Derek Alphran works in the municipal government practice area of the Firm, with a particular emphasis on assisting clients throughout the metropolitan Atlanta area with vendor registrations and/or local government minority/female business-owned certifications. Also an expert on election law, Derek is often called upon to provide legal support to political campaigns on matters of election law and voting rights law.
Prior to becoming Of Counsel to the Firm, Derek has had a varied diverse background as a constitutional lawyer, law professor and scholar. He was a law clerk to the Honorable Elbert P. Tuttle of the U.S. Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Pursuing his passion as a civil rights lawyer, he began his career working in public interest law. Later, he served as special counsel to the City of Atlanta’s Law Department and former Atlanta, The Honorable Mayor Maynard H. Jackson, where he drafted minority business legislation and worked on various policy and legislative initiatives for the Office of the Mayor and the city law department.
After his work with the City of Atlanta, Derek served as an associate law professor at the John Marshal Law School in Atlanta, Georgia where he taught classes in Civil Rights, Constitutional law, and Criminal Law and Procedure. He later worked for nine years as an associate professor at the UDC David A. Clarke Law School in Washington D.C, where he taught classes in Legal Reasoning, Academic Support and Advanced Criminal Procedure. As a law professor, he has worked on legal teams of various local, state and national elections. He also consulted with several jurisdictions on constitutional requirements for minority business programs. He has also taught classes in Civil Rights law and 42 USC Section 1983 focusing on municipal governmental liability.
Whether practicing law or teaching, the foundation of Derek’s work has always resided in the area of civil rights, as reflected partially in his published law review articles on Affirmative Action and Fourth Amendment privacy after 9/11. He has been a contributing writer in this area to the Fulton County Daily Report and he is often called upon to provide expert advice on related topics.
Derek is a native of Atlanta Georgia. In his personal life, Derek is a passionate baseball fan and enjoys cooking, reading, writing and spending time with his lovely wife Laura.
- UCLA School of Law (1981)
- Morehouse College (1975)
- California (Inactive)
- President of Judson Lyons Society, an alumni association of Morehouse Lawyers
- Morehouse College Dept. of Business & Economics, Adjunct Professor (2015-Present)
- John Marshall School of Law, Adjunct Professor – Race & Law, Constitutional Torts (2014-Present)