Fran is a Senior Attorney whose areas of concentration include racial justice. She joined NCLEJ in November 2015 after a 22 year poverty and racial justice practice in Massachusetts. Prior to joining NCLEJ, Fran directed the race equity project at the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute. In her position, Fran deployed litigation, community engagement, coalition building, research, opportunity mapping, media strategy, and legislative, administrative, and municipal advocacy to achieve systemic change, including, for example, passage of one of the first laws in the nation comprehensively overhauling the use of criminal records, including banning criminal-history questions on job applications.
Fran has litigated housing discrimination cases in federal and state courts, successfully argued before the Massachusetts Appeals Court, published leading articles in Clearinghouse Review, and collaborated with the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity to examine the spatial mismatch of opportunity in Massachusetts. Fran holds an LL.M. from Boston College Law School and a J.D. from Suffolk University Law School.