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Emily Cooper

Legal Director | Disability Rights Oregon

Emily leads a team of eight attorneys and advocates who work to uphold the rights of Oregonians with disabilities. She spearheads DRO’s class-action litigation, including the lawsuit that we filed against the State for failing to create a safe foster care system that provides children the services they need to thrive, as well as our ongoing litigation to require the State step forward and ensure districts have the services needed for children with disabilities to attend a full day of school.

Previously, she served as a Senior Attorney at Disability Rights Washington since 2006. She was the lead attorney in a state case brought on behalf of inmates with disabilities waiting in jail for court ordered services and treatment resulting in an $85 million fine and settlement that mandated reforms. In addition to working on class-action litigation, Emily monitored facilities that serve people with disabilities, investigated abuse and neglect, and testified in front of the legislature.

Emily was also an Adjunct Law Professor at Seattle University School of Law from 2014 to 2017, served on the American Civil Liberties Union (“ACLU”) of Washington’s Board of Directors from 2011 to 2017, and served as the Director of Advocacy for the Washington Attorneys with Disabilities Association (“WADA”) from 2013 to 2016. Emily graduated from Seattle University School of Law in 2003.

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