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Racial Justice Project Staff Attorney



Mark P. Fancher is the staff attorney for the Racial Justice Project of the ACLU of Michigan. His cases and projects address: abusive police practices, racial profiling, racial discrimination in public employment, mass water shutoffs, racial harassment of students, use of indigenous peoples’ imagery and names as brands and mascots, and other matters affecting communities of color.

Fancher was formerly the Senior Staff Attorney for the Sugar Law Center for Economic and Social Justice where he specialized in workers' rights. He served on the staff of the State Bar of Michigan from 1998 to 2000 where he coordinated projects to encourage greater pro bono participation by Michigan's lawyers. He was a visiting assistant clinical professor at the University of Michigan Law School from 1996 through 1998. 

Before moving to Michigan, Fancher was the Director of Litigation for Camden Regional Legal Services in New Jersey. He has also been in private practice where he specialized in employment discrimination and community economic development. Fancher is a graduate of Rutgers University School of Law - Camden. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Tennessee. 

Fancher is a member of the National Conference of Black Lawyers and the Black Alliance for Peace. He has also lectured across the country and written extensively on issues that include: the U.S. military presence in Africa, political repression in the U.S., mass incarceration, and struggles for self-determination in regions subjected to colonial and neo-colonial domination.