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PRACTICING LAW THE JOHNNIE L. COCHRAN, JR. WAY

Lessons Learned over 20 years Practicing Law with Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr.

I had the great honor of beginning my legal career practicing law with Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr. Fourteen years ago, he left this world far better than he found it. In 2004, after twenty years of practicing law together, and when he was very ill, he asked me to give a speech at the first Cochran Firm national seminar. He told me I could pick any topic. I reflected on our long relationship and after rejecting ideas about trial technique it occurred to me that I should talk about something deeper and more connected to my core experience with my legal mentor and friend. The following is that speech, abridged. I hope you will find something useful in my words describing some of what I witnessed and learned in my years with Johnnie on our journey towards justice.

Eric G. Ferrer, Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr. and Chris Ferrer