Jana J. Edmondson-Cooper
Civil Rights, Employment Law, Government
U.S. Department of Labor-Office of the Solicitor
61 Forsyth St.
Atlanta, GA 30303-8816
Jana J. Edmondson-Cooper, a bilingual federal prosecutor with the U.S. Dept. of Labor- Office of the Solicitor, litigates labor and employment matters in administrative forums and courts of law with a focus on cases involving violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act, the “H” provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act—provisions dealing with the working conditions of workers who enter the U.S. under temporary work visas, a significant number of whom are limited English proficient (LEP)—, and other federal labor laws. A former legal interpreter and legal aid attorney, Jana also works to alleviate language access as an access to justice issue. Jana’s advocacy includes contributing to the development of local, state and federal language access policies as well as the development of state and national curricula for training attorneys and judges on language access as an access to justice issue. Appointed by the Supreme Court of GA, Jana is a member of the Court’s Commission on Interpreters and the Judicial Council of GA's Access, Fairness, Public Trust and Confidence Committee. Jana has authored and co-authored several publications on language access including "Ch. 11: Appointing Qualified Interpreters" in the 2016 [GA] State Court Benchbook which has been subsequently adopted by several other GA courts.
Jana's advocacy has been acknowledged statewide and nationally, including, recognition by the Fulton County Daily Report as one of 40 GA lawyers under age 40 named a rising legal star to watch, recognition by Gov. Nathan Deal (R-GA) and the GA Commission on Equal Opportunity, selection to the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation, and recognition by the National Bar Association and the American Bar Association as one of the nation’s top 40 young lawyers who exemplify a broad range of high achievement, innovation, vision, leadership and legal and community involvement. Jana is a graduate of Spelman College and Mississippi College School of Law.