Kimberly J. Robinson
Professor of Law
Courses Taught Legislation & Regulation Pretrial Litigation Education Law & Policy
Profile

Professor Kimberly Jenkins Robinson is a national expert on the federal role in education and equal educational opportunity and teaches and writes in the area of education law and policy. In 2015, Harvard Education Press will publish a book that she co-edited with Professor Charles Ogletree of Harvard Law School entitled The Enduring Legacy of Rodriguez: Creating New Pathways to Equal Educational Opportunity. Professor Robinson is a researcher at the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice at Harvard Law School. Her most recent article entitled “Disrupting Education Federalism” argues that the United States should reconstruct its understanding of education federalism to support a national effort to ensure equal access to an excellent education. This article is forthcoming in the Washington University Law Review in 2015. Her scholarship has appeared in the University of Chicago Law ReviewBoston College Law ReviewWilliam and Mary Law Review, and UC Davis Law Review, among other venues. Prior to joining the Richmond Law faculty in 2010, Professor Robinson was an Associate Professor at Emory University School of Law and a visiting fellow at George Washington University Law School. She also served in the General Counsel’s Office of the United States Department of Education, where she helped draft federal policy on issues of race, sex, and disability discrimination. In addition, Professor Robinson represented school districts in school finance and constitutional law litigation as an associate with Hogan & Hartson, LLP (now Hogan Lovells). Professor Robinson is a frequent lecturer on education law and policy issues, including serving as the keynote speaker at the "Is Education a Civil Right?" conference at Harvard Law School in April 2013 and as the Dean’s Distinguished Lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education in March 2014. She also has written editorials that address national education law and policy issues.

Presentations

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Speaker, Faculty Colloquium, Disrupting Education Federalism, Howard Law School, April 30, 2015

Speaker, Education Federalism as a Roadblock to Equal Educational Opportunity, A workshop on Education, The Vulnerability and the Human Condition Initiative and the Feminism and Legal Theory Project at Emory University, April 24-25, 2015

Speaker, Understanding the Future of Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, Chesterfield County Issues in Leadership, February 11, 2015.

Participant, A Collaborative Enforcement Model for a Federal Right to Education, Constitutional Personhood, A Summit Examining Justifications for a Constitutional Right to Education, New York University School of Law, November 7, 2014.

Speaker, The Future of Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, 2014 Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Association of Law Schools, August 1, 2014.

Speaker, How the ESEA Can Reengineer Education Federalism, Education and Civil Rights: Historical Legacies, Contemporary Strategies, and Promise for the Future, Pennsylvania State University College of Education, June 6-7, 2014.

Moderator, Looking to the Future, Pursuing the Dreams of Brown and the Civil Rights Act: A Living History of the Fight for Educational Equality, Michigan State University, April 11, 2014.

Moderator, “Remember the Ladies”: Women in U.S. History, Literature and Schooling, Pioneer Institute, March 24, 2014.

Lecturer, Disrupting Education Federalism, Dean’s Distinguished Lecture, Harvard Graduate School of Education, March 12, 2014

Moderator, Evolving Paradigms for Ensuring Access to Education, The Civil Rights Act at 50 Years, University of Chicago Legal Forum, November 8, 2013.

Speaker, San Antonio Independent School District v. Rodriguez, Poverty Law: Cases, Teaching and Scholarship, American University School of Law, October 25-26, 2013.

Speaker, Becoming a Productive and Fulfilled Scholar, 2013 Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Association of Law Schools, August 7, 2013.

Speaker, Post-Identity in Public Education?, 2013 Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Association of Law Schools, August 5, 2013.

Kenote Speaker, The State of Education as a Right Today, Is Education a Civil Right?, Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative, Harvard Law School, April 24–27, 2013.

Speaker, Innovative Programs and Positive Impacts (Magnet Schools), Looking Back, Moving Forward: A Conference on Race, Class, Opportunity and School Boundaries in the Richmond Region, March 14, 2013.

Speaker, Exploring New Paths to Equal Educational Opportunity, Rodriguez at 40: Exploring New Paths to Equal Educational Opportunity, University of Richmond School of Law, March 8, 2013.

Speaker, Reconstructing Education Federalism, No Child Left Behind Ten Years in Review, Thurgood Marshall School of Law, February 8, 2013.

Moderator, 40 Years After Rodriguez, 35 Years After Bakke: Education Equality and Fundamental Rights, 2013 Annual Meeting of the Association of American Law Schools, January 4, 2013.

