News & Events: Student Profile: Jamie Cooperman (JD 18)

Jamie Cooperman (JD 18) - Editor in Chief, GGU Law Review

Editor in Chief, GGU Law Review

A first-hand experience with gender discrimination, halfway across the world, is what inspired Jamie Cooperman (JD 18) to pursue a career in law. She was a junior at UC Davis when she went to Jerusalem for a semester abroad. While there, she joined the feminist group Women of the Wall to pray at the Western Wall, which is the last remaining segment of the ancient Jewish Temple. The ultra-Orthodox group that controls the Wall does not allow women to pray there; however, for decades female activists have been holding services, which are often met with raucous protests from more conservative sects.

“Praying at the Wall was crazy; a total different experience,” says Cooperman. “People were throwing rocks and spitting at us because we were praying and not sitting quietly.”

Raised in a conservative Jewish family in San Fernando Valley, Cooperman had seen nothing like that before.

“I realized that a lot of people don’t have certain rights, especially like the ones that we have in the US,” says Cooperman. “I realized I wanted to go to law school to make a difference and work to establish more rights for other people, especially minorities.”

She chose GGU Law because “there is a huge emphasis on practical legal experience and I wanted to get real experience to see what difference I could make in people’s lives,” she says.

By all accounts, Cooperman has made the most out of her three years at GGU and has continued to fight against gender discrimination, including working with the Women’s Employment Rights Clinic (WERC) on a case to help workers gain wages they were due. Cooperman was part of a team that drafted a preliminary injunction, which was successfully granted.

“Jamie did excellent work in clinic, including counseling clients, drafting declarations, and conducting legal research,” said Anna Kirsch, Visiting Associate Professor and Staff Attorney. “She is a compassionate and zealous advocate, and it was clear she truly cared about the clients. Thanks to her hard work, 10 low-wage restaurant workers were able to secure their rights in the workplace.” ​

Cooperman also has an interest in family law and reproductive rights. She is publishing an article on international surrogacy contracts in the May edition of the GGULaw Review, of which she is the Editor in Chief. “I hope to enable women to have their right to be surrogates if they want and to give them protections in this process,” says Cooperman. “It’s an industry with a lot of room for abuse.”

This year her main focus has been on the Law Review. Cooperman oversees a staff of 20 students, edits the work of staff writers, and plans events, among other tasks. She spent more than 180 hours on the Law Review last semester but has no complaints. “I was able to see the student writers grow in their own writing and editing skills and I was able to do event planning and other things that I wouldn’t have expected to do,” she says.  “It’s been a lot of work but it’s been great.”

These days Cooperman is busy putting to bed the May edition of the Law Review, completing her coursework, preparing for the bar exam in July, and finding a job. How does she feel about nearing the end of law school?

“To be a part of this community is unique,” she says. “Leaving will be bittersweet but I have strong connections and know I can keep them going.”