Professor J. Wesley Cochran

J. Wesley Cochran Jack F. Maddox Professor of Law, 1991
(806) 834-6932

Admitted to practice in Texas.

Professor Cochran's career in legal education spans 30 years, including service at the law schools of Loyola University in New Orleans, the University of Washington, and the University of Mississippi. He teaches a variety of courses, including many of the intellectual property courses offered at the Texas Tech University School of Law. The University awarded him the 2004 President's Excellence in Teaching Award.

At the School of Law, Professor Cochran advises students enrolled in the Intellectual Property track of the Law and Science Certificate program. He also serves as the faculty advisor to the Intellectual Property Students Association, the Phi Alpha Delta legal fraternity, and the Roo Bar Association (Austin College alumni). He served on and chaired the Admissions Committee for several years, and he chairs the Committee again for the 2011-12 academic year. Professor Cochran also serves as the President of the Texas Tech University Chapter of the Order of the Coif, the national legal scholastic honor society, and as the School of Law's representative to the Texas Tech University Chapter of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's largest multi-disciplinary honor society.

His service to Texas Tech University takes many different forms. Because of his expertise in copyright and technology, Professor Cochran receives invitations often to speak at programs to assist faculty members with issues relating to intellectual property and technology. He also assisted in the drafting of University Board of Regents' policies which define the ownership interests of the university in intellectual property developed by faculty members using university resources and in course materials developed for distance education courses offered by the university. For many years, Professor Cochran taught a section each fall of IS 1100: Freshman Seminar.

Professor Cochran's service reaches beyond the university community. He speaks often to professional trade associations and community groups on issues related to intellectual property, technology, and professional development. He also has served on site evaluation teams for the American Bar Association and the Association of American Law Schools, inspecting law schools as part of the accreditation process.

Professor Cochran writes on a variety of issues, including copyright, gaming and racing, and tort law.


B.A., Austin College, 1976

J.D., University of Houston, 1978

M.L.L., University of Washington, 1980


Copyright Law, Torts, Gaming & Racing Law, Introduction to Intellectual Property, Intellectual Property and High Technology, Business Torts, Legislation, and Mass Media Law

Selected Publications

It Takes Two to Tango!: Problems with Community Property Ownership of Copyrights and Patents in Texas, 58 Baylor Law Rev. 407-466 (2006).

Gaming Law: Cases & Materials. (Lexis-Nexis, 2003) (Co-author).

Legal Research Exercises to Accompany Robert C. Berring's Finding the Law (10th Ed.) And Cohen, Berring and Olson's How to Find the Law (9th ed.). (West Publishing, 1996). (Co-author).

Instructor's Manual for Legal Research Exercises to Accompany Robert C. Berring's Finding the Law (10th ed.) and Cohen, Berring and Olson's How to Find the Law (9th ed.). (West Publishing, 1996). (Co-author).

Why Can't I Watch this Video Here?: Copyright Confusion and Performances of Videocassettes and Videodiscs in Libraries, 15 Hastings Comm. & Ent. L.J. 837 (1993).

Time Management Handbook for Librarians. (Greenwood Press, 1992).