Ifill regularly appears in the media for his expertise on topics such as affirmative action, policing, judicial candidates, and the Supreme Court.  Ifill has announced that she will be stepping down as President and Managing Counsel in the spring of 2022 to be replaced by Janai Nelson, currently Managing Partner and Counsel at DFL.  Her tenure as president and managing counsel began when the Supreme Court struck down the pre-approval requirements of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 in 2013, a decision that experts say opened the door to increasingly tight electoral restrictions in Republican-controlled states. It ends after revolutionary victories against President Donald Trump and his administration: suing the president of the time to defeat an election fraud commission, Attorney General William P. Barr is opposing a police commission and Postmaster General Louis DeJoy for planned mail slowdowns ahead of the 2020 presidential election. LDF is completely independent and separate from the NAACP.  Although LDF can trace its origins back to the NAACP Legal Department, founded in the 1930s by Charles Hamilton Houston, Thurgood Marshall founded LDF as a separate legal entity in 1940 and LDF became completely independent of the NAACP in 1957.  In Crystal LaVon Mason-Hobbs v. The State of Texas, the Texas State Conference NAACP, and the League of Women Voters of Texas filed an amicus curiae brief with the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals to protect voter turnout in Texas. In that case, the accused, a sword on probation who did not know she was not allowed to vote, was sentenced to five years in prison for voting provisionally. She was convicted of violating the Illegal Elections Act.
The NAACP Board of Directors established the Legal Defense Fund in 1940 specifically for tax purposes. In 1957, the DFL was completely separated from the NAACP and given its own independent board of directors and staff.  Although DFL was originally intended to operate in accordance with NAACP policy, serious disputes arose between the two organizations after 1961. These conflicts eventually led the NAACP to create its own in-house legal department, while LDF continued to operate as an independent organization and achieve significant legal victories.   Ifill stated that her retirement from the DFL, which she joined as an associate attorney in 1988 before teaching law at the University of Maryland, was not a retirement. “I don`t think it`s going to be a leisure time,” she said. Four decades later, she led one of the leading civil rights groups in the United States as the nation grappled with a new racist record, from police violence to voting rights to educational justice. Ifill, 58, will step down as president and director of the NAACP`s Legal Defense and Education Fund in spring 2022, she told The Washington Post. The LDF, founded in 1940 by Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall of the NAACP`s legal department, has traditionally held an informal creed: LDF lawyers do the work, but don`t talk about it.
Organizing and campaigning through the media was the business of community activists, not litigators, who wanted to go into courtrooms – often controlled by white judges and jurors – who were supported only by their legal credentials. In 2016, the NAACP filed a lawsuit as a co-counsel against the State of Michigan, the City of Flint, and various other defendants in the wake of the Flint water crisis. The lawsuit was merged with various other lawsuits filed on the subject. In January 2021, preliminary approval was granted for a $641 million partial settlement in the Eastern District of Michigan consolidated class action lawsuit, 80% of which is reserved for children. Defendants in the settlement include the state of Michigan, the city of Flint, government officials, medical groups and hospitals. Frances Gilcreast, president of Flint NAACP, is a plaintiff named in the settlement. The NAACP is working with Co-Counsel to organize information sessions for all NAACP members who have questions about the agreement or need help registering as class members so they may be eligible for compensation. The registration deadline for partial settlement was March 29, 2021. While in law school, Ifill articled with Justice A.
Leon Higginbotham Jr. in the first summer and at the United Nations Centre for Human Rights in the second summer. His first job outside of law school was a one-year fellowship at the ACLU in New York.  She then served as an associate counsel at the Legal Defense Fund and argued in Voting Rights Act cases, including the landmark Houston Lawyers` Association v. Attorney General of Texas. In 1993, she joined the University of Maryland School of Law, where she taught for two decades.   She is the author of On the Courthouse Lawn: Confronting the Legacy of Lynching in the 21st Century, finalist for the 2008 Hurston-Wright Legacy Award for Nonfiction.  Calling all lawyers! If you want to serve at the NAACP as an election observer, legal counsel, or through quick response, litigation, or phone help, we can help you leverage your power this election season. Perhaps the most famous case in DFL history is Brown v. Board of Education, the landmark 1954 case in which the U.S. Supreme Court explicitly prohibited racial segregation in de jure public educational institutions.
During the civil rights protests of the 1960s, the LDF represented “the legal arm of the civil rights movement” and advised Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., among others.  Ms. Wallace is primarily responsible for overseeing civil litigation and is also responsible for the association`s internal legal matters, including human resources and contracts. Her day-to-day responsibilities include providing legal advice to the Office of the Legal Counsel, Division Heads and WHO/Europe on the legal implications of proposed activities and programmes, monitoring the legal activities of civil and human rights groups to identify those in which the NAACP wishes to participate, providing legal advice and general support in all NAACP activities, and ensuring a maximum protection of the legal rights of the organization. Since acquiring LDF in 2013, Ifill has led the organization`s massive growth. The workforce grew from 55 employees, mostly lawyers, to more than 150 and expanded to new core organization and communication departments. The DFL has created its own historical archive to document legal milestones and precursors of the civil rights movement. She founded an internal think tank, the Thurgood Marshall Institute, to study civil rights and structural racism. Sherrilyn Ifill (born December 17, 1962) is an American lawyer.
She is a professor of law and former president and director of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. She is the seventh president of the Legal Defense Fund since the organization was founded by Thurgood Marshall in 1940. Ifill is also a nationally recognized expert on voting rights and judicial selection.  In 2021, Time named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world on its annual Time 100 list. He maintained this media platform while playing a role in the agency`s legal practice. She is known for leaving detailed notes on bills and sitting at the lawyer`s table during high-profile pleadings. A link to reset your password will be emailed to you. Please use this new password to continue logging in. At times, this separation has created considerable confusion in the eyes and minds of the public.  In the 1980s, the NAACP unsuccessfully sued LDF for trademark infringement.
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