Shirlethia V. Franklin, Esq.
White House Fellow (2013-2014)
Placement: United States Department of Justice
Shirlethia V. Franklin was recently appointed by President Barack Obama’s Commission on White House Fellowships as a member of the 2013-2014 Class of White House Fellows. She is currently spending her Fellowship year in Washington, DC at the United States Department of Justice under the leadership of United States Attorney General Eric Holder.
Prior to the White House Fellowship, Shirlethia was a Senior Associate with the law firm Alston & Bird LLP in Atlanta, Georgia, where she managed and defended complex litigation matters and counseled clients in the areas of product liability, toxic tort, mass tort, and medical malpractice law. She served as a member of the firm’s Associates and Hiring committees, Vice-Chair of the Defense Research Institute’s Young Women in the Law Subcommittee, and Chair of the organization’s Public Service Subcommittee, during which time she received the Outstanding Subcommittee of the Year award. She was also selected as a 2012 Volunteer of the Year Honoree by the Truancy Intervention Project in recognition of her commitment to pro bono legal service. Shirlethia is a member of both the State Bars of Georgia and Mississippi.
Shirlethia also served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Alexander Williams, Jr., in the United States District Court for the District of Maryland. She received a J.D. from Howard University School of Law (2007), where she graduated in the top ten percent of her class and served as Editor-in-Chief of the Howard Law Journal, a Merit Scholar, and president of her first-year class. She was also the recipient of the Olender Foundation Earl H. Davis Scholarship for Leadership and Public Service and was the recipient of the Student of the Year and Next Generation Leadership awards. She received a B.A., summa cum laude, in English from Tougaloo College (2004), where she graduated class valedictorian, was a Presidential Scholar and Andrew W. Mellon Mays Fellow, served as President (2003-2004) and Vice-President (2002-2003) of the Student Government Association, and was a member of the Gamma Psi Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
As a visionary, leader, and committed public servant, Shirlethia fully embraces the motto: “The greatest use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.”