Alan A. Cook

Director, Prosecutorial Clinic Program

A.A., Emory University
B.A., J.D., University of Georgia

Courses: 

Prosecutorial Clinic I & II
Trial Practice

Biographical Information: 

Alan A. Cook became the director of Georgia Law's Prosecutorial Clinic Program in January 2003 after serving as interim director for 18 months.

Cook brought a wealth of trial experience to the position. He served as the elected district attorney in the Alcovy Judicial Circuit for 10 years, being first elected in 1990 and re-elected in 1992 and 1996. He has tried more than 120 jury trials including 19 homicide cases (of which six were capital cases) and 34 child sexual abuse cases. He has also made numerous appearances before Georgia’s appellate courts.

Since 2005, Cook has served as the coach for the law school's William W. Daniel mock trial team. In 2007, his team won that competition's national championship held in Atlanta. Cook also serves as the faculty adviser to the law school's Honor Court Investigators.

In September 2004, Cook was appointed to the faculty of ChildFirst – Georgia, formerly known as Finding Words, an interdisciplinary training program for forensic child abuse interviewers and other child abuse professionals sponsored by the National Child Protection Training Center (NCPTC). In June 2014, he will again host a three-day training course for child abuse professionals at the law school titled Advanced ChildFirst - Georgia, Your Role in the Judicial Process. This course, created by Cook in 2007, uses a mock child abuse scenario to provide these professionals with advanced training in the investigation and prosecution of these difficult cases.

Cook is also the author of a comprehensive trial brief with forms titled the CMBrief© and CMBrief Appendix© that is widely distributed to the Georgia prosecution community for use in child abuse prosecutions.

Cook earned his bachelor's degree in political science summa cum laude from UGA, where he graduated with Phi Beta Kappa honors. In 1984, he earned his law degree cum laude from UGA.

His wife of 31 years is Dr. Debra Cook, a former dentist and presently a school teacher at George Walton Academy in Monroe, Ga. They have one son, Philip, who holds degrees from Clemson University in industrial engineering and from the University of North Carolina in healthcare administration. Cook's daughter-in-law, Courtney, is a nurse practitioner who just received her doctorate in nursing from Vanderbilt University.

Publications & Activities

"Criminal Law" and "Evidence" in the Domestic Violence Benchbook: A Guide to Civil and Criminal Proceedings, 4th ed. (Council of Superior Court Judges, 2009).