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Joseph M. Cooper

Associate

Joseph Cooper
E-mail: jcooper@whelancorrente.com
Phone: (401) 270-0180

EDUCATION

  • Boston College Law School, J.D.
  • Boston College Lynch Graduate School of Education, M.Ed.
  • Boston College, B.A.

BAR MEMBERSHIPS

  • Massachusetts
  • Rhode Island
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island

Mr. Cooper’s practice is focused on education law, employment litigation, and labor law.  Mr. Cooper’s work in education law includes advising school districts, colleges, and universities on matters related to employee misconduct, special education disputes, due process complaints, and student disciplinary proceedings.  He regularly assists our education clients in drafting and implementing education and employment policies, compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act (IDEA) and Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), and enforcement of state and federal anti-discrimination laws such as Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Title IX.

In addition, Mr. Cooper has become an expert in both the Rhode Island Open Meetings Act (OMA) and the Rhode Island Access to Public Records Act (APRA).  He regularly guides our public sector clients through FOIA, OMA and APRA-related matters to ensure compliance with the statutes and to protect our clients’ interests.

Prior to starting at Whelan, Corrente, Flanders, Kinder & Siket, Mr. Cooper worked at the Massachusetts Department of Education’s General Counsel’s Office, where he focused on Department investigations involving educator misconduct.  While in law school, Mr. Cooper clerked at the Office of Legal Advisor to the Boston Public Schools and also earned a master’s degree in education from Boston College’s Lynch School of Education.

WORK EXPERIENCE

  • WHELAN, CORRENTE, FLANDERS, KINDER & SIKET LLP
    Associate (2014 – Present)
  • MA DEPARTMENT OF ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION
    Intern (2013 – 2014)
  • BOSTON COLLEGE JUVENILE RIGHTS ADVOCACY PROGRAM
    Student Attorney (2013)
  • OFFICE OF LEGAL ADVISOR TO BOSTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS
    Law Clerk (2012)
  • BOSTON COLLEGE LAW SCHOOL
    Research Assistant to Prof. Mary Ann Chirba (2011 – 2012)

 

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