Alexandra M. Franco

Alexandra M. Franco
Visiting Assistant Professor of Law
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565 W. Adams St., Room 809
Chicago, IL 60661

Education

  • J.D., Chicago-Kent College of Law
  • B.A., Loyola University Chicago

Biography

Alexandra M. Franco joined the Chicago-Kent College of Law faculty in 2019 as a visiting assistant professor of Law.

From 2016 to 2018, Franco was a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Franklin U. Valderrama in the Chancery Division of the Circuit Court of Cook County, where she worked in numerous areas of law, including business organizations, constitutional law, administrative review, trusts, insurance, and privacy law. An affiliated scholar with Chicago-Kent's Institute for Science, Law, and Technology since 2016, Franco has researched and written about issues related to health law, privacy, confidentiality of health information, and bioethics. While Franco was a student at Chicago-Kent, she began working in the Institute for Science, Law, and Technology with Professor Lori Andrews.

In 2018 Andrews and Franco co-authored a brief of law professors as amici curiae in support of the respondents in Frank v. Gaos, a United States Supreme Court case about the use of cy pres settlements in class action lawsuits. Along with two other authors, Andrews and Franco published “Virtual Clinical Trials: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back” in the Journal of Health Care Law & Policy (2017). Franco has written a number of law review articles focusing on performance-enhancing drug law, genetic engineering, and the doctrine of standing. Her teaching and research interests include legal writing, remedies, science and technology law and policy, and civil procedure.

Franco obtained her J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law. She is a member of the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States and the Illinois State Bar. During law school, she was a judicial extern for Justice Stuart E. Palmer of the First District Illinois Appellate Court, a law clerk in the Office of Legal Affairs at Rush University Medical Center, and a law clerk at Regina P. Etherton and Associates.

Before law school Franco worked on numerous projects focusing on education, particularly in improving access to quality science education for Chicago’s minority and immigrant youth. She assisted in establishing a new health sciences–focused charter high school in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago, Instituto Health Sciences Career Academy. At the high school, she was the coordinator of the school’s tutoring and mentoring department, and her focus was on developing effective learning strategies to help students succeed in math and English. While she was pursuing her bachelor’s degree, she worked with Project Exploration, a non-for-profit organization in Chicago as an on-site coordinator, teaching and overseeing youth volunteer educators at the Field Museum of Natural History.

Franco graduated with a bachelor’s degree in political science from Loyola University Chicago and obtained her high school diploma from Nicholas Senn High School, a Chicago public school. Born in Bogotá, Colombia, she arrived to the United States in 2003 as a refugee. She speaks Spanish and French, and her hobbies include bodybuilding, art, and video games.

Selected Publications

Scholarly Articles

Attaining Olympus: A Critical Analysis of Performance-Enhancing Drug Law and Policy for the 21st Century, 28 Southern California Interdisciplinary Law Journal 1 (2018).

Transhuman Babies and Human Pariahs: Transhumanism, Society and the Law, 37 Children's Legal Rights Journal 185 (2017).

One Step Forward, Two Steps Back: Virtual Clinical Trials, 19 Journal of Health Care Law & Policy 189 (2017) (with Kayla Kostelecky, Stephanie Spritz & Lori Andrews). 

The House Strikes Back: the Obamacare Saga and American Democracy in the Era of House v. Burwell, 26 Southern California Interdisciplinary Law Journal 25 (2017).

Blogs, Policy Commentary, and Other Publications

Your Soul for Bonus Miles! The Unhinged Collection of Biometric Data Is Today’s Faustian Bargain, ISLAT Blog; On The Edges of Science and the Law (Aug. 5, 2019). 

I Can Do All Things Through Technology, Which Enables Me: Churches, Facial Recognition and Spiritual Dynamics, ISLAT Blog; On The Edges of Science and the Law (May 10, 2016). 

"Response to Request for Comments to the Proposed Changes to the Common Rule," Regulations.gov, Dec. 6, 2015. 

Drones Incoming! Are You Ready for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)?, 12 The SciTech Lawyer 24 (2015).