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Profession

Category:
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
Law Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Grilled Haddock
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
I Can Do All Things Through Christ That Strengthens Me.

Birthplace

Born:
3/8/1956
Birth Location:
Chicago, Illinois

Profession

Category:
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
Law Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Grilled Haddock
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
I Can Do All Things Through Christ That Strengthens Me.

Birthplace

Born:
3/8/1956
Birth Location:
Chicago
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Biography

Law Professor Dorothy E. Roberts was born in 1956. In 1977, she graduated from Yale College, magna cum laude, where she was also elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Three years later, in 1980, Roberts graduated from Harvard Law School with her J.D., and for the next year she served as a law clerk for Hon. Constance Baker Motley in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. After her admission to the New York State Bar in 1981, Roberts worked as an associate in the law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison until 1988.

From 1998 to 1994, Roberts was an Associate Professor of Law at Rutgers University School of Law-Newark, and from 1994 to 1998, she was a Professor of Law. While there, she served as the Faculty Graduation Speaker in both 1992 and 1996; visiting Associate Professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1994; fellow at the Harvard University Program in Ethics and the Professions from 1994 to 1995; and as visiting professor at Northwestern University School of Law in 1997. In 1998, she joined the faculty of Northwestern School of Law with a joint appointment as a faculty fellow at the Institute for Policy Research; in 2002, she was named the Kirkland & Ellis Professor at the Northwestern University School of Law. While at Northwestern, Roberts served as visiting professor at Stanford Law School in 1998; as a Fulbright Fellow at the Centre for Gender and Development Studies at the University of the West Indies, Trinidad & Tobago from 2002 to 2003; and as the Bacon-Kilkenny Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Fordham University School of Law in 2006.

Recipient of the 1998 Radcliffe Graduate Society Medal and the 1999 Freedom of Choice Award from the Chicago Abortion Fund, Roberts published her first book, Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning of Liberty, in 1997. The book earned her a 1998 Myers Center Award for the Study of Human Rights in North America. In 2001, she published her second book, Shattered Bonds: The Color Of Child Welfare, which received research awards from the Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community and the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children. Recipient of the 2007 Leadership Award from the Chicago Legal Advocacy for Incarcerated Mothers, in 2009 Roberts earned the Family Defender Award from the Family Defense Center and the YWomen Leadership Award from the YWCA Evanston/North Shore.

Roberts was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on August 27, 2010.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Dorothy Roberts lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Dorothy Roberts describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Dorothy Roberts describes her mother's education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Dorothy Roberts talks about her Jamaican ancestry
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Dorothy Roberts describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Dorothy Roberts describes her father's personality and interests
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Dorothy Roberts recalls her father's study of interracial marriage
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Dorothy Roberts describes her grandparents' reactions to her parents' interracial marriage
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Dorothy Roberts recalls her father's education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Dorothy Roberts describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Dorothy Roberts recalls her home inChicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Dorothy Roberts remembers her family's activities
  • Tape: 1 Story: 14 - Dorothy Roberts recalls her home life
  • Tape: 1 Story: 15 - Dorothy Roberts describes the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 1 Story: 16 - Dorothy Roberts remembers Beulah Shoesmith Elementary School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Dorothy Roberts recalls the influence of her teachers at Beulah Shoesmith Elementary School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Dorothy Roberts recalls her early interest in academics
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Dorothy Roberts lists her sisters
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Dorothy Roberts describes her early political activism
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Dorothy Roberts talks about her family's time in Egypt
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Dorothy Roberts recalls her family's move to Evanston, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Dorothy Roberts recalls her experiences at Evanston Township High School in Evanston, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Dorothy Roberts recalls her early aspirations
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Dorothy Roberts recalls her activities at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Dorothy Roberts describes her peers at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Dorothy Roberts recalls her activism at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Dorothy Roberts recalls her classmate, Hugh Gross
  • Tape: 2 Story: 13 - Dorothy Roberts talks about the development of her research and writing skills
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Dorothy Roberts recalls her decision to attend the Harvard Law School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Dorothy Roberts recalls her involvement in the National Black Law Students Association
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Dorothy Roberts describes her classmates at the Harvard Law School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Dorothy Roberts recalls her clerkship under Judge Constance Baker Motley
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Dorothy Roberts recalls her experience clerking for Constance Baker Motley
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Dorothy Roberts recalls a trademark case at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Dorothy Roberts remembers the case of Moe v. Dinkins
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Dorothy Roberts talks about the role of legal clerks
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Dorothy Roberts recalls joining the law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton and Garrison LLP
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Dorothy Roberts describes her casework at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton and Garrison LLP
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Dorothy Roberts talks about her family
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Dorothy Roberts recalls the development of her interest in reproductive rights
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Dorothy Roberts recalls teaching at the Rutgers Law School in Newark, New Jersey
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Dorothy Roberts recalls teaching at the Northwestern University School of Law in Evanston, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Dorothy Roberts describes her article on black reproductive rights in the Harvard Law Review
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Dorothy Roberts talks about her book, 'Killing the Black Body'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Dorothy Roberts describes her scholarship on reproductive justice
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Dorothy Roberts recalls her fellowship from the Harvard Program in Ethics and the Professions
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Dorothy Roberts recalls her visiting professorship at the University of Pennsylvania Law School
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Dorothy Roberts describes her research at Northwestern University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Dorothy Roberts describes her research on the child welfare system
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Dorothy Roberts describes her research on biomedicine
  • Tape: 4 Story: 12 - Dorothy Roberts describes the myths about the biology of race
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Dorothy Roberts talks about the definition of race
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Dorothy Roberts talks about the perpetuation of racial inequality
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Dorothy Roberts talks about racial discrimination in the foster care system
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Dorothy Roberts recalls her position as the Kirkland and Ellis professor at Northwestern University School of Law
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Dorothy Roberts remembers her Fulbright Fellowship
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Dorothy Roberts recalls her research on gender with Rhoda Reddock
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Dorothy Roberts describes her time as the Bacon Kilkenny Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law at the Fordham University Law School
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Dorothy Roberts describes her involvement with the film 'Silent Choices'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Dorothy Roberts reflects upon her career
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Dorothy Roberts shares her advice to future generations
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Dorothy Roberts reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Dorothy Roberts describes her hopes for the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Dorothy Roberts reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Dorothy Roberts reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Dorothy Roberts reflects upon her family
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Dorothy Roberts shares a message to her children
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Dorothy Roberts reflects upon her faith
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Dorothy Roberts narrates her photographs