Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: June 02, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412971928 | Print ISBN: 9781412950855 | Online ISBN: 9781412971928| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Cochran, Johnnie (1937–2005)
Johnnie Cochran was an African American lawyer and advocate of minority rights and equality of justice for everyone. He played an instrumental role in bringing attention to race and injustice in the criminal justice system in California as well as elsewhere in the United States. This entry examines the life of Johnnie Cochran and his contributions to the administration of justice as a prosecuting and defense attorney. Born in 1937, Johnnie Cochran, Jr., earned his bachelor's degree from University of California, Los Angeles in 1959 and a law degree from Loyola Law School (part of Loyola Marymount University) in 1963. Inspired by Thurgood Marshall, Cochran thought he could make a difference through practicing law. In 1963, he passed the California bar and took a job with the city of Los Angeles, serving as a deputy city attorney in the criminal division. He worked as a prosecutor until 1965, and then ...