Laura Coates | Biography

Quick Information

  • Full Name Laura Coates
  • Occupation TV Personality, Author, Legal Analyst, Attorney
  • Nationality American
  • Birthplace Minnesota, USA
  • Birth Date Jul 11, 1980
  • Age 41 Years, 3 Months
Attorney, Senior Legal Analyst at CNN

Laura Coates | Biography

Coates facilitated a CNN special, 'White House in Crisis: The Impeachment Inquiry' in June 2020 

Since joining CNN as a Senior Legal Analyst, Laura Coates has been serving as a key figure at the channel, especially in the network's coverage of President Donald Trump's impeachment proceedings. She facilitated a special titled 'White House in Crisis: The Impeachment Inquiry,' in June 2020. She also hosted a segment, 'Mayors Who Matter: A CNN Town Hall on Race and Covid-19,' with four African-American female mayors on the front lines of the national tragedy on race.

Laura Coates is the Senior Legal Analyst of CNN. 

Who is Laura Coates?

Laura Coates, a well-known attorney, pundit, author, and associate professor at the George Washington University School of Law, is now a Senior Legal Analyst at CNN.

Coates has worked as an attorney in both private and public firms. However, she is currently not authorized to practice law or represent private clients. Instead, she hosts the weekday talk show, The Laura Coates Show, on SiriusXM's P.O.T.U.S. channel. 

She has also penned the 2016 bestselling book 'You Have the Right: A Constitutional Guide to Policing the Police,' in light of police liability and the police-community relationship.

Early Life and Education

Coates was born on 11 July 1980 in the Minnesota city of Saint Paul. She did her bachelor's degree in arts at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs in 2011. She went on to earn her JD from the University of Minnesota Law School before starting her legal career in the private sector.

Legal Career

Coates initially worked as an attorney in private firms in Minnesota and New York, where she addressed cases varying from property rights lawsuits to the first amendment debates to slander and media law. 

She was eventually recruited under public service at the United States Department of Justice, where she flourished as a federal prosecutor. During the Bush and Obama administrations, she worked as a Trial Attorney in the Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division, focusing on the execution of the right to vote across the country. In addition, she also worked as an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia, where she prosecuted a wide range of serious felony charges, including drug trafficking, armed crimes, domestic abuse, child abuse, and sexual violence. 

Coates' Continuing Legal Education (CLE) status is voluntarily restricted at the Minnesota Judicial Branch, which means she has chosen not to maintain an active license and meet the CLE Rules' educational and reporting obligations. Regardless of her good standing, she is not authorized to practice law as of now.

As a Host

Coates has been hosting The Laura Coates Show, which initially began as a daily show but is now a weekday talk show on SiriusXM's P.O.T.U.S. channel since 2017. In the show, Coates "edutains" (educates and entertains) the audiences with a stimulating debate on the nexus of politics, law, and pop culture. Her intelligence, humor, elegance, and pranks come in parallel with the formal segments of the program. 

As an Assistant Professor

Adding to her career experiences, Coates also works as an associate professor at George Washington University School of Law and delivers insights on civil and human rights, social equity, economic independence, and springs of faith across the country. Her diverse experience helped her carry the title of constitutional expert. Moreover, her convincing neutrality and ability to decipher complicated and emotionally sensitive issues without any bias have earned her acclaim throughout the world. 

As a Senior Legal Analyst

Coates serves as a senior legal analyst at CNN. She was a crucial figure in CNN's coverage of President Donald Trump's impeachment proceedings. She facilitated a special titled White House in Crisis: The Impeachment Inquiry in June 2020. 

Besides, following the death of George Floyd, she made significant contributions to the coverage of the turmoil in Minneapolis and the worldwide Black Lives Matters demonstrations. Also, she hosted a segment, Mayors Who Matter: A CNN Town Hall on Race and Covid-19, with four African-American female mayors on the front lines of the national tragedy on race. Furthermore, she fills in for CNN's Don Lemon frequently, conducting major interviews and enlightening primetime audiences.


Coates penned the 2016 bestselling book, 'You Have the Right: A Constitutional Guide to Policing the Police' in response to the urgent need for enhanced police oversight and improved police-community connections. She cuts through the legal jargon in the book to assist ordinary people in understanding their rights under the 4th, 5th, and 6th Amendments.

Personal Life

Coates, her husband, and their two children reside in Washington, D.C. No further information was available about Laura's husband and children.

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