Faculty & Staff
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.
Genevieve Mesch is a supervising attorney and clinical teaching fellow in the Civil Rights Clinic. Before joining the Clinic, Genevieve was an associate at Selendy Gay Elsberg PLLC, where she focused on plaintiffs’ side litigation related to deceptive financial practices, affordable housing, and healthcare access. Subsequently, Genevieve clerked for the Honorable Fern Flanagan Saddler and the Honorable Darlene M. Soltys at the District of Columbia Superior Court. In her free time, Genevieve enjoys hiking in Shenandoah National Park and reading fiction.
Genevieve received her B.A. from the University of Colorado at Boulder and her J.D. with honors from Georgetown Law. While a student at Georgetown, she participated in the Appellate Courts Immersion Clinic where she litigated federal appeals challenging discriminatory employment practices under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Nicole M. Rheault is a supervising attorney and clinical teaching fellow in the Civil Rights Clinic. Before joining the Clinic, Nicole was a staff attorney at the D.C. Affordable Law Firm, where she litigated family law and immigration cases on behalf of D.C.’s moderate and low-income residents. Nicole is a former student of the Civil Rights Clinic, where she challenged the improper treatment of incarcerated clients, discriminatory employment practices within the federal government, and defended against a retaliatory defamation suit.
Nicole holds a B.A. from Elon University and received her J.D., with honors, as well as a LLM in Advocacy from Georgetown Law. She is barred in the District of Columbia.