Robin Leiter-White is a lecturer in political science at James Madison University, specializing in judicial politics and public policy. She teaches courses on constitutional law, civil rights and liberties, appellate process and policy issues related to housing law and poverty. She is also a pre-law and moot court adviser.
Before transitioning to full-time teaching, Leiter-White was the senior managing attorney at Central Virginia Legal Aid Society in Charlottesville from 2003-2023. She represented hundreds of low-income clients in state and federal courts throughout Virginia in cases involving landlord-tenant disputes, subsidized and public housing, fair housing, foreclosure prevention, lease-to-own contracts, manufactured homes, predatory lending, automobile fraud, repossessions, debt settlement scams, debtors’ rights, debt buyers issues, fair debt collection practices and fair credit reporting.
Leiter-White served as co-counsel in Simmons v. T.M. Associates Management Inc., which held that a residential landlord’s refusal to consider overlooking a rental applicant’s disability-related criminal history as a reasonable accommodation in the landlord’s admission policy violated the Fair Housing Act.
Leiter-White was also a member of Advocates for Community Equity and Shelter, a statewide housing advocacy group. She frequently educates community groups about housing and consumer issues and has taught CLE sessions on Debt Settlement Companies, Housing Law and Ethics.
She previously worked in private practice representing plaintiffs in pharmaceutical, consumer, employment, securities, insurance, environmental, and product liability class actions and mass torts in Pasadena, California, and clerked for Judge John F. Daffron Jr. in Chesterfield County Circuit Court in Chesterfield, Virginia.
She teaches Housing Law and Poverty.