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Shirlethia V. Franklin Chosen as a White House Fellow

Shirlethia V. Franklin Chosen As a White House Fellow

Howard Law Alumna Shirlethia V. Franklin, a 2007 graduate, was selected as a 2013-2014 White House Fellow. She is one of twelve Fellows chosen to participate in the prestigious, highly-selective program. Franklin will fulfill her Fellowship year in Washington, DC, where she will work with Attorney General Eric Holder at the Department of Justice.

At Howard, Franklin was a Merit Scholar and president of her first-year class. She was a member of the Howard Law Journal from 2005 to 2007. From 2006 to 2007, she served as editor-in-chief. Under Franklin’s leadership, the Howard Law Journal published a wide-range of scholarly articles, including articles on the Emancipation Proclamation, affirmative action, prison rape policies, politics and race-based remedies, mandatory sentencing of women with children, and the death penalty.

After law school, Franklin clerked for Judge Alexander Williams (HUSL ’73) in the United States District Court for the District of Maryland. After her clerkship, Franklin, who is originally from Shaw, Mississippi, moved to Atlanta to join Alston Byrd LLP as an associate. Now a senior associate, she handles cases in product liability, mass tort, toxic tort, and medical malpractice. “I will do my absolute best to represent you all well,” said Franklin. “And I will carry the spirits of my dear family, friends, mentors, and colleagues - from Shaw, MS, the Mississippi Delta and the great State of Mississippi, Tougaloo College, Howard Law School, Judge Williams’ Chambers, Alston & Bird, Atlanta and the great State of Georgia - with me every step of the way,” she said.

“We are so very proud of Ms. Franklin,” said Okianer Christian Dark. “On behalf of the law school, we congratulate her on this major accomplishment.” Howard University School of Law will host a reception in Franklin’s honor at a later date.

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updated: August 23, 2013