Miriam E. Cooper, a Rolling Meadows attorney who made the Illinois Super Lawyers list for the fifth time, stepped down from the school board at Northwest Suburban High School District 214, where she enjoyed making decisions on behalf of children.
Children became a running thread throughout her career, as it led from studying art in Paris to graduating from Northeastern University with a bachelor's degree in art and history and being certified to teach.
"I didn't get a teaching job right away. I instead worked at a commercial credit company, then taught for a couple of years," said Cooper, 66, who lives in Arlington Heights.
As fate would have it, she was lured back to the commercial credit company, met her husband who was a commercial credit manager at another company. She found herself dealing a lot with distressed clients over the years. But each time, she had to hand their files over to a lawyer to handle. That made her think about her own abilities to handle such cases and her future. She decided to become a lawyer.
At 34, she went to John Marshall Law School. To help save money during those years, she sewed her own suits and clothes for her daughter. Despite her crazy schedule, her love for art remained and she still painted.
She graduated from law school, worked with a bankruptcy judge and then switched to an Arlington Heights law firm. She opened her own firm in 1989 and continues to practice family law, helping kids in divorce cases. She feels like everything has come full circle. She's dealing with kids again, just like she did as a teacher and volunteer at District 214.
And her paintings hang on the walls in her office.
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