Robyn Powell

Robyn Powell

Bruce R. Jacob Visiting Assistant Professor

B.S. Bridgewater State University
M.A., Brandeis University
J.D., Suffolk University Law School
Ph.D., Brandeis University

Phone: 727-562-7616
Email: [email protected]
Office: DA-222

Disability law, Public Health Law, and Torts

Robyn Powell joined Stetson University College of Law in August 2020 as a Bruce R. Jacob Visiting Assistant Professor, where she teaches Disability Law, Torts, and Public Health Law.

As a disabled woman, Dr. Powell has dedicated her career to advancing the rights of people with disabilities. Before coming to Stetson Law, Dr. Powell was a Research Associate at the Lurie Institute for Disability Policy at Brandeis University. For nearly five years, Dr. Powell served as an Attorney-Advisor at the National Council on Disability (NCD), an independent federal agency that advises the President and Congress on matters concerning people with disabilities. Previously, she served as the Disability Rights Program Manager at the Equal Rights Center, Assistant Director for Policy and Advocacy at the Disability Policy Consortium, and Staff Attorney at Greater Boston Legal Services. While in law school, Dr. Powell interned for both the NCD and the Disability Law Center, the Massachusetts Protection & Advocacy agency.

Dr. Powell is one of the country’s foremost authorities on the rights of parents with disabilities. She is the principal author of NCD’s Rocking the Cradle: Ensuring the Rights of Parents with Disabilities and their Children. Dr. Powell has written and presented extensively on the rights, needs, and experiences of parents with disabilities and has been interviewed by various news outlets, including NPR, BBC, ABC News, the Daily Beast, and the Associated Press. In May 2016, Dr. Powell was an invited speaker at the White House Forum on Civil Rights of Parents with Disabilities.

Featured Publications

Additional publications are available on SSRN.

Applying the Health Justice Framework to Address Health and Health Care Inequities Experienced by People with Disabilities During and After COVID-19

This Article extends the existing scholarship about COVID-19 and disabled people by positioning it within the health justice framework and proposing normative legal and policy solutions to address deeply entrenched inequities that will affect disabled people during the pandemic and beyond.

The Americans with Disabilities Act and Termination of Parental Rights Cases: An Examination of Appellate Decisions Involving Mothers with Disabilities

This Article includes an empirical study of 2,064 appellate termination of parental rights decisions decided between 2006 and 2016 that involved mothers with disabilities. This is the first study to conduct quantitative analyses to identify factors that predict whether the ADA is raised or applied.

Dr. Powell’s scholarship focuses on the intersection of disability law and reproductive justice, health law, family law, and public policy. Her legal and social science scholarship is widely-cited and well-known as providing leading, insightful, and reflective analysis of issues related to people with disabilities. Dr. Powell’s worked has appeared, or is forthcoming, Washington Law Review, Tulane Law Review, Missouri Law Review, Virginia Law Review Online, Yale Law & Policy Review, Stanford Law & Policy Review, Minnesota Journal of Law & Inequality, William & Mary Journal of Race, Gender, and Social Justice, CUNY Law Review, and leading peer-reviewed social science journals. Much of her scholarship is available on SSRN.