Reginald L. Robinson

Professor of Law

J.D., 1989, University of Pennslvania
M.A., 1981, University of Chicago
B.A., 1981, Howard University, graduating magna cum laude and phi beta kappa


Biography

Beginning 2012, Professor Reginald Leamon Robinson has ventured into the field of neurobiology, interpersonal neurobiology, and social psychology, seeking to look beyond social structures to a priori assume or explain why black families remains functionally dysfunctional without having to first and foremost lay the fault simply on white racism or institutional racism.  As early as 2000, he began interrogating the methodological limits of Critical Race Theory and asking whether how blacks created their personal experiences and perceived their social realities that might explain the lack of progress in poor black communities when he published:  Race Consciousness: Can Thick, Legal Contextual Analysis Assist Poor, Low-Status Workers Overcome Discriminatory Hurdles in the Fast Food Industry?  A Reply to Regina Austin, 34 The John Marshall L. Rev. 245 (2000); Poverty, the Underclass, and the Role of Race Consciousness:  A New Age Critique of Black Wealth/White Wealth and American Apartheid, 34 Ind. L. Rev. 1377 (2001); Human Agency, Negated Subjectivity, and White Structural Oppression:  An Analysis of Critical Race Practice/Praxis, 53 Am. U. L. Rev. 1361 (2004); The Sacred Way of Tibetan CRT Kung Fu:  Can Race Crits Teach the Shadow’s Mystical Insight and Help Law Students “Know” White Structural Oppression in the Heart of the First-Year Curriculum?  A Critical Rejoinder to Dorothy A. Brown, 10 Mich. J. of Race & Law 355 (2005); The Word and the Problem of Human Unconsciousness:  An Analysis of Charles A. Lawrence’s Meditation on Racism, Oppression, and Empowerment, 40 CONNtemplations (Conn. L. Rev.) 1 (2008) (online publication). 

Beginning in 2000, he began applying Arthur Janov’s psychophysiology, and Alice Miller’s depth psychology/psycho-existentialism, which looks at the earliest abuse, trauma, and neglect on infants and its neurobiological impact on children and adults, to biographies or quasi-biographical/literary works, i.e., Trauma, Creativity, and Unconscious Confessions:  The Lost Childhood History Behind L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, 20 So. Cal. Interdisciplinary L.J. 145 (2010); Precious:  A Tale of Three Explanations for Childhood Maltreatment, 1 Colum. J. of Race & L. 434 (2012).

In 2012, he began publishing his Dark Secret, an interdisciplinary series, in which he directly relied on early childhood development, traumatology, attachment theory, social psychology, developmental trauma, developmental neurobiology, and interpersonal neurobiology:  Dark Secrets:  Obedience Training, Rigid Physical Violence, Black Parenting, and Reassessing the Origins of Instability in the Black Family Through a Re-Reading of Fox Butterfield’s All God’s Children, 55 Howard L.J. 393 (2012); Introduction, The State of the Ordinary Family, 55 Howard L.J. 283 (2012); Seen But Not Recognized:  Black Caregivers, Childhood Cruelties, and Social Dislocations in an Increasingly Colored America, 117 W. Va. L. Rev. 1273 (2015); A Dark Secret Too Scandalous to Confront:  Did the Moynihan Report Imply that Poor Black Caregivers’ Parenting Styles and Childhood Cruelties were Strongly Correlated with Self-Perpetuating Pathologies?, 8 Geo. J. L. & Mod. Crit. Race Persp. 103 (2016); Searching for the Parental Causes of the School-to-Prison-Pipeline Problem:  A Critical, Conceptual Essay, 32 J. of Civ. Rts & Eco. Deve. 31 (2018); Racism, Childhood Cruelties, Discharged Anger, and Killing the Improbable in the White Self and the Black Other:  A Critical Re-Reading of Brophy’s Reconstructing the Dreamland, ___ Tulsa L. Rev. ___ (2021).

In 2020, he wrote, but hasn’t yet published:  Fearing the Loss of the Black Body:  Why Coates’ Between the World and Me Confesses His Repressed Neurobiological History of Emotional and Physical Abuse and Reveals the Taboo Subject of the Caregiver’s to Traumatically Destroy Their Children, ___ [Journal/Law Review] ___ (2020) (In May 2021, SSRN rated this unpublished manuscript within its top 10 for downloads—AARN: Psychological Disorders & Psychology in Practice; Law and Neuroscience e-Journal; PsychRN:  Child Development; and Developmental Psychology eJournal.

