Professor Kimberly Jenkins Robinson of the University of Virginia School of Law was recently elected a member of the American Law Institute.

There are now 25 members of the UVA Law faculty currently affiliated with ALI.

The institute is the leading independent organization in the United States producing scholarly work to clarify, modernize and otherwise improve the law. The organization includes judges, lawyers and law professors from the United States and abroad, selected on the basis of professional achievement and demonstrated interest in improving the law.

Robinson, who joined the Law School in 2019, was among 36 new members inducted in October nationwide.

Robinson is the Elizabeth D. and Richard A. Merrill Professor of Law; a professor of education at the Curry School of Education; and a professor of law, education and public policy at the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. She is a national expert who speaks domestically and internationally about educational equity, equal educational opportunity, civil rights and the federal role in education.

She is editor of the book “A Federal Right to Education: Fundamental Questions for Our Democracy” and co-editor of “The Enduring Legacy of Rodriguez: Creating New Pathways to Equal Educational Opportunity.” Robinson’s article “Disrupting Education Federalism” won the 2016 Steven S. Goldberg Award for distinguished scholarship in education law from the Education Law Association.

Among the newly elected ALI members is alumnus Jacob H. Rooksby ’07, dean of Gonzaga University School of Law.

Members were selected from confidential nominations submitted by ALI members. ALI was formed in 1923 “to promote the clarification and simplification of the law and its better adaptation to social needs, to secure the better administration of justice, and to encourage and carry on scholarly and scientific legal work.”

UVA Law Faculty Members of the American Law Institute

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