JPS’ General Counsel, Erika D. Robinson, is a skillful, thoughtful and collaborative education attorney, who has provided strategic advice and counsel to K-12 school districts, higher educational institutions, and school leaders throughout her career.
As a litigation associate in the education practice group of Gregory, Doyle, Calhoun & Rogers, Ms. Robinson advised several school districts and boards of education in Georgia on issues related to the development and revision of board policies, student discipline, special education, and employment matters. She also represented the firm’s education clients in litigation and administrative matters. Thereafter, as executive director of the Office of Diversity and Equity Compliance for Georgia Gwinnett College, Ms. Robinson oversaw investigations related to claims of discrimination in violation of Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Title XI of the Education Amendments of 1972. Ms. Robinson also managed the college’s Equal Education Opportunity (EEO) compliance process for students, faculty, staff, administrators and third parties regarding the complainant’s and college’s respective rights and responsibilities concerning EEO matters, harassment and other discriminatory behaviors.
Immediately prior to joining the Jackson Public Schools, Ms. Robinson was the associate general counsel for the largest school district in Tennessee and its principal legal advisor on human resources, policy development and interpretation, individuals with disabilities in education act (IDEA) matters, and First Amendment issues.
Ms. Robinson earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law, a Master of Education from Ohio University, and a Bachelor of Political Science from Agnes Scott College. In addition to her legal experience, Ms. Robinson has multifaceted competencies as a diversity and inclusion practitioner. While practicing law, she earned an executive certificate in strategic diversity and inclusion from Georgetown University and a certified affirmative action professional (CAAP) certification through the American Association for Access, Equity and Diversity. Active in the American Bar Association (ABA) since she was a law student, Ms. Robinson has served in several leadership roles, including as a commissioner on the ABA’s Diversity & Inclusion 360 Commission, which analyzed the state of diversity and inclusion in the legal profession, judicial system, and ABA with the goal of formulating methods, policies, standards, and best practices to advance diversity and inclusion. Ms. Robinson also is an active member of other voluntary bar associations and community service organizations.
As the district’s chief legal officer, Ms. Robinson provides adept guidance and leadership to overcome legal barriers, reduce or mitigate risk and exposure, and educate stakeholders in key areas of the law affecting Jackson Public Schools and manages the district’s legal department.