Hofstra Law Faculty

Robin Charlow

Professor of Law


JD, 1981, Cornell Univ; AB, 1971, Vassar College


Professor Charlow graduated with honors from both Vassar College and Cornell Law School and is a member of the Order of the Coif. She teaches, writes and lectures primarily in the areas of constitutional and criminal law, with scholarly articles appearing in the Stanford, Cornell, and Texas Law Reviews and numerous media appearances. She has been recognized by students for her teaching contributions.

Prior to coming to Hofstra, Professor Charlow was law clerk to the Honorable Richard J. Cardamone of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, appellate counsel in the Federal Defender Services Unit, a senior legislative analyst for the New York City Office of Management and Budget, and a full-time consultant to the National Advisory Committee of Federal Public and Community Defenders to fulfill that group's statutory responsibility to assist in the initial development of the Federal Sentencing Guidelines. Since joining the Hofstra faculty, she has served on various committees of the National Board of the American Civil Liberties Union and on the Executive Committee of the Association of American Law Schools Section on Criminal Law and Procedure.

Curriculum Vitae


Batson "Blame" and Its Implications for Equal Protection Analysis, 97 Iowa L. Rev. 102 (2012).

America's Constitutional Rule of Law: Structure and Symbol, Chapter 7 in The Rule of Law in Comparative Perspective, Volume 3, Ius Gentium: Comparative Perspectives on Law and Justice (M. Sellers & T. Tomaszewski eds., Springer Science and Business Media 2010).

The Effect of Race-based Jury Nullification on Batson, in Paul H. Robinson, Stephen P. Garvey & Kimberly K. Ferzan, Criminal Law Conversations 572 (Oxford University Press 2009).

Negotiating Sex: Would it Work?, in Paul H. Robinson, Stephen P. Garvey & Kimberly K. Ferzan, Criminal Law Conversations 310 (Oxford University Press 2009).

The Elusive Meaning of Religious Equality, 83 Wash. U. L.Q. 1529 (2005).

Bad Acts in Search of a Mens Rea:  Anatomy of a Rape, 71 Fordham L. Rev. 263 (2002).

Free Speech in the Sky, Newsday (August 2002); reprinted in Jeanne Fahnestock and Marie Secon, A Rhetoric of Argument (3d ed. McGraw-Hill Cos., Inc.).

Tolerating Deception and Discrimination After Batson, 50 Stanford L. Rev. 9 (1997).

Judicial Review, Equal Protection, and the Problem with Plebiscites, 79 Cornell L. Rev. 527 (1994).

Wilful Ignorance and Criminal Culpability, 70 Texas L. Rev. 1351 (1992); reprinted in full in Criminal Practice Law Review (Summer 1993).

International Legal, Political and Military Questions, in Electric Power From Orbit: A Critique of a Satellite Power System, 1981 Report of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Solar Power Satellite Systems, Chapter 5.

Law Partnerships and Corporations, materials published by the New York State Bar Association's Continuing Legal Education Division (1979-1980).