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NCLEJ Celebrates Women’s History Month

Today, we call attention to Constance Baker Motley, whose accomplishments include:

“I became aware of Constance Baker Motley’s contributions to civil rights when I worked at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, at a time when Black lawyers were extremely rare and Black women lawyers rarer still,” said Dennis Parker, Executive Director.

We also take time to recognize the historic nomination of Ketanji Brown Jackson, the first public defender to be considered for the Supreme Court, a brilliant choice who would add to the professional diversity on the court.

Professional diversity matters. Below is an excerpt from the testimony to The Presidential Commission on the Supreme Court of the United States that makes the case.

“Of the current sitting Supreme Court justices, none spent a substantial part of their pre-judicial career working as a legal aid attorney or for a nonprofit civil rights organization. . . . Taken as a whole, the current Court has had little professional exposure to the shortcomings in our legal system when it comes to advancing and protecting the rights of marginalized people and communities.”