Francesca Hoffmann

Francesca Hoffmann

Francesca Hoffmann is an associate in the education practice area. Prior to attending law school, Francesca taught at a Title I school in Miami-Dade County, Florida and at a Blue-Ribbon charter school in Washington, D.C. In 2011, Francesca earned her B.A. from Purdue University in three years, where she graduated with highest distinction. While teaching full-time in Miami, she earned her M.S.Ed. In 2017, she earned her J.D. with a minor in Education Policy, cum laude, from Indiana University Maurer School of Law.

During law school, Francesca gained invaluable education law and policy experience working at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights on their Equal Education Project and at the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law working on education equity issues and the Every Student Succeeds Act. Francesca was the recipient of the Richardson, Tinder, Logan Public Service Fellowship, the Class of 2017 Student Life Impact Award, and the Class of 2017 Outstanding Student in Public Service Award for her outstanding dedication to public service. She also served as the Faegre Baker Daniels Access to Justice Pro Bono Fellow, the Symposium Editor for the Indiana Journal of Law and Social Equality, the student representative to the Maurer Faculty Educational Policy Committee, and worked as a court-appointed special advocate in Monroe County.

She is an Associate Instructor at the Indiana University School of Education and teaches "Legal Issues for Teachers" to future educators. In addition to working as an associate at Lewis Kappes, Francesca is working on coursework to complete her PhD in Education Policy Studies with an emphasis in K-12 Educational Leadership.

Bar Admissions

State – Indiana


Indiana University - Bloomington, PhD in Education Policy Studies, expected completion of coursework, December 2018
Indiana University – Bloomington, Maurer School of Law, J.D. and minor in Education Policy, 2017, Cum Laude
University of Miami, M.S.Ed., 2013, with concentration in Education & Social Change
Purdue University, B.A., 2011, Highest Distinction


Richardson, Tinder, Logan Public Service Fellowship
Maurer School of Law, Class of 2017 Outstanding Student in Public Service
Maurer School of Law, Class of 2017 Student Life Impact Award
CALI Award
Purdue University, Outstanding Senior in the History Department Award
Mortar Board Tip of the Cap Award
Purdue University, Emerging Leader Award

Affiliations & Community Involvement

American Bar Association, Member
Indiana State Bar Association, Member
Indianapolis Bar Association, Member

Speeches & Publications

Author: “From Suspended to Destitute: The Disproportionate Effect of Out-of-School Suspensions on Low-Income Families,” 5 Ind. J.L. & Soc. Equality 169, 2017
Speaker: "Areas for Advocacy under ESSA," Indiana Legal Services, October 2015
Co-Author: “Advocates for Social Justice: Leaders, the Law, and Diverse Student Populations,” November 2016
Co-Author: “Behavior Intervention Plans: More Important Than Ever After ‘Endrew’” Principal Leadership Magazine 56, 2018
Speaker: Education Legal Literacy Workshop to Immigrant Parents, Reuben Educational Series – Indianapolis Immigrant Welcome Center, October 2015