North Carolina’s Attorney General Roy Cooper to speak at State and Local Government class of Professor Don Vaughan (’79) on Monday, Oct. 14

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Attorney General Roy Cooper

North Carolina’s Attorney General Roy Cooper will speak at Adjunct Professor Don Vaughan’s (’79) State and Local Government class on Monday, Oct. 14, at 2 p.m. in Room 1109 of the Worrell Professional Center.

A reception will follow Cooper’s presentation and light refreshments will be served.

In his role as North Carolina’s attorney general, Cooper fights crime and protects consumers. He was first elected in 2000 and was re-elected to a fourth term in 2012.

Before becoming attorney general, Cooper was the managing partner of his law firm where he learned how to run a small business. He was elected to both the North Carolina House and Senate and served as Senate Majority Leader and Chairman of the Judiciary and Ethics Committees among others.

Cooper served as a North Carolina Senator, 1991-2001, and North Carolina Representative, 1987-1991. As a legislator, he wrote North Carolina’s first children’s health insurance, or S-CHiP initiative, passed laws that set a national standard for anti-predatory lending on disadvantaged borrowers, reformed the state’s juvenile justice system, provided new safety standards for child care centers, gave victims new rights through the Crime Victims Bill of Rights, made intentional polluting a felony, banned guns from schools, creative graduated license program to give young drivers more training.

He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a Morehead Scholar and received his undergraduate and law degrees there. After graduating from law school, he went back home to practice law with his family law firm. As a result of his performance as a courtroom attorney, Martindale-Hubbell awarded him an AV rating, its highest mark.

Cooper has served for many years as a Sunday school teacher, an elder and deacon in his church. He tutors children at a local middle school and has led fundraising for the March of Dimes, Barium Springs Home for Children and the United Way. He and his wife, Kristin, who is also an attorney, have three children.
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