Speaker, The High Cost of the Current Framework for Education Federalism, Symposium on Privatizing the Public Good: Emerging Trends in K-16 Education, Wake Forest University School of Law, October 26, 2012.

Speaker, Fisher v. University of Texas, A Debate Sponsored by the American Constitution Society and the Black Law Students Association, University of Richmond School of Law, September 25, 2012.

Speaker, Fisher v. University of Texas, National Association of Medical Minority Educators’ 37th Annual Conference, September 14, 2012.

Respondent, The Evolving Pursuit of Equity in the American School District, Seventh Biennial Meeting of the Conference on Policy History, Virginia Commonwealth University, June 9, 2012.

Speaker, Panel on Single-Sex Education, Taking Stock at Title IX’s 40th Anniversary: Athletics, Single-Sex Education, and Bully/Harassment, American Association of Law Schools, January 5, 2012.

Moderator, Panel on Sexual Harassment, Taking Stock at Title IX’s 40th Anniversary: Athletics, Single-Sex Education, and Bully/Harassment, American Association of Law Schools, January 5, 2012.

Memberships
Chair, Education Law Section, Association of American Law Schools (2012)
Advisory Board Member, Social Science Research Network (SSRN), Education Law Abstracting Journal
Education Law Association, Member
Bar Admissions
Virginia (inactive), District of Columbia
Professional Experience
Professor of Law (2010-present)
University of Richmond School of Law, Richmond, Va.
Senior Fellow (Spring 2013)
Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Mass.
Associate Professor of Law (2007-10)
Emory University School of Law, Atlanta, Ga.
Assistant Professor of Law (2004-07)
Emory University School of Law, Atlanta, Ga.
Research Fellow (2003-04)
The George Washington University Law School, Washington, D.C.
General Attorney (1999-2004)
U.S. Department of Education, Office of the General Counsel, Washington, D.C.
Associate (1997-99)
Hogan & Hartson, L.L.P., Washington, D.C.
Law Clerk (1996-97)
Hon. James R. Browning, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Publications
Books

Co-editor with Charles J. Ogletree, Jr., The Enduring Legacy of Rodriguez: Creating New Pathways to Equal Educational Opportunity (Harvard Education Press forthcoming 2015).

Articles

Disrupting Education Federalism, 92 Wash. U. L. Rev. ___ (forthcoming 2015).

The High Cost of The Nation's Current Framework for Education Federalism, 48 Wake Forest L. Rev. 287 (2013) (invited symposium). [L] [W] [HEIN]

The Past, Present and Future of Equal Educational Opportunity: A Call for a New Theory of Education Federalism, 79 U. Chi. L. Rev. 427 (2012) (reviewing James E. Ryan, Five Miles Away, A World Apart: One City, Two Schools, and The Story of Educational Opportunity in Modern America (2011)) (invited). [Journal] [L] [W]

Resurrecting the Promise of Brown: Understanding and Remedying How the Supreme Court Reconstitutionalized Segregated Schools, 88 N.C. L. Rev. 787 (2010) (invited symposium). [L] [W] [HEIN]

The Constitutional Future of Race-Neutral Efforts to Promote Diversity and Avoid Racial Isolation in Our Elementary and Secondary Schools, 50 B.C. L. Rev. 277 (2009) (lead article). [Journal] [SSRN] [L] [HEIN]
The Case for a Collaborative Enforcement Model for a Federal Right to Education, 40 U.C. Davis L. Rev. 1653 (2007). [Journal] [L] [W] [HEIN]
Constitutional Lessons for the Next Generation of Public Single-Sex Elementary and Secondary Schools, 47 Wm. & Mary L. Rev. 1953 (2006). [L] [W] [HEIN]
Note, An Evidentiary Framework for Diversity as a Compelling Interest in Higher Education, 109 Harv. L. Rev. 1357 (1996).
Recent Case, Fourth Circuit Finds University of Maryland Minority Scholarship Program Unconstitutional, Podberesky v. Kirwan, 38 F.3d 147 (4th Cir. 1994), 108 Harv. L. Rev. 1771 (1995).
Chapters
A Proposal for Collaborative Enforcement of a Right to Education, in What Is Right for Children?: Competing Paradigms of Religion and Human Rights (Ashgate Press, 2009).
Education, Discrimination In: Overview, in The Chicago Companion to the Child (University of Chicago Press, 2008).

Education
J.D., Harvard Law School 1996
B.A., University of Virginia 1992
Contact Information
(804) 289-8985
(804) 289-8683 (Fax)
Areas of Expertise
Education Law and Policy
Pretrial Drafting
Legislation and Regulation
Civil Procedure