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  • LDF Live Chat Today on Duane Buck Death Penalty Case


    Today (March 20, 2013) at 1:00pm EDT, please join Christina Swarns, Director of LDF's Criminal Justice Project, for a live chat with Ed Pilkington of The Guardian discussing the Texas death penalty case of Duane Buck, who was sentenced to death after his jury was told he would pose a future danger beca

  • Remembering John Payton


    One year ago this Friday the LDF family lost our esteemed President and Director-Counsel John Payton.  John’s early death was not only a loss for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, it was a loss for all who seek justice, are committed to the cause of civil and human rights, and struggle to make our democracy live up to its promises of fairness and equality for all.  As President Barrack Obama noted at the time of his death, John was a “true champion of equality.”

  • Philadelphia Sun Recounts Powerful Address by LDF Director-Counsel at Washington D.C. Reception


    The premier African American newspaper in Philadelphia recently recounted a powerful address delivered by Director-Counsel Sherrilyn Ifill to an audience of over 150 including civil rights leaders, congressional staffers, judges, at a reception hosted by the law firm of Fulbright & Jaworski in Washington, D.C.  In her remarks Ifill, who became Director-Counsel of the LDF earlier this year, described her vision for the organization's work, including an emphasis on removing barriers to economic opportunity for African Americans.

  • LDF Lawyer Goes On Air to Discuss Race in Death Penalty Sentencing


    LDF Criminal Justice Project Director, Christina Swarns, speaks with David Martin Davies of Texas Public Radio on how racial bias influenced the death penalty sentence against Duane Buck. Her interview begins 15:33 minutes into this audio replay

  • Another Key Voting Rights Case Before the United States Supreme Court


    Today, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in Arizona v. The Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, another important voting case, in addition to Shelby County, Alabama v. Holder, before the Court this term. This case involves whether Arizona’s Proposition 200, which requires new voter registrants to produce documentary evidence of United States citizenship, must yield to the federal National Voter Registration Act (NVRA).