Charles J. Ogletree, Jr., the Jesse Climenko Professor of Law and Director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute of Race and Justice at Harvard Law School, has been teaching at Harvard Law School since 1984. He is the author of The Presumption of Guilt: The Arrest of Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Race, Class, and Crime in America, published in 2010, as well as other books on the criminal justice system. He represented people accused of crimes in adult and juvenile proceedings in the local superior court and federal courts, as well as the courts of appeals, of the District of Columbia, where he was a trial attorney, training director, trial chief and deputy director of the Public Defender Serivce from 1978 to 1985. His leadership on the Center's board includes arguing Ford v. Georgia, 498 U.S. 411 (1991), before the United States Supreme Court, and continuing to represent James Ford in the Superior Court of Coweta County, Ga. after the Supreme Court remanded it to the Georgia courts, in successfully challenging the prosecution's use of its discretionary strikes against African American in the selection of the jury that sentenced Ford to death. At Harvard Law School, he teaches courses on criminal law and procedure, professional responsibility, and a host of clinical courses involving trial practice. In addition, he has addressed matters of constitutional significance in various ways from hosting programs on the Public Broadcasting System, to editing and writing materials such as From Lynch Mobs to the Killing State: Race and the Death Penalty in America(Ogletree & Austin Sarat, eds., NYU Press 2006), to conducting programs at the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute on a wide rage of justice issues. Professor Ogletree earned a B.A. in Political Science (with distinction) and a M.A. in Political Science from Stanford University (1974 and 1975 respectively), and a J.D. from Harvard Law School, 1978.
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