Professor Sullivan is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Morehouse College, and the Harvard Law School, where he served as president of the Black Law Students Association and as a general editor of the Harvard BlackLetter Law Review. After graduating Harvard, Professor Sullivan spent a year in Nairobi, Kenya as a Visiting Attorney for the Law Society of Kenya. In that capacity, he sat on a committee charged with drafting a new constitution for Kenya. He also worked with the Kenya Human Rights Commission, documenting human rights violations throughout Kenya.
Professor Sullivan returned to the United States where he was employed as a staff attorney for the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia (PDS). He represented hundreds of clients in thousands of matters, ranging from juvenile delinquency cases to first-degree murder cases. After leaving PDS, Professor Sullivan went into private practice where he specialized in complex civil and white-collar criminal litigation. He worked with the D.C. law firms of Baach Robinson & Lewis, and Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom. In 2000, Professor Sullivan returned to PDS as its General Counsel where he served until his appointment as Director in June 2002. As Director of PDS, Professor Sullivan served as its chief executive officer, employed over 200 people, and managed a federal appropriation of approximately $30 million. In that capacity, Professor Sullivan testified before the United States Senate, the United States House of Representatives, and the Council of the District of Columbia on a range of criminal law issues. Most recently, Professor Sullivan testified before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on the nomination of Samuel A. Alito to the U.S. Supreme Court with respect to Judge Alito’s Fourth Amendment jurisprudence.
Professor Sullivan has provided legal commentary for CNN, FoxNews, and PBS on topics ranging from the Impeachment of President Clinton to the Kobe Bryant criminal proceedings. (Gary, IN; B.A., Morehouse College; J.D., Harvard University)
In 1998, Professor Ogletree was awarded the Jesse Climenko Professor of Law chair at Harvard Law School. He holds honorary doctorates of law from North Carolina Central University, New England School of Law, Tougaloo College, Amherst College, Wilberforce University, and the University of Miami School of Law.
Professor Ogletree earned an M.A. and B.A. (with distinction) in Political Science from Stanford University, where he was Phi Beta Kappa. He also holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School where he served as Special Projects Editor of the Harvard Civil Rights – Civil Liberties Law Review .
Charles Ogletree began his illustrious career as a staff attorney in the District of Columbia Public Defender Service. He quickly rose through the ranks serving as Training Director, Trial Chief, and Deputy Director of the Service before entering private practice in 1985 in the law firm of Jessamy, Fort & Ogletree. Professor Ogletree is formerly “of Counsel” to the Washington, D.C. firm of Jordan, Keys & Jessamy.
Professor Ogletree is the author of All Deliberate Speed: Reflections on the First Half-Century of Brown v. Board of Education , published by W.W. Norton & Company and released in April of 2004 ( www.alldeliberatespeed.com). He is the co-author of the award-winning book, Beyond the Rodney King Story: An Investigation of Police Conduct in Minority Communities , and he frequently contributes to the Harvard Law Review , among other publications. He has written chapters in several books, including If You Buy the Hat, He Will Come , in Faith of Our Fathers: African American Men Reflect on Fatherhood and The Tireless Warrior for Racial Justice , which appears in Reason & Passion: Justice Brennan’s Enduring Influence. Privileges and Immunities for Basketball Stars and Other Sport Heroes? appears in Basketball Jones , published in 2000. In addition, Professor Ogletree’s commentaries on a broad range of timely and important issues have appeared in the editorial pages of the New York Times , the Washington Post , the Los Angeles Times , and the Boston Globe , among other national newspapers. His commentary on how to make Black America better was published in the 2001 compilation, Lift Every Voice and Sing . Most recently, Professor Ogletree has contributed a chapter entitled The Rehnquist Revolution in Criminal Procedure , which appears in The Rehnquist Court: Judicial Activism on the Right , published in 2002.
In 1991, Professor Ogletree served as Legal Counsel to Professor Anita Hill during the Senate Confirmation hearings for Justice Clarence Thomas. His reflections on those experiences are contained in The People vs. Anita Hill: The Case for Client-Centered Advocacy , a chapter of the book, Race, Gender and Power in America . He was profiled in an article in The American Lawyer entitled, Tree Time . More recently, Professor Ogletree was prominently featured in award-winning author Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot’s compelling book, I’ve Known Rivers , and in a Boston Globe magazine article entitled, Faith in the System .
