Ms. Francis counsels clients in a wide variety of areas including higher education, affordable housing, wills and estate planning, and various litigation issues. She is a native of Huntsville, Alabama, and graduated magna cum laude from Spelman College with a degree in English and minor in Political Science in 1985. She earned her law degree from American University in Washington, D.C. in 1988. She was a judicial law clerk for the late Chief Federal District Court Judge, Richard Erwin, in the Middle District of North Carolina. Ms. Francis worked as a civil service attorney representing the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and U.S. Social Security Administration in disability related cases. She served as an associate attorney general for the North Carolina Attorney General's Office in the area of labor/employment law. She gained appellate experience serving as the Assistant Clerk of Court for the Supreme Court of North Carolina. She is admitted to the Pennsylvania and North Carolina bars. She is a member of the Wake County Bar Association and a general member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. She is married to North Carolinian Charles Francis and they have three children.