Sherrilyn Ifill

Civil rights lawyer and scholar Sherrilyn Ifill to receive ABA Thurgood Marshall Award

The American Bar Association Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice will honor civil rights trailblazer Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director-counsel emeritus of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) and senior fellow at the Ford Foundation with its 2022 Thurgood Marshall Award. The award will be presented at a dinner celebration honoring her distinguished career during the ABA’s Annual Meeting in Chicago on Saturday, Aug. 6, at 7:30 p.m. CDT at the Fairmont Chicago.

History in the Making: Sherrilyn Ifill in Conversation With Janai Nelson

When Thurgood Marshall founded the Legal Defense and Education Fund under the NAACP umbrella in 1940, America was embroiled in racial discrimination and early fights for civil rights. Eighty years later, the charge against our nation’s inequities and injustices is led by president and director-counsel Sherrilyn Ifill, who first joined the organization in 1988 as an assistant counsel in the area of voting rights.

Why Sherrilyn Ifill Fights for Gender Equity in Civil Rights Battles

In January 2019, four Black and Latina girls were walking down the hallway of their middle school in Binghamton, N.Y., laughing, when their principal stopped them. He brought the 12-year-olds to the school’s health office where, one by one, they were given sobriety tests and searched, alleges a lawsuit filed on behalf of their parents by the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF). The school denies the allegation of inappropriate searches, as well as the premise of the litigation: that racial and gender bias led school officials to read playful behavior as suspicious. The case, which is ongoing, is emblematic of LDF’s work under its president and director-counsel, Sherrilyn Ifill, who has strived to emphasize gender equity’s significance in the fight for racial justice and education access.

Civil Rights Attorney Sherrilyn Ifill to Receive 2022 Radcliffe Medal

Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, will receive the Radcliffe Medal on May 27, 2022, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study announced on Friday. The lawyer and scholar will join Madeleine Albright, Hillary Rodham Clinton, and other world leaders as recipients of the Institute’s highest honor since the award’s inception in 1987.

Sherrilyn Ifill floated as a potential Supreme Court pick

Justice Stephen Breyer’s retirement gives President Joe Biden a chance to fulfill his campaign promise of nominating a Black woman to the Supreme Court. Among the names floated to fill his seat is Sherrilyn Ifill, the president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and cousin of the late Gwen Ifill.

Editorial: Here's why Sherrilyn Ifill should be Biden’s Supreme Court pick

A Black woman has never served on the U.S. Supreme Court, but there is no shortage of well-qualified individuals available to break that shameful barrier. This was made clear enough last week with the announcement that Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer is retiring and President Joe Biden is keeping his campaign promise to appoint a Black woman to the nation’s highest court. Speculation ...