A lawyer and legal theorist, Charles Ogletree JD ’78, the Jesse Climenko Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, has earned an international reputation for his sustained attention to complex matters of law and his public efforts to secure constitutional rights for all. Ogletree holds an BA and MA in Political Science from Stanford University and a JD from Harvard Law School, where he has been on the faculty since 1985. In 2005, he founded the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice, named for the architect of the legal strategy behind Brown v. Board of Education, the landmark 1954 Supreme Court case. Ogletree has written numerous articles for law journals; his several books on race and justice include The Presumption of Guilt: The Arrest of Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Race, Class, and Crime in America (2010); When Law Fails: Making Sense of Miscarriages of Justice (2009); and Life without Parole: America's New Death Penalty? (2012), coedited with Austin Sarat. In recognition of his many contributions to the legal profession, Ogletree was awarded the prestigious ABA Spirit of Excellence Award in 2009; the first ever Rosa Parks Civil Rights Award, given by the City of Boston; the Hugo A. Bedau Award, given by the Massachusetts Anti-Death Penalty Coalition; and Morehouse College’s Gandhi, King, Ikeda Community Builders Prize. Ogletree will be engaged in a dialogue by Mohsen Mostafavi, dean of Harvard GSD and Alexander and Victoria Wiley Professor of Design, whose initiative “Sharing One Harvard,” bringing faculty from diverse schools into the GSD, begins this term.
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