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Admissions Figures at NYC’s Specialized High Schools Show Persistence of Acute Racial Disparities

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 | news

Admissions offers issued for New York City’s Specialized High Schools demonstrate that a trend of unfairness and acute racial disparities in admissions has persisted. Out of the 952 eighth grade students who received offers to matriculate into Stuyvesant High School this year, 7 are Black and 21 are Hispanic. Of the 968 eighth graders who […]

Aden Reports LDF Return to Court to Defend Victory in Fayette County, Georgia Case

Thursday, December 4, 2014 | case-update

In The Root, LDF Assistant Counsel Leah Aden announces LDF’s return to court due to Fayette County’s continued defense of racially biased voting plans in federal court appeal: “Despite this progress, Fayette County continues to defend its racially discriminatory method of election, having appealed the federal court’s ruling and continuing to impose on Fayette taxpayers the costs (so far […]

Aden Argues Against At-Large Voting in Op-Ed

Monday, February 9, 2015 | news

Fair opportunity eludes black voters “Because at-large voting erects a barrier to black voters’ electoral opportunities, plaintiffs to the lawsuit seek a remedial district in which black voters are the majority of the voters in one of the five districts, which will elect one of the five judges for the 32nd JDC. Without this district-based […]

Adebayo Ogunlesi

Friday, October 27, 2023 | board-of-directors

Adam Murphy

Friday, October 8, 2021 | staff

Adam Murphy is an Assistant Counsel. At LDF, Adam argued recently on behalf of amici before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court in Commonwealth v. Dew, __ Mass. __, 210 N.E.3d 904 (Mass. 2023). In that case, the court reversed Mr. Dew’s convictions and became the first court in the country to evaluate defense counsel’s racial […]

Adam Lioz

Wednesday, September 8, 2021 | staff

Adam Lioz is Senior Policy Counsel for political participation at LDF, where he works to build an inclusive, multiracial democracy.  Adam is an attorney and policy advocate with more than 20 years of experience working to promote political equality, economic opportunity, and racial equity through public education, policy design, direct advocacy, litigation, and electoral campaigns.  […]

ACLU and LDF Call on Flint City Council to Impose Moratorium on Property Liens for Unpaid Water Bills

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 | news

ACLU of Michigan and NAACP Legal Defense Fund Call on Flint City Council to Impose Moratorium on Property Liens for Unpaid Water Bills The ACLU of Michigan and the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc (LDF)  today urged the Flint City Council to suspend local efforts to impose property liens on thousands of Flint […]

Accomplished Advocates Adegbile, Llahmon Named to Civil Rights Commission

Friday, December 16, 2016 | news

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 […]

Access to Courts

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 | case-issue

Much of our nation’s progress toward the Constitutional aspiration of a “more perfect Union” occurred because ordinary people have had ready access to litigate worthy but often novel or difficult-to-prove cases in our courts.  Recently, however, a pair of Supreme Court decisions has skewed the balance away from access to courts.  In Bell Atlantic Corp. v. Twombly (2007) […]

Abu-Jamal v. Beard

Saturday, February 24, 2018 | case-issue

Mumia Abu-Jamal is currently serving a life sentence for the 1981 murder of a policeman in Philadelphia. The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) submitted a friend of the court brief, and presented oral argument, in support of Mr. Abu-Jamal’s claim of discrimination in jury selection when his case was first before the […]

About Us

Monday, May 7, 2018 | page

The Legal Defense Fund (LDF) is America’s premier legal organization fighting for racial justice. Using the power of law, narrative, research, and people, we defend and advance the full dignity and citizenship of Black people in America. LDF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. 

Abercrombie & Fitch Employment Discrimination

Friday, February 16, 2018 | case-issue

Gonzalez v. Abercrombie & Fitch Stores Challenging Employment Discrimination In June 2003, LDF filed a class-action lawsuit, Gonzalez v. Abercrombie & Fitch Stores, against national clothing retailer, Abercrombie & Fitch. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco, charged that in addition to selling so-called “classic” looks, Abercrombie also practiced a classic form […]

ABA-LDF Joint Statement on Eliminating Bias in the Criminal Justice System

Thursday, July 16, 2015 | news

Read the PDF of our joint statement here. The American Bar Association and the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. have long and proud traditions of fighting for civil rights, human rights and equal justice.  Although, over the years, we have celebrated much progress in these arenas, we are now confronted by a troubling and […]

ABA Task Force Report Comes at Critical Time for Criminal Justice Reform

Friday, February 3, 2017 | news

Read the PDF of our statement here Release of ABA Building Public Trust Task Force Report Comes at Critical Time for Criminal Justice Reform Statement of NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. Today, the American Bar Association approved the report of its Task Force on Building Public Trust in the American Justice System, which […]

ABA lawyers conference to confront post-racial ‘myth’

Friday, October 22, 2010 | news

Many Americans believed the election of Barack Obama as the first African-American president heralded the zenith of the civil rights movement and ushered in a color-blind society. Two years later that assumption is being questioned.    John Payton “We need to get past the euphoria of November 2008 and see the problems we still have,” […]