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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.
Supreme Court to Hear Challenge to Michigan Ballot Initiative That Unconstitutionally Rigs the Political Process Based on Race3/25/13
Today the Supreme Court granted certiorari to review an appellate court’s decision striking down a Michigan law that unconstitutionally rigged the state political system against state residents seeking to enhance racial diversity and access to opportunity at the state’s public universities. Shortly after this law, commonly known as “Proposal 2,” passed through a ballot initiative sponsored by opponents of diversity in 2006, LDF filed suit on behalf of students, faculty, and applicants to the University of Michigan, along with a coalition of civil rights groups, including the ACLU of M
LDF Lawyer Appears on "Here and Now with Sandra Bookman" to Discuss Current Challenge to the Voting Rights Act3/25/13
UPDATE: Read Jim Nabrit's obituary in the New York Times
The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. mourns the passing, and celebrates the life of James M. Nabrit, III, a true hero of the legal struggle to ensure civil rights for all Americans. Mr. Nabrit passed away in Washington, D.C. on March 22, 2013.
NAACP LDF Files Historic Agreement with Mississippi School District on Efforts to Dismantle the School to Prison Pipeline3/22/13
The NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) joined the U.S. Department of Justice and the Meridian Public School District in Meridian, Mississippi in filing a landmark consent decree that addresses harsh and unlawful school discipline policies that disproportionately targeted African-American students. Known as Barnhardt v.