An ardent advocate for lawyering at the intersection of structural racialization and poverty, Fran is the Director of Racial Justice Strategy, with decades of experience advancing racial equity and litigating employment, housing, education and other civil rights cases. Fran has successfully pursued impact cases in federal and state courts, including a case against a state department of driver services which required the agency, among other relief, to afford reciprocity to holders of driver’s license from Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
Fran also has successfully brought litigation holding a housing authority accountable for condoning a racially hostile housing environment and pursued policy reforms overhauling a state’s criminal offender record keeping statute. Fran has secured monetary damages in a range of cases; authored published articles promoting race-based lawyering; and is actively engaged in federal appellate advocacy. Fran relishes her immigrant roots. She holds an LL.M from Boston College Law School, and is a 1993 J.D. graduate of Suffolk University Law School.