Visiting Scholar and Lecturer
LL.M., Georgetown University Law Center, 2012
J.D., Northwestern University School of Law, 2004
B.A., Ohio State University, 2000
Kevin Cope’s research and teaching interests lie at the nexus of domestic and international public law in the United States and abroad, with emphasis on courts’ role in shaping rights and structural power arrangements. Cope came to the Law School after serving as a visiting scholar at the University of Oxford. He has completed clerkships for Judge James S. Gwin on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, Judge Milan D. Smith Jr. on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and Judge George W. Miller on the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. Cope also practiced government enforcement litigation law in Washington, D.C., with Skadden, Arps, where he handled trial and appellate litigation, including constitutional, class action and political asylum actions. In law school, he served as an editor of the Northwestern University Law Review.
In addition to researching and teaching doctrinal classes, Cope co-teaches the Law School’s Appellate Litigation Clinic.
"The Intermestic Constitution: Lessons From the World’s Newest Nation," __ Va. J. Int’l L. __ (forthcoming 2013).
"Dualistic Constitutionalism in Sub-Saharan Africa, in The Social and Political Foundations of Constitutions, D.J. Galligan and Mila Versteeg eds. (Cambridge Univ. Press, forthcoming 2012).
"Defending the Ivory Tower: A Twenty-First Century Approach to the Pickering-Connick Doctrine andPublic Higher Education Faculty After Garcetti," 33 J. College & Univ. Law (published by Notre Dame Law School) 313 (2007).
"Sutton Misconstrued: Why the ADA Should Now Permit Employers To Make Their Employees Disabled," 98 Nw. U. L. Rev. 1753 (2004).
Works in Progress:
Essay, “Zivotofsky v. Clinton and the Bright Future of Political Questions” (work in progress).
"State Sovereign Immunity, Federal Paternalism, and The Prerogative of Waiver" (work in progress).
"Reports of its Death Are Greatly Exaggerated: The Continued Vitality of the Political Question Doctrine in Foreign Affairs" (work in progress).
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