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Civil Rights Clinic
600 New Jersey Ave, NW Suite 532
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: (202) 661-6739
Aderson Francois is a Professor of Law and the Director of the Civil Rights clinic, 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.
Yael Bromberg received her J.D. from Rutgers Law, where she received the Eli Jarmel Memorial Prize for greatest interest and proficiency in public interest law. Prior to joining IPR, Yael worked in the national headquarters of Common Cause on litigation, legislative research, and policy related to democracy law, including voting rights, elections, campaign finance reform, redistricting, judicial ethics, and open government. Yael previously clerked for the Honorable Dickinson R. Debevoise of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey. Her experiences include a Kinoy/Stavis Fellowship in the Rutgers Constitutional Litigation Clinic and an Ella Baker Fellowship with the Center for Constitutional Rights. Last year, Yael received the Eric Neisser Public Service Award from Rutgers Law, an annual alumni award provided "in recognition of her outstanding achievements in carrying forward the law school's mission of providing liberty and justice for all." Yael's background in community organizing, advocacy, and academic research inform her passion for impact litigation. Yael is barred in New York and New Jersey.
Andy Mendrala graduated from Washington and Lee University with his B.A. in Religion in 2004, and from Howard University School of Law with his J.D. in 2011. Before joining the clinic, Andy was a senior associate at Wilmer, Cutler, Pickering, Hale, and Dorr LLP, in Washington D.C., where he was a member of the firm's Litigation/Controversy practice group. At Wilmer Hale, worked on a variety of high-stakes civil and criminal matters. While there, he drafted and filed briefs in federal and state court, at both the appellate and trial level, and represented clients before a number of law enforcement and regulatory agencies. He also had an active pro bono practice, representing clients in complex matters relating to racial discrimination, the constitutional right to counsel, and human trafficking. Andy clerked for then Chief Judge Deborah Chasa now of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland, and he was a judicial intern for Judge Ricardo Urbina of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. He is admitted to the bars of Virginia and the District of Columbia.
While in law school, Andy was a student attorney in Howard University's civil rights clinic and a senior staff editor of the Howard Law Journal. Prior to his legal career, Andy was the associate director for development at the Nativity Miguel Network of Schools in Washington DC. He also taught religion and ethics at St. Stephen's and St. Agnes School in Alexandria, Virginia from 2004-2007. Andy lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife Emily, and their children Doc and Mae.
Maia Tucker is the clinic Office Manager for the Civil Rights Clinic, and Social Enterprise & Nonprofit Law Clinic where she ensures that day-to-day operations run smoothly. Prior to Georgetown Law Center, Maia worked as a paralegal. She has a B.S. in Criminal Justice from California State University, Northridge, a paralegal certification from Georgetown University, and will be receiving a Master of Science in Law from the University of Maryland, Carey School of Law in May 2018. Maia has worked on special projects with organizations such as the American Bar Association and the Maryland Office of the Public Defender. Outside of her professional life, Maia has been involved with Ladies America nonprofit organization for the past 4 years as a member, and now the organization's Events Directors where she is primarily responsible for collaborating with nonprofit partners to coordinate leadership events, workshops, and seminars.