The Adams Center Presents: Charles Ogletree
Oct. 19, 2011
"Is America Post-Racial in the Age of Obama?"
Charles Ogletree, the Harvard Law School Jesse Climenko Professor of Law and Founding and executive director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice, is a prominent legal theorist who has earned an international reputation by taking a hard look at complex issues of law and by working to secure the rights guaranteed by the Constitution for everyone equally under the law.
He has examined these issues in the classroom, on the Internet, in the pages of prestigious law journals, as a public defender and in public television forums.
Ogletree is the Founding and Executive Director of Harvard Law School’s new Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race & Justice. He is the author of several books including, most recently, The Presumption of Guilt: The Arrest of Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Race, Class and Crime in America.
Ogletree has served as faculty director, associate dean and vice dean of the Harvard Law School Clinical Program. He holds honorary doctorates of law from North Carolina Central University, New England School of Law, Tougaloo College, Amherst College, Wilberforce University and the University of Miami School of Law.
Awards include the first ever Rosa Parks Civil Rights Award from the city of Boston; Morehouse College’s Gandhi, King, Ikeda Community Builders Prize; and the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy Award for National Service.
Ogletree earned a Master of the Arts and a Bachelor of the Arts (with distinction) in political science from Stanford University. He earned his law degree from Harvard Law School.