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New York, New York
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Biography |

Interview Date: 9/23/2016

Dentist and lawyer Dr. Ada Cooper was born on October 19, 1960 in New York, New York, to Dr. H.H. Cooper, Jr., a dentist, and Edith Blue Cooper, a teacher. Cooper attended P.S. 20 and J.H.S. 104 in New York, before attending Stuyvesant High School, where she graduated in 1978. She went on to attend Amherst College, where she earned her B.A. degree cum laude in political science in 1982 and was awarded the John Woodruff Simpson Fellowship in Law to attend Harvard Law School. In 1985, Cooper graduated from Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts with her J.D. degree. Cooper began her legal career as a litigator at the law firm of Jenner & Block immediately after graduating, and spent from 1986 to 1989 as an associate in the litigation section of Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue in New York. Cooper would return to Jenner & Block in 1989, and was later named a partner in 1992.

After thirteen years litigating, Cooper returned to school for dentistry. She took night classes at Loyola University in Chicago, Illinois, and, while working at her father’s dental practice in New York City, took classes at New York University, and Hunter College to prepare for dental school. Cooper completed her DDS degree at New York University College of Dentistry in 2002, having earned a Dean’s Merit Full Scholarship, induction into the Dean’s Scholar Society, American College of Dentists’ Outstanding Achievement Award, New York University Key Pin Award for Outstanding Achievement, and induction into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honor Dental Society.

Cooper continued to work in dentistry with her father and assumed his practice after his retirement in 2006. Not long after graduating from the New York University College of Dentistry, Cooper was selected to be a national spokesperson and consumer advisor for the American Dental Association (ADA), where she was tasked with speaking on television and in news articles on behalf of that professional organization, representing over 157,000 U.S. dentists. Dr. Cooper has appeared on the Dr. Oz Show, CNN, NBC Today Show, and NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams. She has also been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and Women’s Health magazine as well as numerous other print and digital magazines.

Cooper has served as a member of the American Bar Association’s Litigation Section and Corporate Counsel Committee, as well as the Bars of the States of Illinois and Ohio, the United States District court, Northern District of Illinois, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. She has also served as a member of the NIDCR “PEARL” Protocol Review Committee, the Greater New York Dental Meeting Seminar Committee, the American Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentistry, the New York State Dental Association, and the New York County Dental Society. In addition, she has served as a member of the New York County Dental Society Legislative Committee and the New York State Dental Society Benefits Committee. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Boys Club of New York.
Cooper currently resides and practices dentistry in New York, New York.

Dr. Ada Cooper was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on September 23, 2016.

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