Introducing Guest Blogger Sherrilyn Ifill

I am delighted to introduce Professor Sherrilyn Ifill, who will be guest blogging with us this month.  

Sherrilyn Ifill is a professor of law at the University of Maryland School of Law, and a civil rights lawyer who specializes in voting rights and political participation. A former assistant counsel at the NAACP Legal Defense & Education Fund, Inc., Prof. Ifill litigated voting rights cases, including Houston Lawyers’ Association v. Texas, in which the Supreme Court held that judicial elections are covered by the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Professor Ifill has become a leading national voice on race, voting and political participation. Her op-eds have appeared in the The Baltimore Sun,, and a host of other publications. She is a regular contributor to The Root (, an online publication of the Washington Post. Professor Ifill is a regular political and election night commentator on both national and local television and radio programs, and provides media commentary during Supreme Court nomination hearings. She has appeared on CNN, NBC Nightly News, MSNBC, and ABC World News Tonight, as well as on Canadian and French television, and is regular voice on local public radio in Baltimore.

Prof. Ifill’s scholarly writing has been focused on judicial selection and the importance of race and gender diversity on our courts, and on contemporary legal responses to historic incidents of racial violence. Her 2007 book, On the Courthouse Lawn:  Confronting the Legacy of Lynching in the 21st Century, explores the continuing effects of the last two recorded lynchings in Maryland. Released to critical acclaim, On the Courthouse Lawn was a finalist for the 2008 Hurston/Wright book award for non-fiction.

Selected Publications include:

Judicial Diversity, 13 Green Bag 29 45 (Autumn 2009)

From Idol to Obama:  What TV Elections Teach Us About Race, Youth, and Voting in Barack Obama and African American Empowerment (ed. Manning Marable and Kristen Clarke) (PalgraveMacmillan 2009)

On the Courthouse Lawn:  Confronting the Legacy of Lynching in the 21st Century (Beacon Press 2007)

Through the Lens of Diversity: The Fight for Judicial Elections After Republican Party of Minnesota v. White, 10 Mich. J. Race & Law (Fall 2004)

Creating a Truth and Reconciliation Commission for Lynching, 21 Minnesota Journal of Law & Inequality 263 (Summer 2003)

Do Appearances Matter?:  Judicial Impartiality and the Supreme Court in Bush v. Gore,  61 Md. L.Rev. 606 (2002)

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  1. It is thrilling to have you here! Thanks so much, Danielle