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Celebrating 75 Years of LDF
Statement of Sherrilyn Ifill, President and Director-Counsel
The NAACP Legal Defense Fund is pleased that President Obama has nominated three distinguished individuals to fill longstanding vacancies on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. LDF has repeatedly called upon President Obama and the Senate to expeditiously nominate and confirm judges who bring racial and professional diversity to the courts. With these nominations, President Obama has answered that call with nominees who bring both diversity and excellence to this important court. We look forward to their swift confirmation by the Senate
William T. Coleman Jr., former chairman of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund’s board of directors, was awarded the 2013 Harvard Medal from the Harvard Alumni Association for his extraordinary service to the University. The Harvard Medal marks yet another achievement in Bill Coleman’s remarkable career, which has been defined, in part, by groundbreaking accomplishments in the struggle for civil rights and his long-time, unyielding commitment to LDF and its mission.
On Friday, May 24, 2013, the United States District Court for the District of Arizona issued a sweeping injunction permanently preventing controversial Arizona Sheriff, Joe Arpaio, from using race or Latino ancestry as a basis for the exercise of such law enforcement discretion as stopping a car or determining whether a Latino occupant of a vehicle may be in the country without authorization. You can read more about it5/21/13Related Case or Issue:
Fayette County, Georgia—Today, in an important voting case, a federal court struck down, as violative of the Voting Rights Act, Fayette County’s discriminatory at-large method of electing members to the County Board of Commissioners and County Board of Education.