Cleveland-Marshall College of Law hostsa dedication of a new Ohio historical plaque commemorating the landmark Supreme Court case Terry v. Ohio, which continues to govern the disputed legal terrain of police-citizen encounters. The Terry case was litigated by two prominent Cleveland attorneys, defense lawyer Louis Stokes and prosecutor Reuben Payne, both graduates of the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. These two African-American lawyers argued the case in the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court, on appeal in the Ohio Eighth District Court of Appeals, and then in the United States Supreme Court.
The Supreme Court oral argument in Terry on December 12, 1967, was a milestone in American legal history. It was the first time two African-American lawyers argued a case before an African-American justice, Thurgood Marshall, who had assumed the bench in October 1967. The historical plaque commemorates this important event in Cleveland and American history.
The event will be held from noon-1pm in the Moot Court Room at the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, with a reception to follow.
Speakers, including Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael O’Malley, assistant prosecutor Brett Hammond, and others, will discuss the significance of this event in the history of Cleveland, in the development of the African-American legal community, and in the ongoing public debates on citizen-police encounters.