Photograph: John J. Francis.

John J. Francis

Interim Co-director of the Law Clinic
Professor of Law
B.A., Lafayette College, 1985
J.D., The American University, Washington College of Law, 1989
Contact Information:
Clinic Room 156
"I was aware of the excellent reputation of Washburn's law clinic long before joining the faculty. It made my decision to come here an easy one. Our practical litigation skills training program is extremely well respected among other law schools. Students receive more individualized attention because this school offers a much more cohesive professor-student learning environment."

Following law school, Professor Francis was a trial attorney at The New York City Legal Aid Society, Criminal Defense Division until 1994. Subsequently, he continued his practice as a Supervising Attorney with the clinical programs at Hofstra University Law School, where he supervised students in the Criminal Justice Clinic. Professor Francis came to Washburn to direct its nationally-renowned law clinic. He was Clinic Director from 1999-2011 and now continues teaching in the Clinic as well as in other areas of the curriculum."

Professor Francis is admitted to practice in New York State, the District of Columbia, the United States District Court, Eastern District of New York, and Kansas. Professor Francis has also taught in the trial practice courses at Widener Law School and for the New York City Corporation Counsel. He was active in the Nassau County Criminal Courts Bar Association.

Teaching Responsibilities
  • Pretrial Advocacy: Civil
  • Pretrial Advocacy: Criminal
  • Criminal Law
  • Washburn Law Clinic
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