Tougaloo's very own alumna and trustee, Shirlethia Franklin, has been slated for admittance to partnership in the global law firm Jones Day.


Franklin’s career includes work as a former senior U.S. Department of Justice official, litigating civil cases involving the federal government. She was a member of the 2013 - 2014 Class of White House Fellows for leadership and public service and previously served on the board of directors for the White House Fellows Foundation and Association.

Franklin earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Tougaloo College and a Juris Doctor from Howard University School of Law. A TCNAA life member, she was elected TCNAA Alumni Representative to the Tougaloo College Board of Trustees (term 2017 - 2020) and was recently the Howard University School of Law Sesquicentennial Rising Star Award Recipient in 2019. She was a Tougaloo College "40 Under 40" Honoree in 2016 and UNCF Young Alumnus of the Year in 2015.

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