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Schnapper began his legal career, not in employment law but in civil rights. The first appellate brief he worked on was for Bobby Seale, one of the "Chicago 7" defendants accused of inciting riots at the Chicago Democratic convention in 1968. Schnapper was a lawyer for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund from 1969 until 1994, when he moved out to the University of Washington in Seattle.
Kristen Clarke, Co-Director of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund Political Participation Group, said in an interview with Hotsheet that "there doesn't seem to be a color blind approach to many of these so called ballot integrity efforts and poll watching initiatives that are underway."
Civil rights leaders are denouncing an Atlanta appeals court ruling that testimony about a white supervisor calling a black employee "boy" cannot be used as evidence of race discrimination.
As MALDEF focuses on Latino representation in the Southwest, the NAACP LDF continues to represent African American voters, mostly in the South, where some states must submit their plans to the Justice Department for review.