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  • D.C. Legal Aid Hires Chinh Le As New Legal Director


    The Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia announced today that it has hired long-time civil rights attorney Chinh Le as its new legal director.

    Le has led the civil rights division of the New Jersey attorney general's office since July 2009. Previously, Le was on the faculty of Seton Hall Law School, served as an assistant counsel to the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and worked as an associate in Jenner Block’s New York office.

  • LDF Pushes for Fair Method of Electing Judges in Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana


    Today, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (“LDF”) urged the Louisiana State Legislature to adopt House Bill 582 which would provide all voters an equal opportunity to elect judges of their choice by creating a fair election system for the Thirty-Second Judicial District in Terrebonne Parish.

  • LDF Commends Passage of California Bill against Prison-Based Gerrymandering


    California Assemblymember Mike Davis on the passage of AB 420 in the California State Assembly last week, a bill that seeks to end prison-based gerrymandering in California.  This important legislation will help bring California’s redistricting process in line with basic principles of fairness in the democratic process.

  • Louisiana redistricting case seen as crucial test of Voting Rights Act


    In a racially mixed corner of Shreveport, La., a small group of white voters protested loudly this year that they did not want to be part of a majority black district when the legislature redrew the state’s political boundaries. The Republican-led statehouse complied, drawing a line around the community to accommodate them.

    That line is at the heart of a case before the Justice Department that is seen as a critical test of how the Obama administration will interpret the controversial Voting Rights Act as it rules on a new wave of redistricting plans.

  • More schools rethinking zero-tolerance discipline stand


    Nearly two decades after a zero-tolerance culture took hold in American schools, a growing number of educators and elected leaders are scaling back discipline policies that led to lengthy suspensions and ousters for such mistakes as carrying toy guns or Advil.