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LDF Celebrates 45th Anniversary of Earl Warren Legal Training Program

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 | news

In the late 1960s, the United States was enjoying a new birth of freedom. Earlier in the decade, with the passage of the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act, the nation had at last swept away the state-sanctioned segregation and disenfranchisement of Black citizens that had prevailed in the South since the end […]

LDF Mourns the Loss of George Wallerstein, Longtime Board Member, Award-Winning Astronomer, and Esteemed Professor

Monday, June 21, 2021 | news

LDF Mourns the Loss of George Wallerstein, Longtime Board Member, Award-Winning Astronomer, and Esteemed Professor The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) mourns the loss of George Wallerstein, Board member, celebrated astronomer, Professor Emeritus, and dedicated philanthropic supporter whose generous financial contributions helped establish LDF’s Thurgood Marshall Institute. Mr. Wallerstein died on May […]

Civil Rights Groups Send Letter in Support of Dr. Lisa D. Cook’s Nomination to the Federal Reserve Board of Governors

Tuesday, February 1, 2022 | news

Today, a coalition of civil rights organizations sent a letter to Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Chairman Senator Sherrod Brown and Ranking Member Senator Patrick Toomey expressing support for the nomination of Dr. Lisa D. Cook to the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve. Dr. Cook is eminently qualified. She is […]

Janai Nelson

Friday, March 30, 2018 | staff

Janai S. Nelson is President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund (LDF). The nation’s premier civil rights law organization fighting for racial justice and equality. LDF was founded in 1940 by legendary civil rights lawyer and the nation’s first Black Supreme Court Justice, Thurgood Marshall, and became a separate organization from the NAACP […]

Tribute to LDF Board Member, the Hon. Charles Byron Renfrew

Tuesday, January 2, 2018 | news

  NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) Board member Charles Renfrew died on December 14, 2017. Renfrew was a former federal judge and Deputy Attorney General of the United States, as well as a highly regarded corporate in-house and private practice attorney. “Judge Renfrew was an extraordinary advocate for justice and equality,” said […]

George Wallerstein and Julie Lutz

Monday, May 21, 2018 | donor-testi

George Wallerstein began supporting LDF’s work during the civil rights movement in the early 1960’s. “It was apparent even then,” he says, “that the effort to expand civil rights in the United States would be a long job”. LDF is still working to defend the gains made at that time and endeavoring to build on […]

George Wallerstein and Julie Lutz

Monday, May 21, 2018 | donor-testi

George Wallerstein began supporting LDF’s work during the civil rights movement in the early 1960’s. “It was apparent even then,” he says, “that the effort to expand civil rights in the United States would be a long job”. LDF is still working to defend the gains made at that time and endeavoring to build on […]

LDF Welcomes New Board Members Ron Wilson and Kenji Yoshino

Monday, March 25, 2024 | news

Today, the Legal Defense Fund (LDF) announced the addition of two new members of its Board of Directors: Ron Wilson, renowned civil rights attorney, and cooperating attorney with LDF, and Kenji Yoshino, Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Constitutional Law at NYU School of Law and faculty director of the Meltzer Center for Diversity, Inclusion […]

LDF: 2023 Year in Review

Tuesday, December 19, 2023 | page

2023 Year in Review Voting Rights Education Criminal Justice Economic Justice Justice Above All Podcast Leadership A Year of Transformation As 2023 comes to a close and we march forward toward 2024, we reflect on the triumphs and challenges of the past year. In a major victory for voting rights, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled […]

LDF Announces Third Cohort of the Groundbreaking Marshall-Motley Scholars Program

Monday, May 1, 2023 | news

May 1, 2023 – Today, the Legal Defense Fund (LDF) announced its third 10-person cohort of the Marshall-Motley Scholars Program (MMSP). Launched in January 2021, LDF’s groundbreaking pipeline program will endow the South with the next generation of civil rights lawyers trained to provide legal advocacy of unparalleled excellence in the pursuit of racial justice.  […]

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Tuesday, July 19, 2022 | page

Janai S. Nelson Janai S. Nelson is LDF’s President and Director-Counsel. Ms. Nelson has also helped to steward some of LDF’s most pivotal developments in the past seven years, including guiding the design and launching one of the most far-reaching efforts to create the next generation of civil rights leaders: The Marshall-Motley Scholars Program. Prior […]

Janai Nelson

Monday, March 14, 2022 | director-counsels

Janai S. Nelson is President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund (LDF). The nation’s premier civil rights law organization fighting for racial justice and equality. LDF was founded in 1940 by legendary civil rights lawyer and the nation’s first Black Supreme Court Justice, Thurgood Marshall, and became a separate organization from the NAACP […]

Introducing LDF’s New President and Director-Counsel: Janai Nelson

Friday, March 11, 2022 | page

LDF’s New President and Director-Counsel Janai S. Nelson The NAACP Legal Defense Fund’s (LDF) Board of Directors named Janai S. Nelson as the organization’s eighth President and Director-Counsel effective March 15, 2022. Ms. Nelson previously worked alongside former President and Director-Counsel Sherrilyn Ifill for nearly eight years as Associate Director-Counsel. Ms. Ifill stepped down from […]

Christina Das

Wednesday, September 8, 2021 | staff

Christina Das is an Attorney at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF), where she works to advance and defend voting rights and racial equity through legislation and policy change.   Christina’s experience includes executing strategic campaigns to expand voter access for Black people, such as passing in-person Early Voting in South Carolina in […]

George Wallerstein and Julie Lutz

Friday, August 24, 2018 | donor-testi

George Wallerstein began supporting LDF’s work during the civil rights movement in the early 1960’s. “It was apparent even then,” he says, “that the effort to expand civil rights in the United States would be a long job”. LDF is still working to defend the gains made at that time and endeavoring to build on […]

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