Distributed August 22, 2000
For Immediate Release
News Service Contact: Mary Jo Curtis
John Hazen White Sr. Lecture
Johnnie Cochran to speak on “Justice in America” Sept. 7
Famed trial lawyer Johnnie L. Cochran Jr. – known for his defense of such high-profile clients as O.J. Simpson, Michael Jackson and Riddick Bowe – will deliver a John Hazen White Sr. Lecture Thursday, Sept. 7, 2000, in Sayles Hall. Postponed
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Famed trial lawyer Johnnie L. Cochran Jr. will deliver a John Hazen White Sr. Lecture on “Justice in America” Thursday, Sept. 7, 2000, in Sayles Hall.
The lecture, which is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in Sayles Hall on The College Green, is free and open to the public.
Cochran has earned international recognition for his defense work on behalf of such high-profile clients as O.J. Simpson, Michael Jackson, Riddick Bowe, Sean “Puffy” Combs and Todd Bridges, among others. He is considered a leading authority on criminal justice in the United States and one of the country’s most influential attorneys, in addition to being known as a civil libertarian and philanthropist.
Cochran, currently a senior partner in the Cochran Firm, has distinguished himself in California’s legal history. In addition to winning the largest jury award in a police misconduct case in the history of Los Angeles, he negotiated a record settlement with the state in a jail death case. He is the only Los Angeles attorney ever to receive both the Criminal Trial Lawyer of the Year and the Civil Trial Lawyer of the Year awards.
In 1992 he was named as one of the country’s 10 most successful litigators in the National Law Journal; in 1995 he was listed as one of the 10 most important people in television by TV Guide magazine. He formerly hosted “Johnnie Cochran Tonight,” a live weeknight talk show on Court TV, and he has appeared in various television shows and movies. He continues to negotiate record personal injury and wrongful death settlements, He continues to negotiate personal injury and wrongful death settlements, including a $20-million wrongful death and civil rights claim against the City of Providence, filed on behalf of police officer Cornel Young Jr.’s estate.
The John Hazen White Sr. Lecture series, endowed by a local businessman and sponsored by the A. Alfred Taubman Center for Public Policy and American Institutions at Brown University, features nationally prominent experts on political science, public opinion, and public policy.