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Profession

Category:
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
Corporate General Counsel

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Vegetables
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
You Should Always Have A Dollar For The Robber. If You Don’t, He Will Kill You.

Birthplace

Born:
12/27/1950
Birth Location:
Durham, North Carolina

Profession

Category:
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
Corporate General Counsel

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Vegetables
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
You Should Always Have A Dollar For The Robber. If You Don’t, He Will Kill You.

Birthplace

Born:
12/27/1950
Birth Location:
Durham
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Biography

Association general counsel Almeta Cooper was born in 1950 to her mother Patricia Carter Cooper and her father. She attended Wells College in Aurora, New York, graduating with her B.A. degree in 1972. She then attended Northwestern University School of Law in Evanston, Illinois earning her J.D. degree from there in 1975.

Cooper went on to pursue a career in health law. She began her work as assistant director of health law at the American Medical Association (AMA) in 1977. She then worked as legal counsel for Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee in 1982, MCP Hahnemann University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the mid-1980s, and the Ohio State Medical Association in Columbus, Ohio in 1999. In the early 2000s, Cooper became Associate Vice President for Health Sciences and Associate General Counsel for Health Sciences at The Ohio State University Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio. In 2014, she became the senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary for Morehouse School of Medicine. She has been very involved in the American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA) since 1980, serving as the first African American woman president of the organization in 2003 among many other leadership roles. In 2012, Cooper was named a fellow of the AHLA in order to continue her contribution to the association. She is also an active member of the American Bar Association (ABA) and sits on a program committee for the Physician Legal Issues Conference and chairs the Public Health and Policy Interest Group. Cooper lectures regularly at law education conferences and other professional gatherings on topics such as “Medical Staff: The Fault Line between Physicians and Hospitals” and “How to Stay Focused on a Health Law Career.” Cooper was honored as a Mentor by the 2011 Top Corporate Counsel awards from Columbus Business First.

In addition to her health law career, Cooper was involved in numerous groups and organizations, including serving as president of the Central Ohio Links Inc. Chapter. She is also involved with Columbus Reads, the Women’s Fund of Central Ohio, and the YWCA Family Center. She was awarded the YWCA Woman of Achievement Award in 2009 to honor her commitment to her community.

Almeta Cooper was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on May 10, 2013.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Almeta Cooper's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Almeta Cooper lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Almeta Cooper describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Almeta Cooper talks about her maternal great-grandfather, Hawkins W. Carter
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Almeta Cooper describes her mother's upbringing
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Almeta Cooper talks about her mother's education and career
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Almeta Cooper describes her maternal grandparents' professions
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Almeta Cooper describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Almeta Cooper talks about her father's upbringing
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Almeta Cooper describes her father's education and career
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Almeta Cooper remembers moving with her family to Willingboro, New Jersey
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Almeta Cooper talks about her parents' marriage
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Almeta Cooper describes her parents' personalities and who she takes after
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Almeta Cooper remembers her father's sense of humor
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Almeta Cooper talks about her sister
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Almeta Cooper describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Almeta Cooper recalls her home in Roanoke, Virginia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Almeta Cooper describes her early education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Almeta Cooper talks about her extracurricular activities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Almeta Cooper recalls her academic strengths
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Almeta Cooper remembers her early religious experiences
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Almeta Cooper talks about moving to a predominantly white area of New Jersey
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Almeta Cooper talks about her accelerated education program
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Almeta Cooper remembers the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 2 Story: 13 - Almeta Cooper recalls her early aspirations
  • Tape: 2 Story: 14 - Almeta Cooper remembers John F. Kennedy High School in Willingboro, New Jersey
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Almeta Cooper remembers her cousin's advice to study law
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Almeta Cooper recalls her decision to attend Wells College in Aurora, New York
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Almeta Cooper remembers the Civil Rights Movement of the late 1960s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Almeta Cooper describes the black community at Wells College in Aurora, New York
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Almeta Cooper remembers her travels abroad
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Almeta Cooper recalls her college exchange programs
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Almeta Cooper remembers her trip to Germany
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Almeta Cooper describes her time at Spelman College, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Almeta Cooper describes her time at Spelman College, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Almeta Cooper remembers the mentorship of R. Eugene Pincham
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Almeta Cooper recalls her mentors at Wells College in Aurora, New York
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Almeta Cooper remembers her summer employment at the Western Union Company
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Almeta Cooper remembers the Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Almeta Cooper recalls her mentors at the Northwestern University School of Law
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Almeta Cooper recalls her classmates at the Northwestern University School of Law
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Almeta Cooper recalls joining the law firm of Vedder, Price, Kaufman and Kammholz, P.C.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Almeta Cooper recalls her position at the American Medical Association
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Almeta Cooper remembers being recruited to work for Dr. David Satcher
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Almeta Cooper recalls her challenges at the Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Almeta Cooper recalls the highlights of her time at the Meharry Medical College
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Almeta Cooper talks about her marriage
  • Tape: 4 Story: 12 - Almeta Cooper recalls her position at St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Tape: 4 Story: 13 - Almeta Cooper recalls joining the Allegheny Health, Education and Research Foundation in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Almeta Cooper describes her role at the Ohio State Medical Association
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Almeta Cooper talks about the Ohio State Medical Association Frivolous Lawsuit Committee
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Almeta Cooper reflects upon her time at the Ohio State Medical Association
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Almeta Cooper describes her position at The Ohio State University Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Almeta Cooper recalls her challenges at The Ohio State University Medical Center
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Almeta Cooper reflects upon her professional accomplishments
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Almeta Cooper talks about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Almeta Cooper talks about her civic engagement
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Almeta Cooper reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Almeta Cooper describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Almeta Cooper talks about her friendship with Earlene Wandrey
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Almeta Cooper talks about her daughter
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Almeta Cooper describes her support from the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Almeta Cooper describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Almeta Cooper narrates her photographs