Official Book Launch: 'Trying Times' by Terry Gilbert

Thursday, March 25, 2021 - 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Location: ZOOM

Join us for the Official Launch party for C|M|LAW alumnus Terry Gilbert's book, Trying Times. This virtual event will take place on March 25 from 5:30-6:30 pm.  



Cleveland State University Cleveland-Marshall College of Law is proud to partner with Act 3 publishers to host the official launch party for CSU C|M|LAW alumnus and Hall of Fame Member Terry Gilbert's book, Trying Times. The free, virtual event will take place on March 25 from 5:30-6:30 pm.

“I am delighted to join with CSU C|M|LAW to officially launch my memoir, Trying Times,” said Gilbert, a 1973 CSU C|M|LAW graduate.  “My deep roots with the law school as a student in the early 70’s profoundly impacted my commitment to social justice.  In the midst of dramatic political and cultural change, I and my fellow students pushed for a more progressive approach to legal education and programs as a vehicle to address societal inequities. Trying Times discusses the critical role Cleveland-Marshall played in shaping my career as an activist lawyer.”

Trying Times recounts Gilbert’s 50-year struggle as a people’s lawyer that was forged during the social upheaval of the 1970s. Dedicating his life to pursuing justice for the disenfranchised, Gilbert puts his cases in historical context and demonstrates that even losing a case can move public opinion in the direction of equity. It was Gilbert who, in the early ’70s, filed one of the first lawsuits against the Cleveland Indians to stop what he believed was their stereotyping of indigenous people.

“Terry Gilbert’s life story explains the importance of challenging the status quo and breaking down barriers,” said CSU C|M|LAW Dean and Dean and Joseph C. Hostetler-BakerHostetler Chair in Law Lee Fisher who wrote the foreword to the book.  “He has used his voice and his expert knowledge of the law to be a warrior for change and a guardian of justice.”

Written in collaboration with Carlo Wolff, Gilbert’s memoir attests to the two Americas: one for the wealthy and powerful and the other for minorities and the poor. Gilbert’s notable legal career includes teaming with legendary radical lawyer William Kunstler to defend native Americans at Wounded Knee and his advocacy on behalf of Sam Reese Sheppard seeking to clear the name of his father, Dr. Sam Sheppard. 

“This is our latest published memoir of game-changing professionals including rock promoter Mike Belkin, award-winning journalist Dave Lange, and pioneering architect Robert P. Madison,” said Act 3 managing partner and Trying Times editor Jaime Lombardo. “Terry’s colorful career began in Cleveland, but its impact has gone nationwide. His struggle against the system began over 50 years ago, and it still resonates clearly in 2021.”

While attending CSU C|M|LAW, Gilbert helped fight for changes to the law school’s curriculum and clinics to acknowledge social justice issues.   He completed internships for the ACLU and the National Lawyers Guild, where he represented Ohio University students arrested for a Vietnam War protest.  Gilbert has expressed that those early opportunities to apply his legal knowledge in the field were important to the success of his practice.

Gilbert, who was recognized with the Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association’s Alumni of the Year Award in 2014 and was inducted as an inaugural member into CSU C|M|LAW’s Hall of Fame in 2018, has remained active with his alma mater along with long-time partner and fellow CSU C|M|LAW Hall of Fame Member Gordon Friedman, who Gilbert met as a student while Friedman was a professor at the law school.  Terry and his wife Robin established the Terry and Robin Gilbert Social Justice Fellowship at CSU C|M|LAW, to support students and new graduates looking to work with public interest groups, government offices, or to advocate, represent, or do research in the areas of civil and human rights and criminal justice.


For more information or to purchase Trying Times visit article Lawyer Terry Gilbert’s memoir deals with fighting for civil rights through ‘Trying Times’




Category: Alumni, General

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