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.


Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals

Aderson Bellegarde François, Speak to Your Dead, Write for Your Dead: David Galloway, Malinda Brandon, and a Story of American Reconstruction, 111 Geo. L.J. 31-93 (2022).  [WWW] [HEIN] [W] [L]
Aderson Bellegarde François, A Lost World: Sallie Robinson, the Civil Rights Cases, and Missing Narratives of Slavery in the Supreme Court’s Reconstruction Jurisprudence, 109 Geo. L.J. 1015-1079 (2021).
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U.S. Supreme Court Briefs

Brief of Brian Wolfman, Aderson B. François, and Eric Schnapper as Amici Curiae in Support of Petitioner, Peterson v. Linear Controls, Inc., No. 18-1401 (U.S. June 6, 2019).
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Petition for Writ of Certiorari, Franklin-Mason v. United States, No. 17-1256 (U.S. Mar. 5, 2018).
Reply to the Opposition to Petition for a Writ of Certiorari, Vico v. United States, No. 17-685 (U.S. Apr. 12, 2018).