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

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

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.  Read the article containing Ifill's remarks here.


Victor Bolden, Corporation Counsel, City of  New Haven, Connecticut; Chinh Le, Legal Director, Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia 

Caroline Fredrickson, President, American Constitution Society ; Tony Orza, Orza Strategies 

Vernon Simms, Chief of Staff, Congressman Elijah Cummings; Jacqueline Berrien, Chair, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 

Johnathan Smith, NAACP LDF: Matthew Colangelo, Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights; Ryan Downer, Relman, Dane and Colfax  

Carolyn Lerner, Special Counsel, U.S. Office of Special Counsel; Joe Rich, Director of the Fair Housing Project, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights; Christine Ladd, Deputy Assistant Director, Office of Fair Lending and Equal Opportunity, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau  

Gay McDougall; Eric Angel, Executive Director, Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia; Stephanie Jones, Stephanie Jones Strategies 

Deidre Swesnik, Director of Public Policy and Communications, National Fair Housing Alliance; Damon Hewitt, NAACP LDF; Vanita Gupta, Deputy Legal Director, ACLU; Chinh Le, Legal Director, Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia 

Gwen McKinney, McKinney & Associates; Monique Brizz-Walker, NAACP LDF; Llenda Jackson-Leslie, McKinney & Associates

Glenn Ivey, Leftwich and Ludaway; Okainer Christian Dark, Interim Dean, Howard University School of Law; Judge Richard Roberts, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

Judith Browne Dianis, Co-Director, Advancement Project; Damon Hewitt, Director, Education Practice, NAACP LDF  

Janell Byrd-Chichester, Mehri and Skalet; Ellen Eardley, Mehri and Skalet; Nina Pillard, Professor, Georgetown University Law Center 

Elaine Jones, Sherrilyn Ifill and Ted Shaw  

Michael Calhoun, President, Center for Responsible Lending; Devarieste Curry, McLeod, Watkinson and Miller  

Leslie Proll and Elaine Jones 

Jason Green, Deputy Associate Counsel to the President; Anurima Bhargava, Chief, Educational Opportunities Section, Civil Rights Division, Department of Justice

Judith Browne-Dianis, Co-Director, Advancement Project; Heather Foster, Director of African American Outreach, White House Office of Public Engagement 

Seth Galanter, Acting Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, Department of Education;  Diane Piche, Director of Education Program, Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

Deidre Swesnik, Directof of Public Policy and Communications, National Fair Housing Alliance; Lara Kaufmann, Senior Counsel, National Women's Law Center

Janaye Ingram, DC Bureau Chief, National Action Network; Sherrilyn Ifill, LDF;  Abre Connor, LDF

Eric Gonzalez, LDF and Tanay Harris, LDF 

Sherrilyn Ifill and Gay McDougall

Johnathan Smith, Christina Smith, and Candace Jones, White House Fellow  

Christina Smith, Johnathan Smith, and Meredith Horton, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights 

Richard Smith, Fulbright and Jaworski LLP