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

Professor Kimberly Robinson teachers and writes in the area of education law and policy and is a national expert on the federal role in education and equal educational opportunity. She also teaches in the areas of pre-trial litigation and legislation and regulation. Professor Robinson is a Researcher at the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice at Harvard Law School. Among her current projects, she is co-editing a book with Professor Charles Ogletree of Harvard Law School entitled The Enduring Legacy of Rodriguez: Creating New Pathways to Equal Educational Opportunity. 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.

Presentations

(selected)

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.

Moderator, Education Reform: The Role of Teachers, Public Sector Employment in Times of Crisis, University of Richmond School of Law, September 9, 2011.

Speaker, Faculty Workshop, University of Richmond School of Law, Resurrecting the Promise of Brown: Understanding and Remedying How the Supreme Court Reconstitutionalized Segregated Schools, February 25, 2010.

Speaker, The Case for a Collaborative Enforcement Model for a Federal Right to Education, Conference on Education and Technology, Oxford Round Table, Oxford, England, July 20, 2009.

Speaker, A New Theory of Education Federalism: How Collaborative Federalism Would Reinvent the Federal Role in Ensuring Equal Educational Opportunity, Changing Horses or Peddling Harder? Reconsidering the State/Federal Relationship in Education Policy, the University of Georgia Education Policy and Evaluation Center, May 1, 2009.

Speaker, Faculty Workshop, Duke Law School, April 3, 2009.

Speaker, Finding Viable Legal Strategies for Racial Equity Post-PICS, Looking to the Future: Legal and Policy Options for Racially Integrated Education in the South and the Nation, The Civil Rights Project, University of North Carolina School of Law, April 2, 2009.

Panelist, Gender and Schooling, Gender and the Law: Unintended Consequences, Unsettled Questions, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University, March 12, 2009.

Speaker, Re-Segregation/De-Segregation, The Future of Education: Educational Equity in Communities of Color, Mid-Atlantic People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference, Temple University Beasley School of Law, January
23, 2009.

Speaker, Desegregation and Affirmative Action: Looking Backward and Looking Forward, The Atlanta History Center, February 12, 2008.

Speaker, Faculty Workshop, The Future of School Integration after the Seattle and Louisville Decisions, Georgia State University, February 5, 2008.

Speaker, A Discussion of the School Desegregation Cases – Parents Involved in Community Schools v. Seattle, Meredith v. Jefferson County Board of Education, American Constitution Society, Georgia Chapter, October 19,
2007.

Speaker, 14th Annual U.S. Supreme Court Update: School Desegregation, Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia, October 11, 2007.

Speaker, Lessons from the Third Year of Teaching, Workshop for New Law Teachers, Association of American Law Schools, June 28-30, 2007.

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
Rodriguez at 40: Creating New Pathways to Equal Educational Opportunity (forthcoming 2014) (NYU Press) (ed. with Charles J. Ogletree, Jr.).
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]

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).
Reviews

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]


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