Director, Prosecutorial Clinic Program
A.A., Emory University
B.A., J.D., University of Georgia
Prosecutorial Clinic I & II
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 brings 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 100 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 joined the "Finding Words, Georgia" faculty, an interdisciplinary training program for forensic child abuse interviewers, sponsored by ChildFirst and the National Child Protection Training Center (NCPTC). In August 2007, August 2009, and again in August 2011, Cook hosted a 2 1/2 day advanced training course for child abuse professionals at the law school titled "Advanced Finding Words, Your Role in the Judicial Process" for which he served as the principle course developer. He is also the author of a comprehensive trial brief for use in the prosecution of child sexual abuse cases in Georgia titled the CMBrief©.
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 29 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. The Cook’s daughter-in-law, Courtney, is a nurse practitioner seeking her doctorate in nursing from Vanderbilt University.
"Criminal Law" and "Evidence" in the Domestic Violence Benchbook: A Guide to Civil and Criminal Proceedings, 4th ed. (Council of Superior Court Judges, 2009).
University of Georgia
School of Law
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Athens, GA 30602
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