From its inception, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (“LDF”) has served on the front lines of civil rights litigation efforts. Only the government has litigated more civil rights cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. Our goal is to keep our supporters abreast of key developments in civil rights jurisprudence by providing substantive, concise overviews of the noteworthy cases before the Supreme Court. Of the many cases the Court will hear this term, we have highlighted five that present issues related to civil rights. These cases are Torres v. Madrid; Jones v. Mississippi; Brownback v. King; Edwards v. Vannoy; and Brnovich v. Democratic National Committee.


In each case snapshot, we provide the question presented, the background of the case, the key legal issues, the case’s importance to civil rights, and a description of LDF’s amicus brief, if applicable. We hope this summary will be easy to digest and will underscore the importance of the Supreme Court (and other courts) to our lives and the future of our democracy.

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