017
What Are My Arguments? – Common Challenges to Detention Through Habeas and Possible Hurdles - What Are My Arguments? – Common Challenges to Detention Through Habeas and Possible Hurdles , Friday, March 03, 2017
When Can I File a Habeas? – Overview of Immigration Custody Regimes and Corresponding Habeas Opportunities - When Can I File a Habeas? – Overview of Immigration Custody Regimes and Corresponding Habeas Opportunities, Friday, March 03, 2017
Web Segment  Web Segment What Are My Arguments? – Common Challenges to Detention Through Habeas and Possible Hurdles - Habeas Petitions for Detained Immigrants, Friday, March 03, 2017
When Can I File a Habeas? – Overview of Immigration Custody Regimes and Corresponding Habeas Opportunities - Habeas Petitions for Detained Immigrants, Friday, March 03, 2017
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg When Can I File a Habeas? – Overview of Immigration Custody Regimes and Corresponding Habeas Opportunities - When Can I File a Habeas? – Overview of Immigration Custody Regimes and Corresponding Habeas Opportunities, Friday, March 03, 2017
What Are My Arguments? – Common Challenges to Detention Through Habeas and Possible Hurdles - What Are My Arguments? – Common Challenges to Detention Through Habeas and Possible Hurdles , Friday, March 03, 2017
Ethical Considerations for Attorneys Representing Detained Immigrants, Monday, July 31, 2017
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs Habeas Petitions for Detained Immigrants, Monday, March 06, 2017, San Francisco, CA
Ethical Considerations for Attorneys Representing Detained Immigrants, Thursday, August 03, 2017, San Francisco, CA
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