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  • Debo Discusses VRA with Rachel Maddow


    Debo Adegbile, LDF's Acting President and Director-Counsel, discusses with Rachel Maddow the Supreme Court taking on whether to strike down the heart of the Voting Rights Act in the Shelby County, Alabama v. Holder case.

  • The Elite Eight, on the Federal Radar


    The civil rights office of the federal Department of Education has rightly decided to investigate a complaint filed in September by civil rights groups over the admissions policies of eight highly competitive “specialized” high schools in New York City, among which are Stuyvesant, the Bronx High School of Science and Brooklyn Technical High School.

  • Supreme Court Will Decide Whether to Strike Down the Heart of Voting Rights Act


    NAACP Legal Defense Fund Warns of Clear and Persisting Threats to Minority Voter Access and Equality

    (Washington, D.C.) – Today, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear a case brought by Shelby County, Alabama that challenges the constitutionality of the heart of the Voting Rights Act. 

  • Three Strikes Made Fairer


    California’s voters softened one of the nation’s most destructive and unfair sentencing policies this week when they approved a ballot initiative revising the infamous three-strikes law of 1994, which imposes a life sentence for any felony conviction — no matter how minor — if the defendant has two previous serious convictions.

  • NEJAD Video: Vigilance in the Defense of Liberty and Freedom


    View LDF's video, "Vigilance in the Defense of Liberty and Freedom", presented at our 2012 National Equal Justice Award Dinner held in New York City on November 1, 2012.