The Catholic University of America



Sandra H. Robinson, Class of 1982,
to Receive University Alumni Achievement Award


Catholic University law school graduate Sandra H. Robinson, 1982, is among eight highly successful professionals to be honored with the 2010 Catholic University Alumni Achievement Award.
On Saturday, April 17, from 12:30 to 3 p.m., "A Cardinal Celebration" luncheon will recognize distinguished Catholic University alumni from all walks of life. The luncheon and award ceremony will take place in the Great Room of the Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center.
Robinson, a senior trial attorney at the law firm of Jack H. Olender & Associates, PC, handles catastrophic medical malpractice and personal injury cases. She has settled or won at trial malpractice cases in the six- and seven-figure range; in a single year she won more than $20 million in jury awards on behalf of victims of malpractice.
She has served as president of the Civil Justice Foundation and was the first African-American president of the Public Justice Foundation. She currently serves on the Board of Governors of the American Association for Justice (AAJ).
“I can think of no one more deserving of this honor than Sandra Robinson,” said Veryl V. Miles, dean of The Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law. “She has been a friend and supporter of the law school, and she embodies the best of what it means to be a lawyer of competence, compassion and character.”
Robinson is past president of the Women's Bar Association Foundation, and past president of the Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, D.C. She is one of five attorneys at the Olender firm and the first woman ever to have been elected to that post. She has held numerous leadership positions including co-chair of the National Bar Association's Trial Advocacy Section, program coordinator of the National Association of Black Women Attorneys and a master in the Charlotte E. Ray American Inn of Court, which promotes the ethical and professional development of lawyers. Robinson has also served on the faculty of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy.
In 2003, Robinson was honored as a "Star of the Bar" by the Women's Bar Association of the District of Columbia for her outstanding skills as a trial lawyer and her service to the community. She is listed in the Best Lawyers in America and was recently honored as a Washington, D.C. Super Lawyer and one of the Top 50 Women Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers by Law & Politics Magazine.
She has coached moot court teams in the D.C. Street Law Program, mentored students interested in the practice of law, participated in annual Law Day programs in the public schools, and supported other public interest efforts. In addition, she has lectured at high schools, colleges, law schools, and medical schools on medicine and the law.