The Honorable Alan N. Cooper has been a member of the Delaware Judiciary since December, 2005. Prior to this time, he was a director in the law firm of Berkowitz, Schagrin and Cooper, P.A. and had been practicing law for 20 years, as a general practitioner, focusing mainly on Family Law and Domestic Relations.
While in private practice, Judge Cooper performed numerous pro bono activities, volunteering for Delaware Volunteer Legal Services, the Office of the Child Advocate and the Domestic Violence Victim’s Advocacy Program. In 2002, he received the Delaware Bar Association’s Outstanding Pro Bono service Award.
He is a member of the National Conference of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, the Delaware State Bar Association, the American Inns of Court, and a past president of the Melson-Arsht Inn of Court. He is a past chair of the Family Law section of the Delaware State Bar Association. He is the Family Court’s liaison to the Domestic Violence Coordinating Council.
Judge Cooper has presented at numerous seminars on many Family Law topics including, but not limited to, the areas of domestic violence, custody, child support, property division and examination of trial experts. He was a contributor to The Delaware Handbook of Appellate Practice on the subject of Family Court appeals and also published an article for the Spring 2005 issue of the Delaware Lawyer magazine on “A Small Firm Perspective on Pro Bono Work.”
Judge Cooper is a 1974 graduate of Bucknell University with a B.A. in Japanese Studies and received a M.S in Education from Indiana University in 1976. He received his J.D. from Widener University School of Law in 1985 where he was a member of the Delaware Journal of Corporate Law.