LDF Brings JP Schnapper-Casteras on Board as Special Counsel for Appellate and Supreme Court Advocacy

Legal Defense Fund

LDF today announced that John Paul Schnapper-Casteras has joined the organization as Special Counsel for Appellate and Supreme Court Advocacy. 

In this newly created role, Schnapper-Casteras, known as JP, will work with LDF attorneys on all aspects of civil rights litigation, particularly strategic development and preparation of appellate and Supreme Court briefs.

“We are delighted to welcome JP to the LDF family,” said LDF President and Director-Counsel Sherrilyn Ifill.  “Our organization has a long and storied history of Supreme Court advocacy, and we know that JP will help us to continue that tradition.”

The appointment reflects LDF’s significant role in Supreme Court litigation; since splitting from the NAACP in 1957 the organization has filed more cases before the Court than any other organization besides the Justice Department.

“For decades, LDF has played a unique role in the U.S. Supreme Court and consistently shaped the law through appellate litigation to bring about a more inclusive and equal society, said Schnapper-Casteras.  “It is a privilege to join such a renowned appellate practice and an honor to work with some of the finest attorneys and staff in the country to advance the cause of civil rights and human rights.”

Schnapper-Casteras comes to LDF from the Washington law firm Sidley Austin, where he focused on appellate representation and complex commercial litigation. In that role, he...

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