Ralph D. Cook
Ralph D. Cook is an attorney with the Hare, Wynn Newell, and Newton in Birmingham, Alabama, the oldest existing plaintiff law firm in the state. He began his association with the firm in February 2001. He was appointed Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Alabama by the Honorable Jim Folsom, Jr., Governor of the State of Alabama in November 1993 and elected to this position in 1994. He served on the Supreme Court of Alabama until January 15, 2001. In 1981, he was appointed circuit judge in the Bessemer Division of the Tenth Judicial Circuit by Governor Fob James and was twice elected. Justice Cook served in the domestic relations division of the court until 1984 and served in the civil division of the court until November 1, 1993. Prior to his appointment to the circuit court, he was elected district court judge and served for four and one-half years in the Family Court of Jefferson.
In August 1976, Justice Cook was appointed dean of Miles Law School, Birmingham, Alabama and remained in that position until May 1990. He served as a law professor in the law school from 1975 through 1999. He has also taught at San Jose State University and Cabrillo College in California and Miles College in Birmingham. Justice Cook served as an assistant district attorney in Bessemer and engaged in the private practice of law.
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