Obama Mentor Charles Ogletree To Speak At Ithaca College

ITHACA, NY — Harvard law professor Charles Ogletree will discuss his longtime relationship with President Barack Obama on Thursday, November 12, at Ithaca College. His free public talk, “Mentoring Barack Obama: From Law School to the White House,” will take place at 7 p.m. in Emerson Suites, Phillips Hall.

A prominent legal theorist, Ogletree is internationally recognized for taking a hard look at complex issues of law and for working to secure the rights guaranteed by the Constitution for everyone, regardless of gender, class or color. He is the founding director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice at Harvard, where he taught both Barack and Michelle Obama. This past summer Ogletree issued a statement on behalf of his client and Harvard colleague, Henry Louis Gates, whose arrest at his own home became a major news story about the nexus of politics, police power and race.

Ogletree has authored or edited a number of books, including “When Law Fails: Making Sense of Miscarriages of Justice,” “From Lynch Mobs to the Killing State: Race and the Death Penalty in America,” “All Deliberate Speed: Reflections on the First Half-Century of Brown v. Board of Education” and “Brown at 50: The Unfinished Legacy.”

Among other awards, Ogletree has been recognized with the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, Man of Vision Award from the Museum of Afro-American History, Justice Louis Brandeis Medal for Public Service and Equal Justice Award from the National Bar Association. He has been named to the “National Law Journal” list of America’s 100 most influential lawyers and “Savoy” magazine list of the 100 most influential blacks in America.

Ogletree’s visit is taking place in conjunction with the First-Year Reading Initiative and the “In My Own Words” speaker series sponsored by the Office of Student Engagement and Multicultural Affairs. Barack Obama’s memoir, “Dreams from My Father,” was chosen as the 2009–10 First-Year Reading Initiative selection.

For more information, contact John W. Rawlins III in the Office of Student Engagement and Multicultural Affairs at or 607-274-3222.

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