In 2003, he was selected by Savoy Magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential Blacks in America and by Black Enterprise Magazine , along with Thurgood Marshall, A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr., and Constance Baker Motley, as one of the legal legends among America’s top black lawyers. In 2002, he received the National Bar Association’s prestigious Equal Justice Award. In 2001, he joined a list of distinguished jurists, including former Supreme Court Justices Thurgood Marshall and William Brennan, and civil rights lawyers Elaine Jones and Oliver Hill, when he received the prestigious Charles Hamilton Houston Medallion of Merit from the Washington Bar Association. He also held the Wayne Morse Chair of Law and Politics at the University of Oregon Law School and was a Scholar in Residence at Stanford University. In 2000, Professor Ogletree was selected by the National Law Journal as one of the 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America . He has received numerous awards, including the National Conference on Black LawyersPeople’s Lawyer of the Year Award , the Man of Vision Awardfrom the Museum of Afro-American History in Boston, the 1993Albert Sacks-Paul A. Freund Award for Teaching Excellence at Harvard Law School, and in 1995, The Ellis Island Medal of Honorand The Ruffin-Fenwick Trailblazer Award named in honor of the first African-American man and woman to graduate from Harvard Law School. In 1996, the National Bar Association honored him with its Presidential Award for The Renaissance Man of the Legal Profession . He was also awarded the International House of Blues Foundation Martin Luther King, Jr. Drum Major Award, The Justice Louis Brandeis Medal for Public Service, and the 21st Century Achievement Award from the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts.
In addition to his strong academic focus, Charles Ogletree’s national media experience and exposure is considerable in its scope. In 2001 and 2002, Professor Ogletree moderated the nationally-televised forums, State of the Black Union and Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community , produced by Tavis Smiley Productions. Professor Ogletree also served as the moderator of four of producer Fred Friendly’s seminal ten-part series, Ethics in America , which aired on PBS. Since 1990, he has moderated dozens of similar programs, including Hard Drugs, Hard Choices, Liberty & Limits: Whose Law, Whose Order? and Credibility in the Newsroom . Professor Ogletree has also appeared as a guest commentator onNightline, This Week with David Brinkley, McNeil-Lehrer News Hour, Crossfire, The Today Show, Good Morning America, Larry King Live, Cochran & Company, Burden of Proof , and Meet the Press as well as other national and local television and radio programs. He served as NBC legal commentator on the O.J. Simpson case.
Professor Ogletree also serves as the Co-Chair of the Reparations Coordinating Committee, a group of lawyers and other experts researching a lawsuit based upon a claim of reparations for descendants of African slaves, along with Randall Robinson, co-author of The Debt: What America Owes to Blacks .
Professor Ogletree has a long record of commitment and service to public schools and higher education. He completed ten years of service to his alma mater, as a member of the Stanford University Board of Trustees, and for five years served as the national Chairman of the Stanford Fund, the University’s principal fund raising organization. Professor Ogletree’s development activities have also raised substantial funds for Harvard Law and the UDC, where he currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the University of the District of Columbia, a land grant and historically black college and university. He continues to serve as the Chairman of the Board of the B.E.L.L. Foundation, which is committed to educating minority children in after school programs in Boston, New York, and Washington, D.C. In addition, Professor Ogletree served as one of the founding members and trustee of the Benjamin Banneker Charter School in Cambridge, a school that provides educational opportunities in math, science and technology to minority children in a public school setting. Professor Ogletree attended public schools in his hometown of Merced, California, and has set up a scholarship fund there that now annually provides support for needy students who want to pursue higher education. He has also provided scholarship support for students at Harvard Law School, Stanford University, and the University of the District of Columbia.
Professor Ogletree has been married to his fellow Stanford graduate, Pamela Barnes, since 1975. They are the proud parents of two children, Charles Ogletree III and Rashida Ogletree. The Ogletree’s live in Cambridge and are members of St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church.
Dehlia Umunna is a Clinical Professor of Law at Harvard Law School (HLS), and the Faculty Deputy Director of the law school’s Criminal Justice Institute (CJI), where she supervises third-year law students in their representation of adult and juvenile clients in criminal and juvenile proceedings in Massachusetts Courts, including the Supreme Judicial Court. Her teaching interest and research focus on Criminal Law, Criminal Defense and Theory, Mass Incarceration, and Race Issues. She serves as a Faculty Adviser to some student organizations. Professor Umunna coaches the HLS National Criminal Justice Trial Advocacy and the HLS Black Law Student Association Trial Teams, and has led them to numerous regional and national awards. In addition to her work at HLS, Professor Umunna serves as a faculty member for Gideon’s Promise (formerly the Southern Public Defender’s Training Center), and is a frequent presenter at Public Defender Training Conferences and Social Justice Reform Panels around the country. She was recently appointed by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court to the newly-established Bar Admissions Curriculum Committee to assist in crafting the Uniform Bar Exam.
