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Longtime UM Law Professor George Cochran Passes Away


The University of Mississippi School of Law is very saddened to announce the passing of Professor Emeritus George C. Cochran. Cochran has been an integral part of the Ole Miss Law family since joining the faculty in 1972. In 2015, the Mississippi Innocence Project was renamed the “George C. Cochran Innocence Project” for his substantial contributions to the organization. Cochran was a legend at Ole Miss Law and will be greatly missed. Arrangements have not been made at this time.
Cochran clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stanley Reed and for Chief Justice Earl Warren. A faculty member since 1972, he taught constitutional law, supreme court practice, and federal jurisdiction and procedure.
He was director of the Center on Law and Poverty at Duke University, an attorney with Steptoe and Johnson in Washington, D.C., and an attorney for the President’s Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy. For the past sixteen years, Cochran had been a visiting constitutional law professor at Fordham University and worked with the Center for Constitutional Rights in New York. He conducted research in constitutional law and federal jurisdiction, and frequently published and lectured on civil rights. 
He also served on the Board of Directors of the Mississippi Innocence Project and the New Orleans Innocence Project.
Cochran was the 2008 recipient of the Ben A. Hardy Faculty Excellence Award (recognition for outstanding teaching, service & scholarship) Board of Advisors, Stein Scholars Program for Public Interest Law & Ethics (Fordham Law School)
In 2006, Cochran was recognized for his career accomplishments by the Mississippi Legislature with a resolution adopted by both the House and Senate. 


Information courtesy of UM Law School
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