United States Attorney Don Cochran to Host Lecture On Campus

United States Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee Don Cochran will give a lecture Feb. 7 at 6 p.m. in Baird Chapel on the Cumberland University campus.

Cochran’s lecture will cover his successful prosecution of the final defendant charged with the 1963 bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama.

Cumberland University alum and Assistant District Attorney for the 20th Judicial District of Tennessee A.C. Agee will introduce Cochran during his lecture on campus. Agee graduated from Cumberland in 2013 prior to attending Belmont University where she studied law under Cochran while he was a professor at the Belmont Law School.

“U.S. Attorney Don Cochran is going to walk us through his groundbreaking trial of Bobby Frank Cherry, the Klansman whose bombing of an Alabama church killed four young African American girls,” Agee said. “During this trial, Cochran used his signature creativity and prowess of the law to convict someone who had gotten away with these murders for almost 40 years. You can expect to learn, expect to cry, and expect to be inspired by Cochran.”

All students, faculty, staff and community members are invited to attend the event, which is free and open to the public.

For more information on Cochran, visit www.justice.gov/usao-mdtn/meet-us-attorney. For any questions regarding Cochran’s Cumberland campus lecture, please contact the event coordinator Jenny Bennett at jbennett@cumberland.edu.