Prior to coming to Harvard, Professor Umunna spent several years at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia (PDS) as a trial attorney. At PDS, she was a felony one trial attorney, representing indigent clients in hundreds of cases from misdemeanor charges of theft, assault, and drug possession, to kidnapping, child sexual abuse, rape, and homicide. Some of her cases received nationwide media attention. She also served as faculty training attorneys under the District of Columbia Criminal Justice Act.
From 2002 to 2007, Professor Umunna was an Adjunct Professor of Law and Practitioner in Residence at American University, Washington College of Law. She was a board member of the District of Columbia Law Students in Court Clinic, and a guest lecturer for several years at the George Washington University Law School.
Among her recognitions, Professor Umunna has received Harvard Law School’s Dean’s Award for Excellence, in acknowledgment of her outstanding service to the HLS community where she has excelled as a student supervisor, staff manager, lecturer, coach, and mentor, and the Southern Public Defender Training Center Outstanding Faculty Mentor of the Year Award.
Professor Umunna is a member of the Massachusetts, Maryland, and District of Columbia Bar Associations. She holds a B.A. in Communications from California State University, a Masters in Public Administration (MC) from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and a JD from George Washington University Law School, where she was awarded the J.B. Shapiro Prize for Public Interest ($10,000). Her article “Rethinking the Neighborhood Watch: How Lessons from Nigerian Villages Can Creatively Empower Communities to Assist Low-Income, Single Mothers In America,” was recently published in AM. U. J. GENDER, SOC. POL’Y & L. (Volume 20, Number 4). She is the very proud mother of daughter, Ifeanyi, and son, Edozie.
Prior to joining the Criminal Justice Institute as a Clinical Instructor, Aditi Goel was a public defender for more than five years at the Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS). She represented hundreds of indigent clients in Suffolk County charged with crimes ranging from drug distribution to assault with the intent to murder in all hearings from arraignment to sentencing. She was lead counsel in numerous suppression motions and jury trials in superior and district courts. At CPCS, she served on an advisory committee for the Council of State Government Working Group for Criminal Justice Review, a working group that explored opportunities for criminal justice reform. She has also participated as a panelist at multiple events to discuss race and immigration in the criminal justice system.
Aditi was an investigator for the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia before graduating from the University of Virginia School of Law in 2012. She received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and minored in Political Science from the University of California at San Diego (Cum Laude).
Deb Goldfarb is a licensed independent clinical social worker who holds a part time position at CJI. While completing her Masters in Social Work at Simmons College, Deb held a clinical internship at CJI during the 2014/15 school year. In spring 2019, she was delighted to have the opportunity to rejoin the CJI team, where she first developed her passion for working with individuals affected by the criminal legal system.
Following graduate school, Deb worked for several years in the Massachusetts Department of Corrections as a mental health professional. Primarily working with incarcerated females at MCI-Framingham, she gained invaluable clinical experience in trauma, personality disorders, and substance use while providing individual and group counseling as well as crisis intervention. She worked with both individuals awaiting trial and those serving a wide range of state prison sentences. For several years, Deb also worked as a jail diversion clinician with a local police department, a position funded by the MA Department of Mental Health. Through this role she also provided training on mental health for police through the Crisis Intervention Training programs in the Boston region.
Prior to graduate school, Deb worked for five years providing case management to clients experiencing significant mental illness, addiction, homelessness, and personal crises. Through that work she gained extensive knowledge of Boston area resources, which she continues to use today to help navigate CJI clients through health care and social service systems.
Currently Deb also holds a management position with Boston Medical Center’s Department of Psychiatry, where she runs a clinical case management program that supports some of the city’s most vulnerable individuals. The program works with high risk individuals who frequently access psychiatric emergency services, have high rates of inpatient psychiatric hospitalizations and are affected by many social determinants of health. Through this work, Deb collaborates closely with many local and state agencies and providers.
Deb is co-chair of the National Association of Social Workers Massachusetts Chapter Criminal Justice Committee, where she helps leads a group of passionate social workers throughout the Commonwealth in legislative advocacy on necessary criminal justice reform. Through this volunteer work she helps organize legislative events, provides legislative testimony and has spoken on panels about the criminal legal system.
Lia is the Managing Attorney at CJI, and a Senior Clinical Instructor. Prior to joining CJI in 2014, Lia served as a superior court trial attorney with the Roxbury Defenders Unit at the Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS), where she was the lead attorney in serious felony cases, and represented clients in all stages of criminal prosecution from arraignment through post-dispositional advocacy. Before she became a public defender, she was an Equal Justice Works Fellow at the Children’s Law Center of Massachusetts, where she developed efforts to challenge the sentencing of children in Massachusetts to life without parole. Lia was a Litigation Associate at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, and clerked for the Honorable Kenneth M. Karas in the Southern District of New York.
