Frank Rudy Cooper, a William S. Boyd Professor of Law and director of the Program on Race, Gender & Policing at the William S. Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, recently received the 2024 C. Clyde Ferguson, Jr. Award from the Association of American Law Schools at the association’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C.
The award honors a legal educator who has provided support, encouragement, and mentoring to colleagues, students, and aspiring educators, and has achieved excellence in the areas of public service, teaching, and scholarship.
“It inspires me to keep doing the things I do well,” said Professor Cooper of his award. “The key thing I’m interested in is developing junior faculty particularly faculty of color, and this fuels me to keep doing that work.”
Before joining the faculty at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, he clerked for Judge Solomon Oliver, Jr. of the U.S. Federal District Court for the Northern District of Ohio and won teaching awards as a teaching assistant at Harvard University. Professor Cooper is the co-editor of Fight the Power!: Law and Policy Through Hip-hop Songs (Cambridge University Press, 2022).
Professor graduated from Amherst College in Massachusetts. He earned a juris doctorate at Duke University Law School, where he was on editorial board of the Duke Journal of Gender, Law & Policy.