Since 1994, Franklin L. Ferguson, Jr., Esq. has prosecuted civil rights violations on behalf of individuals. 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.
Franklin received his undergraduate degree in 1990 from the University of Pennsylvania, earning a B.A. in Honors English. 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 team’s “Most Outstanding Defensive Senior” award. Franklin graduated from New York University School of Law in the spring of 1993 as a Root-Tilden-Snow Scholar.
Franklin has served as an Adjunct Professor of Law, at Southwestern University School of Law and Loyola Law School, teaching “Race and American Legal Development, in addition to a “Civil Rights & Civil Liberties” seminar. For five (5) years, 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 clients. In Hayes v. City of Bellflower, Franklin won a federal jury trial verdict against the City of Bellflower, California, on behalf of an autistic child and his parents. Hayes involved the use of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act in response to selective enforcement of zoning ordinances.
Franklin is thrilled to be joining the DRLC litigation team, furthering the cause of obtaining access for fantastic people.