President Trump has nominated a Belmont University law professor to serve as U.S. attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee.
Donald Cochran, who teaches criminal law and trial advocacy, previously taught at Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham, Alabama, according to a White House press release.
From 1998 to 2002, he was an assistant U.S. attorney in the Northern District of Alabama. In that role, he prosecuted white collar crimes, public corruption and violent crimes. His cases included that of the final defendant charged with the 1963 bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham. The bombing of the African-American church by white supremacists played a role in the civil rights movement.
Cochran began his career as a prosecutor in the district attorney’s office in Birmingham, where he prosecuted homicides, sexual assaults and other violent crimes.
A graduate of Vanderbilt University and Vanderbilt University Law School, Cochran was an Army Ranger and Special Forces officer for nine years before studying law.