CLBR Featured Segment: Mary Anne Franks and the Fight Against Revenge Porn

Mary Anne Franks and the Fight Against Revenge Porn

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Slide1CLBR is thrilled to have one of the leading advocates in the fight against Revenge Porn – University of Miami Law professor Mary Anne Franks.  Franks is Vice President of the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative and has testified in state capitals across the country to push for laws addressing revenge porn.

She comes to CLBR following two major victories in prosecuting revenge porn which have been hailed as the beginning of the end of the revenge porn industry.

Professor Franks is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Miami School of Law, where she teaches criminal law, criminal procedure, and family law. Her other research and teaching interests include free speech, discrimination, cyberlaw, and law and gender. Before joining the Miami law faculty, she 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 D.Phil. in 2004 and her M.Phil. in 2001 in Modern Languages and Literature 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 is the author of several academic articles on discrimination and free speech, including Unwilling Avatars: Idealism and Discrimination in Cyberspace (2009), Sexual Harassment 2.0 (2009)The Banality of Cyber Discrimination, or, the Eternal Recurrence of September (2010), and When Bad Speech Does Good (2012). She is a frequent commentator in the media on issues of online harassment and criminal law.

Prof. Franks has worked with legislators in several states to draft legislation against non-consensual pornography, including New York, Wisconsin, and Maryland. Her model state and federal statutes on the issue are available here.

She is also a Krav Maga instructor.

Twitter –

@ma_franks

@CCRInitiative

@MiamiLawSchool

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