Dorcas R. Gilmore

Dorcas R. Gilmore is Assistant General Counsel in the NAACP Legal Department where she represents the NAACP National Office and assists its over 1200 branches and units nationwide.  In this role, she advances the NAACP’s racial justice advocacy mission on issues of economic justice and provides corporate counsel.  Also, Ms. Gilmore serves as the Director of Community Economic Development in the NAACP Economic Department where she oversees efforts to promote the creation and growth of small businesses, individual wealth building primarily through matched savings accounts, and community asset building.

Ms. Gilmore has over 8 years of experience in the community economic development field.   As a Skadden Fellow and Staff Attorney at the Community Law Center, Inc., she created the Youth Entrepreneurship Initiative providing a range of business and nonprofit legal services to youth-led organizations.  Also, she directed the Small Business Legal Services Program & Youth Entrepreneurship Initiative and the Equitable Development Project.  Ms. Gilmore has represented community organizations, social ventures, and coalitions seeking to promote racial and economic equity in their local communities and looks forward to leveraging these experiences and relationships to strengthen the economic fabrics of communities of color. 

Ms. Gilmore earned her law degree from the University of Maryland School of Law. The 2004 Gilbert & Jaylee Mead Public Interest Scholar, Ms. Gilmore  received numerous awards recognizing her commitment to service and the public interest, including the NAACP LDF’s Earl Warren Scholarship.  Ms. Gilmore graduated magna cum laude from Rollins College with an Honors Bachelor of Arts. 

Ms. Gilmore is a member of the Governing Committee of the ABA Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law and a founding member of its Young Lawyers Network.  She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Women’s Law Center of Maryland.  Ms. Gilmore is the author of several articles and book chapters on law and leadership, youth entrepreneurship legal services, and community lawyering.