Jeffrey A. Cooper

Jeffrey A. Cooper

Professor of Law

AB, Harvard University; JD, Yale University; LLM, New York University

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Jeffrey Cooper joined the faculty in 2006 after 13 years in legal practice. During the first phase of his career, he practiced trusts and estates law as a principal of a major Connecticut law firm and a vice president and senior estate planner of the United States Trust Company of New York. He also taught as an adjunct professor at both Quinnipiac and Yale Law Schools. His primary areas of teaching and scholarship include trusts and estates, estate planning, and wealth transfer taxation. His published works have touched upon a wide range of topics within these fields, from the history of U.S. estate taxation to modern conflicts in the management of trusts and estates. He serves as faculty adviser to the Quinnipiac Probate Law Journal.

Selected Publications

2009 DEVELOPMENTS IN CONNECTICUT ESTATE AND PROBATE LAW, 84 Conn B.J. ___ (in progress, 2010) (with John R. Ivimey); GHOSTS OF 1932: THE LOST HISTORY OF ESTATE AND GIFT TAXATION, 10 Fla. Tax Rev. ___ (forthcoming 2010); EMPTY PROMISES: SETTLOR'S INTENT, THE UNIFORM TRUST CODE, AND THE FUTURE OF TRUST INVESTMENT LAW, 88 B.U. L. Rev. 1165 (2008); SPEAK CLEARLY AND LISTEN WELL: NEGATING THE DUTY TO DIVERSIFY TRUST INVESTMENTS, 33 Ohio N.U. L. Rev. 903 (2007) (Symposium Issue); A LAPSE IN JUDGMENT: RUOTOLO V. TIETJEN AND INTERPRETATION OF CONNECTICUT'S ANTI-LAPSE STATUTE, 20 Quinnipiac Prob. L. J. 204 (2007); reprinted in Judicial Interpretation: Contemporary Issues (K. Padmaja ed., 2008); INTERSTATE COMPETITION AND STATE DEATH TAXES: A MODERN CRISIS IN HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE, 33 Pepp. L. Rev. 835 (2006); reprinted in modified form in Monthly Digest of Tax Articles, Dec. 2007, at 29.

For a complete listing of my most recent articles, please visit my author page at SSRN. Most publications can be downloaded from that site. Please feel free to contact me directly to obtain copies of publications not available through SSRN.

Professor Cooper's SSRN page

Educational Background

A.B. Harvard College (1990), J.D. Yale Law School (1993), LL.M. New York University (2000)

Curriculum Vitae

Courses Taught

Trusts and Estates; Estate and Gift Taxation; Estate and Financial Planning; Property; Tax Policy