Breakfast With Champions

Keynote Speaker
Charles Ogletree

The King County Bar Foundation’s annual fundraising breakfast, Breakfast With Champions will feature Harvard Law Professor, Legal Theorist and Activist Charles J. Ogletree March 19, 2014, at the Westin Seattle hotel beginning at 7:30 a.m.

The Breakfast With Champions recognizes the work of individuals dedicated to justice and diversity. Funds raised at the Breakfast support pro bono legal services delivered to individuals in King County who are the neediest and least served – the homeless, immigrants, frail, abused, and disenfranchised. The Breakfast also recognizes that every member of our society, regardless of race or ethnicity, must have a stake in our legal system. Breakfast contributions also support KCBF’s Minority Law Student Scholarship program. KCBF is one of the largest providers of minority scholarships to law students in the state and is dedicated to expanding opportunities with the law for people of color.

Charles Ogletree is Founder and Executive Director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute of Race and Justice. As a Harvard Law Professor, he is a prominent legal theorist with an international reputation for examining complex issues of law and working to secure the rights guaranteed by the Constitution for everyone equally under the law.

His most rent book is Presumption of Guilt: The Arrest of Henry Louis Gates, Jr. And Race, Class and Crime in America which draws on the 2009 mistaken arrest of Gates to explore race and what must be done to create a more just legal system. Ogletree’s other titles include When Law Fails, From Lynch Mobs to the Killing State: Race and the Death Penalty in America, which he co-edited with Professor Austin Sarat of Amherst College; Brown at 50: The Unfinished Legacy, which he co-authored with Professor Deborah Rhode of Stanford University to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education; and All Deliberate Speed: Reflections on the First Half-Century of Brown v. Board of Education.

Professor Ogletree has been recognized as a leader with many honors and awards including the 2005 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy Award for National Service, the first ever Rosa Parks Civil Rights Award given by the City of Boston, Morehouse College Candle in the Dark Award in Education and Law, and has been named by Ebony Magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential Black Americans.

Prof. Ogletree earned an MA and BA (with distinction) in Political Science from Stanford University, where he was Phi Beta Kappa. He also holds a JD from Harvard Law School where he served as Special Projects Editor of the Harvard Civil Rights - Civil Liberties Law Review.

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