NAACP's Theodore Shaw to Discuss "The Continuing Struggle for Racial Justice"
Recently named president and director-counsel, effective May 1, Shaw has dedicated much of his career to the Legal Defense Fund, beginning as assistant counsel and director of education docket in 1982. As associate director-counsel, he has been responsible for the management of all Legal Defense Fund programs and operations.
During his tenure with the Fund, he has supervised and argued a spectrum of civil rights cases nationwide at the trial and appellate levels and before the U.S. Supreme Court. Shaw was lead counsel representing minority undergraduate students in the University of Michigan case that was decided by the Supreme Court last year.
Shaw has received numerous awards; in 2003 alone, he was awarded the 2003 National Bar Association's A. Leon Higginbotham Memorial Award, the Columbia University School of Law's Lawrence A. Wein Prize for Social Responsibility, and Wesleyan University's Raymond E. Baldwin Medal.
He holds the Phyllis Beck Chair at Temple Law School, and has taught at CUNY Law School and the University of Michigan Law School.
He received his B.A. from Wesleyan University and his J.D. from Columbia Law School. After graduating from law school, Shaw worked as a trial attorney in the civil rights division of the U.S. Department of Justice. In 1982 he resigned his government position in protest of the Reagan administration's civil rights policies and joined the Legal Defense Fund.
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