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Vigilance in the Defense of Liberty and Freedom
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.
Washington Post columnist Jonathan Capehart writes a glowing article about LDF's amicus brief in U.S. v. Windsor, the case challenging the Defense of Marriage Act. In that brief, LDF argued that claims brought by gays against the statute that would deny federal benefits to same-sex married partners, should be reviewed by the Supreme Court using heightened judicial scrutiny.
Director of LDF's Criminal Justice Project to Participate in Paris, France, Bar Conference on International Women's Day3/04/13
Christina Swarns, Director of LDF’s Criminal Justice Project, has been invited by Christiane Féral-Schuhl, the President of the Paris Bar, to participate in the upcoming Paris Bar Conference, “Ces Femmes Qui Portent La Robe – Femmes Engages, Femmes de Réseau” (“These Women Who Wear the Robe – Women Engaged, Women Networking”). This event will take place on International Women’s Day, Friday, March 8, 2013, at La Maison du Barreau in Paris.
LDF Special Counsel Debo Adegbile and Assistant Counsel Dale Ho Appear on Up w/ Chris Hayes to Discuss the Current Challenge to the Voting Rights Act3/04/13
NAACP LDF Special Counsel Debo Adegbile and Assistant Counsel Dale Ho recently appeared on Up w/ Chris Hayes to discuss the current challenge to the Voting Rights Act in Shelby County, Alabama v. Holder.