Crystal L. Cochren currently serves as an Assistant Deputy Public Defender with the New Jersey Office of the Public Defender where she provides legal advice and representation to indigent clients. Previously, Ms. Cochren worked in private practice focusing on Employment Law. Ms. Cochren has been appointed to the New Jersey Supreme Court Family Practice Committee for the 2011-2013 term and the District Ethics Committee for the 2012-2016 term. Ms. Cochren is also licensed to practice law in New York.
Ms. Cochren was born and raised in Newark, New Jersey. After graduating from University High School in Newark, Ms. Cochren attended Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational Behavior and Management. In addition to pursuing academic excellence at Brown, she was one of the seven charter members of the Mu Kappa chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Incorporated and served as the chapter’s first president. In her service to her alma mater, Ms. Cochren was elected Secretary for the Inman Page Black Alumni Council for the 2012-2014 term.
Ms. Cochren received her Juris Doctor degree from Rutgers University School of Law, in Newark, New Jersey. While at Rutgers Law School, she was an Editor of the Rutgers Law Review, which published her student note entitled, “Liability for Prosecutorial Misdeeds: Is Wright Right for New Jersey?” during her third year. During her time in law school, Ms. Cochren was an intern for The Honorable Alfred M. Wolin, United States District Court Judge (Retired) for the District of New Jersey. Moreover, Ms. Cochren received the C. Clyde Ferguson Law Scholarship and served as a Teaching Assistant for Contracts.
After receiving and answering her call from God to enter into ministry, Ms. Cochren enrolled in the Master of Divinity degree program at Drew University Theological School in Madison, New Jersey. While in seminary, Ms. Cochren received a 75% merit-based tuition scholarship as well as the Bertha A. and Emma L. Schur and Arthur C. and Matilde Mundle Memorial Scholarship. Ms. Cochren received her Master of Divinity degree in May 2010.