In sum, Professor Robinson has published 26 articles and given nearly double academic conference presentations.  At Howard, he has taught Contracts; Real Property; Legal History; Family Law; Jurisprudence; Critical Race Theory; Law and Social Science; Child, Family & State; The Black Family; Housing Discrimination; Agency, Partnerships, & LLC; and Business Organizations.

From 2007-2008, Professor Robinson, after a national search, served as the Distinguished Visiting Professor in Law and Critical Theory, School of Law & College of Liberal Arts, Southern Illinois University—Carbondale, Carbondale, Illinois, where he taught Family Law; Race & Law; Gender, Identity, & Separation Violence; and Law, Culture, & Art (Film),

Professor Robinson received his BA, Political Science/English Literature, Howard University, Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude (1981); MA, Political Science, The University of Chicago (1983); JD, Cum Laude, The University of Pennsylvania (1989).


Publications

The Sacred Way of Tibetan CRT Kung Fu: Can Race Crits Teach the Shadow’s Mystical Insight to Law Students and Help Them to “Know” the Heart of the Law in the First-Year Curriculum? A Critical Rejoinder to Dorothy A. Brown, 10 Michigan Journal of Race & Law 355 (2005).

Human Agency, Negated Subjectivity, and White Structural Oppression: A Critical Analysis of Critical Race Practice/Praxis, 53 American University Law Review 101 (forthcoming 2004).

Poverty, the Underclass, the Role of Race Consciousness: A New Age Critique of Black Wealth/White Wealth and American Apartheid, 34 Indiana Law Review 1377 (Spring 2001) (Book Review).

Race Consciousness: Can Thick, Legal Contextual Analysis Assist the Poor, Low-Status Worker in Overcoming the Hurdle to Liberation and Advancement?, 34 The John Marshall Law Review 245 (Spring 2001).

The Shifting Race-Consciousness Matrix and the Multiracial Category Movement: A Critical Reply to Professor Hernandez, 20 B.C. Third World Law Journal 231 (Spring 2000, Lead Article).

The “Expert” Knowledge: Introductory Comments on Race Consciousness, 20 B.C. Third World Law Journal 145 (Winter 2000) (Symposium Issue).

Race Consciousness: A Mere Means to Preventing Escapes From the Control of Her White Masters, 15 Touro Law Review 401 (Winter 1999) (Symposium Issue).

Race, Myth, and Narrative in the Social Construction of the Black Self, 40 Howard Law Journal 1 (Spring 1997) (Lead Article).

Teaching From the Margins: Race as a Pedagogical Sub-Text, 34 Western New England Law Review 151 (Fall 1997).

Split Personalities: Teaching and Scholarship in Nonstereotypical Areas of the Law, 34 Western New England Law Review 73 (Fall 1997).

White Cultural Matrix and the Language of Nonverbal Advertising in Housing Segregation: Toward an Aggregate Theory of Liability, 25 Capital University Law Review 117 (1996).

The Racial Limits of the Fair Housing Act: The Intersection of Dominant White Images, the Violence of Neighborhood Purity, and the Master Narrative of Black Inferiority, 37 William & Mary Law Review 69 (1995) (Lead Article).

“The Other Against Itself”: Deconstructing the Violent Discourse between Koreans/African Americans, 67 Southern California Law Review 15 (1993) (Lead Article).

Impact of Hobbes’ Empirical Natural Law on Title VII’s Effectiveness: A Hegelian Critique, 25 Connecticut Law Review 607 (1993) (Lead Article).

  1. Academic Paper Presentations 2000 to 2006

Presenter, Concurrent Session, Spirituality, The Place of Spirituality in the Search for Balance in the Whirlwind of Law School, AALS Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., January 4, 2006

Paper Presentation, “’Resident Evil’: Director Agents, Divided Subjects, and the Limits of the Sarbanes-Oxley Regime,” the International Conference on Industrial Organization, Law, & Economics, Athens, Greece, June 9-11, 2005.

Paper Presentation, “Being and Nonbeing: Race, Fear, Existential ‘Death,’ and the Affirmative Action Programs in Gratz and Gutter,” Joint International Meeting of the Law and Society Association and the Canadian Law and Society Association, Las Vegas, NV, June 2-5, 2005.

Paper Presentation, “Being and Nonbeing: Race, Fear, Existential ‘Death,’ and the Affirmative Action Programs in Gratz and Gutter” Law, Culture, and Humanities Conference, Hosted by the University of Texas, March 2005.

