‘Celebrating the First Amendment in Troubled Times’
SPOKANE, Wash. – Harvard Law School Professor Charles J. Ogletree Jr., will discuss the First Amendment right to peaceful assembly at 5:30 p.m., Monday, April 23 when he delivers Gonzaga University School of Law’s William O. Douglas Lecture. The free event is open to the public and will be held in the Barbieri Courtroom.
Watch Professor Ogletree’s presentation
Welcoming Back Professor Ogletree
The lecture by Ogletree, a prominent legal theorist, is titled, “Celebrating the First Amendment in Troubled Times.” Ogletree will host a question-and-answer session after the lecture. This marks Ogletree’s second visit to Gonzaga Law School to deliver the William O. Douglas lecture. In April 1996, Ogletree presented “The Limits of Hate Speech: Does Race Matter?”
Ogletree a Well-Known Legal Scholar
Ogletree holds a number of legal, social, and academic distinctions, including honorary law degrees from six law schools. He also received the first Rosa Parks Civil Rights Award, given by the City of Boston, and Morehouse College’s Gandhi, King, Ikeda Community Builders Prize. The Asian American Legal Defense & Education Fund honored him with the Justice in Action Award, and the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus presented him with their “Good Guys” Award.
The William O. Douglas Lecture Series
Traditionally, the William O. Douglas Lecture has focused on First Amendment issues. The lecture is named for the late U.S. Supreme Court justice from Yakima, Wash., who initiated the speaker series April 6, 1972, when he spoke on “The Grand Design of the Constitution.” In 1994, Antonin Scalia became the fourth U.S. Supreme Court justice to deliver the Douglas Lecture. William H. Rehnquist spoke in 1976 and Byron R. White spoke in 1982. Sandra Day O’Connor also spoke at a 1986 Gonzaga academic convocation.