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NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF)

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May 2010: "John Payton, president of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, who argued the case on behalf of the black applicants, said the decision will reach far beyond Chicago."

April 2008: 'The NAACP Legal Defense Fund and the American Civil Liberties Union reminded the court of the "scourge of racial bias" that accompanied the execution of rapists during the middle part of the 20th century; nearly 90 percent of those executed were black.'

October 2007: 'A noose is a symbol of America's oldest form of domestic terrorism,' said Hilary O. Shelton, director of the NAACP's Washington office. 'It was held up as an example to show that whoever you are, you could be taken this way.'

October 2007: “It’s almost as if subprime lenders put a circle around neighborhoods of color and say, ‘This is where were going to do our thing,’” said Robert Stroup, a lawyer and the director of the economic justice program at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund Inc.

October 2007: The disparity imposes real-world consequences, particularly in the African-American community. 'African Americans are incarcerated for federal crack-related offenses in vastly higher numbers and proportions than whites,' writes Ian Gershengorn, a lawyer with Jenner & Block in Washington, in a friend-of-the-court brief on behalf of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund.

December 2006: What opponents of the plans are really objecting to, said Theodore M. Shaw, president of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, is using race at all. To him, that is not a natural outgrowth of the Brown decision but a perversion of it.

October 2005: "...1957, when the Legal Defense Fund acrimoniously split from the NAACP."


RoleNameTypeLast Updated
Cooperation (past or present) CORE - Congress of Racial Equality Organization Jul 3, 2008
Possible/Unclear NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) Organization Oct 18, 2005
Employee/Freelancer/Contractor (past or present) Prof. Derrick A. Bell Esq. Person May 23, 2011
Organization Executive (past or present) Jacqueline A. Berrien Person Mar 9, 2011
Supported by (past or present) Senator Richard Blumenthal Esq. Person Nov 19, 2008
Organization Executive (past or present) Judge Robert L. Carter Person Oct 18, 2005
Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Julius L. Chambers Person Jun 7, 2007
Possible/Unclear Prof. Samuel R. Gross Esq. Person Jun 13, 2007
Employee/Freelancer/Contractor (past or present) Dr. Terri Marsh Ph.D. Person Sep 4, 2011
Organization Executive (past or present) Judge Constance Baker Motley Person Oct 18, 2005
Employee/Freelancer/Contractor (past or present) Gov. Deval Patrick Esq. Person Jun 9, 2007
Organization Head/Leader (past or present) John Payton Esq. Person Mar 25, 2010
Organization Executive (past or present) Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Theodore M. Shaw Esq. Person Dec 3, 2006
Organization Executive (past or present) Robert Stroup Esq. Person Oct 15, 2007

Articles and Resources

Date Resource Read it at:
May 25, 2010 Justices say employers may not use discriminatory testing practices

QUOTE: Employers who use tests that have the effect of ruling out disproportionate numbers of women and minorities may be sued each time they use the results to hire, the Supreme Court ruled...

Washington Post
Apr 14, 2008 Child Rape Tests Limits Of Death Penalty: La. Law Spurs Review Of Eighth Amendment

QUOTE: Proponents say society demands retribution for those who harm its most vulnerable members. But some child advocacy experts say the unintended consequences of the death penalty might be a decline in the reporting of sexual assaults by family members, or even an incentive for the rapist to kill the victim.

Washington Post
Oct 20, 2007 In Jena and Beyond, Nooses Return as a Symbol of Hate

QUOTE: Law enforcement authorities, including the Justice Department, are expressing concern over a recent spate of noose sightings in the aftermath of events in Jena, the small Louisiana town that has been engulfed by racial strife and was the scene of a recent civil rights demonstration.

Washington Post
Oct 15, 2007 Study Finds Disparities in Mortgages by Race

QUOTE: But the Furman Center study, a summary of which is being released today, still raises questions about the role of race in lending practices. A separate analysis of mortgage data by The New York Times shows that even at higher income levels, black borrowers in New York City were far more likely than white borrowers with similar incomes and mortgage amounts to receive a subprime loan.

New York Times
Oct 02, 2007 Court looks again at sentencing laws: The Supreme Court takes up two cases Tuesday that could bring clarity to what has become a murky federal sentencing system.

QUOTE: Supreme Court takes up two cases that could bring clarity to the now murky federal sentencing system. Both cases involve attempts by federal judges to hand down sentences that were more lenient than sentences that would have been required under a mandatory guidelines system. Both sentences were vacated by appeals courts because the sentencing judges were said to have unreasonably exerted too much discretion in the sentencing process.

Christian Science Monitor
Feb 28, 2007 Justice Dept. to Revisit Civil-Rights-Era Killings

QUOTE: At a news conference, Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales and FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III said the federal government's interest in 40 unsolved murder cases was renewed after several successful prosecutions of civil-rights-era murder suspects in recent years.

Washington Post
Dec 03, 2006 Supreme Court to Review Two School-Integration Plans: Justices to Consider Whether Race Can Still Be a Factor in Public School Placement

QUOTE: More than 50 years after the Supreme Court decided in Brown v. Board of Education that separate schools are inherently unequal, the court will consider tomorrow whether race can still be a factor when school systems design programs to promote racial integration. A broadly written decision on Louisville's plan, and on a related one from Seattle, could have a profound impact on school systems across the country.

Washington Post
Oct 03, 2005 Remembering a Civil Rights Pioneer

QUOTE: Motley. Decades later, she became the first black woman appointed to the federal judiciary....years after being the first black woman to argue a civil rights case for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund (LDF).

Washington Post