Paul L. Caron

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

NAACP Receives $40 Million Gift To Pay Tuition For 50 Law Students Who Agree To Do Civil Rights Work In The South For 8 Years After Graduation

Karen Sloan (, NAACP Legal Defense Fund Will Spend $40 Million to Put Racial Justice-Minded Attorneys Through Law School:

A new scholarship program from the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund aims to help establish the next generation of civil rights attorneys by covering the entire cost of law school for 50 law students over the next decade.

Under the Marshall-Motley Scholars Program, announced Monday, recipients will have their full law school tuition covered along with funds for room and board and incidentals. They will also complete summer internships with civil rights lawyers and do a two-year fellowship at a regional or national civil rights organization in the South upon graduation. In return, recipients will commit to spending at least eight years practicing civil rights and racial justice law in the South. The Legal Defense Fund will select up to 10 recipients a year for the next five years, at an estimated cost of $40 million. An anonymous donor has committed to funding the program, according to Janai Nelson, associate director-counsel for the LDF.

Wshington Post, Anonymous $40 Million Gift Funding 50 Civil Rights Lawyers

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