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Wake Forest University announces promotions in Legal Department


July 28, 2009

Three staff members in Wake Forest University’s Legal Department have received promotions.

Donna H. Hamilton has been named associate vice president for legal administration.  Hamilton will continue to serve as counsel for Wake Forest and Wake Forest University Health Sciences, a position she has held since 1999.  She joined the Legal Department in 1988.  Before joining Wake Forest, Hamilton was a senior attorney with Piedmont Aviation Inc.   In addition, she was a law clerk in the United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina in Greensboro.  Hamilton received a Bachelor of Arts degree at Drury College and a law degree at Wake Forest School of Law.

K. Carter Cook was named associate counsel.  Cook was previously assistant counsel, a position he has held since 2004.  Before coming to Wake Forest, he was an associate at Parker, Poe, Adams & Bernstein, a law firm in Charlotte.  He has also served as an associate at Poyner & Spruill, a Raleigh law firm, and was a law clerk for the North Carolina Court of Appeals.  Cook received Bachelor of Science, law and Master of Business Administration degrees from Wake Forest.  

Melanie Harkey was named coordinator of board support.  Harkey had been a legal secretary at Wake Forest since 2007.  Previously, she worked as a legal assistant for Maynard & Harris, Attorneys at Law and other law firms in Winston-Salem.  Harkey has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wake Forest and a paralegal certificate from the American Institute of Paralegal Studies.

Press Contacts:

Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237


Cheryl Walker
(336) 758-5237


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