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Sherrilyn Ifill and the NAACP Legal Defense Educational Fund Inc. (LDF) Driving Diversity and Democracy in the Legal Profession

When asked about the mission of the NAACP LDF, Sherrilyn Ifill, [President and Director-Counsel] of the nation’s premier civil rights law organization, stated, “I am fond of saying that civil rights work is the work of democracy maintenance. I truly believe that. Our fundamental mission is to eliminate barriers to equality, opportunity and justice for African- Americans. In doing that work, we push this country to be faithful and true to the principles of equality, justice and fairness that are in our Constitution and that undergird our legal system.” The organization was founded and led by former Supreme Court justice Thurgood Marshall and has continued take the lead in civil rights litigation and advocacy for 75 years. “My job is to shape and lead the strategic work of the organization, to be a national spokesperson for the most pressing civil rights issues faced by African-Americans today, and to see to it that our organization has the resources it needs to provide the highest level of civil rights lawyering and advocacy for the most marginalized African-Americans.”

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