Ogletree, Charles J. 1952-

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Ogletree, Charles J. 1952-


Born December 31, 1952, in Merced, CA; son of farm workers; married Pamela Barnes, 1975; children: Charles III, Rashida. Education: Stanford University, B.A. (political science; with distinction), M.A. (political science; with distinction); Harvard Law School, J.D.


Office—Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Harvard Law School, 1587 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138. E-mail—[email protected].


Attorney and educator. District of Columbia Public Defender Service, Washington, DC, staff attorney, then training director, trial chief, and deputy director, until 1985; Jessamy, Fort & Ogletree, Washington, DC, partner, beginning 1985; formerly of counsel to Jordan, Keys & Jessamy, Washington, DC; University of Oregon Law School, former Wayne Morse Chair of Law and Politics; Stanford University, former scholar-in-residence; Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, professor at Harvard Law School, 1992—, currently Jesse Climenko Professor of Law and vice dean for clinical programs. Co-chair of Reparations Coordinating Committee. Moderator of television programs, including State of the Black Union; Where Do We Go from Here?: Chaos or Community; (with others) Ethics in America; Hard Drugs, Hard Choices; Liberty and Limits: Whose Law, Whose Order?; Credibility in the Newsroom; and Race to Execution, 2006. Guest on television programs, including Nightline, This Week with David Brinkley, McNeil-Lehrer News Hour, Crossfire, Today Show, Good Morning America, Larry King Live, Cochran and Company, Burden of Proof, Tavis Smiley, Frontline, America's Black Forum, and Meet the Press; guest on radio programs; legal commentator on O.J. Simpson case for NBC news programming. Member, Stanford University board of trustees; former national chairman of Stanford Fund; chairman of board of trustees, University of the District of Columbia; chairman of the board, B.E.L.L. Foundation; founding member and trustee, Benjamin Banneker Charter School, Cambridge, MA; founder of scholarships for Merced, CA, public schools; participant in National Leadership 500 seminars.


Phi Beta Kappa.

Awards, Honors

National Conference on Black Lawyers People's Lawyer of the Year Award; Man of Vision Award, Museum of Afro-American History (Boston, MA); Albert Sacks-Paul A. Freund Award for Teaching Excellence, Harvard Law School, 1993; Ellis Island Medal of Honor, 1995; Ruffin-Fenwick Trailblazer Award; National Bar Association Presidential Award, 1996; International House of Blues Foundation Martin Luther King, Jr., Drum Major Award; Justice Louis Brandeis Medal for Public Service; 21st Century Achievement Award, Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts; named among National Law Journal list of America's 100 Most Influential Lawyers, 2000; Equal Justice Award, National Bar Association; Charles Hamilton Houston Medallion of Merit, Washington Bar Association, 2001; named among Savoy magazine list of 100 Most Influential Blacks in America, 2003; honorary doctorates of law from North Carolina Central University, New England School of Law, Tougaloo College, Amherst College, Wilberforce University, and University of Miami School of Law.


(Editor, with others) Beyond the Rodney King Story: An Investigation of Police Conduct in Minority Communities, Northeastern University Press (Boston, MA), 1995.

(Editor, with Deborah L. Rhode) Brown at Fifty: The Unfinished Legacy, a Collection of Essays, American Bar Association Public Education Division (Chicago, IL), 2004.

All Deliberate Speed: Reflections on the First Half Century of "Brown v. Board of Education," Norton (New York, NY), 2004.

From Lynch Mobs to the Killing State: Race and the Death Penalty in America, New York University Press (New York, NY), 2006.

Contributor to periodicals, including New Crisis, Public Utilities Fortnightly, and Harvard Law Review. Contributor to books, including Faith of Our Fathers: African-American Men Reflect on Fatherhood; Reason and Passion: Justice Brennan's Enduring Influence; Basketball Jones, 2000; Lift Every Voice and Sing, 2001; and The Rehnquist Court: Judicial Activism on the Right, 2002.

Biographical and Critical Sources


Booklist, April 1, 2004, Vernon Ford, review of All Deliberate Speed: Reflections on the First Half Century of "Brown v. Board of Education," p. 1336.

Choice, May, 1995, D.O. Friedrichs, review of Beyond the Rodney King Story: An Investigation of Police Conduct in Minority Communities, p. 1510.

Kliatt, March, 2006, Patricia Moore, review of All Deliberate Speed, p. 40.

Massachusetts Law Review, fall, 2004, Brownlow M. Speer, review of All Deliberate Speed, p. 103.

New Crisis, May-June, 2002, Todd Steven Burroughs, "Charles Ogletree on Reparations," p. 9.

New Republic, June 7, 1993, Ruth Shalit, "Hate Story: Racial Strife at Law School," p. 11.

New York Review of Books, September 23, 2004, Kathleen Sullivan, review of All Deliberate Speed, p. 47.

Publishers Weekly, October 31, 1994, review of Beyond the Rodney King Story, p. 49; March 22, 2004, review of All Deliberate Speed, p. 77.