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2020 Constitution Day/Ihlenfeld Lecture

Kimberly Jenkins Robinson ~ "A Federal Right to Education: Foundational Questions for the Future of Our Nation"

WVU Law 2020 Constitution Day Ihlenfeld Lecture Kimberly Jenkins Robinson

Kimberly Jenkins Robinson is the Elizabeth D. and Richard A. Merrill Professor of Law, a Professor of Education in the Curry School of Education, and Professor of Law, Education and Public Policy in the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy at the University of Virginia. 

She is also a senior fellow at the Learning Policy Institute, a leading think tank on education policy, where she is working on issues related to educational access and equality. Her scholarship has appeared in the University of Chicago Law Review, Boston College Law Review, William and Mary Law Review and UC Davis Law Review, among other venues.

In 2019, New York University Press published her second edited book, “A Federal Right to Education: Fundamental Questions for Our Democracy,” which gathers leading constitutional and education law scholars to consider the challenging questions raised by recognizing a federal right to education in the United States. In 2016, she won the Steven S. Goldberg Award for distinguished scholarship in education law from the Education Law Association for her Washington University Law Review article, “Disrupting Education Federalism.”

Prior to joining the Richmond Law faculty in 2010, 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 U.S. Department of Education, where she helped draft federal policy on issues of race, sex and disability discrimination. She previously represented school districts in school finance and constitutional law litigation as an associate with Hogan & Hartson, now Hogan Lovells.

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