On February 17, 2015, Fried Frank proudly sponsored a Culture, Law and Policy Series event in its New York office. The event, titled "A Legacy of Change: Voting Rights and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund (LDF)," featured guest speakers Natasha Korgaonkar, LDF Assistant Counsel, and Leah Aden, LDF Assistant Counsel and former Fried Frank Fellow.
Ms. Korgaonkar and Ms. Aden described the important work that they do as part of LDF's Political Participation Group, litigating to protect the right to vote for people of color throughout the United States. They provided Firm attorneys and staff with an in-depth explanation of how the Voting Rights Act operates, discussed the various legal strategies they use, and examined the social and political implications of the recent Supreme Court decision Shelby County v. Holder. Ms. Korgaonkar and Ms. Aden also explored the long and storied history of Fried Frank's partnership with LDF.
The partnership between Fried Frank and the LDF includes collaboration on pro bono matters and service through the Fried Frank Fellowship, a unique program that bridges private law firm litigation and public service law. The Fried Frank Fellowship provides select entry-level lawyers the opportunity to spend two years as Fried Frank litigators and then two years as staff attorneys at LDF. For more information regarding the Fried Frank Fellowship, please visit the Firm's Fellowship webpage.
To learn more about the NAACP's Legal Defense Fund, please visit www.naacpldf.org.