Accomplished Advocates Adegbile, Llahmon Named to Civil Rights Commission

Statement of NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund on Appointments to United States Commission on Civil Rights:

We commend President Obama’s appointment of two extremely accomplished and dedicated civil rights advocates to serve on the United States Commission on Civil Rights at this critical time in our nation’s history. This bipartisan commission has enormous potential in stewarding the enforcement of this country’s most fundamental laws and foundational values. Mr. Adegbile and Ms. Llahmon bring a wealth of experience to the commission and we are pleased that they will occupy these posts with the responsibility for protecting and advancing civil rights. 

Mr. Adegbile, a partner at Wilmer Hale, is a distinguished alumni of LDF, serving the organization in a number of key roles for over a decade. He also has substantial experience in both government and private practice.

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Founded in 1940, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) is the nation’s first civil and human rights law organization and has been completely separate from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) since 1957—although LDF was originally founded by the NAACP and shares its commitment to equal rights. LDF’s Thurgood Marshall Institute is a multi-disciplinary and collaborative hub within LDF that launches targeted campaigns and undertakes innovative research to shape the civil rights narrative. In media attributions, please refer to us as the NAACP Legal Defense Fund or LDF.

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