Reginald L. Robinson served as President & CEO of the Kansas Board of Regents from October 2002 through June 2010. Prior to his appointment as CEO, he served for four years jointly as Chief of Staff to the University of Kansas (KU) Chancellor and as a Visiting Associate Professor in the KU School of Law, where he taught civil rights and criminal law courses. Professor Robinson also taught, among other courses, torts, civil rights, and local government law at KU School of Law from 1988-1993. As a faculty member, he was the first two-time winner of the Frederick Moreau Award for Student Counseling and Advising.
Professor Robinson joined the U.S. Department of Justice in 1993 as a White House Fellow, and in that capacity served as a Special Assistant to Attorney General Janet Reno. Following his fellowship, he was appointed to a number of senior executive posts. As Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Justice Programs (OJP) he led the Attorney General's effort to coordinate the Department's involvement in a number of community-based public safety initiatives, including Project PACT (Pulling America's Communities Together), Operation Weed and Seed, and the Clinton Administration's Empowerment Zone Initiative. He also led the Department's effort to implement the 1994 Crime Act's Drug Courts Program.
After two years at OJP, Professor Robinson was appointed Deputy Associate Attorney General of the United States, where he was a key advisor to the Associate Attorney General (DOJ's third-ranking official) on environmental, civil rights, and justice programs matters. His work on a proposed victims' rights amendment to the United States Constitution led to an appointment as Acting Director of the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), the federal government's lead agency for addressing issues facing the nation's crime victims.
Prior to attending law school Professor Robinson served four years as a field artillery officer in the United States Army and was honorably discharged at the rank of Captain. While in law school, he was Editor in Chief of the University of Kansas Law Review. Upon graduation Professor Robinson was a law clerk to Judge Deanell R. Tacha, of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.
In 1999, President Clinton appointed Professor Robinson to the President's Commission on White House Fellowships, where he served for two years as the Commission's youngest member. Kansas Governor Bill Graves appointed him to both the Kansas Children's Cabinet and the Kansas Advisory Group on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. He also serves on the boards for the Vera Institute of Justice, the Rand Corporation, the National Crime Prevention Council, and the National Organization for Victims Assistance.
Professor Robinson is the Director of the Center for Law and Government.
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