Dr. Andria Cooper
The Honorable Dr. Andria Cooper, 44, of Wayne, District Judge and Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Wayne State College, died Monday, Feb. 5, 2018 at Providence Medical Center in Wayne.
Memorial services will be held Sunday, Feb. 18 at 1 p.m. in Ramsey Theater in the Fine Arts Building on the Wayne State College campus. The service will be hosted by Andria’s Criminal Justice students. Memorial visitation will be from noon to service time in Ramsey Theater.
Arrangements are with Hasemann Funeral Home of Wayne.
Andria Leigh Cooper was born Nov. 27, 1973 in Alamosa, Colo. to Larry and Sandra (Wood) McNames. She graduated from Beatty High School in Nevada, received her undergraduate studies from Fort Hays State University and graduated law school from Kansas University in Lawrence, Kan. Andria and John were married July 30, 1999 in Colby, Kan.
Dr. Andria Cooper was an assistant professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at Wayne State College. Before teaching at WSC, she sat as a New Mexico state level district court judge after serving as an attorney, primarily in the area of criminal law. She served as a prosecutor and a criminal defense attorney, and also had experience in the areas of civil rights, constitutional law, victim advocacy, and general areas of legal practice. She trained law enforcement and other criminal justice professionals in the areas of arrest, search and seizure, report writing, warrant preparation, juvenile justice, fraud investigation and prevention, domestic violence investigation, and victim advocacy. She also sat on a governor’s domestic violence fatality review board.
Dr. Cooper was involved in many activities. She was the advisor of Delta Upsilon, a chapter of the National American Criminal Justice Association, which participates in regional and national competitions on criminal justice knowledge, agility, firearms, and crime scene competitions. She also created mock crime scenes and mock trials for classes, which allowed students to present cases at trial, testify as witnesses, listen to the case as jurors, or assume other criminal justice roles in the courtroom. Dr. Cooper was a member of the American Criminal Justice Association, Justice Clearinghouse, and Pi Gamma Mu (a social sciences honor society). She was also a consultant on Faculty Row, and was involved in several committees on campus and in the Wayne community as well.
Dr. Cooper was honored as an Outstanding Professor (2005) and Outstanding Advisor (2005), as well having received a Faculty Appreciation Award from Sigma Chi (2007). She received service awards from the Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence (2004) and the Northwest Kansas Family Shelter (2003).
Dr. Cooper earned her Juris Doctorate degree in 2000 from the University of Kansas School of Law and her B.A. from Fort Hays State University. Her teaching interests included criminal law and procedure, criminal evidence, report writing and trial techniques for criminal justice professionals, civil liability in criminal justice, comparative justice systems, and all legal aspects of other criminal justice disciplines. Her research interests included civil rights, especially privacy advocacy, search and seizure, and the 2nd Amendment. She also enjoyed scholarly work in constitutional issues involving federalism and separation of powers.
Andria’s family includes her husband, John; their daughters, Devon Cooper of Clayton, N.M. and Skylar Cooper of Wayne; parents, Larry and Sandy (Wood) McNames of Palco, Kan.; brothers, Ryan McNames and Neal McNames, both of Palco, Kan.; grandmother, Veda Wood of Oberlin, Kan.; parents-in-law, C.W. and Pat Hamilton of Levant, Kan. and Galen Cooper of Goodland, Kan.; brother-in-law, Trey Hamilton of Hays, Kan.; grandmother-in-law, Margaret Chick of Colby, Kan.; nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by a grandmother, and her grandfathers.