* Hamilton earned a bachelor’s degree from Haverford College in 1979 and a J.D. From Yale Law School in 1983. He also did graduate work as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Tübingen in Germany.
* After completing his legal studies, Hamilton clerked for Judge Richard Cudahy of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit from 1983-84. He then worked as an associate at the Indianapolis-based law firm of Barnes & Thornburg until 1989; served as legal counsel to Indiana Governor Evan Bayh from 1989-91; and returned to Barnes & Thornburg as a partner from 1991-94. In addition, Hamilton was a member of the Indiana State Recount Commission from 1986-87, and chairman of the Indiana State Ethics Commission from 1991-94.
* Hamilton once disregarded a defendant’s prior conviction for a felony drug offense in order to avoid imposing a mandatory sentence of life imprisonment as required by “three-strike” laws. And in a 2007 case, he requested clemency for a police officer who had engaged in sexual activities with two teenage girls and then pled guilty to two counts of producing child pornography.