James Arthur Albert Foundation - Providing education opportunities in Belize

Foundation Leaders

Professor James A. Albert is a teacher, author, and trial lawyer.  He has been a Professor of Law for 35 years.  He is nationally recognized, and has won many awards, including being named Professor of the Year eight times at the Drake University Law School.  He was named Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity’s Outstanding Law Profession of the Nation four times.  He has written several books, appeared on many national television programs including the “Today Show,” and appeared as himself in a 2000 Cinemax movie about one of his clients.  His books have been read by millions.

He is a 1976 graduate of Notre Dame Law School, the father of twin sons, and the grandfather of ten-year-old twins.

Nicholas A. Cooper, J.D., Vice President and Director of the Foundation.  Nick’s first trip to Punta Gorda, Belize, with his wife Dr. Kylie Cooper, sparked a fire in him that eventually led to the creation of the Foundation.  He is currently an attorney for Norwich University in Vermont and in addition to his legal duties he is also the head coach of Norwich University’s men’s and women’s cross country teams.  “I really enjoy working with the Foundation to help the kids in Belize.  I have to say my favorite part of volunteering with the Foundation is actually meeting all of our scholarship recipients and their families.  The students in Belize could not be happier that we are helping them and many repeatedly tell us that our scholarship has changed their life.  It always amazes me at how much good we are able to do with so little.”

Kale Van Bruggen, J.D., Vice President and Director of the Foundation.  A native of Litchville, North Dakota, Kale Van Bruggen is a 2009 graduate of North Dakota State University.  He received his law degree from Drake University with an emphasis in food and agricultural law in 2012.  While attending Drake Law School , Kale served on the Drake Law Review, Delta Theta Phi Fraternity, and interned with Justice Brent Appel of the Iowa Supreme Court.  He served as the Dancer Relations Chairperson of the first two Belize Dance Marathons at Drake University and works with silent auctions in Des Moines, IA, Las Vegas, NV, Minneapolis, MN, and Saint Cloud, MN.  Kale lives in Saint Cloud, Minnesota where he is an agricultural and environmental lawyer at Rinke Noonan Law Firm.




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Bordering Mexico, Guatemala, and the Caribbean sea, is the only English speaking country in Central or South America.

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