Almost 25 years after it was first conceived, the vision of the Institute at LDF has been realized and we continue to honor Thurgood Marshall’s legacy through our work.

Q: What is LDF’s Thurgood Marshall Institute?

Launched in 2015, the Thurgood Marshall Institute A: (“the Institute” or “TMI”) is a multidisciplinary research and advocacy center at the Legal Defense Fund. While LDF is known for its impact litigation, the Institute consolidates and improves LDF’s educational and non-litigation advocacy: through TMI, LDF undertakes innovative civil rights research, launches targeted issue campaigns, engages in community organizing, and preserves civil rights history in LDF’s Archives.

Q: Where will the Institute be housed?

A: TMI is housed at LDF. Rather than a brick-and-mortar building, the Institute is an interdisciplinary and integrated hub within LDF.

Q: What are the Institute’s issue campaigns?

A: TMI issue campaigns are advocacy efforts targeted to specific locations. Learn more about our issue campaigns here.

Q: What research is the Institute conducting?

A: TMI research focuses on LDF’s four areas of expertise: criminal justice, economic justice, education, and political participation. Learn more about TMI research here.

Q: How can I access LDF’s Archives at TMI?

A: 276 boxes of LDF records (up to 1968) are available at the Library of Congress. Records held onsite at LDF are not yet open for research.

Q: How do I contact the Institute?

A: Connect with us via social media, email, or phone here.

Q: How do I work at the Institute?

A: Please consult LDF’s Employment Opportunities page for current opportunities.

“To meet this crucial moment in our history we must harness all of these capabilities at once and continue to seek new paths to justice.”

James A. Cadogan, Director of the Thurgood Marshall Institute