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From Vanderbilt to DOJ: A Conversation with U.S. Attorney Don Cochran

Friday, September 21, 2018,

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  • Location: Vanderbilt Law School • 131 21st Ave South • Nashville, TN 37203
  • Room: Hyatt Room

Don Cochran '92 (BA'80), United States Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee, will discuss the role of U.S. Attorneys, the history of the Nashville U.S. Attorney's Office, and current Department of Justice initiatives in a talk sponsored by the Vanderbilt chapter of the Federalist Society. Professor Nancy King will moderate and pose questions. Lunch will be provided.

Cochran earned his BA from Vanderbilt University in 1980, after which he served for nine years as an Army Ranger and Special Forces Officer. He then attended Vanderbilt Law School, where he earned his J.D., after which he clerked for Judge Julie E. Carnes, then of the Northern District of Georgia. Cochran has served as a prosecutor for both Jefferson County, Alabama, and the Northern District of Alabama, where he prosecuted white-collar crimes, public corruption and violent crimes. His successful 2002 prosecution of Bobby Frank Cherry for the murder of four girls in the bombing of Birmingham’s Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in 1963 earned Cochran one of the highest awards given by the Department of Justice for trial work—the John C. Marshall Award. In 2002, he joined the faculty of Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham, where he taught for 10 years before joining Belmont’s law faculty. After being nominated by President Trump, Cochran was confirmed by the Senate as U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee on Sept. 14, 2017. 

Professor King holds a B.A. from Oberlin College and a J.D. from the University of Michigan. She has been a member of the Vanderbilt Law School faculty since 1991, and has visited at Michigan, Northwestern, and Harvard Law Schools. Professor King's research focuses on the post-investigative features of the criminal process, and she teaches first year criminal law, criminal procedure, and a white collar crime seminar.