History & Achievement

Since 1909, the NAACP has maintained a legendary legacy for fighting legal battles to win social justice for all Americans — many of the most significant of which were fought and won under the leadership of Charles Hamilton Houston and his student and protégée, Thurgood Marshall. Marshall went on to make even more history, serving as the 96th justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from October 1967 until October 1991 as its first African-American justice.

The NAACP Legal Department maintains an active docket of Civil Rights cases, frequently in conjunction with a team of cooperating lawyers around the nation. These lawyers 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 across our nation.

Please note: The NAACP may provide legal information to concerned citizens, but does not provide legal advice. For legal advice, please consult a local attorney.

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NAACP Legal Staff

Janette McCarthy Wallace
Interim General Counsel

Michele McCollum
Associate General Counsel

Anson C. Asaka
Associate General Counsel

Anna-Kathryn Barnes
Assistant General Counsel

Lanita Ross
Special Assistant to the General Counsel

Tia Lawson
Paralegal Specialist

Lillian Davis
Legal Support Specialist


NAACP Legal Department Expertise

NAACP Legal Department is responsible for corporate issues as well as for civil rights advocacy.

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Civil Rights Legal Docket

View a list of selected NAACP Civil Rights cases for the past years.

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Amicus Briefs

The NAACP is frequently asked to submit Amicus Briefs in civil rights cases, regarding a number of varied legal issues.

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Notice to All Plaintiff Class Members in Morrow v. City of Tenaha

Notice to All Plaintiff Class Members in Morrow v. City of Tenaha et al., No. 2-08-CV-288-JRG United States District Court For the Eastern District of Texas, Marshall Division, of Motion for Award of Interim Attorneys' Fees

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Morrow Class Action Docket 358 Notice

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Morrow Class Action Docket 358 Order On Notice For Additional Duration

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NAACP Legal History

In 1909, the NAACP commenced what has become its legacy of fighting legal battles to win social justice.

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Class Notice in Morrow v. City of Tenaha

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Class Notice in Morrow v. City of Tenaha- ACLU

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NAACP Legal Awards

The NAACP has a number of annual awards to honor attorneys or units for outstanding civil rights legal achievements

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