Howard University

Civil Rights Clinic

Clinic Description

The Civil Rights Clinic at Howard University School of Law engages in trial and appellate impact litigation in the service of social justice, economic fairness, and political equality. The Clinic litigates on behalf of indigent, prisoner, and pro se clients in federal and state courts on a range of civil rights matters, including but not limited to employment and housing discrimination, voting rights, police brutality, unconstitutional prison conditions, habeas corpus, and unfair procedural barriers to the courts.

Clinic Supervising Attorney

Associate Professor Aderson Bellegarde François
After graduating from New York University School of Law in 1991, Professor François clerked for the late Honorable A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr. of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. In his litigation practice, Professor François has alternated between commercial litigation as an associate at the New York Offices of Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison, pro bono death penalty representation before the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and civil rights policy investigation for the United States Commission on Civil Rights in Washington, D.C. Before joining Howard’s faculty in 2005, Professor François was an Acting Assistant Professor and the Assistant Director of the Lawyering Program at New York University School of Law. In addition to supervising the Civil Rights Clinic at Howard, Professor François teaches courses on federal civil procedure and Supreme Court jurisprudence.

Prospective Clinic Clients

The clinic accepts clients by court appointments, by referrals from private attorneys, Legal Services and other public interests organizations, and by individual interviews of “walk-in” clients. Clients, needing representation, and organizations interested in referring cases to the Clinic should contact Professor Francois at:

Telephone (202) 806-8082; Fax (202) 806-8436.

updated: April 21, 2015