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Harvard's Charles Ogletree to Headline 2008 Dean's Dinner


Charles J. 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, will provide the keynote presentation at the 2008 Dean's Dinner on Tuesday, November 18 sponsored by Hamline University School of Law and hosted by Hamline Law Dean Donald Lewis. Olgetree, a distinguished scholar on issues of criminal justice, race and the law, and legal education, will offer his insights on the impact of the 2008 presidential election on the struggle for equal rights in America and abroad.

The Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice (, named in honor of the visionary lawyer who spearheaded the litigation in Brown v. Board of Education, opened in September 2005, and focuses on a variety of issues relating to race and justice.

Ogletree's most recent book, co-edited with Professor Austin Sarat of Amherst college, From Lynch Mobs to the Killing State: Race and the Death Penalty in America, was published by New York University Press in May 2006. His historical memoir, All Deliberate Speed: Reflections on the First Half-Century of Brown v. Board of Education (, was published by W.W. Norton & Company in April 2004.

Ogletree is a native of Merced, California, where he attended public schools. Ogletree earned an MA and BA (with distinction) in Political Science from Stanford University, where he was Phi Beta Kappa. He also holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he graduated in 1978 with Dean Lewis.

In 2006, Ogletree was named by Ebony Magazine as one of the 100+ Most Influential Black Americans. He was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award when he was inducted into the Hall of Fame for the National Black Law Students Association, where he served as National President from 1977-1978. Ogletree also received 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.

Hamline University School of Law's annual Dean's Dinner provides a forum for visionary thinkers who can transform the lives of law students and improve the foundations of the legal profession. Past speakers have included New York University President John Sexton, Pepperdine University School of Law Dean Kenneth Starr and New Yorker columnist and best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell.

The 2008 Dean's Dinner will be held on Tuesday, November 18 beginning at 6 p.m. at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. For information regarding table sponsorships for the 2008 Dean's Dinner, or to purchase tickets, members of the public should contact Susan Stephan at 651-523-2338 or