NDRN Applauds Civil Rights Commission Picks

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December 29, 2016
by Andy Jones

President Obama announced two new appointees to the United States Commission on Civil Rights on December 15, both of whom are receiving high praise from the National Disability Rights Network.

Debo Adegbile has held a variety of positions with the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund. Currently a partner at the law firm Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, he is the former senior counsel to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee.

Catherine Lhamon is the current assistant secretary for civil rights at the U.S. Department of Education. She has previously held high-level positions with the American Civil Liberties Union and Public Counsel, among other organizations.

“Both Ms. Lhamon and Mr. Adegbile will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience in civil rights, as well as important perspectives, to the Commission…,” NDRN Executive Director Curt Decker said in a news release [PDF]. “On behalf of the National Disability Rights Commission, I congratulate President Obama on these outstanding nominees to the United States Civil Rights Commission."

The Commission, created in 1957, is an independent, bipartisan commission tasked with enforcing and developing the implementation of national civil rights policy.

The Commission consists of eight members, four each of whom are appointed by the President and Congress. No more than four members at any one time can come from the same political party.

Commissioners serve six-year terms and can only be removed for neglect of duty or malfeasance in office, according to the Commission website.

Disability Rights Washington is the designated protection and advocacy agency in Washington and a member of the National Disability Rights Network.

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