Charles J. Ogletree, Jr., the Harvard Law School Jesse Climenko Professor of Law, and Founding Director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice, joined ECBA as Special Counsel. One of the nation’s leading legal scholars and practitioners, Professor Ogletree continues to practice law in his fields of expertise, including civil rights law and criminal defense. Over the years, he has served as an attorney in numerous landmark civil rights cases, such as the 1921 Tulsa Race Riot Survivors’ Suit and in historic controversies, including representation of Professor Anita Hill in Supreme Court confirmation hearings before the United States Senate. He regularly appears in trial and appellate courts around the country on behalf of a diverse range of clients
Professor Ogletree received his M.A. and B.A. (with distinction) in Political Science from Stanford University, where he was Phi Beta Kappa. He holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he served as Special Projects Editor of the Harvard Civil Rights – Civil Liberties Law Review. Professor Ogletree began his legal career as a criminal defense lawyer with the District of Columbia Public Defender Service, where he was eventually appointed Deputy Director. Thereafter, he entered private practice. In 1985, he began his teaching career as a faculty member of the Harvard Law School and became tenured in 1993.
Repeatedly recognized for his extraordinary contributions to law and policy, Professor Ogletree was selected by the National Law Journal in 2000 as one of the 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America. Among his many other honors, Professor Ogletree was named by the National Law Journal in 2008 as one of the 50 Most Influential Minority Lawyers in America. In 2009, he was awarded the venerated ABA Spirit of Excellence Award in recognition of his many contributions to the legal profession. One of the original, featured moderators in PBS’s seminal series, Ethics in America, Professor Ogletree has regularly appeared as a guest commentator on nationally and internationally syndicated television programs. His commentaries on a broad range of timely and important issues have appeared on the editorial pages of the country’s leading newspapers, including The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, and the Boston Globe.
Professor Ogletree joins at an exciting time at the firm, which recently settled the Jonathan Carey case with New York State for $5 million, won a $2.4 million jury verdict in a police shooting case in New Jersey, and has won important victories in state and federal court for taxi owners, political parties, and victims of warrantless wiretapping, housing discrimination, and prison abuse.
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