Charles Ogletree is the Harvard Law School Jesse Climenko Professor of Law and Vice Dean for the Clinical Programs. He is a prominent legal theorist who has made an international reputation by looking at complex issues of law and working to secure the rights guaranteed by the Constitution for everyone equally under the law.
Before coming to Harvard, Professor Ogletree was in private practice in 1985 in the law firm of Jessamy, Fort & Ogletree and he is formerly “of Counsel” to the Washington, D.C. firm of Jordan, Keys & Jessamy. He began his career in public service as a staff attorney in the District of Columbia Public Defender Service. He rose through the ranks serving as Training Director, Trial Chief, and Deputy Director of the Service.
Professor Ogletree was member of the Stanford University Board of Trustees for ten years, and served for five years as the national Chairman of the Stanford Fund. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) and has worked on development for both UDC and Harvard Law. He also serves as the Chairman of the Board of the B.E.L.L. Foundation, which is committed to educating minority children in after school programs in Boston, New York, and Washington, D.C.