Franita Tolson will teach Election Law at UCLA School of Law. She is currently Vice Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs, and Professor of Law at USC Gould School of Law. Her scholarship and teaching focus on the areas of election law, constitutional law, legal history and employment discrimination. She has written on a wide range of topics including partisan gerrymandering, campaign finance reform, the Elections Clause, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments.
Tolson received her B.A. from Truman State University, where she was awarded the President’s Honorary Full Tuition Scholarship and was a Ronald E. McNair Scholar. She obtained her J.D. from University of Chicago Law School, where she was a member of the University of Chicago Law Review and won the Thomas Mulroy Prize for Oral Advocacy in the Hinton Moot Court Competition. She also clerked for the Honorable Ann Claire Williams of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and the Honorable Ruben Castillo of the Northern District of Illinois.
Tolson’s publications have appeared in leading law reviews including Boston University Law Review, Vanderbilt Law Review, Alabama Law Review, Notre Dame Law Review, and University of Pennsylvania Law Review Online. She has written or appeared as a commentator for various mass media outlets including The Huffington Post, The Hill, Reuters, and Bloomberg Law. Her forthcoming book, In Congress We Trust?: The Evolution of Federal Voting Rights Enforcement from the Founding to the Present, will be published in 2020 by Cambridge University Press.