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

Prior to joining the Howard law faculty in 1994, Professor Robinson in 1991 taught at Whittier College, Los Angeles, California, and then he visited for one semester at the University of San Francisco (Fall 1993) and the University of Connecticut (Spring 1994). In Summer 1995, he taught in the CLEO Program at Howard University.

Professor Robinson recently published several articles, viz., “‘Expert Knowledge’: Introductory Comments on Race Consciousness” which will be published in the Boston Third World Law Journal (Fall 1999) as part of special symposium issue dedicated to the First National Meeting of the Regional People of Color Legal Scholarship Conferences which was held at John Marshall Law School in March 1999; and “The Shifting Race-Consciousness Matrix and the Multiracial Category Movement: A Critical Reply to Professor Hernandez” which will be publish in the Boston Third World Law Journal (Spring 2000), as the lead article; “Race Consciousness: A Mere Means of Preventing Escapes From the Control of Her White Master?”, in the Touro Law Review (Winter 1999); “Teaching From the Margins: Race as a Pedagogical Sub-text” in the Western New England Law Review (1997); “White Cultural Matrix and the Nonverbal Language of Housing Segregation: Toward an Aggregate Theory of Liability” in the Capital University Law Review (1996); “Race, Myth, and Narrative in the Social Construction of the Black Self” in the Howard Law Journal (1996); and “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” in the William and Mary Law Review (1995). He just completed a critical essay entitled “The Death of the Critical Race Theorist: Deconstructing CRT and the End of Race Consciousness” which he presented at the National Critical Race Theory held at Yale University in November 1997 and which he presented at the Birkbeck College, University of London, Department of Law at the Critical Legal Conference entitled “spectres of law: legal theory at the fin de siècle.” Since 1991, he has presented scholarly papers on more than ten occasions. For example, he presented a working paper on the social construction of fidelity and monogamy at the International Society of Family Law’s North American Regional Conference entitled “A More Perfect Union? Marriage and Marriage-like Relationships in Family Law” which was held in June 1998 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Professor Robinson is currently researching and writing several projects: Race Consciousness: Can Thick Legal Analysis Overcome this Hurdle to Liberation and Advancement, which he is writing for the John Marshall Law Review (forthcoming Fall 1999); Reparations: Disgorged of “Whiteness,” “Blackness,” and Race Consciousness: A Critical Essay (forthcoming 2000); The Social Construction of Fidelity in Marital and Committed Relationships: A New Age Discourse on Ethics and Legal Philosophy (forthcoming 2001). He is also planning book-length manuscripts on race and race consciousness.

Since entering legal academe, Professor Robinson has actively served the legal academic community. He recently served a Program Chair on the National Steering Committee for the First National Meeting of the Regional People of Color Legal Scholarship Conferences which was held in Chicago in March 1999. In 1994, he founded the Mid-Atlantic People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference, which held its first two annual meetings at the Howard Law School. From January 1994 to January 1997, he served on the Executive Committee of the Sections on Minorities, Association of American Law Schools. He also served as the Section’s Editor of its newsletter. In November 1995, he served as Co-Competition Administrator when Howard Law School hosted the Region III ABA Negotiation Competition, and in February 1996 he served as a negotiations coach for Howard’s team that competed in the final rounds of the ABA Negotiation Competition, Baltimore, Maryland. He recently traveled with Howard’s team to a ABA’s client counseling competition held at Widener University in Wilmington, Delaware, and since 1994, he has served as Co-Faculty Advisor of Howard Law School’s National Moot Court Competition.


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.