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Dorcas Gilmore

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Dorcas R. Gilmore is assistant general counsel in the NAACP legal department, where she represents the NAACP national office and assists its more than 1,000 branches and units nationwide. In this role, she advances the NAACP's racial justice advocacy mission on issues of economic justice and provides corporate counsel. Prior to her current position, Gilmore was a Skadden Fellow and staff attorney at the Community Law Center. She created the Youth Entrepreneurship Initiative, providing a range of business and nonprofit legal services to youth-led organizations. She also directed the Small Business Legal Services Program & Youth Entrepreneurship Initiative and the Equitable Development Project. Gilmore has represented businesses, community organizations, social ventures, and coalitions seeking to promote racial and economic equity in their communities. Gilmore has written several articles and book chapters on youth entrepreneurship legal services, community economic development, community lawyering, and law and leadership. Gilmore earned her law degree from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, where she was the 2004 Gilbert & Jaylee Mead Public Interest Scholar. Prior to law school, she provided workforce development training in the Dominican Republic as a part of the national government's Presidential Plan Against Poverty. Gilmore graduated magna cum laude from Rollins College with an honors bachelor of arts. Gilmore is a member of the Governing Committee of the ABA Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law and a founding member of its Young Lawyers Network. She also serves on the board of directors of the Women's Law Center of Maryland and the Racial Justice Advisory Committee for the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law. June 2013

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