Besides being perhaps the greatest criminal defense lawyer of his generation, he was also one of the greatest and most successful legal advocates in American history for victims of police brutality and misconduct. He started doing that work when minority communities in Los Angeles were hopeless in the face of a systematically racist and unconstitutionally violent police force, and was a huge part of the cultural changes that led to wholesale changes in how the LAPD operated. He represented Abner Louima, among many other victims, starting in the 70s. He was also LA's first black ADA, which in and of itself might be enough to qualify him to have a school named after him. Defense lawyers represent all kinds of clients, and Cochrane was exceptionally good at his job. He also used his skill and power to make the city I live in a better place. Including South Central, which to be generous I'll presume is all you meant by your remark about taking that into consideration.