Moderator, “Evaluation and Litigation/Arbitration of Legal Malpractice Claims,” Conference on the Liabilities of Lawyers in Crossborder Transactions and Disputes, Sponsored by the Center for International Legal Studies, Kitzbühel, Austria, January 23-29, 2005.

Paper Presentation, “The Sacred Way of Tibetan CRT Kung Fu: Can Race Crits Teach the Shadow’s Mystical Insight to Law Students and Help Them to ‘Know’ the Heart of the Law in the First-Year Curriculum?”, Constructing A New Discourse on Race/ism Panel, Second National People of Color Conference, George Washington Law School, Washington, DC, October 2004.

Paper Presentation, “Affirmative Action: Grutter and Reconciling the Structuralist Tension in Justices O’Connor and Thomas’ Opinions,” Affirmative Action Panel, Southern Illinois University Law School, Carbondale, Illinois, November 2003. Panel presentation available at 29 Southern Illinois University Law Journal 519, 524-25, 532-35 (2004).

Small Group Leader, Yale Brown@50 Conference (in conjunction with Howard Law School), Yale Law School, New Haven, Connecticut, April 1, 2004.

Paper Presentation, “Human Agency, Negated Subjectivity, and White Structural Oppression: A Critical Analysis of Critical Race Practice/Praxis,” Critical Race Theory Workshop, Hosted by American University School of Law, April 2003.

Paper Presentation, “Traditional Marriage and the Lost of Her Natural Sexual Rights: Critiquing Crimes of Passion and Separation Violence as Fear and Control in a Legal Institution,” Critical Legal Conference 2002, Hosted by the University of North London, September 2002.

Paper Presentation, “Crimes of Passion and Separation Violence as a Human Rights Violence?”, International Society of Family Law 11th World Conference, Held at the Universities of Copenhagen and of Oslo, Copenhagen, Denmark and Oslo, Norway, August 2002.

Panelists, Section on Minority Groups, AALS Workshop for New Law Teachers, AALS, Washington, DC, (Len Baynes (St. Johns) and H.G. Prince (Visiting Professor, Howard Law School), June 2002.

Paper Presentation, “The Death of the Critical Race Theorist: Deconstructing CRT and the End of Race Consciousness,” Joint International Meeting of the Law and Society Association and the Canadian Law and Society Association, Vancouver, British Columbia, May 29th-June 2, 2002.

Paper Presentation, “The Death of the Critical Race Theorist: Deconstructing CRT and the End of Race Consciousness,” Law, Culture, and Humanities Conference, Hosted by University of Pennsylvania Law School, Philadelphia, PA, March 2002.

Paper Presentation, “Traditional Marriage: Breaking the Paradigm of a Fear- and Control-Based Legal Institution: A New Age Critique of Nomos, Culture, and Consciousness,” Joint International Meeting of the Law and Society Association, Budapest, Hungary, June-July 2001.

Panelists, Section on Minority Groups, AALS Workshop for New Law Teachers, AALS, Alexandria, VA, (Gilbert Holmes (Dean, Baltimore) and H.G. Prince (Associate Director, AALS), June 21, 2001.

Small Group Leader, “Teaching Critical Theory,” SALT Teaching Conference, Hosted by NYU Law School, New York City, NY, October 2000.

Presented Paper: “The Death of the Critical Race Theorist: Deconstructing CRT and the End of Race Consciousness,” on panel entitled: Critical Legal Race Theory 2000: Consciousness, Emotions, and Reawakening, at East of Law: Critical Legal Conference 2000, University of Helsinki, Faculty of Law, Helsinki, Finland, September 15-17, 2000.

Breakfast Panelists, Section on Minority Groups, AALS Workshop for New Law Teachers, AALS, Washington, DC, (with Charles Calleros (Arizona), Frank Wu (Howard), Angela Burton (Syracuse), Linda Greene (Wisconsin)) July 2000.

Panelist, Panel IV: Shifting the Traditional Historical Legal Paradigm: Identifying and Developing a New 21st Century Paradigm, Sixth Annual Mid-Atlantic People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference, Requiem for a Century to Renaissance: A Legal-Historical Critique of the Traditional Paradigm, hosted by Widener University School of Law, February 10-13, 2000.

Work-in-Progress Presenter, “The Death of Critical Race Theory: Deconstructing CRT and the End of Race Consciousness,” Sixth Annual Mid-Atlantic People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference, Requiem for a Century to Renaissance: A Legal-Historical Critique of the Traditional Paradigm, hosted by Widener University School of Law, February 10-13, 2000.