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Sherilynn Ifill

Sherilynn Ifill
Sherilynn Ifill
President and Director-Counsel
NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.
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Sherrilyn Ifill is the seventh President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. She is a long-time member of the LDF family. After graduating law school,Ifill served first as a fellow at the American Civil Liberties Union and then for five years as an assistant counsel in LDF’s New York office, where she litigated voting rights cases. Among her successful litigation was the landmark Voting Rights Act case Houston Lawyers’ Association vs. Attorney General of Texas, in which the Supreme Court held that judicial elections are covered by the provisions of section 2 of the Voting Rights Act.

In 1993, Ifill joined the faculty of the University of Maryland School of Law, where, in addition toteaching Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law and variety of seminars, she continued to litigate and consult on a broad and diverse range of civil rights cases while grooming the next generation of civil rights lawyers. In addition to teaching in the classroom, Ifill launched several innovative legal offerings while at Maryland Law School, including one of the first legal clinics in the nation focused on removing legal barriers to formerly incarcerated persons seeking to responsibly re-enter society. A critically acclaimed author, her book, On the Courthouse Lawn: Confronting the Legacy of Lynching in the 21st Century, reflects her lifelong engagement in and analysis of issues of race and American public life. She is a graduate of Vassar College, and received her J.D. from New York University School of Law.

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