Abra Francois currently serves as an Assistant General Counsel at Tufts University, where she specializes in labor and employment as well as litigation, civil rights, athletics, and malpractice matters.
Previously as a Supervisory Civil Rights Attorney at the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, Abra enforced civil rights laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, and age. In this role, Abra investigated complaints of discrimination against colleges, universities, and K-12 school districts. Prior to this position, Abra worked in the Office of General Counsel at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, where she practiced in the areas of employment and civil rights law. Abra started her career as an Assistant Corporation Counsel at the New York City Law Department, where she represented city agencies in labor and employment litigation before federal and state courts.
Abra has also taught Disability Law at Boston University School of Law and next year, she will start teaching Exclusionary Education: Law & Policy at Tufts University. Abra is a graduate of Simmons College and Boston College Law School.