About the NAACP Legal Department

History & Achievement

Since 1909, the NAACP has maintained a legadary legacy for fighting legal battles to win social justice for all Americans. Many of the most significant of these battles were fought and won under the leadership of Charles Hamilton Houston and his student and protégée, Thurgood Marshall.  Read More.

Meet the OGC Staff 

  • Brad Berry—General Counsel

  • Anson C. Asaka—Associate General Counsel

  • Khyla D. Craine—Assistant General Counsel

  • Lanita Ross—Special Assistant to the General Counsel

  • Evan Johnson—Records Coordinator

Fields of Expertise

The Legal Department's Civil Rights Practice Areas include redistricting, criminal justice, fair housing, education and Environmental Justice. Read More.


The NAACP Legal Department maintains an active docket of Civil Rights cases, frequently in conjunction with a team of cooperating lawyers around the nation who work daily in the courts alongside the Legal Department to address Civil Rights violations and forge the way in the fight to prevent the erosion of Civil Rights law in this country  Read More.

Amicus Briefs

The NAACP is frequently asked to submit Amicus Briefs in civil rights cases, regarding a number of varied legal issues. Many of these issues go directly to the heart of the NAACP's mission and work. Read More

Law Fellows Program

Each year, through a rigorous selection process, the NAACP National Legal Department chooses several students from law schools across the nation to participate in the summer Law Fellow Program. Read More.