Julian A. Cook III

J. Alton Hosch Professor of Law

B.A., Duke University
M.P.A., Columbia University
J.D., University of Virginia


Criminal Procedure
Criminal Law

Biographical Information: 

Julian A. Cook III joined the Georgia Law faculty in the fall of 2006 and was named a J. Alton Hosch Professor in 2008. He came to the law school with nearly 10 years of legal teaching experience, having most recently been at Michigan State University.

Specializing in criminal law, criminal procedure and evidence, Cook served for several years as an assistant U.S. attorney in Nevada and the District of Columbia. While a federal prosecutor and a member of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force, he was responsible for the handling of an array of criminal matters, including felony narcotic, white-collar and various arrest-generated cases during the trial and appellate stages. He also served as a judicial clerk for Judge Philip M. Pro of the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada.

Cook is the author or co-author of three books: Inside Adjudicative Criminal Procedure: What Matters and Why (Wolters Kluwer) (with A. Cook); Inside Investigative Criminal Procedure: What Matters and Why (Wolters Kluwer); and Trial Handbook for Georgia Lawyers (West) (with R. Carlson and M. Carlson).  His articles and essays have been published (or are forthcoming) in the Brigham Young University Law Review, the Brooklyn Law Review, the Colorado Law Review, the Georgia Law Review, the Georgia Law Review Online, the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, the Notre Dame Law Review (twice), the Notre Dame Law Review Online, the Wake Forest Law Review and the Yale Journal of International Law.

He earned his bachelor's degree from Duke University, his Master of Public Administration from Columbia University and his Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia.

Publications & Activities


Trial Handbook for Georgia Lawyers 2018-19 ed.(West, 2018) (with R. Carlson & M. Carlson).

Trial Handbook for Georgia Lawyers 2017-18 ed.(West, 2017) (with R. Carlson & M. Carlson).

Trial Handbook for Georgia Lawyers 2016-17 ed.(West, 2016) (with R. Carlson & M. Carlson).

Inside Adjudicative Criminal Procedure: What Matters and Why (Wolters Kluwer, 2016) (with A. Cook).

Trial Handbook for Georgia Lawyers 2015-16 ed.(West, 2015) (with R. Carlson & M. Carlson).

Trial Handbook for Georgia Lawyers 2014-15 ed. (West, 2014) (with R. Carlson & M. Carlson).

Inside Investigative Criminal Procedure: What Matters and Why (Aspen Publishers) (2012).


Presidential Crimes Matter, 68 UCLA L. Rev, Discourse 222 (2020).

Federal Guilty Pleas: Inequities, Indigence and the Rule 11 Process, 60 B.C. L. Rev. 1073 (2019).

The Grand Jury: A Shield of a Different Sort, 51 Ga L. Rev. 1001 (2018).

The Wrong Decision at the Wrong Time: Utah v. Strieff in the Era of Aggressive Policing, 70 SMU L. Rev. 293 (2017).

Police Reform and the Judicial Mandate, 50 Ga. L. Rev. Online 1 (2016).

Policing in the Era of Permissiveness: Mitigating Misconduct Through Third-Party Standing, 81 Brook. L Rev. 1120 (2016).

Police Culture in the Twenty-First Century: A Critique of the President’s Task Force’s Final Report, 91 Notre Dame L. Rev. Online 105 (2016).

Plea Bargaining, Sentence Modifications and the Real World, 48 Wake Forest L. Rev. 65 (2013).

Crumbs from the Master's Table: The Supreme Court, Pro Se Defendants and the Federal Guilty Plea Process, 81 Notre Dame L. Rev. 1895 (2006).

Plea Bargaining at The Hague, 30 Yale J. Int'l L. 473 (2005).

'All Aboard! The Supreme Court, Guilty Pleas and the Railroading of Criminal Defendants, 75 Colo. L. Rev 863 (2004).

Federal Guilty Pleas Under Rule 11: The Unfulfilled Promise of the Post-Boykin Era, 77 Notre Dame L. Rev. 597 (2002).

The Independent Counsel Statute: A Premature Demise,1999 BYU L. Rev. 1367 (1999).

Mend It or End It? What To Do With the Independent Counsel Statute, 22 Harv. J.L. & Pub. Pol'y 279 (1998).