attend NWLS' Reception on May 7th, 5:30 PM at the
Federal Courthouse, Erie, PA honoring the mission and
38 NWLS' original incorporators.
In 1969, 38
attorneys from the Erie County Bar Association came together with a
vision of providing free legal help in civil cases to people who
could not afford to hire an attorney. Northwestern Legal Services,
and access to justice, is their legacy.
We are honored to have as our
Special Guest and Speaker for the event, Charles J. Olgetree, Jr., Harvard Law
Jesse Climenko Professor of Law, and Founder
and Director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and
Justice, is a prominent legal theorist.
He 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. Professor Ogletree has examined these issues not only in the classroom, on the Internet and in the pages of prestigious law journals, but also in the everyday world of the public defender in the courtroom and in public television forums where these issues can be dramatically revealed. Armed with an arsenal of facts, Charles Ogletree presents and discusses the challenges that face our justice system and its attempt to deliver equal treatment to all citizens. He furthers dialogue by insisting that the justice system protect rights guaranteed to those citizens by law.
Professor Ogletree’s most current book, released in January 2009, is
titled When Law Fails: Making Sense of Miscarriages of Justice. He
also authored From Lynch Mobs to the Killing State: Race and the
Death Penalty in America (2006) and his historical memoir, All
Deliberate Speed: Reflections on the First Half-Century of Brown v.
Board of Education (2004).
Professor Ogletre' most recent books are When Law Fails: Making Sense of Miscarriages of Justice and All Deliberate Speed: Reflections on the First Half-Century of Brown v. Board of Education.
J. Olgetree, Jr.