From the 2010 News Archive
Prof. Ifill on CNN: Racial Implications of Sherrod Firing
Professor Sherrilyn Ifill
, a nationally recognized civil rights expert and advocate, recently appeared on CNN's "American Morning" to discuss race relations in American, in the wake of Shirley Sherrod’s forced resignation from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Watch Professor Ifill’s CNN appearance.
"The President is hoping, and it’s understandable, that what he does on race will be in his substantive policies: the revitalized Civil Rights division of the Justice Department; what he tried to do in extending unemployment benefits; what he tried to do in stimulating the economy; the very real and sincere efforts of USDA to deal with backlogged civil rights claims," said Prof. Ifill.
"Race is also a matter of public discussion and consciousness, and I don’t think the Obama administration can avoid it. I think most Americans trusted President Obama to be the person to help us navigate through these shoals, especially after his speech about race in Philadelphia, ‘Toward a More Perfect Union.’ The Obama administration should be more confident about having the President speak explicitly to the issue of race."
Professor Ifill’s expertise includes areas of civil rights, voting rights, judicial diversity and judicial decision-making. During her tenure at the law school Professor Ifill has continued to litigate and consult on cases on behalf of low-income and minority communities.
Prior to joining the Faculty in 1993, Professor Ifill served as an Assistant Counsel at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. in New York, where she litigated voting rights cases, including Houston Lawyers’ Association v. Texas, in which the Supreme Court held that judicial elections are subject to the provisions of the Voting Rights Act.