Ifill is just the seventh Director-Counsel and the second woman to hold the position after Elaine Jones.
Founded in 1940 under the leadership of Thurgood Marshall, who subsequently became the first African-American U.S. Supreme Court Justice, LDF was launched at a time when the nation’s aspirations for equality and due process of law were stifled by widespread state-sponsored racial inequality.
The LDF which coordinates legal advocacy on behalf of the NAACP is a leading civil rights organization. Recently, the LDF filed a brief in the Fisher v. Texas case which centers on the legal challenge to the use of affirmative action in college admissions. In addition to broad based civil rights advocacy the LDF does work centered on criminal justice, economic justice, and political participation, amongst other issues.
Ifill who is a tenured law professor at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law where she has taught since 1993 has long been a renowned voice on civil rights, voting rights, and broader issues of equity and justice. Prior to teaching she was an Assistant Counsel at the LDF.
As a legal scholar she was published several books including her seminal work On the Courthouse Lawn: Confronting the Legacy of Lynching in the 21st Century.
She is married and the mother of three daughters Najma, Amali, and Jahia.
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