Visiting Professor of Law
Brown University; J.D., Harvard; LL.M., Georgetown; M.P.A., Harvard
Robin A. Lenhardt joined the Fordham Law faculty in 2004, after serving as fellow at the Georgetown University Law...Continue Reading
Robin A. Lenhardt joined the Fordham Law faculty in 2004, after serving as fellow at the Georgetown University Law Center. She teaches Family Law, Constitutional Law, Civil Procedure, and advanced seminars on issues of race, equality, and family. She has visited at the University of Chicago Law School and Columbia Law School.
A leading scholar on matters of race and family, Professor Lenhardt’s research addresses questions of race, family, and the structural barriers to full citizenship and belonging. Her work in family law explores the role of law in shaping intimate choice, kinship, and notions of family and has, inter alia, examined antimiscegenation law, ideas about race in the marriage equality movement, and the racialization and regulation of marriage more broadly. Outside of that context, Professor Lenhardt’s work, which draws on social science research about race, considers the role of law in structuring opportunities for minorities, including in the area of work and education. In addition to contemplating empirically-based options for identifying race-based barriers to belonging, her research explores judicial and extra-judicial alternatives for eradicating such barriers. Professor Lenhardt’s work has been published in legal journals such as the California Law Review, the New York University Law Review, and the UCLA Law Review, and appears in numerous books.
Professor Lenhardt is a graduate of Brown University, where she currently serves as a Fellow on the Brown University Corporation; Harvard Law School; the Georgetown University Law Center, from which she received an L.L.M.; and Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, which awarded her an M.P.A. While in law school, Lenhardt served on the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, earned 2nd place in the Williston Contracts Competition, and received the NAACP Earl Warren Legal Training Program Scholarship.
After law school, Professor Lenhardt clerked for the Honorable Hugh Bownes of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and the Honorable Stephen G. Breyer of the United States Supreme Court. She received a Skadden Foundation Fellowship to work as a civil rights attorney with the National Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, and served as an Attorney-Advisor in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel. Later, Lenhardt joined Wilmer Cutler & Pickering, where she held the position of Counsel and was a member of the litigation team that defended the University of Michigan in the Grutter v. Bollinger and Gratz v. Bollinger affirmative action cases decided by the Supreme Court in 2003. Professor Lenhardt was selected as a member of President Obama’s 2008 Transition Team, serving with the DOJ Agency Review, Civil Rights Group.