POTUS will nominate Debo Adegbile to head Justice Dept.’s Civil Rights Division

Debo Adegbile is to be nominated to be the next Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights at the United States Department of Justice.

Debo Adegbile is to be nominated to be the next Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights at the United States Department of Justice.

President Barack Obama on Thursday announced his intention to nominate Debo Adegbile, the current Senior Counsel to the United States Senate’s Judiciary Committee, and the former Acting President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, Inc. (“LDF”) {Link}, to be the next Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights at the United States Department of Justice.

Adegbile served in the top post of the LDF following the death of John Payton until the current Director-Counsel Sherrilyn Ifill was named. He then served as Special Counsel before leaving the organization. He had earlier been the Associate Director-Counsel and Director of Litigation, having risen to that passion during a more tan 10 year term at the LDF. From cases involving affirmative action in education and employment, to voting rights, to housing discrimination, “LDF” advocates on behalf of underrepresented and disenfranchised individuals.

As an attorney for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Debo Adegbile had the opportunity to argue before the United States Supreme Court. His most recent argument before the court came in Shelby County v. Hunter the key recent voting rights case, which went before the high court. At issue in that case was whether southern states had to adhere to Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, which required states and local governments to seek federal approval to change voting laws.

The Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division was created in 1957 following passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1957. The section of the department is charged with upholding the constitutional and civil rights of U.S citizens. Frequently the Civil Rights Division is age, ability or disablity, ethnicity, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, family status, or national origin.

Mr. Adegbile is a 1994 graduate of New York University School of Law, and a 1991 graduate of Connecticut College. Prior to the LDF he was an attorney at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton, and Garrison.

If confirmed Mr. Adegbile would succeed the Hon. Tom Perez who now serves as the U.S. Secretary of Labor.

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