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  • Prepare to Vote in 2013 in South Carolina


    For elections beginning in 2013 under South Carolina’s new law, the state is permitted to require registered voters to present certain Photo IDs for in-person voting by regular ballot.  However, under this same law, voters may also vote in-person without one of the accepted Photo IDs by provisional ballot if they have a reason why they do not have an accepted Photo ID.  To learn how you can prepare to vote in 2013 in South Carolina, click

  • LDF Attorney Answers Questions about Major Developments in Employment Discrimination


    "LDF fought for the passage of Title VII of the 1964 Civil Right Act, and while we as a society have achieved real progress for African Americans in the workplace, African Americans still face significant obstacles to equal employment opportunities--many of the obstacles are structural"

  • New York Times Calls for City to Settle LDF lawsuit over "Constitutionally Suspect Stop-and-Frisk Program"


    Pointing to a recent decision by U.S. District Court Judge Shira A. Scheindlin, the New York Times published an editorial today calling for the City of New York to "ensure that police policies adhere to Fourth Amendment guarantees of freedom from unreasonable search and seizure" in public housing and not "belittle" the claims of LDF's clients.

  • Advocates Highlight Need to Fill Vacancies on DC Circuit


    The U.S. Circuit Court for the District of Columbia is the second most important court in the country. It has special jurisdiction for reviewing the actions of federal agencies. Additionally, under the Voting Rights Act, one of its members is required to sit on three-judge panels that decide whether to preclear voting changes by jurisdictions with a history of voting discrimination.

  • LDF Attorney Christina Swarns Discusses the Duane Buck Death Penalty Case on 'Democracy Now!'


    This morning, LDF Attorney Christina Swarns discussed the death penalty case of LDF client, Duane Buck, with Amy Goodman on Democracy Now!  You can watch Ms. Swarns explain how racial bias and stereotype -- including the trial prosecutor's reliance on evidence suggesting that Mr. Buck's race made him more likely to be a future danger -- render Mr.