‘Conversation With’ Committee welcomes the NAACP LDF’s Sherrilyn Ifill to speak on Tuesday, March 13

Photo of Sherrilyn Ifill, who is the President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund poses for a portrait at the University of Maryland Law School. (Photo by Matt McClain for The Washington Post)

Sherrilyn Ifill, who is the President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund poses for a portrait at the University of Maryland Law School. (Photo by Matt McClain for The Washington Post)

Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director-counsel of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP LDF)’s Legal Defense and Educational Fund, will speak to students and staff as part of Wake Forest School of Law’s “Conversation With” speaker series at noon on Tuesday, March 13, 2018, in the Worrell Professional Center, Room 1312. The event is free and open to the public.

Ifill will be interviewed by second-year law student Jonathan Patton at this event, according to Professor Margaret Taylor, chair of the “Conversation With” Committee.
“Sherrilyn Ifill is a public intellectual, a civil rights litigator and a distinguished law professor,” Professor Taylor says. “We are thrilled that she will be our guest on the Tuesday after spring break for this wonderful event. So please mark your calendars now with a note to join us for a ‘Conversation With.’”

Ifill is the seventh person to hold her position with the NAACP LDF, according to its website.

Ifill is a highly regarded national civil rights strategist and public intellectual whose writings, speeches and media appearances enrich public debate about a range of political and civil rights issues, the website states. Since joining the NAACP LDF, Ifill has contributed to a number of successful lawsuits, including the Voting Rights Act case, Houston Lawyers’ Association vs. Attorney General of Texas.

Ifill is also a critically acclaimed author. Her book, “On the Courthouse Lawn: Confronting the Legacy of Lynching in the 21st Century,” reflects her lifelong engagement in and analysis of issues of race and American public life. Her past scholarly writing has focused on the importance of diversity on the bench, and she is currently writing a book about race and Supreme Court confirmation hearings.

Ifill joined the faculty of the University of Maryland School of Law in 1993, where, in addition to teaching Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law and variety of other seminars, she continued to litigate and consult on a broad and diverse range of civil rights cases.

A graduate of Vassar College, Ifill earned her JD from New York University School of Law.

Started in 1999 by Professor Charley Rose, the “Conversation With” program invites professional role models to inspire students with candid stories about the law. Past “Conversation With” series interviews have featured U.S. Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Clarence Thomas; Robert Ehrlich, former U.S. Congressman and governor of Maryland; New York Times columnist Anthony Lewis; and former COO of the Peace Corps Thomas Tighe, among others.