Sherrilyn Ifill

Sherrilyn Ifill is a professor of law at the University of Maryland, and a civil rights lawyer who specializes in voting rights and political participation. Ifill is a former assistant counsel at the NAACP Legal Defense & Education Fund, Inc. where she litigated voting rights cases, including Houston Lawyers’ Association vs. Attorney General of Texas, in which the Supreme Court held that judicial elections are covered by the provisions of section 2 of the Voting Rights Act.

Ifill’s 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. She also writes about judicial independence, judicial selection and the importance of race and gender diversity on our courts.

She is a regular political and election night commentator on both national and local television and radio programs. She has appeared on CNN, NBC Nightly News, ABC World News Tonight and C-Span, and is a regular voice on local and national public radio and a regular contributor to The Root.

Professor of Law at the University of Maryland

Areas of Expertise: Civil Rights, Voting Rights, Judicial Diversity, Judicial Decision-Making

Location: Baltimore, MD

Contact Info: 


Phone: (410) 706-8394

Twitter: @Sifill_LDF

Featured on PBS:

News Hour: Is Discrimination History Provision of Voting Rights Act Still Relevant?