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WilmerHale Announces John A. Payton Fellowship

Thursday, June 12, 2014 | news

WilmerHale has announced today the launch of the John A. Payton Summer Associate Fellowship honoring the late John A. Payton, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund’s Sixth President and Director-Counsel and a partner at Wilmer Cutler Pickering LLP, later WilmerHale, for more than ten years. “Establishing the Fellowship was a way for WilmerHale to honor John, […]

William Taylor, Vigorous Rights Defender, Dies at 78

Monday, July 12, 2010 | news

William L. Taylor, who as a lawyer, lobbyist and government official for more than a half century had significant roles in pressing important civil rights cases and in drafting and defending civil rights legislation, died Monday in Bethesda, Md. He was 78 and lived in Washington. 

William T. Coleman Jr. Awarded Harvard Medal

Tuesday, May 28, 2013 | news

William T. Coleman Jr., former chairman of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund’s board of directors, was awarded the 2013 Harvard Medal from the Harvard Alumni Association for his extraordinary service to the University. The Harvard Medal marks yet another achievement in Bill Coleman’s remarkable career, which has been defined, in part, by groundbreaking accomplishments in […]

William M. Lewis

Friday, March 30, 2018 | board-of-directors

William Lighten

Friday, March 30, 2018 | board-of-directors

William J. Bynum

Friday, March 30, 2018 | board-of-directors

William H. Brown

Friday, March 30, 2018 | board-of-directors

Will Sotomayor Get Her Wish for Unbiased Law?

Friday, March 1, 2013 | news

In The Root (a publication of the Washington Post), LDF Assistant Counsel Vincent Southerland responds to a statement released earlier this week by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor. In it, Justice Sotomayor lent her powerful voice to condemn racially charged remarks made by a federal prosecutor during a criminal trial in Texas. By speaking out, […]

Will Searcy

Friday, October 19, 2018 | staff

Will Searcy is the Research and Operations Associate for the Thurgood Marshall Institute at LDF. Prior to joining LDF, he served in a variety of roles at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, including Program Manager, Interim Director of the Black Talent Initiative, and Public Policy Fellow focused on criminal justice reform. A […]

Wilbert Rideau, Former Angola Prisoner, Receives Polk Award

Tuesday, April 19, 2011 | news

At a podium inside the Roosevelt Hotel last week, Wilbert Rideau, 69, stood before an audience of academics and journalists, as he prepared to deliver a speech more than three decades in the making. “After 31 years they invited me back,” Rideau said. “They remembered me.” Thirty-one years ago, while Rideau was serving a life […]

Why Truthful, Inclusive Education Benefits All Students — And How To Make It Happen

Friday, April 22, 2022 | page

The War on Truth Why Truthful, Inclusive Education Benefits All Students — And How To Make It Happen By Ishena Robinson Deputy Editorial Director This is the third installment of an LDF series examining the recent rise of anti-truth laws. You can read the first installment examining the anti-CRT movement and book bans here. The […]

Why the Wal-Mart Case Is So Important to Women, Minorities

Wednesday, March 23, 2011 | news

EDITOR’S NOTE: The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments March 29 in the biggest sex-discrimination case in history: Dukes v. Wal-Mart. Many pro-worker advocates are worried that the court—which has made a number of extremely conservative rulings in recent years—will decimate the ability of ordinary people to join together in class actions to sue […]

Why State and Federal Voting Rights Legislation Go Hand-in-Hand

Friday, August 18, 2023 | page

The Future of Voting Rights Why State and Federal Voting Rights Legislation Go Hand-in-Hand By Marisa Wright Over the past decade, the federal Voting Rights Act (VRA) of 1965 has suffered two significant blows at the hands of the U.S. Supreme Court — and Congress has repeatedly failed to act. Now, state lawmakers are stepping […]

Why race matters in school admissions

Tuesday, October 16, 2012 | news

Martha L. Minow is the dean of Harvard Law School. Robert C. Post is the dean of Yale Law School. Why did we, friendly rivals as deans of great and sometimes competitive law schools, join forces to write a common brief to the U.S. Supreme Court? Because we both believe that higher education should select the best possible […]

Why Race Matters in Redistricting: Protecting Black Power & Preserving Democracy

Thursday, September 22, 2022 | page

Voting Rights Why Race Matters in Redistricting Protecting Black Power and Preserving Democracy By Ella Wiley Senior Communications Associate The United States Supreme Court will soon consider a major redistricting case that could have significant nationwide implications. In Milligan v. Merrill (now known as Merrill v. Milligan before the Supreme Court), in which LDF is […]