Mildred W. Robinson

  • Henry L. and Grace Doherty Charitable Foundation Professor of Law Emeritus

After a year as a visiting professor, Mildred Robinson accepted a permanent position at Virginia in 1985. She taught federal income tax, state and local tax, and trusts and estates until she retired in 2020.

Robinson received her J.D. from Howard University's School of Law in 1968 and her LL.M. from Harvard University's School of Law in 1971. She came to Virginia after 12 years on the faculty at Florida State, where she received the President's Award for excellence in teaching. At Florida State, she also served as associate dean for academic affairs.

Robinson has served on the Law School Admission Council Board of Trustees. She was a member of the inaugural Board of Directors for Law Access, Inc. (currently The Access Group) . She was a Commissioner from Virginia to the National Conference on Uniform State Laws from 1990-94 and was a member of the Board of Visitors for the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University from 1993-96. She served as a member of the Executive Committee of the Association of American Law Schools from 2000-03 and continues to serve as a member of that organization’s Resource Corps. She is a member of the American Law Institute.

Within the Charlottesville community, Robinson has served as chair of the Piedmont CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocates) Board of Directors and as chair of the Board of Trustees of the Martha Jefferson Hospital. She previously served on the Board of Directors of the Center for Nonprofit Excellence.

Scholarship Profile: Advancing the Legacy of Brown (Virginia Journal 2004)


  • LL.M.
    Harvard Law School
  • J.D.
    Howard University School of Law
  • B.A.
    Fisk University


Law Touched Our Hearts: A Generation Remembers Brown v. Board of Education, Mildred Wigfall Robinson & Richard J. Bonnie, eds., (Vanderbilt University Press, 2009).

Book Chapters:

“Commentary on Manufacturers Hanover Trust Co., as Executor of the Estate of Charlotte C. Wallace, v. United States,” in Bridget J. Crawford & Anthony C. Infanti, eds., Feminist Judgments: Rewritten Tax Opinions 164 (Cambridge University Press, 2017).

“It Takes a Federalist Village:  A Revitalized Property Tax as the Linchpin for Stable, Effective K-12 Public Education Fundingin Charles J. Ogletree, Jr. & Kimberly Jenkins Robinson, eds. The Enduring Legacy of Rodriguez: Creating New Pathways to Equal Educational Opportunity 167 (Harvard Education Press, 2015).

"Sacrifice, Opportunity, and the New South," in Mildred Wigfall Robinson & Richard J. Bonnieeds., Law Touched Our Hearts: A Generation Remembers Brown v. Board of Education 107 (Vanderbilt University Press, 2009).

Working Paper:

"Identifying the One...the Case for Single Filing Status for All Taxpayers." 


“Fines: The Folly of Conflating the Power to Fine with the Power to Tax,” 62 Vill. L. Rev. 925 (2017).
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“It Takes a Federalist Village: A Revitalized Property Tax as the Lynchpin for Stable, Effective K-12 Public Education Funding,” 17 Rich. J.L. & Pub. Int. 549 (2014).

“‘Skin in the Tax Game’: Invisible Taxpapers? Invisible Citizens?,” 59 Vill. L. Rev. 729 (2014).

"The Current Economic Situation and its Impact on Gender, Race, and Class: The Legacy of Raced (and Gendered) Employment," 14 Iowa Journal of Gender, Race & Justice 431(2011). 
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“The States’ Stake and Role in Closing the Federal ‘Tax Gap’,” 28 Va. Tax Rev. 959 (2009).
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"Transfer Tax Reform after EGTRRA-2001: Reconstruction or Further Deconstruction?," 28 Va. Tax Rev. 391 (2008).
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"State and Local Governments Are Depending More on Regressive Revenue Sources," 42 State Tax Notes 117 (2006).

"Brown — Why We Must Remember," 89 Marq. L. Rev. 53 (2005).
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"Fulfilling Brown's Legacy: Bearing the Costs of Realizing Equality," 44 Washburn L. J. 1 (2004).
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"Voices of the Brown Generation: Description of a Project," 6 J. App. Prac. and Proc. 39 (2004).
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"Difficulties in Achieving Coherent State and Local Fiscal Policy at the Intersection of Direct Democracy and Republicanism: The Property Tax as a Case in Point," 35 U. Mich. J.L. Reform 511 (2002).
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"Tax Reform: Saving Virginia's Economy and Easing Regressiveness," Va. Issues & Answers, Fall 2002, Vol. 9, No. 1, at 2-9. 

"Public Finance of Sports Stadia: Controversial but Permissible...Time for Federal Tax Relief for State and Local Taxpayers," 1 Va. Sports & Ent. L.J. 135 (2002).
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“Financing Adequate Educational Opportunity,” 14 Va. J.L. & Pol. 483 (1998).
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"FINES: The Folly of Conflating the Power to Fine with the Power to Tax," Vill. L. Rev. (forthcoming, 2017).

"Empowerment Zones and Enterprise Communities Under the Omnibus Budget and Reconciliation Act of 1993: a Promising Concept With Some Modifications," 11 J.L. & Pol.345 (1995). 
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"The Responsibilities of Opportunity," UVA Lawyer, Winter 1995, at 46-51.

"Untangling the Bakke Decision," 21, 2 Ass'n of Governing Boards of Universities & Colleges Reports 10 (1979).

"Issues in Admissions After Bakke," 23, 1 J. Nat'l Ass'n C. Admissions Counselors 2 (1978).

Defunis and Bakke . . . The Voice Not Heard,” 21 How. L. J. 128 (1978).
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