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  • Deuel Ross Gives 29th Annual MLK Commemorative Event Keynote at University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

    1/30/15

    LDF's Fried Frank Fellow Deuel Ross was the keynote speaker for the 29th Annual MLK Commemorative event at the University of Wisconsin on January 28th.  Ross spoke on "The Voting Rights Act: Historical and Contemporary Developments."

    Ross' work includes promoting the equal and active participation of all African-American voters in the democratic process.

  • Proll Adds Voice to Lynch's Nomination

    1/30/15

    Loretta Lynch Embraces Eric Holder's Legacy on Civil Rights

    President Barack Obama’s nominee to head the Justice Department appeared poised for Senate confirmation after two days of hearings in which Loretta Lynch earned the confidence of top Republicans on the Judiciary Committee – sometimes by distancing herself from outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder.

    But, to the relief of civil rights advocates, Lynch also pointed to areas of Holder's legacy – particularly involving race – that she plans to continue.

  • Ifill Discusses Loretta Lynch Senate Confirmation Hearings on The Reid Report

    1/29/15

    LDF President and Director-Counsel Sherrilyn Ifill joined MSNBC's The Reid Report today with host Joy-Ann Reid to discuss Loretta Lynch's Senate confirmation hearings. Up for discussion were Loretta Lynch's stance on voter ID laws, waterboarding and the current state of law enforcement.

  • LDF Supports Loretta Lynch Nomination for U. S. Attorney General

    1/28/15

    Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee holds a hearing on the nomination of Loretta Lynch to be the nation’s 83rd Attorney General.  Currently, Ms. Lynch is the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York.  If confirmed, Lynch would be the nation’s first African-American female, and second African American, to serve as Attorney General.

  • Quality Teachers in Every School are Central to Equal Educational Opportunity

    1/27/15

    LDF commends the U.S. Senate HELP Committee for advancing reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).  Passed on the heels of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, ESEA is the largest federal education funding bill.  Since its expiration in 2007, Congress has yet to agree on a bill to reauthorize ESEA.  LDF encourages a truly bipartisan and thoughtful reauthorization process.  As the organization that litigated Brown v.