Race and Justice Seminar: Criminal Justice
Spring term, Block J
W 4:45 PM - 6:45 PM
Professor Charles J. Ogletree
2 classroom credits LAW-98221A Spring
2, 3, or 4 optional clinical credits Spring
'Charles Hamilton Houston, a 1922 graduate of Harvard Law School, and the architect of the litigation that ultimately led to the Supreme Court's decision in Brown v. Board of Education, has a remarkable legacy in the law. In 1919, Houston enrolled at Harvard Law School (LL.B., 1922; D.J.S., 1923), where he was the first black editor of the Harvard Law Review. He went on to study civil law at the University of Madrid. As vice-dean of Howard University Law School (1929-35), Houston shaped it into a significant institution, at the time training almost a quarter of the nation's black law students, including Thurgood Marshall, Oliver Hill, and Robert Carter. During his tenure, the school became accredited by the Association of American Law Schools and the American Bar Association. Houston made significant contributions in the battle against racial discrimination. Houston's efforts to dismantle the legal theory of 'separate but equal' came to fruition after his death in 1950 with the historic Brown v. Board of Education (1954) decision, which prohibited segregation in public schools.
This seminar will examine the impact of Houston's race and justice jurisprudence during the first half of the 20th Century, and its current impact on policies, including affirmative action and racial justice. Students will be required to write several short essays and complete a substantial paper at the end of the semester. The course is open to 2L, 3L, and LLM students, registration will be limited to twenty students, and a waiting list will be kept.'
Students who wish to enroll in the class with a clinical component must do so through the Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs. Please refer to the Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs website at http://www.law.harvard.edu/academics/clinical/ for early drop/add deadlines and rules for all clinical courses.