Caroline Cooper

Caroline Cooper is Director of the Justice Programs Office of the School of Public Affairs at American University in Washington D.C. and a Research Faculty member of the School of Public Affairs. She is a graduate of Smith College, Howard University (M.A.) and the Washington College of Law at American University. For a number of years, she has been involved with the provision of technical assistance, evaluation, and training services to courts and other adjudication system agencies engaged in judicial improvement efforts.  She has also been a practicing attorney, an assistant public defender, and has written numerous publications addressing a variety of judicial system issues relating to the management of criminal, civil, juvenile and family matters.  Her most recent publications and presentations have addressed topics relating to drug courts, civil and criminal differentiated case management, indigent defense services and COOP planning, and include: the multi volume reports of the 1997 and 2000 National Drug Court Surveys; Compilation of Drug Court-Related Case Law (2011 and currently being updated); Drug Case Management and Treatment Intervention Strategies in the State and Local Courts; BJA Differentiated Case Management Program Brief; and Guidebook for Implementing a Differentiated Case Management System and Establishing Drug Treatment Courts: Strategies, Experiences and Preliminary Outcomes (international experience), prepared for the OAS-EU Conference of Mayors, Lugo, Spain (2010). Ms. Cooper has also worked with foreign governments to institute judicial improvement programs, including the Supreme Court of Ireland, the Public Defender of Israel, the Buenos Aires Magistrates Council, and the National Public Defender of Chile. She is the Director of the U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) Drug Court Clearinghouse/Technical Assistance Project and served as Associate Director of the BJA Criminal Courts Technical Assistance Project, both operating at American University. Among the many recognitions Ms. Cooper has received, she was selected as a recipient of the 2015 National Center for State Courts Distinguished Service Award, and, previously, the Stanley Goldstein Hall of Fame Award from the National Association of Drug Court Professionals.

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