Ann Cooper graduated from Michigan State University, Byrn Mawr College, and the University of Michigan Law School. She was a Fulbright Scholar in France. She is a member of local, state and federal bar associations and the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan. She has practiced in Michigan courts and in the eastern and western districts of Michigan's federal courts. Ms. Cooper served on the United States 6th Circuit Judicial Merit Selection Panel in 1998.
Ms. Cooper was a member of the Michigan Supreme Court Task Force on Gender Issues in the Courts, the State Bar's Open Justice Commission, and the Equal Access Initiative of the State Bar. She was a member of the Grand Rapids Community Relations Commission and a Trustee and Board Chair of the Grand Rapids Foundation.
Ms. Cooper continues to work in civics education programs for Grand Rapids high school students and on diversity and inclusion issues in the Grand Rapids Bar Association.
Honors and Awards
Ms. Cooper has received the Michigan State Bar's Champion of Justice Award, 2002, and the Civil Rights Award, 1998, from the Grand Rapids Community Relations Commission. She has been honored by the Grand Rapids Bar Association and its Young Lawyers Section. She continues to work in jury system education for Michigan students and on diversity issues in state and local bar associations.
In May 2015, Ms. Cooper received the President’s Award from the Grand Rapids Bar Association. The President's Award is given annually to recognize special contributors and unique service to a Grand Rapids Bar Association member in service and on behalf of the Grand Rapids Bar Association. It signifies unusual and extraordinary help and assistance that has been given generously and in the spirit of self-service.
Ms. Cooper authored "The Plaintiff's Discrimination Action in Michigan Circuit Courts," Michigan Wrongful Discharge and Employment Discrimination Law, Second Edition, Institute of Continuing Legal Education, 1994.