Natasha L. Robinson, J.D., Lecturer in the Department of Government, Law and Justice, has been a licensed attorney specializing in the area of criminal defense for twenty years, having worked as an assistant public defender for the Law Office of Cook County Public Defender for twelve years.
While an assistant public defender, Natasha noticed several trends that left a negative impact on her clients. Her passion to provide information and education to others (young people in particular) about criminal justice and the legal system led her from the courtroom to the classroom. Natasha went on to be the head of the Law and Public Safety Academy, a four-year pre-law honors program at Hirsch High School and Al Raby School for Community and Environment, both of which are Chicago Public High Schools.
As a lecturer, Natasha brings her passion for law and education to higher education, teaching students about criminal justice and creating professional connections for students who wish to pursue criminal justice in graduate courses or in careers. Natasha's aim is to educate students about the theory and everyday practice of criminal justice as well as to showcase "law in action", aligning coursework and service to the social justice mission of Roosevelt University.