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Judge Julie Robinson

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Judge Julie Robinson
  • First African-American woman to be appointed as a U.S. District Judge in Kansas
  • Received the Kansas Dr. M. L. King Jr. Memorial Committee's Woman of Distinction Award

Judge Julie Robinson is a fourth generation Kansan, devoted Jayhawk and respected jurist. She graduated from the University of Kansas in 1978 with a degree in journalism then went on to attend the KU School of Law. She has taken the KU spirit with her in every step of her career. Her nominator, Deanell Tacha, Dean of Pepperdine University School of Law, said that “Judge Robinson is a woman leader who has carried the banner of the crimson and blue with humility and the highest standard of leadership.”

After graduating from law school in 1981, Judge Robinson was a law clerk for U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Benjamin E. Franklin from 1981 to 1983. She then became an Assistant U.S. Attorney for 10 years, handling civil and criminal cases. When Judge Franklin died, Judge Robinson was appointed to fill his vacancy on the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Kansas, where she served for eight years.

In 2001, President George W. Bush appointed Judge Robinson to the United States District Court for the District of Kansas—making her the first African American woman to serve on this court.

Judge Robinson has always remained close to her alma mater. While serving as Assistant U.S. Attorney she taught trial practice courses to KU law students. Later, Judge Robinson served on the KU School of Law Board of Governors and still serves on the Admissions subcommittee. She has also served as a member of the Emily Taylor Center for Women and Gender Equity.

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