“I think the way forward is to have people come together and talk about how we live together as one America again. The law is a powerful tool for positive change.” - Robin Fretwell Wilson

Robin Fretwell Wilson is the Associate Dean for Public Engagement and the Roger and Stephany Joslin Professor of Law at the University of Illinois College of Law and the author of eleven books. Professor Wilson has ranked among the Top Ten Family Law Scholars in the United States for scholarly impact in each ranking done by the Leiter Report since 2010 and directs the College of Law’s Epstein Health Law & Policy Program and its Family Law & Policy Program. Professor Wilson also founded and directs the Tolerance Means Dialogues and the Fairness for All Initiative, both which are made possible with private philanthropic support. Professor Wilson chairs the substance abuse disorder working group of the system-wide institute of government and public affairs at the University of Illinois, and is a founding member of the genomic security and privacy theme of the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. A member of the American Law Institute, Professor Wilson has thrice been honored for her work with lawmakers on innovative laws that address thorny questions, such as how to mesh LGBT rights with protections for religious belief and practice.


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