I had Simpson and Whitman. Simpson is HILARIOUS, but, uh... things get way too off track sometimes in class. You might feel like you need to teach yourself Property. I hear he is a better teacher in his upper level classes. Whitman is a really smart, really motherly prof... completely different than any other I know of in that respect. The atmosphere is very supportive in her class. It was sort of weird going from JJ White's class to Whitman's class next... 180. And that's not a complaint about either one of them.
Never heard of Franklin.