Cochran’s Legacy Extends Beyond Courtroom

Brilliant legal mind who succumbed to brain tumor inspired hope and changed lives

who fought tirelessly against discrimination. In 2004, Cochran settled an environmental pollution case against Monsanto for over $750 million, which benefited 18,000 recipients.

“From a humanitarian perspective, he went beyond the legal ramifications; he was about restoring the whole person,” says Addison-Will. “We knew he was our attorney, but we felt like we lost our good friend.” Harvard University law professor Charles Ogletree described Cochran’s death as “an incalculable loss to America.” Thankfully, his life was a priceless gift to civil rights.

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