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Sherrilyn Ifill

President & Director-Counsel

NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund Inc.

Sherrilyn Ifill

Sherrilyn Ifill

Her career has been committed to civil rights law, first as a fellow at the ACLU and then as a young litigator at the LDF, which she now leads. For 20 years Ifill has been a tenured professor at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey 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. She is currently on leave from the law school. Ifill is an author and a frequent media commentator on matters involving race and civil rights.

Most recently she spoke out against what she called “biases and stereotypes” that led to the shootings of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Eric Garner and others. Ifill has said that the issues have led to greater focus on police violence, particularly against minorities.

Ifill, who splits her time between Maryland and the NAACP’s New York office, also has served on the board of the Open Society Foundation for 10 years, first in Baltimore, then on the U.S. Programs board, which she chaired for two years.  She is now a member of the global board of the Foundation.