Laurie Ball Cooper

Laurie Ball Cooper is the U.S. Legal Services Director at IRAP. In this role, Laurie leads IRAP’s U.S. Legal Services team, which represents refugees and other displaced people who seek protection and safety, whether through resettlement, family reunification, or other humanitarian pathways. 

Prior to joining IRAP, Laurie was the legal director at Ayuda, an organization providing immigration, family, and consumer legal services, as well as social and language access services, to low-income immigrants in D.C., Virginia, and Maryland. Previously, Laurie was an attorney in the Human Rights Practice Group at Cohen, Milstein, Sellers and Toll and the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia and was a Skadden Fellow at the Tahirih Justice Center and a clerk on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit for the Hon. M. Margaret McKeown.

Laurie graduated with dual degrees from Yale Law School and Princeton University’s School of Public and International Affairs. At Yale, Laurie served as student director of the Immigration Legal Services Clinic, receiving the Charles G. Albom prize for appellate advocacy. Laurie received her BA from Duke University in public policy studies. Laurie speaks fluent Spanish and Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian.

Laurie is licensed in Maryland, D.C., Virginia, and California (inactive).