Aoki Seminar: A Conversation between the Framptons_4/16/2019

We’re pleased to welcome Professor Frampton and her brother, George Frampton Jr., for an hour long conversation reflecting on their roles in the fight for gender equality and reproductive justice. Professor Mary Louise Frampton was a law clerk at the Harlem Community Law Office in early 1970’s, where she supported a campaign to reform New York state law to legalize abortion. She then spent decades as a civil rights attorney focusing on employment discrimination, bringing suits against major corporations, police departments, agribusiness, television stations, school districts, and even the U.S. Air Force. Her career as a litigator was marked by unprecedented verdicts, landmark decisions, and major victories for coalitions of people of color and women. All of which have had a nation-wide impact on the fight for racial and gender justice. She eventually went on to teach at Berkeley law, where she led the Henderson Center for Social Justice. She joined King Hall in 2017 as the director of the Aoki Center for Critical Race and Nation Studies. Mr. George T. Frampton Jr. was one of Justice Blackmun’s clerks during the October 1971 term and helped to author the landmark opinion Roe v. Wade. He went on to serve as an assistant special prosecutor on the Watergate Special Prosecution Force at the U.S. Department of Justice. He was also the Assistant Secretary of the Interior and later, the Chair of the Council on Environmental Quality under President Clinton. He also served as the President of the Wilderness Society and co-founded for the Partnership for Responsible, a non-profit advocating for market-based solutions to climate change.