Howard University



Civil Rights Clinic, Constitutional Law, Federal Civil Rights Law, Civil Procedure, Supreme Court Jurisprudence

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Professor Francois is the Supervising Attorney of the Civil Rights Clinic and also teaches Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Federal Civil Rights, Legal Methods, and Supreme Court Jurisprudence. In 2008, the Transition Team of President Barack Obama appointed Professor Francois Lead Agency Reviewer for the United States Commission on Civil Rights.

He has testified before Congress on civil rights issues and drafted numerous briefs to the United States Supreme Court, the Supreme Court of California, the Supreme Court of Iowa, and Maryland’s highest court on such civil rights matters as equal protection in education, employment discrimination, voting rights, marriage equality for same-sex couples, and the right to a fair criminal trial.

He received his J.D. from New York University School, clerked for the late Honorable A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr., Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, became an associate in the litigation department in the New York Offices of Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison, provided pro bono death penalty representation to inmates before the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and served as a Special Assistant in with the United States Commission on Civil Rights in Washington, D.C. Before joining Howard’s faculty, Professor François was an Acting Assistant Professor and the Assistant Director of the Lawyering Program at New York University School of Law.


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updated: July 27, 2015