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Congressman Louis Stokes Remembered During Memoir Release Event, October 13

Cleveland State University’s Cleveland-Marshall College of Law (1801 Euclid Ave.) will host a discussion of the legacy of U.S. Congressman Louis Stokes, Thursday, October 13 at 5 p.m. The lecture corresponds with the publication of Stokes’ memoir, The Gentleman from Ohio.

Congressman Stokes, a 1953 graduate of C|M|LAW, passed away in August 2015 at the age of 90. A 15-term Congressman representing Cleveland’s East Side, Stokes was the first black congressman in Ohio and headed the Congressional Black Caucus. The event will feature discussion of Terry v. Ohio, the landmark United States Supreme Court case, argued by Stokes, which clarified indivuduals' Fourth Amendment rights against unreasonable searches and seizures.

Congressman Stokes’ daughter Lori Stokes, co-anchor of Eyewitness News This Morning on WABC-TV in New York City, and his grandson Brett Hammond, a prosecutor in the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office, will be speak at the program. The panel of speakers also includes David Chanoff, a prominent non-fiction writer and the co-author of The Gentleman from Ohio.

The 90-minute program is free and open to the public and will be followed by a reception and book signing. Preregistration is not required.


About Cleveland-Marshall College of Law: Cleveland-Marshall College of Law at Cleveland State University is a student-centered law school dedicated to creating the opportunity for its students to become leaders in law, business, nonprofit agencies and government. With nearly 120 years of experience, Cleveland-Marshall remains at the forefront of legal education innovation, having launched one of the country’s first law school-based solo practice incubators and establishing the region’s only Master of Legal Studies program. Learn more at or by following @cmlawschool.

About Cleveland State University: Founded in 1964, Cleveland State University is a public research institution that provides a dynamic setting for Engaged Learning. With 17,000-plus students, nine colleges and more than 150 academic programs, CSU was again chosen for 2016 as one of America’s best universities by U.S. News & World Report. Find more information at