Robin Lenhardt

2019-2020 LAPA Fellow

Home Institution, Fordham Law School

LAPA Fellow, 2019-2020

LAPA Fellow

 318Wallace Hall




Professor Lenhardt specializes in matters pertaining to race, civil rights, family, and citizenship. Before entering academia, she held a number of positions in the private and non-profit sectors.  She was 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 affirmative action lawsuits of Grutter v. Bollinger and Gratz v. Bollinger. She received a Skadden Foundation Fellowship to work as a staff attorney for the National Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and also served 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 is currently an American Bar Foundation Fellow and a member of the Brown University Corporation. She recently received the 2019 American Association of Law Schools’ Clyde Ferguson Award for her teaching, scholarship, and service.  She holds an A.B. degree in English from Brown University; a J.D. from Harvard Law School; an M.P.A. from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government; and an L.L.M. from the Georgetown University Law Center.  After law school, she clerked for Judge Hugh Bownes of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, and Associate Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer. Professor Lenhardt is currently co-editor of a book entitled Critical Race Judgments: U.S. Opinions on Race and Law. While at LAPA she will be working on a book, Race, Law, and Family in an American City: The Untold Story of Moore v. City of East Cleveland.