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Tributes to Charles J. Ogletree Jr. reveal a mentor whose phone ‘never stopped ringing’

Charles J. Ogletree Jr.As the legal and academic worlds mourn the loss of one of the era’s greatest minds, a flood of tributes point to yet another side of Harvard legal scholar Charles J. Ogletree Jr., who died on Friday: that of a selfless mentor.

Ogletree, who passed away at the age of 70 after a long fight with Alzheimer’s, was a trailblazer in advocating for civil rights. Among his accomplishments were the founding of the Criminal Justice Institute—a program at Harvard Law School that trains students to represent indigent defendants—and his work to seek reparations for the survivors of the 1921 Tulsa Race Riot.


  1. Aimee Sands on August 18, 2023 at 4:55 pm

    Chas, I remember you!!!! How are you???

  2. Chas Norton on August 13, 2023 at 3:41 pm

    I remember working with professor Ogletree when he was the host/moderator of Fred Friendly’s series “Ethics in America” which was done as an outside production in Studio A at 125 Western Avenue in 1989 (?).

    The show — as I remember it — presented the hypothetical situation of a soldier in Vietnam who refused to obey orders.

    The panel was composed of real people, including Mike Wallace and General William Westmoreland who were known to have had public disagreements in the past.

    It was a fascinating show and great TV.

    Hopefully it can be re-aired in memory of Professor Ogletree.

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