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  • Remembering John A. Payton


    More than a thousand friends and admirers of the late John A. Payton gathered in mid April at the Washington Convention Center to celebrate his many extraordinary contributions to the cause of justice in American and abroad.  We present here the transcript of that service as well as a video tribute John's A. Payton's former colleagues at the law firm of WilmerHale produced. 



  • Purging Democracy in the Sunshine State


     What's old is new.

    Florida's Secretary of State Ken Detzner is boldly refusing to comply with the Department of Justice's demand that the state stop its efforts to purge voters from the registration rolls. On Wednesday, he sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Justice claiming that the purge should go forward.

  • LDF Welcomes Confirmation of Paul Watford to the U.S Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit


    (Washington, DC)  The NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) applauds the U.S. Senate’s vote this afternoon to confirm Paul Watford to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  The Ninth Circuit is the nation’s largest circuit court.  Its jurisdiction covers 62 million residents of California, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Arizona, Montana, Alaska and Hawaii. 

  • John Payton Posthumously Awarded Degree of Doctor of Laws, Honoris Causa by Georgetown School of Law


    On May 20, 2012, Gay J. McDougall served as the 2012 Commencement speaker of Georgetown Law School. As the former United Nations Expert on Minorities, Ms. McDougall spoke to the importance of lawyers in ensuring that American society remains one of justice and equality for all people.

  • LDF Successfully Defends the Heart of the Voting Rights Act


    (New York, NY)  Today, for the second time in the past year, a federal court in Washington, D.C. upheld the constitutionality of the heart of the 2006 reauthorization of the Voting Rights Act.