The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF) honored Norton Rose Fulbright as Law Firm of the Year at its 30th National Equal Justice Awards Dinner on November 2.
Norton Rose Fulbright has teamed up with the NAACP LDF on multiple occasions in recent years to provide legal services in a number of landmark cases.
Most recently, Norton Rose Fulbright worked with the LDF in support of The University of Texas at Austin in Fisher v. University of Texas, which challenged the university's affirmative action admissions policy. In a 4-3 decision, the US Supreme Court ruled in favor of the university in June 2016. This decision was a historic affirmation of the university's admissions policy.
Steve Pfeiffer (Washington, DC), who serves on the LDF's Board of Directors, Terry Tottenham (Austin), Shauna Clark (Houston) and Ralph Dawson (New York) and former Houston partner Edward "Teddy" Adams accepted the honor on behalf of the firm at the awards ceremony in New York. Adams and Tottenham led the firm's work over a number of years in the Fisher v. University of Texas case.
The NAACP LDF is a nonprofit civil rights law firm that seeks to expand democracy, eliminate disparities and achieve racial justice through litigation, advocacy and public education. Founded by Thurgood Marshall in 1940, the NAACP LDF has triumphed in several notable cases, including Brown v. Board of Education (1954).