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Davalene Cooper
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Areas of Expertise
  • Legal Services for the Poor
  • Restorative Justice
  • Remedies
  • Professional Responsibility (Lawyers)
  • Pro Bono Legal Services
  • Poverty Law
  • Mediation
  • Legal Writing
  • Legal Ethics
  • Lawyering Skills
  • Contracts
  • Attorney-Client Privilege

Davalene Cooper

Professor of Law


BA University of South Florida
MA Northern Illinois University
JD University of Kentucky College of Law

Professional Background

After teaching legal practice skills at Suffolk University Law School, Professor Cooper joined the New England Law faculty in 1994. She was previously a staff attorney at the Appalachian Research and Defense Fund of Kentucky, Inc., and an attorney fellow at the National Consumer Law Center. She is co-author of Mottla’s Proof of Cases in Massachusetts (vol. 3 Evidence,1995). Professor Cooper teaches Alternative Dispute Resolution, Criminal Law, Law and Ethics of Lawyering, and Restorative Justice. Her research interests include restorative justice, legal ethics, and professionalism.

Selected Publications

Thinking About Justice “Outside of the Box”: Could Restorative Justice Practices Create Justice for Victims of International Disasters?, 42 New England Law Review 693 (2008)

Does a Federal Indictment that Lacks an Element of the Charged Offense Require Automatic Reversal?, 34 Preview U.S. Sup. Ct. Cases 10 (2006)

Can the U.S. Prosecute Americans for Using Interstate Wires to Defraud the Canadian Government?, Preview of United States Supreme Court Cases 89–92 (2004)

The Ethical Rules Lack Ethics: Tort Liability When a Lawyer Fails to Warn a Third Party of a Client's Threat to Cause Serious Physical Harm or Death, 36 Idaho Law Review 479 (2000)

The Death of Common Sense: How Law is Suffocating America (Book Review), 29 Suffolk University Law Review 669 (1996)


Proof of Cases in Massachusetts (Two Volume Treatise) (2017)

Mottla’s Proof of Cases in Massachusetts - Evidence (2010)

Sourcebook on Legal Writing Programs (2006)

Proof of Cases in Massachusetts, Volume 3 - Evidence (1995)