Aderson B. Francois
Director, Institute for Public Representation Civil Rights Law Clinic, Professor of Law
B.A., J.D., New York University
Starting fall 2016, Aderson Francois, Professor of Law, will direct the Civil Rights Section of the Institute for Public Representation (IPR) and the Voting Rights...Continue Reading
Starting fall 2016, Aderson Francois, Professor of Law, will direct the Civil Rights Section of the Institute for Public Representation (IPR) and the Voting Rights Institute. Prior to joining the Georgetown faculty, Professor Francois directed the Civil Rights Clinic at Howard University School of Law, where he also taught Constitutional Law, Federal Civil Rights, and Supreme Court Jurisprudence. His scholarly interests include voting rights, education law, and the history of slavery and Reconstruction. His practice experience encompasses federal trial and appellate litigation concerning equal protection in education, employment discrimination, voting rights, marriage equality, and the right to a fair criminal trial. Professor Francois received his J.D. from New York University School and clerked for the late Honorable A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr., Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. 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 provided pro bono death penalty representation to inmates before the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, served as a Special Assistant in with the United States Commission on Civil Rights in Washington, D.C., and practiced commercial litigation in the New York Offices of Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison. 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. Before joining Howard’s faculty, Professor François was the Assistant Director of the Lawyering Program at New York University School of Law.
Recent ScholarshipView all scholarship
All Scholarship 2004 - Present
- Aderson Bellegarde François, Anthony G. Amsterdam & Peggy Cooper Davis, Lawyering by the Book (New York: New York University School of Law 2004).
Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals
- Aderson Bellegarde François, Acts of Meaning: Telling and Retelling the Narrative of Race-Conscious Affirmative Action, 57 Howard L.J. 467-475 (2014). [HEIN] [W]
- Aderson Bellegarde François, The Brand of Inferiority: The Civil Rights Act of 1875, White Supremacy, and Affirmative Action, 57 Howard L.J. 573-599 (2014). [HEIN] [W]
- Aderson Bellegarde François, Borne Back Ceaselessly into the Past: Fisher v. University of Texas, the Freedmen's Bureau Act, and the “Originalist” Meaning of Color Blindness, 21 Geo. Mason L. Rev. 313-327 (2014). [HEIN] [W]
- Aderson Bellegarde François, To Make Freedom Happen: Shelby County v. Holder, the Supreme Court, and the Creation Myth of American Voting Rights, 34 N. Ill. U. L. Rev. 529-560 (2014). [HEIN] [W]
- Aderson Bellegarde François, To Go into Battle with Space and Time: Emancipated Slave Marriage, Interracial Marriage, and Same-Sex Marriage, 13 J. Gender Race & Just. 105-151 (2009). [HEIN] [W]
- Aderson Bellegarde François, Only Connect: The Right to Community and the Individual Liberty Interest in State-Sponsored Racial Integration, 112 Penn St. L. Rev. 985-1022 (2008). [HEIN] [W]
- Aderson Bellegarde François & Peggy Cooper Davis, Thinking Like A Laywer, 81 N.D. L. Rev. 795-805 (2005). [HEIN] [W]
Book Chapters and Collected Works
- Aderson Bellegarde François, Making out the Ghost Behind the Words: Approaching Legal Text with Psychological Intelligence, in The Affective Assistance of Counsel: Practicing Law as a Healing Profession 109-139 (Marjorie A. Silver ed., Durham, N.C.: Carolina Academic Press 2007). [BOOK]
U.S. Supreme Court Briefs
- Brief of Amici Curiae Reagan Greenberg, Achim Howard, Alexa Rodriguez, Jeymee Semiti, Avatara Smith-Carrington, Savanna Wanzer, & Sam Williamson in Support of Respondent, Gloucester Cty. Sch. Bd. v. G.G., No. 16-273 (U.S. Mar. 1, 2017).
- Brief Amicus Curiae of Urban Historian Leo Hollis in Support of Respondent, Wells Fargo & Co. v. City of Miami, No. 15-1112 (U.S. Oct. 7, 2016).
- Brief for the Campaign Legal Center, The League of Women Voters, The Voting Rights Institute, The Racial Justice Project at New York Law School, The National Council of Jewish Women, and The National Association of Social Workers as Amici Curiae in Support of Appellants, Bethune-Hill v. Va. State Bd. of Elections, No. 15-680 (U.S. Sept. 14, 2016).
- Brief for the Campaign Legal Center, the League of Women Voters, the Voting Rights Institute, the Racial Justice Project at New York Law School, the National Council of Jewish Women, and the National Association of Social Workers as Amici Curiae in Support of Appellees, McCrory v. Harris, No. 15-1262 (U.S. Oct. 19, 2016).
- Brief for the National Black Law Students Association as Amicus Curiae in Support of Petitioner, Buck v. Davis, No. 15-8049 (U.S. Jul. 29, 2016).
Selected Contributions to Other Publications
- Aderson Bellegarde François, Peggy Cooper Davis & Colin P. Starger, The Persistence of the Confederate Narrative, 84 Tenn. L. Rev. 301-364 (2017). [W] [SSRN]
In the News
"Obama Looks to Bridge Divide Between Police, Communities," coverage in Voice of America, July 13, 2016, featuring Professor Aderson Francois.
"Obama Looks to Bridge Divide Between Police, Communities," coverage in Voice of America, July 13, 2016, featuring Professor Aderson Francois.Recent News