David L. Franklin

Visiting Lecturer

David L. Franklin served as Illinois solicitor general from 2016 to 2019. During his time as the chief appellate attorney for the State of Illinois, Franklin supervised more than 40 civil and criminal appellate attorneys and argued before the United States Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, Illinois Supreme Court, and Illinois Appellate Court. He argued Janus v. AFSCME before the U.S. Supreme Court, and the National Association of Attorneys General honored him with an award for best respondent’s brief for his work in the case. Since 2019 Franklin has been of counsel at Massey & Gail LLP.

Franklin is visiting from DePaul University College of Law, where he teaches Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, and Conflict of Laws. He joined the DePaul law faculty in 2004 as an assistant professor of law and was promoted to associate professor of law in 2008. Franklin served as associate dean for institutional compliance (2014–15) and vice dean (2011–14). He went on leave in 2016 to serve as solicitor general of Illinois.

Franklin clerked for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the U.S. Supreme Court (1999–2000) and Judge Stephen F. Williams of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Prior to teaching at DePaul, he was a visiting associate professor at George Washington School of Law and Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University. He practiced law as a litigation associate in the New York office of Covington & Burling for two years.

Franklin was the lead author on the casebook Conflict of Laws, Cases, Comments, Questions (10th ed. 2018) (with Larry Kramer, Kermit Roosevelt III, and Herma Hill Kay). He has published articles in the Cardozo Law Review, Chicago-Kent Law Review, University of Chicago Law Review, Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly, Iowa Law Review, New England Law Review, Santa Clara Law Review, Texas Law Review, and Yale Law Journal.

Since 2015 Franklin has served as an advisor to the American Law Institute on the Third Restatement of the Conflict of Laws. He founded and organized the Chicago Junior Faculty Workshop, designed for untenured faculty at the seven Chicago-area law schools to discuss their works in progress.

Franklin graduated with high honors and as a member of the Order of the Coif from the University of Chicago Law School. He served as managing editor and book review editor of volume 64 of the University of Chicago Law Review. Additionally, he won the University of Chicago's Edward W. Hinton Moot Court Competition and Thomas R. Mulroy Prize, with highest distinction, for excellence in appellate advocacy. Franklin graduated summa cum laude from Yale University with a B.A. in history.

Franklin is admitted to practice in Illinois and New York and before the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, the Seventh Circuit, and the Ninth Circuit.


J.D., University of Chicago Law School
B.A., Yale University