Marietta S. Robinson was confirmed yesterday by the United States Senate to serve on the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Robinson was nominated by President Obama in January 2012.
Robinson has practiced as a trial attorney for 33 years, handling a wide variety of complex litigation for both plaintiffs and defendants. She is also a Fellow of the International Society of Barristers, a position she has held since 1994, and served as its first female president from 2010 to 2011. In 2011, Robinson served as independent legal counsel to the Chair of the United Nations Peacebuilding Commission in Liberia.
Previously, Robinson served for eight years as a federally-appointed trustee of the Dalkon Shield Trust, which disbursed over $2.4 billion to more than 300,000 claimants in over 120 countries. She is a Fellow in American Bar Foundation and Michigan Bar, and in 2000 was a candidate for the Michigan Supreme Court. In 2009, Robinson was an appointed member of the Judicial Advisory Committee for the Eastern District of Michigan and from 1985 to 1989 she served on the Michigan State Building Authority. She also served as a member of the Michigan State Bar Representative Assembly. Robinson earned her J.D. from the UCLA School of Law. She is the wife of the late James K. Robinson, a former president of NAFUSA and assistant attorney general in charge of the Criminal Division.