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  • LDF Statement on Shirley Sherrod


    (New York, NY) -- The ordeal that Shirley Sherrod has endured this week with such strength and grace should never have happened. No one should be so unfairly accused. And no one should lose their job without a fair chance to respond to the allegations against them. Of course, Shirley Sherrod should be reinstated to an appropriate position. Of course, she should receive an apology from those government officials who contributed to her ordeal.  

  • Pro Bono Attorney of the Month: Reese Marshall


    Reese Marshall feels its his duty as a lawyer to provide them with a choice. Instilled with a social conscience forged in the heated 1960s, Marshall still makes it his business today to help the underserved population of Jacksonville find solutions to their problems. And for those decades of selfless service, Marshall has been named Jacksonville Area Legal Aids July Pro Bono Attorney of the Month.

  • Kagan Scrutinized for Confirmation This Week As Black Support Grows


    WASHINGTON (NNPA) - Former Harvard Law School Dean Elena Kagan, President Obamas pick for the U. S. Supreme Court, has gained more Black civil rights support as she goes before the U. S. Senate Judiciary Committee this week.

  • Republicans Target Kagans Past


    The path to the Supreme Court continues for nominee Elena Kagan as her confirmation hearings continue. During Tuesdays proceedings, Republican members took Kagans clerkship and association with the late Justice Thurgood Marshall to task. They questioned Marshalls legal career and activist record. Sherrilyn Ifill, a professor of law at the University of Maryland, and John Payton, director-counsel and president of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, discuss Marshalls legacy and the scrutiny over Kagans service to the first African-American Supreme Court justice.

  • Statement from LDF on Senate Attacks on Thurgood Marshall


    (Washington, DC) – During the Senate confirmation hearings of Elena Kagan to be Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, several Senators have disparaged Justice Thurgood Marshall, his judicial philosophy, and his connection to Elena Kagan, who once clerked for Justice Marshall. In response to these attacks, NAACP LDF President and Director-Counsel John Payton issues the following statement: