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2011 Distinguished Honors Alumni Award Recipient: Carter Strang

Posted Apr. 12, 2011
Distinguished Honors Alumni Carter StrangStrang is a partner with the Cleveland based law firm of Tucker Ellis & West, where his focus is civil litigation. A 1973 graduate of Kent State and the Honors College, Carter taught and coached at Shaker Heights High School from 1974 to 1983 and was named a Jennings Scholar for outstanding teaching. After earning a Master’s degree in education in 1979, Carter enrolled in the evening program at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. He received his Juris Doctorate in 1984.

Carter is the vice-president of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association and immediate past president of the Ohio Chapter of the Federal Bar Association Northern District. He started and leads the CMBA’s Green Initiative and chaired its award winning 3Rs program which each month places 500 attorneys in Cleveland schools where they teach a law-based curriculum that Carter co-authored. He also started and serves as coordinator of Tucker Ellis & West’s Pipeline Diversity Program, which involves partnerships between the firm’s Cleveland, Los Angeles, Denver and San Francisco offices through which students in urban schools in those cities work with the firm’s attorneys at their schools and at the firm’s offices in an effort to encourage the students to stay in school and consider careers in the law. Carter was the recipient of the CMBA’s 2010 Justice for All Volunteer of the Year Award and the 2009 Distinguished Contributions to the Community Award from the Ohio Civil Trial Attorneys.  

In December 2010, he co-chaired an innovative CMBA Cleveland program that examined the legal implications of the May 4th shootings and which included a number of current Kent State professors and former students as speakers. As a Kent State student, Carter was a member of the football and ice hockey teams and involved in a number of political campaigns and community programs. Carter has maintained his ties to the university. 

Strang has created awards for Honors College students in memory of each of his parents, both of whom were Kent State employees. He also serves as a member on the Honors College Advisory Board and the Honors College Alumni Chapter.