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Board of Trustees of the University of the District of Columbia Charles J. Ogletree, Jr., Confirmation Resolution of 1999
PR 13-660

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Chairman Linda W. Cropp at the request of the Mayor


To confirm the appointment of Mr. Charles J. Olgetree, Jr. to the Board of Trustees of the University of the District of Columbia.

RESOLVED, BY THE COUNCIL OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA That this resolution may be cited as the " Board of Trustees of the University of the District of Columbia Charles J. Olgetree, Jr. Confirmation Resolution of 1999".

Sec. 2. The Council of the District of Columbia confirms the appointment of:

Mr. Charles J. Olgetree, Jr.
54 Pemberton Street
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02140

as a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of the District of Columbia, established by section 201 of the District of Columbia Public Postsecondary Education Reorganization Act, approved October 26, 1974 (88 Stat. 1424; D.C. Code §31-1511). for a term to end May 15, 2004.

Sec. 3. The Council of the District of ( Columbia shall transmit a copy of this resolution, upon its adoption, each to the nominee and to the Office of the Mayor.

Sec. 4. This resolution shall take effect immediately.





54 Pemberton Street
Cambridge, MA 02140
(611) 868-3330


320 Hauser Hall
Harvard Law School
Cambridge, MA 02138
(611) 496-2054
(617) 496 3936 FAX


Born: December 31, 1952, Merced. CA
Married: Pamela Barnes (1975)
Two Children: Charles, III (1916) Student at Florida A&M
Rashida (1979) Student at Columbia University


United States Supreme Court
District of Columbia Court of Appeals
United States District Court for the District of Columbia
United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit


1998 - Present HARVARD LAW SCHOOL. Cambridge, MA. Jesse Climenko Professor of Law
1996 - Present HARVARD LAW SCHOOL. Cambridge, MA, Professor of Law, Faculty Director of Clinical Programs
1993 - Present HARVARD LAW SCHOOL, Cambridge, MA, Professor of Law
1989 - 1993 HARVARD LAW SCHOOL, Assistant Professor of Law
1990 - Present HARVARD LAW SCHOOL. Criminal Justice Institute, Founder and Director
1988 - Present HARVARD LAW SCHOOL. Saturday School, Founder and Director
1986 - Present HARVARD LAW SCHOOL, Trial Advocacy Workshop, Director
1989 - Present JESSAMY, FORT & BOTTS, Washington, D.C., Of Counsel
1985 - 1989 JESSAMY, PORT & OGLETREE, Partner
1985 - 1989 HARVARD LAW SCHOOL, Visiting Professor from Practice
1984 - 1985 DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA PUBLIC DEFENDER SERVICE, Washington, D.C, Deputy Director
1982 - 1983 DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA PUBLIC DEFENDER SERVICE, Director of Staff Training
1982 - 1984 AMERICAN UNIVERSITY/WASHINGTON COLLEGE OF LAW, Washington, D.C., Adjunct Professor
1983 - 1984 ANTIOCH LAW SCHOOL, Washington, D.C., Adjunct Professor


American Bar Association
National Conference of Black Lawyers
National Bar Association
American Civil Liberties Union
Association of American Law Schools
Society of American Law Teachers
D.C. Bar
Bar Association of D.C.
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
Washington Bar Association
Member, Board of Directors, TransAfrica
Co-chair, The Transafrica Forum Scholars Council
Member, Stanford University Board of Trustees
National Chair, The Stanford Fund
Co-chair, The Cambridge Public Schools Blue Ribbon Guidance Committee
Chair, The B.E.L.L. Foundation
Chair, Project Concern
Member, ABA, Individual Rights and Responsibilities Section
Former Reporter, Criminal Justice Act Review Committee (Prado Committee)
Board Member, Roxbury Multi-service Center
Board Member, Concerned Black Men of Cambridge
Board Member, Freedom House Inc.
Chairperson, Board of Directors, The Southern Center for Human Rights Committee, Atlanta, Georgia
Former member, Office of Technology Assessment Advisory panel, Forensic Uses of DNA Tests
Former Council Member, ABA, Criminal Justice Section
Founding Member and Former President, Harvard Law School Black Alumni Association
Former Member, Executive Council, Young Lawyers Section Bar Association of D.C.
Former Member, Board of Directors. Washington Halfway House for Women
Former Chairperson Justice Advisory Board, The Edna McConnell Clark Foundation
Former Member, Board of Directors, National Legal Aid and Defender Association


