Cyrus Dugger

Introduction to our New Senior Fellow in Civil Justice: Kia Franklin

Dear Readers,

Unfortunately, my tenure as the Drum Major Institute’s first Senior Fellow in Civil Justice is coming to an end this Friday. It has really been a pleasure serving in this capacity over the last year. Tort Deform and our work on access to justice in general have come a long way. However, there’s still a great deal of work to be done.

With that point in the forefront of our minds, I’m happy to introduce you all to the Drum Major Institute’s new Senior Fellow in Civil Justice: Kia Franklin.

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 received her J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center in May 2007. She was an active member of the Georgetown University Law Center community and a recipient of Georgetown’s prestigious Dean’s Scholarship. She served as Secretary of the Black Law Students Association, and belonged to various clubs including the Just Praise Gospel Choir and the Total Knock-Out Mentoring Program. As a second-year student, Kia participated in the Street Law Clinic, teaching high school Constitutional Law and coaching her students for the annual Street Law Mock Trial competition. In her last year, Kia interned at the Public Education Network, exploring the intersection of law and policy in issues of educational equity. She also volunteered for the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless and the Center for American Progress. During her summers, Kia explored her interest in civil litigation while working at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP (Washington, DC), and at Perkins Coie, LLP (Seattle).

DMI’s Senior Fellowship in Civil Justice is for a term of only one year for a recent law graduate because we want to bring fresh eyes and minds to the issue of access to justice. DMI looks forward to the next year with Kia at the helm of our access to justice program.

This fellowship is very much about supporting access to justice and the civil justice system, but it’s equally about creating a new generation of lawyers with an understanding of these issues that they will incorporate into their work throughout their careers. I hope that I am able to fulfill this aspiration and continue this work after my time with DMI.

For those interested in what’s next for me, beginning in August I will be serving as a law clerk to the Honorable Victoria A. Roberts in the Eastern District of Michigan.

It has been a great pleasure serving as the Drum Major Institute’s first Senior Fellow in Civil Justice.

Thank you to all our readers and supporters for a great year!

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