Earl Kirkland is the John Payton Appellate and Supreme Court Advocacy Fellow at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF). In this capacity, Earl works on an array of complex civil rights cases, at different stages of litigation, in federal courts across the country.
Earl joined LDF as an Education Fellow in September 2017. As an Education Fellow, Earl conducted research and litigated cases to promote equal opportunities for African-American students.
Prior to joining LDF, Earl served as a law clerk to the Honorable Damon J. Keith of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and the Honorable Linda V. Parker of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. He is licensed to practice in Michigan. His admission to the New York bar is pending, and he is supervised by members of the New York bar.
Earl earned his J.D. from Cornell Law School, where he was actively involved in death penalty post-conviction litigation in Anniston, Alabama, through the law school’s Death Penalty Project. Earl graduated with honors from the University of Michigan, where he attained a B.A. in English and an academic minor in Crime and Justice.