Charles Ogletree

Jesse Climenko Professor of Law and Director, Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race & Justice, Harvard Law School

Charles Ogletree

Charles J. Ogletree, Jr., the Harvard Law School Jesse Climenko Professor of Law, and Founding and Executive Director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice (CHHIRJ), is a prominent legal theorist who has made an international reputation by taking a hard look at complex issues of law and by working to secure the rights guaranteed by the Constitution for everyone equally under the law. He opened the CHHIRJ offices in 2005 as a tribute to the legendary civil rights lawyer, mentor, and teacher of such great civil rights lawyers as Thurgood Marshall and Oliver Hill. The Institute has engaged in a wide range of important educational, legal, and policy issues over the past 10 years.

“A lawyer is either a social engineer or a parasite on society.”

— Charles Hamilton Houston