Blog — Legal

Continuing to Make Strides: 50 Years Post the Civil Rights Act of 1964

In light of the many civil rights anniversaries in 2014--we continue to reflect and move forward.


Law Fellows Begin Assignment

The NAACP/Kellogg’s Law Fellow Program selects new fellows for the NAACP's National Office.


NAACP Defends Clean Air and Pollution Controls in Court

The NAACP supports the Environmental Protection Agency’s 2012 Mercury and Air Toxics Rule, joins with other organizations to defend in court.


The Supreme Court and the October Term: What’s Next?

After ending a historic term, what's next for the Supreme Court? The US Supreme Court has agreed to hear McCutcheon v. FEC that will challenge the constitutionality of federal aggregate contribution limits, which caps the total amount of money that individuals are permitted to contribute to all federal candidates, parties, and PACS over the course of an election cycle.


Celebrating Legal Victories

The Supreme Court's latest term came to a historic in the June. Within the span of weeks, the Court issued major decisions on voting rights and registration, affirmative action, and same-sex marriage.


Court Moves Towards Marriage Equality in Landmark DOMA decision

On June 26, 2013, the US Supreme Court struck down part of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in the landmark US v. Windsor case, holding that the federal law unconstitutionally deprived legally married same-sex couples of equal protection of law under the Fifth Amendment.


NAACP Law Fellows Visit Kellogg’s

On June 18th, the other NAACP Law Fellows arrived in Battle Creek, Michigan to visit with members of the legal department of Kellogg's. "Law" isn't the first thing that comes to mind when most people think of the famous breakfast company, but I quickly learned that Kellogg's is home to a cheerful team of accomplished attorneys and legal staffers with stories to tell and the type of advice that only comes from a lifetime of reaching to the top.


A Call to Action

On June 25th, in the case of Shelby County, Alabama v. Holder, the United States Supreme Court ruled that Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act (VRA) is unconstitutional. Section 5 of the VRA requires certain states and localities, with a history of discrimination to submit all of their election laws to the Justice Department for preclearance.


Veto Proof Victory Against Stop and Frisk in New York

Last night, the New York City Council voted in favor of the Community Safety Act--effectively ending the Stop and Frisk policy in NYC. Last year, the NAACP led thousands of activists on a silent march through the streets on NYC to Mayor Bloomberg's residence. We marched along with dozens of other progressive organizations to demand an end to New York City's stop and frisk policy.


Reflection: Lift As You Climb

NAACP Legal Fellow reflects on her visit to the US Supreme Court.


Reflecting on the Legacy of Medgar Evers

NAACP Law Fellow Andre' Cotten reflects on the life of Medgard Evers and his experience at the recent wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington Cemetery.


Filibuster Reform

For too many years, senators have been using a more problematic version of the filibuster rule – a procedural tool meant to ensure the minority party could extend debate on a piece of legislation to obstruct Congress, create gridlock, and paralyze progress. We think it’s time to end this destructive practice.


A Step Towards Abolishing the Maryland Death Penalty

This morning, NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous and Maryland NAACP State Conference President Gerald Stansbury met with Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley at the Maryland State House to discuss the future of the death penalty in Maryland.


The Fight against Voter Suppression in Pennsylvania

During the Jim Crow Era, states erected all kinds of ridiculous and shameful barriers to prevent African Americans from voting. They required African Americans to pass complicated literacy tests. They forced black people to pay outrageous poll taxes. In some states, in order to vote, black people had to know how many bubbles were on a bar of soap or how many jelly beans were in a jar.


Electoral Franchise

The NAACP Legal Department ran its second and final day of its Continuing Legal Education (CLE) seminars as part of the 2012 NAACP Convention in Houston, Texas at the George R. Brown Convention Center.


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