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"The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund is simply the best civil rights law firm in American history." -- President Obama

ReNika Moore

Senior Counsel

Ms. Moore has litigated high-impact racial justice cases tackling a variety of civil rights issues, including employment, fair housing, and environmental justice.  Ms. Moore represented thousands of African-American homeowners in New Orleans in GNOFHAC v. HUD (Road Home), a post-Katrina fair housing challenge to the largest federal housing rebuilding program in our nation’s history.  The lawsuit led to a settlement valued at over $60 million in relief for Louisiana homeowners.  Ms. Moore also represented African-American and Hispanic employees in a suit against the New York City Parks Department for discrimination in promotions, pay, and assignments.  The lawsuit, Wright v. Stern, resulted in a multi-million dollar class settlement.  Ms. Moore has also represented civil rights plaintiffs in administrative proceedings and mediation and testified before various legislative bodies on housing and employment issues.  

Ms. Moore has spoken and written extensively on economic justice issues, including disparate impact theory in employment and housing discrimination cases, use of criminal records and credit history checks in employment, and the causes of the subprime mortgage crisis. 

Prior to joining LDF, Ms. Moore worked with the plaintiff’s employment law firm Outten & Golden, LLP representing employees in litigation and negotiation in all areas of employment law including employment agreements, individual and class action discrimination cases, and wage-and-hour class actions.

She served as a law clerk to retired federal judge and long-time civil rights advocate, Robert Carter on the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. 

Ms. Moore received her J.D. from Harvard Law School where she served as an editor of the Civil Rights Civil Liberties Law Review.  In law school, Ms. Moore was awarded the LDF-Shearman Sterling Scholarship, which led to an internship with LDF.  She graduated cum laude from Harvard College with a degree in Afro-American Studies.  Prior to law school, Ms. Moore worked on economic development issues, such as predatory lending and urban redevelopment, at the Greenlining Institute, a multi-ethnic advocacy and public policy organization, in the Bay Area.