About

LEGAL EXPERIENCE

Franklin L. Ferguson, Jr., Esq. prosecutes civil rights violations on behalf of Plaintiffs. From January, 1995 until August 1999 and again from July, 2004 to the present, Franklin has spent his legal career working as a solo practitioner, managing a civil rights practice, as described on the Home Page. Franklin works diligently with each of his clients in the pursuit of justice.

Admitted to the State Bar of California June, 1994, Franklin began his legal career as a staff attorney with the Mark Rosenberg Community Law Center of South-Central Los Angeles, a pilot project of the ACLU of Southern California. While at the ACLU, Franklin handled a variety of community-organizing projects, a death penalty investigation and was introduced to impact civil rights litigation.

From 1995 through 1999, Franklin worked as an Adjunct Professor of Law, at Southwestern University School of Law and Loyola Law School. As an adjunct, Franklin taught a “Race & Racism” seminar, the “Race/American Legal Development” course and a “Civil Rights & Civil Liberties” seminar.

From 1999 through 2004, Franklin was privileged to teach law on a full-time basis. At Southwestern University School of Law, in Los Angeles, Franklin taught Torts, SCALE Torts Transactions, Race/American Legal Development and Civil Rights & Civil Liberties. As an associate law professor, Franklin developed and honed critical litigation skills, particularly with respect to trial presentation and juror selection strategy, which he daily employs, on behalf of his current clients.

EDUCATION

Franklin received his undergraduate degree in 1990 from the University of Pennsylvania, earning a B.A. in Honors English. While at Penn, Franklin served as President of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.’s Psi Chapter. During his senior year, Franklin wrote a regular column for  ”The Daily Pennsylvanian,” the University’s daily newspaper. Franklin was Co-Founder of Campus Organized Lectures On Race Sensitivity (C.O.L.O.R.S.) Eight “Senior Class Honor Awards” are presented at each Penn graduation: the Spoon, the Bowl, the Cane and the Spade being the four awards designated for males. The recipients of each award are elected by the senior class based on their achievements and contributions to class life, which distinguished them as being the outstanding men in their class. Upon graduation, Franklin earned the University of Pennsylvania Senior Class Honor Award, “The Bowl.” Franklin was also named as the 1990 African American Association’s Most Outstanding Senior Award; the 1990 College of Arts and Sciences, “250th Commemorative Award for Community Service.” Finally, as a member of the Quakers’ varsity football team, Franklin garnered the 1989 Varsity Football Club Award, “Most Outstanding Defensive Senior.”

Franklin graduated from New York University School of Law in the spring of 1993 as a Root-Tilden-Snow Scholar. A member of the Juvenile Rights Clinic, Franklin served as a Teacher’s Assistant for Professor Derrick Bell’s U.S. Constitutional Law course. Franklin was Co-Chair and Community Service Chair for NYU’s Black Allied Law Students’ Association, a National Recruiter for the NYU School of Law Admissions Department, an Instructor for NYU School of Law’s “High School Law Institute” and an  Advocate for the Unemployment Action Coalition. Also while in law school, Franklin served as Founder/Coach of the Harlem Bulldogs Youth Tackle Football Team.

“An excuse is worse and more terrible than a lie, for an excuse is a lie guarded.

Pope John Paul II

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