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Robin Walker Sterling

Criminal Defense Clinic
Law School Clinical Program

Assistant Professor

Law School Clinical Program

Robin Walker Sterling is a graduate of Yale College and New York University School of Law, where she was a Root-Tilden-Kern Scholar, and Georgetown University Law Center, where she earned an L.L.M. in Clinical Advocacy. Following law school, she clerked for Judge Emmet G. Sullivan of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. She then served as the Stuart-Stiller Teaching Fellow in the E. Barrett Prettyman Fellows program at Georgetown University Law Center, representing adults and children charged with criminal offenses in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia while supervising third-year law students in the Juvenile Justice Clinic. Professor Walker Sterling then worked as a staff attorney in the trial division of the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia (PDS), representing adults and children charged with criminal and delinquency offenses. Professor Walker Sterling followed her tenure at PDS with a position as a Supervising Attorney at the Children’s Law Center, where she trained and supervised guardians ad litem handling dependency, adoption, and guardianship cases. For the last three years, Professor Walker Sterling has worked as the Special Counsel with the National Juvenile Defender Center, a juvenile defense policy advocacy organization in Washington, D.C.

Professor Walker Sterling’s research and teaching interests include clinical advocacy, criminal law, and juvenile justice. Professor Walker Sterling’s current work in progress explores extending the right to a jury trial to juveniles facing delinquency proceedings.

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Featured Publications

  • Juvenile Life without Parole and Juvenile Sex Offender Registration: Two Sides of the Same Unconstitutional Coin, 82 University of Chicago Law Review ____ (forthcoming 2015).
  • Defense Attorney Resistance, 99 Iowa Law Review 2245 (2014).
  • Fundamental Unfairness: In re Gault and the Road Not Taken, 72 Maryland Law Review (April 2013).
  • “Children Are Different:” Implicit Bias, Rehabilitation, and the “New” Juvenile Jurisprudence, 46 Loyola Los Angeles Law Review 1019 (2013).
  • A Broken Shield: A Plea for Formality in the Juvenile Justice System, 13 University of Maryland Journal of Race, Rreligion, Gender and Class 237 (2013).