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Mary Anne Franks

Mary Anne Franks
Associate Professor of Law
J.D. 2007 Harvard Law School
D.Phil 2004 Oxford University
M.Phil 2001 Oxford University
B.A. 1999 Loyola University

Telephone: 305-284-5345   |   Office: G385
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Before joining the Miami Law faculty, where she teaches family law, criminal law, and criminal procedure, Mary Anne Franks was a Bigelow Fellow and Lecturer in Law at the University of Chicago Law School. She received her J.D. from Harvard Law School in 2007. She received her doctorate in 2004 and her master's degree in 2001 from Oxford University, where she studied on a Rhodes Scholarship. Before she began law teaching, Prof. Franks taught courses in social theory and philosophy at Harvard University.

Prof. Franks' other research and teaching interests include cyberlaw, discrimination, free speech, and law and gender. In 2013, she was a Visiting Professor at the University of Navarra in Pamplona, Spain. Her academic scholarship has appeared in the California Law Review, the UCLA Law Review, and Columbia Journal of Law & Gender, among others. Prof. Franks also serves as the Vice-President of the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative, a nonprofit organization that raises awareness about cyber harassment and advocates for legal and social reform.


Professor Mary Anne Franks in "Will California criminalize revenge porn?" in Salon.

Professor Mary Anne Franks in "Girl Cyber-Bullied, Hospitalized After Oral Sex Photos Go Viral" in the Huffington Post.

Professor Mary Anne Franks in "Abogada Mary Anne Franks sobre Quinta Enmienda a la que se acogió el dueño de Ferrari" in W Radio.

Professor Mary Anne Franks in "Experta dice caso Zimmerman debe abrir debate sobre armas e igualdad racial" in the Orlando Sentinel.

Professor Mary Anne Franks in "Una absolución de Zimmerman podría abrir un conflicto racial en EEUU" in el Nuevo Herald.

07-05-13 and 07-07-13
Professor Mary Anne Franks in "Prosecution Rests Its Case in Zimmerman Murder Trial" in The Wall Street Journal and in "Social media infiltrates Zimmerman trial" on WDAY News 6.

Professor Mary Anne Franks in "Testimony hurting Zimmerman prosecution" in USA Today.

Professor Mary Anne Franks weighs in in article "Zimmerman Murder Trial Begins" in The Wall Street Journal.

06-10-13 and 06-11-13
Professor Mary Anne Franks has continuing commentary on Trayvon Martin case on "Looking out for 'stealth jurors'" and "How social media impacts jury selection" and "George Zimmerman trial begins Monday" on ABC 10 News.

May-June 2013
Professor Mary Anne Franks was profiled in Ocean Drive Magazine.

Professor Mary Anne Franks was interviewed in a segment on Revenge Porn on the TODAY Show.

Professor Mary Anne Franks is quoted in "A Victim Speaks: Standing Up to a Revenge Porn Tormentor" in the's Betabeat.

Professor Mary Anne Franks was interviewed for "Florida may pass legislation making revenge porn illegal" on Southern California Public Radio; she was also quoted in "Legislators intend to outlaw 'revenge porn'" in The Tampa Tribune.

Professor Mary Ann Franks participates on a panel discussion on revenge porn on HUFFPOST LIVE; she is also quoted on the subject in "The Fight to Criminalize 'Revenge Porn'" in The daily Dose.

Professor Mary Anne Franks in "2 Investigators: Website Demands $250 To Remove 'Revenge Porn'" on CBS Chicago.

Professor Mary Anne Franks discusses revenge porn case in the article "Public humiliation over private photos" in the San Francisco Chronicle.

Professor Mary Anne Franks was quoted in The New Yorker on a story about British teenager Amanda Todd and cyberbullying. Read article

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