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'Understanding the Reparations Debate,' Annual George Abel and Mathilde Schwab Dreyfous Lecture, April 15, 2004, 6 p.m., Room 110

March 22, 2004

Charles J. Ogletree, Jr., will deliver this year's George Abel and Mathilde Schwab Dreyfous lecture, "Understanding the Reparations Debate" on April 15 at Tulane Law School, Room 110 at 6 p.m.  Professor Ogletree is a noted legal scholar and co-chair of the Reparations Coordinating Committee, which is developing a claim seeking reparations for descendants of African slaves.

He is a Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Clinical Programs at Harvard Law School, where he has taught in the areas of criminal law and procedure, juvenile justice, trial advocacy and legal reasoning and argument.  He has earned a national reputation for his work, both in academics and in practice, to help ensure that the American legal system provides equal justice for all citizens.  Professor Ogletree received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Stanford University and his law degree from Harvard.

He has received honorary degrees from several colleges and law schools, as well as numerous awards and honors, including the National Bar Association's Equal Justice Award and the National Law Journal's designation as one of the "100 Most Influential Lawyers in America" in 2000.

The George Abel and Mathilde Schwab Dreyfous Lecture is dedicated to the study of civil liberties and human rights.  It was established in 1965 to honor George Abel Dreyfous, the founder of the Louisiana Affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union and a Southern pioneer and leader in the field of civil liberties.  Mr. Dreyfous received his undergraduate degree from Tulane University, and his law degree from Harvard.  In 2003, the title of the lecture series was changed to honor both Mr. Dreyfous and his wife, Mathilde Schwab Dreyfous, a tireless community volunteer and activist who worked closely with her husband towards an end to segregation and discrimination against African-Americans. 

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 865-5920.


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