2012 The Root 100

Debo P. Adegbile is acting president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund.

  • Influence: 109.1
  • Reach: 2.9
  • Substance: 8.0
  • Media Mentions: 7
  • Internet Mentions: 100
  • Twitter Followers: 0
  • Debo P. Adegbile

  • Acting president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund.
  • Job: Attorney
  • Sector: Government/Politics
  • Location: New York City
  • Age: 45
  • Bio: After the untimely death of NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund president John Payton this March, Debo P. Adegbile became the group's acting president and director-counsel. Adegbile, who joined the LDF in 2001, oversees the areas of economic and criminal justice, education and policy and legislative advocacy. Recently he has strived to prevent voter discrimination, praising a federal court decision in May to uphold the constitutionality of fundamental parts of the Voting Rights Act. "Some have questioned whether the protection is still needed," Adegbile said of the Shelby County, Alabama v. Holder case. "The recent efforts to suppress minority voters make it crystal clear that we still need this core voter protection." In 2009 Adegbile also successfully argued against a similar challenge to the act before the U.S. Supreme Court in Northwest Austin Municipal Utility District No. One v. Holder. And in 2010 he supervised the LDF team that prevailed in an employment case before the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of African-American firefighter applicants in Lewis v. City of Chicago. Visit his website.
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