Assistant Professor of Law
University of North Texas
J.D. University of Texas School of Law
25 years – trial experience
2 years – law school teaching
Tim Cole is an Assistant Professor of Law effective fall 2016, teaching in the criminal law area as well as in the first-year course, Practice Foundations I: Interviewing and Counseling. Professor Cole received his J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law with honors in 1988, following his graduation from the University of North Texas magna cum laude.
Professor Cole served four terms as elected District Attorney in the 97th District of Texas, is a published author at www.texasmonthly.com, and frequently speaks about issues of how the death penalty is currently assessed around the country.
He was named General Counsel for the Texas District and County Attorney’s Association in 1988, and served as an advisor to Texas Governor William Clements on issues regarding executive clemency and the death penalty. He served as an assistant district attorney in the 271st District of Texas, and also was elected to four terms as the District Attorney of Texas for the 97th District. More recently, Professor Cole opened a criminal defense firm in Fort Worth, representing clients charged with every level of criminal offense, including capital murder. Until leaving the practice of law to become a faculty member at UNT Dallas College of Law, he was included in the list of attorneys qualified for appointment in death penalty cases in the North Texas area. Cole is board certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in both Criminal Law and Criminal Appellate Law.
Professor Cole has served as President of the Texas District and County Attorney’s Association and as a member of the group’s board of directors. He has testified numerous times before committees in the Texas Legislature regarding proposed legislation affecting the state criminal codes. His prosecutions have included a number of high profile cases that have been the subject of televised documentaries on ABC, A & E Network, and others. He has published essays and editorials relating to criminal justice, including a 2013 essay in Texas Monthly titled “The Death Penalty Has a Face.”
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