November 4, 2005
CrimProf Blog Spotlight: Cumberland Law's Donald Cochran
"Originally from Columbia, Missouri, Professor Cochran holds both an undergraduate and law degree from Vanderbilt University.
After graduating from law school, Professor Cochran headed to Atlanta where he was a law clerk to United States District Judge Julie Carnes. In 1993, he moved to Birmingham to assume a position as a deputy district attorney for Jefferson County, Alabama. As part of the special prosecutions unit, dedicated to sex crimes and homicides, he handled approximately 70 jury trials including 16 capital murder cases.
In 1998, Professor Cochran moved to a position as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama. He successfully prosecuted a number of high profile criminal cases including the 1963 Sixteenth Street Baptist Church bomber, Bobby Frank Cherry. For his work in the Sixteenth Street Church Bombing Case, Professor Cochran received the Directors award and was the subject of a feature story in the Vanderbilt Lawyer.
One of Professor Cochran’s great strengths as a practicing lawyer was his ability to integrate technology into the presentation of a case. He has developed and teaches an Advanced Trial Advocacy course which stresses the use of technology. He also teaches Basic Trial Advocacy and Criminal law."
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