Professor of Law Director, Academic Initiatives Co-Director, Initiative for Excellence in Law TeachingCo-Advisor, Dispute Resolution Team
An academic innovator, Kris Franklin brings a talent for creative and unconventional thinking to her teaching and to her leadership of NYLS’s Academic Initiatives.
Professor Franklin’s work brings together her unusually extensive background in differing forms of law teaching. She is an expert in legal pedagogy and experiential learning in law school and a national leader in the field of academic preparedness. She is frequently asked to lead workshops for other law faculty, and has served as President of both the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Sections on Teaching Methods and on Academic Support. She is the founder of the New York Academic Support Workshop series and the national Association of Academic Support Educators (AASE). In collaboration with colleagues, Franklin co-directs NYLS’s Initiative for Excellence in Law Teaching (IELT).
At NYLS, Professor Franklin teaches Contracts to first-year students and leads the school’s program in Advanced Legal Methods. In these foundational courses, she continues to experiment with pioneering methods of combining subject-matter learning with lawyering and academic skills. For upper-level law students, Franklin offers experiential learning courses that include a groundbreaking Family Law in Practice simulation course and a class in Negotiating, Counseling and Interviewing. Additionally, Professor Franklin both established and supervises NYLS’s award-winning Dispute Resolution Team.
Professor Franklin’s legal scholarship began as a law student, where she served as an Editor-in-Chief of the New York University Review of Law and Social Change. Franklin initially came to NYLS after teaching at NYU School of Law, where she taught and coordinated faculty and worked to develop a curriculum in critical legal thinking in its Lawyering Program. Her teaching also draws on her experiences as a staff attorney working with a diverse clientele in the Brooklyn Office of the Legal Aid Society. There, her practice focused on housing and family law, conducting numerous trials, hearings, and appellate arguments while also litigating public benefits and immigration cases.
Professor Franklin’s scholarship focuses on the rhetorics of legal decision-making and on legal pedagogy. Her published works, both academic and non-academic, often mirror her interests in gender roles, diverse family structures, and sexual identity. Her books include an in-role case file for preparing practice-ready law students, a guide for law professors teaching legal reasoning and academic preparedness, and a legal methods case file textbook that has been adopted widely.
A longtime activist—an alumna of direct action organizations such as the Lesbian Avengers and the Women’s Health Action Mobilization—Professor Franklin was a union delegate for the Association of Legal Aid Attorneys (ALAA) and a member of the ALAA Bargaining Committee. She has been active in numerous professional organizations, serving on several committees of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and Board of Directors of the Pratt Area Community Council.
LAW REVIEW AND OTHER SCHOLARLY ARTICLES
Strategies & Techniques for Teaching Academic Success Classes (2015).
The Lawyer’s Practice (2011).
Empathy and Reasoning in Context: Thinking about Antigay Bullying, 23 TULANE JOURNAL OF LAW & SEXUALITY 61-111 (2014).
“Baton Bullying”: Understanding Multi-Aggressor Rotation in Anti-Gay Harassment Cases (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trangender, and Queer Equality Theme Issue), 70 NATIONAL LAWYERS GUILD REVIEW 174-183 (2013).
“….See Erie.”: Critical Study of Legal Authority, 31 U.A.L.R. Law Review, 109-134 (2008).
Sim City: Teaching “Thinking Like a Lawyer” in Simulation-Based Clinical Courses, 53 NYLS Law Review 861-875 (2008-2009).
“Theory Saved My Life,” 8 New York City Law Review 599-631 (2006).
“Homophobia and the ‘Matthew Shepard Effect’ in Lawrence v. Texas.” 48 New York Law School Law Review 657–695 (2003–2004).
“The Rhetorics of Legal Authority Constructing Authoritativeness, the “Ellen Effect,” and the Example of Sodomy Law.” 33 Rutgers Law Journal 49–104 (2001).
“Lesbians, Legal Theory and Other Superheroes, Book Review of Ruthann Robson’s Sappho Goes to Law School: Fragments in Lesbian Legal Theory.” 25 New York University Review of Law & Social Change 301–330 (1999) (with S.E. Chinn).
“The Revolution Will Not Be Liberalized,” Minnesota Review, 40 (1993).
NEWSPAPER ARTICLES, PRACTICE MATERIALS AND OTHER PUBLICATIONS
Book Review of Gary Olson’s “Empathy Imperiled: Capitalism, Culture and the Brain,” 99 RADICAL TEACHER 81-82 (2014).