Benjamin J. Cook holds a J.D. from Georgetown University, where he was awarded the John M. Olin Fellowship and was selected as a member of Georgetown’s alternative dispute resolution team. He earned master’s degrees in international development and comparative education, as well as a bachelor’s degree in English, magna cum laude, from Brigham Young University.
Following law school Cook served as legal counsel for the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care, and provided appellate legal representation for indigent clients on behalf of the Massachusetts Committee for Public Counsel Services. He then worked for a number of years administering international programs at Harvard Law School.
Cook trained as a mediator through the Harvard Mediation Program, and has experience mediating a wide range of disputes in both Massachusetts and Utah. He has taught courses and workshops on dispute resolution for several years in Boston, Chicago, and Washington, DC, and taught negotiation at the Harvard Negotiation Institute. He has trained judges and lawyers in Rwanda on alternative dispute resolution, and is currently working on mediation training projects in Nigeria and Uganda.
Cook worked for the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and Training on law and development projects in Africa. Prior to law school he served as field director in Zimbabwe and Uganda for service-learning programs focusing on education and international development.