Sherrilyn Ifill

NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund
Leadership, Policy, and Communications
Public Affairs and Public Policy
Ifill is president of one of the nation's premier civil rights law organizations. Her career has been committed to civil rights law, first as a fellow at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and then as a litigator at the NAACP Legal and Education Defense Fund (LDF), which she now leads. The LDF was founded by legendary civil rights attorney and later Supreme Court Justice, Thurgood Marshall. For 20 years, Ifill was a tenured Professor at the University of Maryland School of Law, where she taught a variety of courses, and continued to litigate and consult on a broad and diverse range of civil rights cases with her students. Since returning to lead the LDF, Ifill has emerged as an influential national voice on matters of race and civil rights. Her litigation and policy work is focused on voting rights, criminal justice reform and education.  She is an author and a frequent media commentator. Ifill has served on the board of the National Constitution Center, the National Women's Law Center and currently serves on the advisory board of the Profiles in Courage Award. Ifill was a board member of the Open Society Foundation for 10 years, first in Baltimore, then on the U.S. Programs board, which she chaired for two years.
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