Internationally renowned legal theorist Charles Ogletree will speak at the University at Buffalo at 8 p.m. tonight in Alumni Arena, North Campus, as part of UB's Distinguished Speakers Series.
He is UB's 40th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration keynote speaker.
Ogletree is Harvard Law School Jesse Climenko Professor of Law. He is a prominent legal theorist who has earned an international reputation for taking a hard look at complex issues of law and working to secure the rights guaranteed by the Constitution for everyone equally under the law.
He is the founding and executive director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice, named in honor of the lawyer who spearheaded the litigation in Brown v. Board of Education.
Ogletree was named by Ebony Magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential Black Americans in 2006 and 2007, and is co-author of the award-winning book, "Beyond the Rodney King Story: An Investigation of Police Conduct in Minority Communities." He served as NBC legal commentator on the O.J. Simpson case.