A native of Seattle, Washington, Kia C. Franklin graduated from Stanford University in 2003 with a B.A. in Political Science and African and African-American Studies. She wrote her Senior Honors Thesis on Youth Mobilization and Hip Hop, exploring the use of music as a cross-racial tool for civic engagement and coalition-building among Bay Area teens. After college she worked at two Seattle-area law firms, gaining exposure to civil and criminal litigation matters.
Kia earned her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. She was active in the Black Law Students Association, the Total Knock-Out Mentoring Program, and the Just Praise Gospel Choir. She also participated in the Street Law Clinic and interned at the Public Education Network, exploring the intersection of law and policy in issues of educational equity. Kia devoted pro bono volunteer hours to various projects for the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless, the Center for American Progress, and other organizations. During her summers, Kia explored her interest in civil litigation while working at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP (Washington, DC) and Perkins Coie, LLP (Seattle).
Kia is honored to join the Drum Major Institute as their 2007-2008 Civil Justice Fellow.