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1/24/13Related Case or Issue:
Public Agency Clients Must Be Offered an Opportunity to Register to Vote
(New Orleans, LA) – On January 23, voting rights advocates won a major legal victory on behalf of Louisiana’s public assistance agency clients, the state’s most vulnerable and most marginalized residents.
Sherrilyn Ifill was named the President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP’s Legal Defense and Education Fund back in November. Today she joined Roland Martin on the TJMS to discuss the importance of the organization and outline some initiatives that are currently happening.
The presence of Thurgood Marshall is almost palpable as Sherrilyn Ifill surveys the stately wood paneling, the brown leather chairs in this classroom at the University of Maryland law school. Ifill has been a law professor at the Baltimore campus for 20 years — an achievement made possible by the late Supreme Court justice’s work.
As a young lawyer, Marshall, who lived just blocks away, sued the law school for denying entry to students of color. He prevailed, paving the way for generations of African American lawyers such as Ifill.
“When we look at whose schools are policed and which students have to go through metal detectors, get pad-downs, get drug-searched on a routine basis, it’s our students of color and our communities of color across this country,” said Matthew Cregor, of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund. "The Newtown, Connecticut, massacre has led to renewed calls for an increased police presence in schools.
Groups not typically associated with the debate over gun rights have taken a strong interest in the proposals that the White House put forward. Civil rights activists, mayors, psychiatrists, scientists and teachers are among those who plan to dispatch lobbyists to try and shape the debate.