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Jeffery Robinson

Rappaport Distinguished Visiting Professor


Jeffery Robinson is the founder and CEO of The Who We Are Project, a non-profit organization working to expose and promote the historical truths of anti-Black racism in the United States. Since graduating from Harvard Law School in 1981, Robinson has four decades of experience working on criminal and racial justice issues as a public defender, in private practice for 27 years, and then at the ACLU as a deputy legal director and the Director of the ACLU’s Trone Center for Justice and Equality. On March 31, 2021, Jeffery left the ACLU to launch The Who We Are Project.

Robinson is a faculty member of the National Criminal Defense College. He is a past President of the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and a winner of that Association’s prestigious William O. Douglas Award. He is a lifetime member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. In addition to being a nationally recognized trial attorney and respected teacher of trial advocacy, Robinson teaches our true history of anti-Black racism across the United States. One of his lectures, “Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America,” forms the basis of the feature-length documentary of the same name.