ROBIN STEPHENS, Esq.
                        P.O. Box 9004, Denver, CO 80209 ♦ (303) 733-9191 ♦ robin@robinstephensesq.com


EDUCATION
University of Denver College of Law
J.D., Dec. 2002
Civil Litigation Clinic - Outstanding Student Attorney, 2002-2003
Charles Johnson Scholarship, 1999, 2002
Frankel Scholarship, 2000

Portland State University
Master of Urban Studies, 1984
Full Scholarship, 1981-1983
Research Assistant, 1981-1983
Rita Deiringer Urban Studies Award, 1983

Linfield College
B.A., Political Science/Psychology, 1981
American Association of University Women (AAUW) Woman of the Year, 1981

EXPERIENCE

4/2003-present     Contract Attorney, Fox & Robertson, P.C., Denver, Colorado
                            ●Research and writing on a variety of disability rights cases.

4/1998-10/2003   Law Clerk. Colorado Cross Disability Coalition, Denver, Colorado
                            ● Assisted General Counsel in conducting research, preparing for litigation, and

                            working with volunteers regarding Americans with Disabilities Act Title III cases.

8/2003-12/2003  Student Law Clinic, University of Denver College of Law, Denver, Colorado
                            ●Represented client in state court, wrote and filed motions, argued motion in court,

                            prepared for trial. Assisted other students with their clients and court work.

9/2000-12/2000   Legal Internships in Washington D.C. Department of Justice, Disability Rights
                            Section; and Health and Human Services, Office of Civil Rights
                            ● Interned at two government agencies. Did legal research/writing for disability policy

                            and litigation; wrote jury instructions; analyzed complaints; investigated potential

                            lawsuit.

6/2000-8/2000    Public Interest Law Clerkship Colorado Cross Disability Coalition, Denver,

                           Colorado
                            ● Researched Medicaid home health appeals process; assisted with federal

                            summary judgment motion in fair housing case and Title III case.

1/2000-5/2000    Social Security Legal Internship Henry Feldman, Esq., Denver, Colorado
                            ● Assisted two clients in their administrative hearing appeal to obtain or retain Social

                            Security benefits, learned Social Security law.

6/1999-8/1999    Civil Rights Legal Intern Fox & Robertson, P.C., Denver, Colorado
                            ● Investigated and drafted national class action complaint against inaccessible gas

                            station chain which was ultimately successful; researched issues related to attorneys’

                            fees.

1984-present    Community Organizer ADAPT/Not Dead Yet
                        ● Coordinated logistical and strategic aspects of numerous advocacy efforts; consulted on

                        civil rights compliance; developed advocacy materials; trained and supervised organizers;

                        provided advocacy support at national, state and local levels; coordinated filing and

                        settlement of 20 pro se Americans with Disabilities Act, Title III lawsuits.

5/1995-5/1996 Project Director AssisTech Advocates, Denver, Colorado
                    ● Designed and obtained multi-year assistive technology grant providing advocacy and

                    education. Managed staff and $75,000 budget; conducted outreach; trained and supervised

                    peer advocates; planned and carried out all activities, including bilingual program.

10/1989-11/1990 Program Coordinator State of Washington, Governor's Committee on Disability

                            Issues
                    ● Staffed 60-member committee and several subcommittees; prepared communications;

                    organized meetings; recorded minutes; reviewed and tracked disability-related bills through

                    legislature; wrote legislative updates; answered public’s questions; conducted study for

                    legislature regarding access to higher education.

11/1987-5/1989 Manager of Programs and Services Capital District Center for Independence,

                        Albany, New York.
                ● Supervised all aspects of 11 programs; collected and organized statistics; wrote grants;

                trained staff; developed new programs; assisted director in all duties.

10/1984-9/1987 Project Director Employability Support Network, Portland, Oregon.
                ● Authored and obtained three-year federal grant; hired, trained, and supervised 21 part-time

                staff; managed $100,000 budget; organized workshops; problem-solved; developed

                handbooks; evaluated and reported data.

1/1984-12/1984 Project Director Educational Equity Network, Portland, Oregon.
                ● Secured agency sponsorship for innovative one-year federal grant; coordinated and

                developed training; chaired workshops and meetings; developed bibliography and curriculum.

SELECTED VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES

Member, Organizing Committee, first Queer Disability Conference, 2002
IDEAS Fellowship (Researched disabled women's leadership during Beijing conference), 1995
Mayor's Gay and Lesbian Task Force, 1994-1996
DRACH, a national disability housing group, 1996-1999
Chinook Fund Board, Vice-President, 1991-1998
National Funding Exchange Board, 1996- 1998
Member, ADA Transportation Regulations Committee, 1991

 

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