Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., the nation’s premier civil rights legal organization, will serve as the graduation speaker at Fordham Law School’s 111th diploma ceremony, on Tuesday, May 22.
Ms. Ifill, the seventh president and director-counsel at LDF, has increased the visibility and engagement of the organization in cutting-edge and urgent civil rights issues, including policing reform, voter suppression, and housing discrimination.
A critically acclaimed author, she has written scholarly articles and the books On the Courthouse Lawn: Confronting the Legacy of Lynching in the 21st Century and A Perilous Path: Talking Race, Inequality, and the Law, which reflect her lifelong engagement in and analysis of issues of race and American public life.
The academic procession will begin at 10 am at the Walsh Library lawn on the Fordham University Rose Hill Campus in the Bronx.
Dean Matthew Diller and Fordham University President Joseph M. McShane will confer degrees on 561 graduates – 373 receiving J.D. degrees, 164 receiving LL.M. degrees, 21 receiving M.S.L. degrees, and 3 receiving S.J.D. degrees.