In July of 2020, Markita D. Cooper was named Interim Associate Dean of Academic Affairs. This is a role she held previously at FAMU Law.


Professor Cooper joined the faculty of FAMU College of Law after 17 years on the faculty of Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco, California. ​At Golden Gate, Professor Cooper served as Associate Dean for J.D. Program Academic Affairs and Faculty Chair. Her primary teaching and scholarship interests include torts, defamation, privacy, and employment law. Her publications have focused on workplace defamation, employment references and referrals, the intersection of defamation law and workplace violence, and historical perspectives on invasion of privacy and technology.

Professor Cooper serves as a site evaluator for the American Bar Association Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar. She has served as Chair of the Section on Teaching Methods of the Association of American Law Schools, a member of the Curriculum Committee of the American Bar Association Section on Legal Education, Chair of the Committee on Ethnic Minority Relations of the State Bar of California, and a member of the Committee on Women and the Law of the State Bar of California.  She is Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the Florida United Methodist Foundation, the Chair of the Foundation’s Advancement and Grants Committee and a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors. Professor Cooper also serves on the District Leadership Council of the East Central District of the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church. Professor Cooper’s previous community service includes the Board of Trustees and Community Advisory Board of 90.7 WMFE, the NPR affiliate serving Orlando, Melbourne, and Daytona Beach.  Her service on the Community Advisory Board included serving as Chair and Vice-Chair, and as a Trustee, Professor Cooper chaired the Content and Community Outreach Committee.  She has served on other boards as well, including the Stanford University Alumni Association Board of Directors; the Head’s Council of Hathaway Brown School in Shaker Heights, Ohio, the Board of Trustees of the National Urban League, and a variety of other nonprofit organizations in the areas of education, community service, faith, and LGBTQ inclusion and equality. Professor Cooper’s leadership skills were recognized by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation with the award of a Kellogg National Fellowship.  Local public radio listeners will recognize her voice as one of the familiar voices of 90.7 WMFE’s fund drives.

Professor Cooper holds an A.B. degree, with distinction, from Stanford University and a J.D. degree from the University of Virginia School of Law.



  • Justice Carter’s Dissent in Gill v. Hearst Publishing Co.: Foreshadowing Privacy Concerns for an Age of Digital Cameras, Video Voyeurism, and Internet Excess, chapter in David B. Oppenheimer & Alan Brotsky, The Great Dissents of the Lone Dissenter: Jesse W. Carter’s Twenty Tumultuous Years on the California Supreme Court (Carolina Academic Press 2010).


  • Analysis and Commentary, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Co., Inc. v. Superior Court, 27 California CEB Real Property Law Reporter 107 (July 2004).
  • Job Reference Immunity Statutes:  Prevalent but Irrelevant, 11 Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy 1 (2001).
  • Beyond Name Rank and Serial Number:  “No Comment” Reference Policies, Violent Employees, and the Need for Disclosure-Shield Legislation, 5 Virginia Journal of Social Policy and Law 289 (1998).
  • Between a Rock and a Hard Case:  Time for a New Doctrine of Compelled Self-Publication, 72 Notre Dame Law Review 363 (1997).