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Access to Courts

Much of our nation’s progress toward the Constitutional aspiration of a “more perfect Union” occurred because ordinary people have had ready access to litigate worthy but often novel or difficult-to-prove cases in our courts.  Recently, however, a pair of Supreme Court...

Fair Housing | Fair Housing and Lending

Disparate Impact

The Supreme Court’s upcoming ruling on the Fair Housing Act will test our nation’s commitment to equal treatment under the law.  It will determine whether equal opportunity in housing continues to be one of our most cherished values.  As our nation becomes more diverse...

Educational Equity | Legislation

Elementary and Secondary Education Act Reauthorization

Originally enacted in 1965 by President Lyndon B. Johnson, the Elementary and Second Education Act (ESEA) emphasizes equal access to education for all students and is the most expansive federal education legislation in history.  The ESEA has been reauthorized numerous times, most recently...

Equal Pay | Employment Discrimination

Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association

On November 17, 2015, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) joined more than 70 civil and human rights organizations in filing an...


LDF Submits Comments About Proposed Changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure That May Undermine the Ability of Civil Rights Plaintiffs

The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (“Federal Rules”) set forth the rules applicable in all civil litigation in federal district courts.  The Federal Rules are a critical component of the judicial process:  they provide the procedural framework by which legal claims are considered and...

Equal Pay

Paycheck Fairness Act

In September 2012, the U.S. Census Bureau released updated data on annual income for all demographics.  Unfortunately, the figures show that equal pay for African-American women remains an uphill struggle.  Women of color still suffer from significant pay disparities not only between...

Fair Housing | Housing Discrimination


Through its own advocacy and leadership of the national fair housing coalition, LDF has urged the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to issue regulations in several different areas of fair housing.  HUD has recently issued several of the requested regulations. LDF has high...


Support of “H.R. 476, The Housing Fairness Act of 2009”

The NAACP Legal Defense Fund (LDF) has always been committed to strong and robust enforcement of the Fair Housing Act of 1968.  Toward that end, we have urged Congress to pass the Housing Fairness Act of 2009, H.R. 476.  This legislation would broadly expand proven and effective...

Judicial Nominations

White House Convening

On May 7, 2012, LDF participated in a White House event addressing the vacancy crisis in the federal judiciary and the corresponding need to confirm nominees to the federal bench.  The event included over 150 advocates, lawyers and community leaders from 27 states and many national...