Assistant Professor of Lawyering Skills
J.D., Georgetown University Law Center
B.A., University of California, Berkeley
"I want my students to take pride in the skills they have developed in the classroom and always remember that practicing law is a privilege that comes with a responsibility to one's clients and broader community." — Professor Co
Ederlina Co teaches in McGeorge's Prisoner Civil Rights Mediation Clinic and the Global Lawyering Skills program. Professor Co has extensive experience in the public and private sectors. Most recently, Professor Co spent nearly a decade clerking for the Honorable Dale A. Drozd at the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California. She worked almost exclusively on prisoner civil rights cases and is considered an expert in this area of the law.
Before Professor Co joined Judge Drozd's chambers, she was Counsel at NARAL Pro-Choice America in Washington, DC. She spearheaded the organization's Prevention First initiative aimed at reducing unintended pregnancy and the need for abortion. She also led NARAL's proactive policy efforts to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in reproductive health care.
Professor Co began her legal career as an Associate in the Insurance and Litigation practice groups at Wiley Rein LLP, also in Washington, DC. At Wiley Rein, she gained significant appellate litigation experience and engaged in wide variety of pro bono activities.
Throughout her legal career, Professor Co has been guided by the four words inscribed on the United States Supreme Court building: "Equal Justice Under Law." In addition to teaching her students the skills they need to be highly effective attorneys and advocates, Professor Co strives to instill in them the importance of public service and the principle that no one is above or beneath the law.
Professor Co graduated cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center where she was the Editor In Chief of The Georgetown Journal of Gender and the Law and recipient of the National Association of Women Lawyers' Outstanding Law Student Award for her contribution to the advancement of women in society. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of California, Berkeley, with a B.A. in Political Science. Professor Co is a member of the California Bar and the District of Columbia Bar.