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"The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund is simply the best civil rights law firm in American history." -- President Obama

Washington, D.C. Advocacy

LDF continues to defend the gains and protections won over the course of its history through its advocacy in Washington D.C. The D.C. office serves as the advocacy branch of LDF, monitoring civil rights legislative issues before Congress and federal agencies responsible for civil rights enforcement, as well as strengthening civil rights laws and opposing efforts to undermine them.

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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...

Housing Discrimination

Mount Holly v. Mount Holly Gardens Citizens in Action, Inc.

Click here to read LDF's amicus brief. 

Mount Holly v. Mount Holly Gardens Citizens in Action, Inc., which the Supreme...

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Originally enacted in 1965 by President Lyndon B. Johnson, the Elementary and Second Education Act (ESEA) emphasizes equal access to education for all students and is the most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...