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The Ruth Batson Philanthropic Award, African-American Federation of Greater Boston (1999)
Honorary Degree, Doctor of Laws, New England School of Law ( 1998)
Thurgood Marshall Award, The Massachusetts Committee for Public Counsel Services (1998)
The Jesse Climenko Professor of Law, Harvard Law School (1988)
The Special Education Award, The Massachusetts Black Legislative Caucus (1998)
The Distinguished Visiting Advocate, Santa Clara Law School (1998)
The Krinock Lecturer, Cooley Law School (1997)
The Lee Distinguished Visiting Professor, William & Mary Law School (March 1997)
The 21st Century Achievement Award, The Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts (April 1997)
Justice Louis Brandeis Public Service Award, University of Louisville, (March 1997)
Martin Luther King, Jr. Drum Major Award, International House of Blues (January 1997)
Certificate of Appreciation, California Department of Education, Office of Gender Equity (May 1996)
Federal Bar Association Award for Contribution to: The Great Debate on Jury Reform, England vs. the U.S. (March, 1996)
National Convention Award for Commitment and Service to the Black Law Student, National Black Law Students Association, Minneapolis, MN (March 1996)
Certificate of Appreciation for Commitment to Advancement of Modern Legal Education, New England School of Law and Minority Students Association (March 1996)
National Bar Association Presidential Award. Renaissance Man of the Legal Profession (1996)
Alpha Phi Alpha Certificate of Distinguished Service Award, Dover, DE (January 1996)
Commonwealth of Massachusetts House of Representatives, Certificate of Recognition (1995)
The Distinguished Service Award, University of Massachusetts (1995)
The President's Medallion of Merit, National Bar Association Judicial Council (1995)
The Presidents Award, Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association (1995)
The Ellis Island Medal of Honor (1995)
The Ruffin-Fenwick Trailblazer Award for Harvard Law School (1995)
A Champion of Liberty Award, Criminal Practice Institute (1994)
Award and Speaker. Stanford Black Graduation Ceremony (1994)
Honorary Member, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (1994)
Recipient, Speakers Award, Northeast Regional BLSA Convention (1994)
Recipient, Albert M. Sacks - Paul A. Freund Award for Excellence in Teaching, Harvard Law School (1993)
Distinguished Moderator Award, The University of California, HealthNet Lecture Series (1993)
Honoree. The Award for Outstanding Contribution in Criminal Law Education, New York State Bar Association - Criminal Justice Section (1992)
Outstanding Service Award, Transafrica - Boston Chapter (1992)
Man of Vision Award, Museum of Afro-American History, S. Boston, MA (1992)
Award of Merit, The Public Defender Service Association, Washington D C. (1991)
Recipient, Richard S. Jacobson Award of Excellence in Teaching Trial Advocacy, The Roscoe Pound Foundation (1991)
Honoree, the Nelson Mandela Service Award. National Black Law Students Association (1991)
Inductee. The California Public Schools Hall of Fame (1990)
Recipient, Richard S. Jacobson Certificate of Excellence in Teaching Trial Advocacy, The Roscoe Pound Foundation (1990)
Special Achievement Award. The Charles Hamilton Houston Legal Institute (1990)
Personal Achievement Award, NAACP and The Black Network, Merced, CA (1990)
People's Lawyer of the Year Award, D.C Chapter of National Conference of Black Lawyers (1981)


Harvard Law School, J.D., 1978


Special Projects Editor, Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review
Board of Directors, Harvard Prison Legal Assistance Program
National Chairperson, Black American Law Students Association


Stanford University, B.A. (With Distinction) in Political Science, 1974
Stanford University M.A. in Political Science, 1975


Phi Beta Kappa
Senior Honors Thesis: The Efficacy of Sanctions as an Instrument of Political Change: The Rhodesian Case
Chairperson, Stanford Black Student Union
Student Body Co-President, Stanford University
Student Coordinator, Relief for Africans in Need in the Sahel (R.A.I.N.S.)



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