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Franklin Reed

Franklin Reed

Fellow at International Leadership Institute

Greater Boston Area
Religious Institutions
  1. Minneapolis City Attorney,
  2. Legal Aid Society of Minneapolis
  1. University of Minnesota Law School

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University of Minnesota Law School

University of Minnesota Law School


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International Leadership Institute
– Present (11 years 11 months)Greater Minneapolis-St. Paul Area

Fellow Summer 2003
Studied child welfare issues in Kenya as government moved toward compliance with United Nations mandate for children’s rights; program involved visiting juvenile holding facilities, prisons, orphanages, and youth courts; traveled widely and drafted report presenting options for Kenya to more effectively meet terms of United Nations mandate.

Fellow Summer 2005
Assisted with the creation of a micro lending program geared towards economic recovery for mothers (and children) who survived the genocide; worked on the development of a program geared toward community building and reconciliation; studied the causes and effects of the genocide as was apparent in all sectors of Rwandan society.

Assistant City Attorney

Minneapolis City Attorney
(5 years 7 months)Minneapolis Minnesota

• Advised the Minneapolis Civil Rights Department on issues regarding the application of the Minneapolis Civil Rights Ordinance, as well as various State and Federal legislation;
• Drafted probable cause reviews concerning Charges of Discrimination issued by the Minneapolis Civil Rights Department;
• Drafted amendments to the Rules of Procedure for Contested Case Hearings to be applied by the Minneapolis Commission on Civil Rights;
• Represented the City of Minneapolis in matters where the City was a party to litigation; duties included drafting briefs and memoranda, arguing motions, advocating at settlement conferences, and appearing on behalf of the City of Minneapolis at hearings and trials in federal and state court;
• Represented the City of Minneapolis in Civil DWI forfeiture matters; duties included settlement negotiation, and court room advocacy at hearings and trials on behalf of the City of Minneapolis;
• Oversaw the Law Clerk Program; responsibilities included recruiting, interviewing, and hiring law clerks, organizing work assignments, creating and implementing administrative process.
• Negotiated and drafted contracts involving City services and obligations.

Staff Attorney

Legal Aid Society of Minneapolis
(6 years 1 month)Minneapolis, MN

• Represented clients with issues concerning civil rights, housing discrimination, landlord-tenant law, and public assistance compliance;
• Scope of representation included client intake, factual and legal investigation, settlement negotiation, drafting of pleadings and legal memoranda, and courtroom advocacy at arraignments, hearings, and trials;
• Appeared bi-weekly in “the court project”—a pro bono program engineered to provide pre-court legal advice and immediate assistance to indigent individuals.


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