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A recent editorial spotlights how being too poor to hire a lawyer in a criminal felony case should not be a barrier to counsel; one must be provided freely by the jurisdiction as the Supreme Court ruled 50 years ago in Gideon v. Wainwright. However, jurisdistions have found ways to shirk this responsibility to the detriment of those who have no other recourse.
LDF Director-Counsel Sherrilyn Ifill was named by the American Constitution Society of as one 13 Top Women of Color to Watch in 2013.
LDF Leads National Coalition Urging Federal Policy Makers to Reject Proposals to Place More Guns and Police Officers in Schools3/04/13
Advocates working to dismantle the School to Prison Pipeline are sending a strong message to federal policymakers about how to keep school safe without enhancing police presence
LDF President & Director-Counsel Sherrilyn Ifill Appears From Selma, Alabama on Local Stations to Remind the State of the Continuing Importance of the VRA3/04/13
On the weekend marking the 48th commemoration of Bloody Sunday, NAACP LDF President & Director-Counsel Sherrilyn Ifill appears on local Alabama television stations and reminds the nation of the continuing need for the Voting Rights Act.
View Ms. Ifill’s appearance here.
From the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, NAACP LDF President & Director-Counsel Sherrilyn Ifill appeared on Melissa Harris-Perry’s show on MSNBC on March 2 — one day before the annual commemoration of Bloody Sunday.