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Charles Ogletree

Legal scholar, Harvard professor, host of Socratic dialogues on PBS and C-SPAN - Panelist Blurb

A professor of law at Harvard Law School and Director of the school's Criminal Justice Institute, Charles Ogletree is also a prominent legal theorist affiliated with the Berkman Center for Internet & Society. He was selected by The National Law Journal as one of the hundred most influential lawyers in America.

Ogletree served for seven years as a public defender in Washington, D.C., earning a reputation for his blend of focus and flexibility. As an advocate Ogletree works to secure the rights guaranteed by the Constitution for everyone equally under the law. He presents and discusses the discrepancies that hinder our justice system from delivering equal treatment and protecting those rights that the law guarantees to every citizen. He was counsel to Anita Hill during the Clarence Thomas hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Renowned for his remarkable talent as a moderator of Socratic-style dialogues, Ogletree has appeared as commentator on such programs as Nightline, McNeil/Lehrer NewsHour, Crossfire, The Today Show, Good Morning America and Meet the Press.

NOTE: Bio is as it appeared in the Forum program for "Focus on Race Relations" on May 22, 2003.