sherillyn ifill

Sherrilyn Ifill takes the lead for the NAACP’s Legal Defense Fund.

*The NAACP has classic litigation that it is famous for, but it’s been some time since we’ve seen a landmark case grab their attention.

But with a new sheriff in town at the lead, there may be a jump to energize this area of the NAACP and set some fires under politicians to get us back on track again; especially in voting issues.

This week, the NAACP announced that Sherrilyn Ifill has been passed the baton of leadership for their Legal Defense Fund (LDF). She’s a nationally known advocate in the areas of “civil rights, voting rights, judicial diversity and judicial decision-making.”

Hailing from the University of Maryland’s Law School since 1993, she has taught Constitutional Law, Environmental Justice, Complex Litigation, as well as seminars on Voting Rights and Equal Protection. Not only that, she co-founded the Reentry of Ex-Offenders Clinic that focuses on the legal rights of ex-offenders. Annnd, she wrote an important book, “On the Courthouse Lawn: Confronting the Legacy of Lynching in the Twenty-First Century.”

(more…)