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. He has published Lost Love: A True Story of Passion, Murder, and Justice in Old New York, and Poison Widows: A True Story of Witchcraft, Arsenic, and Murder.
For the last twenty years he has devoted himself to non-profit arts projects. He was deeply involved in establishing the Tropic Cinema, a four-screen arts cinema in Key West, Florida, for which he served as founding Chairman, Treasurer and general overseer. In 2016, with his wife Judy Blume, he helped found Books&Books at The Studios, an independent bookstore housed in an arts complex in Key West's historic Old Town. He spends most of his time working at the store, but hopes to return to writing in the near future. Mr. Cooper lives in Key West with his wife.
Contact him at email@example.com.