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Jeffrey A. Cooper

Professor of Law
Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development

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

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LAWS 628

Estate Planning & Drafting - Law Fall 2018

LAWS 307

Trusts and Estates - Law Fall 2018

LAWS 631

Financial Planning: Principles and Taxat - Law Spring 2019

LAWS 105

Property - Law Spring 2019


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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

Professor Cooper's Articles include the following. For a complete listing, please visit his SSRN page. Time for Permanent Estate Tax Reform 81 UMKC L. REV. 277 (2012) (symposium issue, solicited) Dead Hand Investing: the Enforceability of Trust Investment Directives 37 ACTEC L.J. 365 (2011) Reprinted in NAEPC JOURNAL OF ESTATE & TAX PLANNING (2013) Shades of Gray: Applying the Benefit-the-Beneficiaries Rule to Trust Investment Directives 90 B.U. L. Rev. 2383 (2010) Ghosts of 1932: The Lost History of Estate and Gift Taxation 9 FLA. TAX REV. 875 (2010) Excerpted as “Lessons of 1932,” ESTATE PLANNING STUDIES, Jul. 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. State Estate Taxes after EGTRRA: A Long Day’s Journey into Night 17 QUINNIPIAC PROB. L.J. 317 (2004) (with John R. Ivimey and Donna D. Vincenti)

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

Honors & Awards

Quinnipiac University Faculty Scholar Award (2015) Quinnipiac University Excellence in Teaching Award (Nominee 2009,2010; Semi-Finalist 2011)