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Assistant Counsel

Wednesday, February 17, 2021 | careers

The NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) is the country’s first and foremost civil and human rights law organization. Founded in 1940 under the leadership of Thurgood Marshall, who subsequently became the first Black U.S. Supreme Court Justice, LDF was launched at a time when the nation’s aspirations for equality and due process […]

Ask A Candidate: Vice-Presidential Debate 2016

Tuesday, October 4, 2016 | news

Our country faces profound and important challenges in the years ahead. As the vice-presidential candidates prepare to take to the podiums for their debate, there are many essential questions anyone seeking our nation’s second highest office must answer. Over the course of the presidential and vice-presidential debate cycle, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund will be […]

Ask A Candidate: Presidential Debate 2016

Sunday, September 25, 2016 | news

Our country faces profound and important challenges in the years ahead. As the presidential candidates prepare to take to the podiums for the first debate, there are many essential questions anyone seeking our nation’s highest office must answer. Though far from exhaustive given the many pressing policy questions we face, over the course of the […]

Ashton Wingate

Monday, February 4, 2019 | staff

Ashok Chandran

Monday, December 23, 2019 | staff

Ashok Chandran joined LDF as Assistant Counsel in 2019. Prior to joining LDF, Ashok was an associate at the civil rights law firm Emery Celli Brinckerhoff & Abady LLP, where he represented victims of housing discrimination, police misconduct, and prison abuse. He also represented plaintiffs in complex institutional reform litigation challenging policing practices in New […]

As President Obama Releases Last Budget of His Presidency, LDF Praises His Focus on Equity in Education

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 | news

Yesterday, President Obama released the last budget of his presidency with a focus on promoting equity in education. The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) supports the President’s emphasis on promoting equal access to quality educational opportunities in his budget and encourages Congress to take up these proposals to help all students achieve […]

As 50th Anniversary of VRA Nears, LDF Attorney Natasha Korgaonkar Explains Connection Between Voter Suppression and Sandra Bland’s Police Encounter

Tuesday, August 4, 2015 | news

Sleepy county’s history of discrimination It’s a process that has become all too familiar for civil rights lawyers this past year — sitting at a computer poring over yet another video showing a state official killing or injuring another unarmed Black person. But hearing of the death of Sandra Bland in a Waller County, Texas, […]

Arnold Family v. Barbers Hill Independent School District

Tuesday, December 8, 2020 | case-issue

On August 18 2020, following a three-day virtual preliminary injunction hearing the week of July 19, a judge for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas granted a request made by the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) and pro bono co-counsel Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP (Akin Gump) […]

Arkansas High Court Strikes Down Voter ID Law

Thursday, October 30, 2014 | news

On April 16, 2014, the American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas (ACLU) brought a lawsuit in Arkansas state court challenging the validity of Arkansas’s new voter photo ID law under the Arkansas Constitution. At the same time, LDF and the Arkansas NAACP were in communication with the Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin about the significant burdens that […]

Arguing Against Use of Religious Beliefs to Justify Discrimination in Public Accommodations, LDF Files Brief in Support of Same-Sex Couple Denied Wedding Flowers in Washington State

Monday, February 8, 2016 | news

On February 8, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF), along with Perkins Coie LLP, filed a “friend of the court” brief in State v. Arlene’s Flowers, Inc., a case that challenges a Washington State florist’s religious-based refusal to provide floral arrangements for the wedding of a same-sex couple. LDF’s brief explains why […]

Archives Specialist

Monday, December 21, 2020 | careers

The NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) is the country’s first and foremost civil and human rights law organization. Founded in 1940 under the leadership of Thurgood Marshall, who subsequently became the first Black U.S. Supreme Court Justice, LDF was launched at a time when the nation’s aspirations for equality and due process […]

Appellate Oral Argument in Chicago Firefighters’ Discrimination Case on Remand From LDF’s Supreme Court Victory

Friday, March 25, 2011 | news

(New York, New York) – On Tuesday March 29th oral argument will be presented before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Lewis v. Chicago, the ongoing litigation to secure justice for over 6,000 African-American firefighter applicants unfairly denied jobs with the Chicago Fire Department. The NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, […]

Appellate Lawyer of the Week: John Payton

Tuesday, June 28, 2011 | news

 The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund celebrated its 70th anniversary at a National Archives event June 21, with President and Director-Counsel John Payton calling the fund the nation’s “first civil rights firm.”  Payton became the fund’s sixth director-counsel in 2008, following in the footsteps of Thurgood Marshall, Jack Greenberg and Elaine Jones among others. […]

Appellate Lawyer of the Week: Eric Schnapper, University of Washington Law School

Wednesday, October 27, 2010 | news

Schnapper began his legal career, not in employment law but in civil rights. The first appellate brief he worked on was for Bobby Seale, one of the "Chicago 7" defendants accused of inciting riots at the Chicago Democratic convention in 1968. Schnapper was a lawyer for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund from 1969 […]

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