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Thena Robinson Mock

Adjunct Professor of Law


Thena Robinson Mock is an adjunct professor of law at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, teaching Education Justice & Civil Rights Seminar, a course that will introduce students to education and civil rights law and policy that are the foundation for civil rights protections in K-12 public education. Students will explore racial & social justice issues in K-12 education policy such as school segregation, the school-to-prison pipeline, and ways that law students can pursue meaningful careers in social justice & public interest.

Prof. Robinson Mock is a civil rights and community lawyer with over a decade of experience in racial justice advocacy.  Prof. Robinson Mock served as Director of Advancement Project’s Opportunity to Learn Program that supports local and state-based campaigns to end the criminalization of students of color, Black girls, and LGBTQ youth of color. Her work also challenged school privatization policies that fueled education inequity. Prof. Robinson Mock also served as Executive Director of Rethink, a youth organizing and leadership development organization based in New Orleans and served as a Staff Attorney for the New Orleans office of the Southern Poverty Law Center where she worked to end Louisiana’s school-to-prison pipeline. Prof. Robinson Mock currently serves as Program Officer of the Communities for Just Schools Fund, a donor collaborative that supports grassroots community organizing groups working to advance education justice campaigns.

Prof. Robinson Mock is originally from Richmond, Virginia. She is a graduate of Hampton University and Loyola University New Orleans College of Law.  Prof. Robinson Mock was named as the Fall 2015 Northeastern University School of Law Daynard Public Interest Fellow, a program for distinguished public interest practitioners. She was also featured in the 2015 documentary, “Prison Kids,” an investigate documentary about youth justice in America. She provides frequent commentary in the media around civil rights, racial justice, education policy, and school policing and has appeared on MSNBC, CNN, NPR, and various radio shows.