On February 28, 2020 in the Larry Walker Room of Rusk Hall, in remembrance of his life and contributions to civil rights, the University of Georgia School of Law hosted an event in honor of alumnus Robert E. “Robbie” Robinson (J.D. ‘74). At the event a short documentary film was shown followed by a panel discussion moderated by students including individuals who knew Robinson well.


Robinson was a beloved civil rights attorney and city alderman in Savannah, GA known for his work in the community and service to numerous indigent clients. A community leader and activist, Robinson served on the executive board and as counsel for the NAACP and was an influential leader in the fight for school desegregation in Savannah. On December 18, 1989, Robinson was tragically killed by a mail bomb that was sent to his Savannah office.

To honor his legacy, the School of Law has established the Robinson Scholars Program, which benefits underrepresented student populations with ties to Georgia and a passion for public interest law. The law school welcomed its inaugural class of Robinson Scholars at the beginning of this academic year.

At the upcoming event, we hope to glean a more intimate understanding of Robinson’s life and work from the Robinson family, who will join us as our guests of honor. We hope to see you there.

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