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  • Former LDF intern edits new Columbia Journal of Race and Law

    The Columbia Journal of Race and Law, whose editor-in-chief is Sheila Adams (Columbia Law, '11), made its official debut today.  Sheila is a current Warren Scholarship recipient and a former Summer LDF Law Intern. 
  • TV Series Tries to Revive Civil Rights Cold Cases


    Better known for crime fare like “I (Almost) Got Away With It” and “Deadly Women,” Investigation Discovery is using Black History Month to turn the spotlight on three unsolved, racially motivated killings of the 1960s. For Keith Beauchamp, the 39-year-old documentary filmmaker who is an executive producer of the series and its host, it is familiar terrain.

  • LDF Applauds Confirmation of James E. Graves, Jr. to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals


    (Washington, DC) -- The NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) applauds the U.S. Senate’s vote this afternoon to confirm James E. Graves, Jr. to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.  The Fifth Circuit is the federal appellate court for Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas.  James Graves is the first African-American judge from Mississippi ever to serve on the Fifth Circuit. 

  • Good Counsel: How Thurgood Marshall Inspired Me


    February is Black History Month and Tell Me More observes the month with a series of short vignettes. In this installment, regular contributor Arsalan Iftikhar shares his black history hero.

    I'm Arsalan Iftikhar, a civil rights attorney and frequent contributor to Tell Me More's Barbershop segment. The black history figure who has always been a hero of mine is Thurgood Marshall.

  • LDF Joins Mumia Abu-Jamal Defense Team


    LDF Joins Mumia Abu-Jamal Defense Team

    (New York, NY) --On January 28, 2011, Mumia Abu-Jamal retained the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) to represent him in the ongoing appeal of his capital murder conviction and death sentence.  LDF will serve as co-counsel in the case with Judy Ritter, Esq., of Widener Law School in Wilmington, Delaware, who has represented Mr. Abu-Jamal since 2003.