NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc, President and Director-Counsel, Sherrilyn Ifill, will speak at the Fourth National People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference. 

People of Color and the Future of Democracy: We find ourselves at a critical moment, both as a nation and as a community of legal scholars of color interested in the future of our democracy.

March 21 – 24, 2019
American University Washington College of Law
Washington, D.C.

Saturday, March 23, 2019: Keynote Conversation: Race and Racism in America –a conversation between Sherrilyn Ifill (NAACP LDF) and National Book Award Winner Ibram Kendi (American), moderated by Prof. Angela J. Davis (American).



People of Color and the Future of Democracy

LDF Files U.S. Supreme Court Amicus Brief Condemning the Discriminatory Jury Selection Practices in Mississippi (Oral Arguments March 20, 2019)

LDF’s brief details the long history of racial discrimination in Mississippi and its 5th Judicial District—from the denial of African Americans’ right to vote and to attend integrated schools, and to the denial of jury-service rights today.  

The brief catalogues the ways that District Attorney Doug Evans has wrongfully abused his power in a disputed death penalty case against Curtis Flowers, an African American man tried six times for the killing of four people in 1996. Throughout Mr. Flowers’ six trials, District Attorney Evans has tried to remove almost every African American juror presented for jury service. 


LDF Case: Students for Fair Admissions v. President and Fellows of Harvard College (Post-Trial Arguments Delivered on February 13, 2019)

“Racial diversity is a central pillar of a rich, inclusive and comprehensive educational experience that benefits all students,” said Jennifer Holmes, Assistant Counsel at LDF. “Banning Harvard from considering race will undermine its ability to create a learning environment that prepares students for an increasingly global workforce despite significant barriers to opportunity for many students of color in our K-12 education system. Race-conscious admissions are vital to advancing racial equity and inclusion in higher education, and the Supreme Court has repeatedly affirmed that universities have the right to consider race as one aspect of a multidimensional admissions process. We urge the Massachusetts federal court to do the same.”


LDF Testifies on Major Election Reform and Voting Rights Bill Before Congress (January 29, 2019)

Sherrilyn Ifill, President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF), testified before the House Judiciary Committee about H.R.1, the For the People Act, a comprehensive package of democracy reforms, and the beginning of a larger legislative effort to restore the Voting Rights Act to its full strength.


It's Time to Face the Facts: Racism is a National Security Issue – Washington Post Op-Ed by LDF President and Director-Counsel Sherrilyn Ifill (December 18, 2018)

Civil Rights Groups Show Solidarity with Victims of Hate in National Full-Page Ads (November 4, 2018)

The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., The Leadership Conference Education Fund, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, Communities Against Hate, and 83 other civil rights organizations today launched full-page advertisements in The New York Times and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in solidarity with victims of recent acts of hate and bigotry in our country.

LDF Files Amicus Brief in Ninth Circuit Tracing Bigoted Roots of Transgender Military Ban (July 3, 2018)

The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) filed an amicus brief urging the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to find unconstitutional the U.S. government’s ban on transgender Americans serving in the military. The brief explains that the justifications the government is relying on to discriminate against transgender people are almost identical to the explanations used more than a half century ago to discriminate against Black Americans

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