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Baltimore Reception Celebrates Sherrilyn Ifill

Event Date(s): 
Thursday, January 17, 2013 - 7:00pm

On Thursday, January 17, 2013, our friends at the prestigious civil rights law firm Murphy, Falcon & Murphy hosted a reception in honor of Sherrilyn A. Ifill, LDF’s seventh President & Director-Counsel.  Close to 90 friends and donors were on hand to congratulate our new leader.  We are also pleased to report that many who were present have made multi-year commitments to lend their financial support to LDF.  During her remarks, Sherrilyn pledged that going forward, LDF will be just as effective in addressing racial justice and equity as it has been in the past.   Sherrilyn also confirmed LDF’s commitment to continuing to engage deeply in issues of economic justice and poverty in Baltmimore; just as LDF is similarly engaged in communities throughout the United States.

Highlights from the reception

LDF President and Director-Counsel Sherrilyn Ifill and her husband, Ivo Knobloch

Baltimore County civil rights attorney Kathleen Cahill, and attorney Ron Richardson of the Law Offices of Peter Angelos

William H. Murphy, founding partner of Murphy, Falcon & Murphy, and his son Hassan Murphy, who is also a partner in the firm.  William and Hassan organized this reception in Sherrilyn's honor.

LDF Assistant Counsel Johnathan Smith, Marla Rosado, and LDF Interim Development Director Monique Brizz-Walker

Sherrilyn Ifill and former Dean of the University of Baltimore Law School, Gil Holmes.

University of Maryland Law School Professor Sue Leviton and Edward Bernard, Vice Chairman, T. Rowe Price Group

Civil rights advocate Laura Murphy, Leslie Proll, Director of LDF's Washington, DC office and ACLU-Maryland Director Susan Goering

Monique Brizz-Walker and attorney Andy Levy of the Law firm of Brown, Goldstein & Levy.  The firm announced a multi-year gift to LDF.

The Hon. Marcella Holland, Chief Judge of the Circuit Court for Baltimore City, the Hon. Videtta Brown, of the Baltimore City Circuit Court and LDF Board Member David Kendall of the law firm of Williams & Connolly

Tony Hammond; University of Maryland Law School Assoc. Dean Jose Bahamonde-Gonzalez; and Stu Simms, former State's Attorney for Baltimore City and current member of Brown, Goldstein & Levy law firm.

Bill Murphy, Sherrilyn Ifill, civil rights attorney Dwight Pettit and his wife Barbara.  Mr. Pettit was a high school student in 1958 when he was represented by LDF lawyers challenging segregation in Hartford County, MD high schools

Pheobe Haddon, Dean of the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law and Sherrilyn Ifill.  A challenge to segregation at Maryland Law School in 1935 was Thurgood Marshall's first successful major civil rights case.

Baltimore Philanthropists Eddie and Sylvia Brown.  The Brown's Foundation has pledged a multi-year gift to LDF.

Sherrilyn Ifill and her sister, Dr. Darlene Ifill-Taylor

Rev. Dr. Ann Lightner-Fuller, Pastor and Rev. Stanley Fuller, Executive Minister of Mt. Calvary African Methodist Episcopal Church in Towson, Maryland.

Photographer Elnora Hammond and Tony Hammond

Sherrilyn Ifill is presented with citations from the Governor of Maryland, the Maryland General Assembly and the Maryland Legislative Black Caucus.

Eddie and Sylvia Brown with members of Sherrilyn Ifill's family.

LDF is planning to host similar events throughout the year.  If you would like to host an event such as this one, please contact Monique Brizz-Walker, LDF’s Interim Director of Development at (212) 965-2228 or via e-mail at