Joseph G. Cook

Cook Joseph
  • Williford Gragg Distinguished Professor of Law

  • A.B., 1961, J.D., 1964, University of Alabama
    LL.M., 1965, Yale University

  • Location: Room 392
  • Phone Number: 865-974-6822
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  • Courses Taught: Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Procedure, Jurisprudence


Publications of Joseph G. Cook

Professor Cook is the senior member of the UT faculty, having joined the faculty in 1965 shortly after receiving the LL.M. degree from Yale University. He was named Williford Gragg Distinguished Professor in 1979 and served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs during 1991–92. Professor Cook is the author or co-author of two multi-volume treatises, Constitutional Rights of the Accused and Civil Rights Actions and Casebooks in Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure. During the summers of 2000 and 2001 Professor Cook taught in England as a faculty member with the Cambridge Summer Abroad Program. He has received the L.R. Hesler Award for Excellence in Teaching and Service, the Carden Award for Outstanding Scholarship, the Harold C. Warner Outstanding Teacher Award (twice), the Forrest W. Lacey Award (twice), and the UT Alumni Outstanding Teacher Award. Professor Cook is a Trustee of the Tennessee Justice Foundation. Prof. Cook was the 2004-05 University of Tennessee Macebearer, the highest honor the University bestows upon faculty.


Biography of Joseph G. Cook

Books & Chapters

Co-author, Criminal Law (LexisNexis, 5th ed., 2003, supplemented annually).

Materials on Justice Theory, 2002 (electronic).

Co-author, Criminal Procedure (LexisNexis, 5th ed., 2001, supplemented annually ).

Constitutional Rights of the Accused, 4 vols. (West Group, 3rd ed., 1996, supplemented annually).

Co-author, Civil Rights Actions, 7 vols. (LexisNexis, 1996, supplemented biannually).


A series of 12 “critical surveys” of criminal law in Tennessee,  Tenn. L. Rev. vols. 36-49 (1969-80).

Warrantless Searches Incident to Arrest, 24 Ala. L. Rev. 607 (1972).

The Art of Frisking, 40 Fordham L. Rev. 789 (1972).

Varieties of Detention and the Fourth Amendment, 23 Ala. L. Rev. 287 (1971).

Subjective Attitudes of Arrestee and Arrestor as Affecting Occurrence of Arrest, 19 Kan. L. Rev. 173 (1971).

Requisite Particularity in Search Warrant Authorization, 38 Tenn. L. Rev. 496 (1971).

Additional articles in Tenn. L. Rev., Vand. L. Rev., and Case and Comment.

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