May 4, 2007
CrimProf Spotlight: Christo Lassiter
In 1996, Professor Lassiter commented on the draft Civil Procedure Code of Ukraine as part of a project undertaken by the Supreme Court of Ohio. Since 1994, he has lectured and written annual updates on Supreme Court litigation for the Federal Public and Community Defenders Program, and has also led discussions at bench-bar conferences on improving the judicial process for the State Bar of Ohio since 1992.
Locally, Professor Lassiter served as a member of the Hamilton County Criminal Justice Task Force which studied and suggested legal reforms; Professor Lassiter served as the Task Force?s Trial Committee chair in 1992. Beginning in 1994, Professor Lassiter served on the Cincinnati Bar Association?s Law Day Committee as the script writer for a two hour televised discussion on constitutional issues of interest to high school students. The program received second place in the ABA 1996 Outstanding Law Day Activities Award competition when Professor Lassiter became chair of the Committee. In 1997, Professor Lassiter led a discussion on professional ethics in the CBA?s Cincinnati Academy of Leadership for Lawyers, and also lectured on ?The Death Penalty in the United States: Historically and Today? at a symposium sponsored by the College of Law. Professor Lassiter was a consultant for ?The Affair,? a joint HBO - BBC production concerning the U.S. military?s use of the death penalty for interracial rape during World War II.
Finally, in his most exciting and professionally rewarding endeavor, Professor Lassiter happily coached, ?Christo's Angels,? the law women's softball team to the All University Intramural Championship in 2000. [Mark Godsey]
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