Assistant General Counsel, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) (Baltimore, Maryland)
Khyla D. Craine, attorney and activist, is an Assistant General Counsel at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Headquarters, where she works on several of the Association’s corporate legal needs including risk mitigation, contract review and negotiation, and intellectual property/brand management. Ms. Craine’s civil rights legal work with the NAACP spans all five substantive game changer areas, working with NAACP members and units across the country on criminal justice, economic equity, education, environmental justice, voting rights litigation, and amicus briefs. In this capacity, Ms. Craine assisted in writing the NAACP’s Amicus Briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court in several cases, including Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs, et. al., v. Inclusive Communities Project, Inc. and Fisher v. University of Texas-Austin (Fisher II). Additionally, she is one of the lead NAACP attorneys in Gilcreast, et. al v. Lockwood, Andrews, and Newnam, which seeks relief for residents and business owners related to the Flint, Michigan water crisis.
The Ann Arbor, Michigan native is a graduate of Howard University School of Law and South Carolina State University. Ms. Craine’s activism extends through membership in Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., the American Bar Association, and the National Bar Association. Recently, Ms Craine co-authored an article entitled Returning Citizens: How Shifting Law and Policy in Maryland Will Help Citizens Who Return from Incarceration in the University of Baltimore Law School’s Law Forum. She has also written op-eds and columns for The Root Magazine. For her social justice work, Ms. Craine has received the 2014 National Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Chair’s Award, the 2015 NAACP Youth and College Division’s Director’s Award, and was named the 2014 Keynote Speaker for The Maryland State Bar Association and the Citizenship Law Related Education Program’s annual Law Day conference.