George Cooper is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of the Harvard Law School and was a Professor of Law at Columbia University from 1966 to 1985, where he specialized in Taxation and Civil Rights Law. Mr. Cooper was a co-founder of the Employment Rights and Immigration Law Clinics at Columbia. He was active in the civil rights movement in the 1960's and 1970's, working on race and sex discrimination cases both in the South and in New York. He spent 1979 in South Africa, where he helped establish the Legal Resources Centre, an anti-apartheid legal aid program.
Mr. Cooper is the author of numerous articles in the Columbia and Harvard Law Reviews and other legal journals. Among his other publications are A Voluntary Tax? (1979) and Taking Wealth Taxation Seriously (1979). He was co-author and supervising editor of the textbooks Law and Poverty (1973) and Fair Employment Litigation (1975). A wanderer at heart, Mr. Cooper holds a Certificate in Celestial Navigation from the Hayden Planetarium and has navigated small boats on big oceans.
For several years he turned to writing about historic true crimes for a general audience, researching archives and court records.
For the last few years he has devoted himself to the Tropic Cinema, a non-profit four-screen arts cinema in Key West, Florida, which he served as founding Chairman, Treasurer and general overseer. He is now working on a new book.. Mr. Cooper lives in Key West with his wife.