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.

Scholarship

Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals

Aderson Bellegarde François, Et in Arcadia Ego: Buck v. Davis, Black Thugs, and the Supreme Court's Race Jurisprudence, 15 Ohio St. J. Crim. L. 229-246 (2017). [WWW] [HEIN] [W] [L]
Aderson Bellegarde François, Peggy Cooper Davis & Colin P. Starger, The Persistence of the Confederate Narrative, 84 Tenn. L. Rev. 301-364 (2017). [WWW] [HEIN] [W] [L] [SSRN]

U.S. Supreme Court Briefs

Brief for Votevets Action Fund as Amicus Curiae in Support of Respondents, Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute, No. 16-980 (U.S. Sept. 22, 2017).
Brief Amicus Curiae for the Georgetown University Law Center Chapter of the Black Law Students Association in Support of Respondents, County of Los Angeles v. Mendez, No. 16-369 (U.S. Feb. 22, 2017).
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).