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Christo  Lassiter (In Memoriam)


Christo Lassiter (In Memoriam)

Professor of Law and Criminal Justice


BA, University of Chicago
MA, University of Michigan
JD, University of Michigan

Areas of Interest

  • Antitrust
  • Criminal Law and Procedure
  • White Collar Crime

Christo Lassiter holds joint professorships at the College of Law and the Graduate School of Criminal Justice.  An award-winning teacher, Professor Lassiter teaches courses in criminal law, criminal procedure, antitrust, and white collar crime.  He was elected to UC’s inaugural class of the Academy of Fellows for Teaching and Learning (2007) and serves as the College’s Order of the Coif President.

Professor Lassiter holds an annual Supreme Court Update webinar for the Association of Federal Defense Attorneys and writes, speaks, and comments frequently on local and national criminal justice issues. 

Prior to joining the College of Law faculty, Professor Lassiter served for eight years in various legal positions with the United States Marine Corps.  He was elected to the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame (Class of 2006) and served as Chair of its Executive Committee (2011-13).  He has since moved on to help launch the Kentucky Veterans Hall of Fame as a member of its Executive Board.   Professor Lassiter also was a consultant for The Affair, a joint HBO-BBC production concerning a false allegation of interracial rape against a black American soldier during World War II.

Professor Lassiter is a ruling Elder at Immanuel Presbyterian Church and member of several boards including Activities Beyond Classroom Activities, Inc. and a member of the Cincinnati Citizens Patrol Association.  A sports aficionado, he also is National Chair of the United States Specialty Sports Association: Track and Field Program and serves on the Professional Sports Advisory Panel for the University of Cincinnati.  He is also President of the SAY EAST Cincinnati Soccer Association.


Articles, Essays & Book Reviews


  • Does Flight From Police Constitute Reasonable Suspicion, University of Cincinnati College of Law (Feb. 22, 2000)
  • Criminal Law and Literature: Lecture, Problem, and Socratic Methods and the Virtual Classroom, University of Cincinnati College of Law (Mar. 13, 2000)
  • Searches and Seizures—Update on the U.S. Supreme Court and Supreme Court of Ohio, Hamilton County Criminal Justice Center (May 17, 2000)
  • Criminal Law and Literature: Lecture, Problem, and Socratic Methods and the Virtual Classroom, Institute for Law Teaching. Sixth Annual Summer Conference: Fresh Looks at Teaching and Learning Law, Gonzaga University School of Law (June 11-12, 1999)
  • Antitrust
  • Criminal Law
  • Criminal Procedure I
  • Criminal Procedure II
  • White Collar Crime