Robin A. Lenhardt was formerly a Professor of Law and Faculty Director of the Center on Race, Law and Justice at Fordham Law School. Professor Lenhardt specializes in matters pertaining to race, family, and citizenship. In addition to Fordham, she has held teaching positions at Columbia Law School, the Georgetown University Law Center, and the University of Chicago Law School. Before entering legal academia, Professor Lenhardt held a number of positions in the private and non-profit sectors. A law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer and Judge Hugh Bownes of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, Professor Lenhardt was formerly a Counsel in the Washington, D.C. office of Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering, where she was a member of the litigation team that defended the University of Michigan in the Grutter v. Bollinger and Gratz v. Bollinger affirmative action lawsuits. Professor Lenhardt received a Skadden Foundation Fellowship to work as a staff attorney for the National Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and was employed as an attorney advisor in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel. She later returned to DOJ to review civil rights issues as part of President Barack Obama’s transition team. Professor Lenhardt’s scholarship has appeared in numerous books and journals, including the California Law Review, the New York University Law Review, and the UCLA Law Review. Professor Lenhardt is currently co-editor of a book entitled Critical Race Judgements: U.S. Opinions on Race and Law that will be published by Cambridge University Press. She holds an A.B. degree in English from Brown University; a JD from Harvard Law School; an MPA from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government; and an LLM from the Georgetown University Law Center.

Scholarship

Forthcoming Works - Books

R.A. Lenhardt, Race, Law, and Family in an American City: The Untold Story of  Moore v. City of East Cleveland (forthcoming). 

Forthcoming Works - Journal Articles & Working Papers

R.A. Lenhardt, Whitewashing the Family (working paper).
R.A. Lenhardt, The Family in Racial Inequality Debates (working paper).
R.A. Lenhardt, Passive Participation (working paper).

Forthcoming Works - Book Chapters & Collected Works

R.A. Lenhardt, Family Law as Racial Subordination and Inequality, in The Oxford Handbook of Race and Law in the United States (Devon Carbado, Khiara Bridges & Emily Hough eds., Oxford University Press forthcoming).