Howard University has appointed esteemed civil rights attorney and scholar Sherrilyn Ifill as the first Vernon E. Jordan, Jr., Esq. Endowed Chair in Civil Rights.
Recognized for her remarkable contributions to law, civil rights, and social justice, her appointment pays tribute to the legacy of Thurgood Marshall, a Howard Law School alumnus, who was the first Black justice in the U.S. Supreme Court.
The endowed chair, named after the revered Vernon Jordan, will establish a multidisciplinary center at Howard Law School called the 14th Amendment Center for Law & Democracy. This center looks to uphold the values of equality, justice, and reimagined citizenship outlined in the 14th Amendment and will collaborate with institutions such as the Charles Hamilton Houston Center at Harvard Law School.
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