Royal Oak, Michigan
Before joining the firm, Robin served as a law clerk for the Hon. Judith E. Levy of the Eastern District of Michigan. And prior to clerking for Judge Levy, Robin clerked for the Hon. Michael H. Dolinger, Magistrate Judge, Southern District of New York.
A native of Baltimore and a third-generation woman lawyer, Robin graduated from DePaul University College of Law in 2014, summa cum laude and Order of the Coif, with a certificate in public interest law. During law school she received a scholarship from the Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago to intern at Lambda Legal after her 1L year, and she received a scholarship from the Public Interest Law Association of Chicago to intern at the ACLU of Illinois after her second year of law school. Robin was a staff member of the DePaul Law Review and authored, “Are Gay Rights Clearly Established? The Problem with the Qualified Immunity Doctrine,” 63 DePaul L. Rev. 869 (2014).
Before finally accepting the fact that she needed to follow in her mother and her grandmother’s footsteps, Robin’s career path was in academia. For many years she worked in higher education administration as an associate dean, dean, and vice president at various institutions. She has been responsible for new curriculum development at both non-profit and for-profit colleges, directed study abroad programs in Asia, and conducted strategic planning at the University of Chicago. She also developed educational programs at the Field Museum in Chicago, where she became a self-professed dinosaur dork. (Her favorite is Archaeopteryx, but you’ll have to ask her why.)
Robin’s undergraduate degree is in East Asian Studies from Princeton University, and she earned her Ph.D. in East Asian Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University. Robin is fluent in Mandarin and while she doesn’t have much opportunity to use her Chinese at the moment, during law school she volunteered as an interpreter for the Chinatown Legal aid clinic in Chicago and the National Immigrant Justice Center.
Robin and her wife Sharon live in Ann Arbor, where Sharon is Professor and Chair of Architecture Programs at the University of Michigan. They enjoy playing golf together and traveling the world. Their recent adventures include Berlin & Prague, southwest China, and Greece.