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Robinson, Julie A.

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Judge 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

On December 14, 2001, Judge Robinson was appointed by President George W. Bush as the United States District Judge for the District of Kansas. A trailblazer in her field, Judge Robinson is the first African-American woman to be appointed to this U.S. District Judge in Kansas. Before this appointment, Robinson served as a U.S. Bankruptcy Judge in the District of Kansas, a Judge on the Tenth Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Pan-el, and an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the District of Kansas.

Judge Robinson has received numerous awards for her work, including commendations from the Secret Service, the Kansas Dr. M.L. King Jr. Memorial Committee’s Women of Distinction Award, the Baker University Trustee Medallion for Distinguished Public Service Award, and the National Bar Association’s Wiley A. Branton Symposium Award.

It is easy to see that Judge Robinson is truly a Jayhawk through and through. Robinson received both her B.A. and her J.D. from the University of Kansas. Before her current appointment, Judge Robinson taught trial practice courses to KU law students. Additionally, she has served on the KU School of Law Board of Governors as President and on various committees. Her colleagues say that she “has carried the banner of the crimson and blue with humility and the highest standard of leadership.”

A nominator says of Judge Robinson, “As a judge, Judge Robinson models the highest standards of integrity, intellectual rigor, fair treatment, and considered, thoughtful handling of the people and the legal issues that come before her court. Throughout her legal career she has upheld the highest standards of the profession and modeled professional excellence for the many lawyers who have worked with her and appeared in her court.”

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