Lia graduated from Northwestern School of Law in 2004 (cum laude). She received her Bachelor of Arts in Women’s Studies, with a minor in African and African American Studies at Dartmouth College.
Robert is a Senior Clinical Instructor and Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School’s Criminal Justice Institute (CJI) where he teaches third year law students criminal defense practice. Prior to joining CJI, Robert was in private practice specializing in criminal defense, appellate practice, corporate due diligence and compliance. Robert dedicated significant time providing court appointed legal representation to indigent defendants in District and Superior Courts in Massachusetts as a member of Suffolk Lawyers for Justice and Middlesex Defense Attorneys bar advocate programs for ten years. He has represented over a thousand clients charged with minor misdemeanors and serious felonies from pre-arraignment to appeals. He has taught the Trial Advocacy Workshop at Harvard Law School since 2009. Prior to practicing law, he was a high school English teacher in California. Robert is licensed to practice before the Supreme Judicial Court for Massachusetts and the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts. He earned a B.A. from Morehouse College (‘94), an Ed.M from Harvard University (‘95), and a J.D. from Northeastern University (‘99).
Mr. Pierce has more than 10 years of outpatient experience, having served as a clinician in both private practice and within a health maintenance organization model, at a community–based clinic and with programs for families and adolescents. He has extensive experience treating victims of trauma. Mr. Pierce currently treats children, adolescents and adults in his private therapy practice. He uses Narrative, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Solution Focused, Behavioral, Educational, and Psychodynamic theories to provide individual, couples, group, and family therapy for a variety of clinical issues including depression, trauma, loss, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), bipolar disorder and adjustment disorders. Additionally, he leads a group for adolescents diagnosed with major mental illness and has co-led treatment groups for developmentally delayed adult males and for latency age boys with a history of trauma.
Regarded for the wealth and depth of his experience, Mr. Pierce has rendered service for Department of Social Services, for schools systems and for judicial courts. He has also worked in an inpatient setting on an open adult psychiatric unit where he co-led a daily psychotherapy group; conducted psychosocial assessments and developed treatment and discharge planning; and led the unit’s orientation and discharge groups.
A graduate of Simmons College with a Masters in Social Work (Boston, MA), Mr. Pierce also completed two years of post-graduate family therapy training at the Family Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
An alumnus of the Criminal Justice Institute clinic himself, Sadiq Reza is an emeritus professor at New York Law School (NYLS) and a former public defender in Washington D.C. He has taught criminal law, criminal procedure, professional responsibility, and Islamic Law, and has been a visiting professor at other area law schools (Boston University, Suffolk University, and New England Law) and at American University’s Washington College of Law. In 2007 he was named NYLS Teacher of the Year, in 2008 he was named a Carnegie Scholar for his research and writing on criminal procedure in Islamic law, and in 2009 he was chair of the AALS Section on Islamic Law.
Prior to joining the Criminal Justice Institute as a Clinical Instructor, Meredith Shih was an associate attorney at Wood & Nathanson, LLP, for three years, focusing on indigent post-conviction defense. Prior to that she worked as a public defender for four years at the Committee for Public Counsel Services. Over her career she has represented hundreds of indigent clients in Massachusetts charged with crimes ranging from drug distribution and simple assault to rape of a child and murder. She also has experience in federal habeas relief. Meredith is a member of the Boston Bar Association’s Amicus Committee and has authored several amicus briefs on the BBA’s behalf.
Prior to joining the Criminal Justice Institute as a Clinical Instructor, Christian Williams was a public defender with the Committee for Public Counsel Services (2010-2020). Chris defended people facing serious felonies in Bristol County, Norfolk County, and people wrongfully convicted in the Hinton drug lab scandal. Before joining CPCS, Chris was an attorney with the Virginia Capital Representation Resource Center defending people sentenced to death in state and federal habeas proceedings. He is a board member of the Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Prior to law school, Chris was a software developer and instructor for fourteen years focused on relational databases and internet application servers. He is a graduate of Cornell Law School (J.D., 2009); the University of Rhode Island (B.A., 1991); and the National Criminal Defense College – Trial Practice Institute (Certificate, 2015).
Carol Flores joined the Criminal Justice Institute in 2016 as the CJI Administrative Coordinator, Trial Advocacy Workshop Coordinator, and Faculty Assistant to Clinical Professor of Law Dehlia Umunna. Prior to joining CJI, she worked at Suffolk University’s Sawyer Business School’s Dean’s office. She is currently pursuing a degree at the Harvard Extension School and is the proud mother of Andrew and Elizabeth.