Cochran clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stanley Reed and for Chief Justice Earl Warren. A faculty member since 1972, he teaches constitutional law, supreme court practice, and federal jurisdiction and procedure.
He was director of the Center on Law and Poverty at Duke University , an attorney with Steptoe and Johnson in Washington , D.C. , and an attorney for the President’s Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy. For the past sixteen years, he has been a visiting constitutional law professor at Fordham University and works with the Center for Constitutional Rights in New York . He does research in constitutional law and federal jurisdiction, and frequently publishes and lectures on civil rights. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Mississippi Innocence Project and the New Orleans Innocence Project.
2008 recipeint of the Ben A. Hardy Faculty Excellence Award (recognition for outstanding teaching, service & scholarship) Board of Advisors, Stein Scholars Program for Public Interest Law & Ethics (Fordham Law School)
George Cochran Scholarship
In 2015, the Mississippi Innocence Project was renamed the “George C. Cochran Innocence Project” for his substantial contributions to the organization, which provides legal representation to Mississippi state prisoners who have meritorious claims of wrongful conviction.