Friday, December 7, 2007
On December 6, 2007, the board directors of the nonprofit NAACP Legal Defense Fund announced the appointment of a new leader, John Payton, who will succeed Ted Shaw as Director-Counsel and President. Shaw announced last May that he would be stepping down in February 2008 and John Payton will take over on March 1, 2008. LDF's website describes John Payton as "an attorney known for his successful record in some of the most important and visible civil rights cases in the United States...[who] brings a wealth of experience, including cases brought before the U.S. Supreme Court, in leading LDF in its fight for racial and social justice." See the complete announcement, "LDF Appoints Leading Civil Rights Attorney John Payton as Director-Counsel and President," on the LDF website.