Robin Rachel Runge

Robin Runge
Professorial Lecturer in Law
2000 H Street, NW
Washington, District Of Columbia 20052
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Robin R. Runge is the Senior Gender Specialist in the Equality and Inclusion Department at the Solidarity Center and a professorial lecturer in law at The George Washington University Law School where she has taught Public Interest Lawyering and Domestic Violence Law since 2004, including in the clinical education program. Since 2003, she has consulted with non-profit organizations domestically and internationally to prevent and address gender-based violence including development of programs and policies to address domestic violence, sexual harassment, and sexual violence in the workplace and on campus. 

Prior to joining the staff of the Solidarity Center, Ms. Runge was the Director of Enforcement Policy and Procedures in the Wage and Hour Division and a Senior Policy Advisor in the Civil Rights Center at the U.S. Department of Labor. From 2009-2013, she was an assistant professor at the University of North Dakota School of Law where she taught in the Housing and Employment Law Clinic and Domestic Violence Law. In 2012-2013, Ms. Runge lived in Beijing, China as a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar studying the legal system response to domestic violence in China. From 2003 to 2009, she directed the American Bar Association Commission on Domestic Violence where she led efforts to expand civil legal assistance for victims of domestic violence nationally. Previously, Ms. Runge was Deputy Director and Coordinator of the Program on Women's Employment Rights (POWER) at the D.C. Employment Justice Center. Upon graduation from law school, she was awarded an Equal Justice Works Fellowship and created the Domestic Violence and Employment Project at the Legal Aid Society of San Francisco, one of the first programs in the country devoted exclusively to advocating for the employment rights of domestic violence victims. She is a graduate of The George Washington University Law School and Wellesley College.  

Ms. Runge is one of the pioneers in the field of gender-based violence and the workplace. She is an expert on the development of policies and laws domestically and internationally to address the impact of domestic violence, sexual violence, dating violence and stalking on women and the workplace. Ms. Runge has represented victims of domestic and sexual violence in employment law cases, developed model workplace policies on domestic violence, drafted federal, state and local legislation providing job-guaranteed leave from work for victims and prohibiting employment discrimination against employees who are victims. As a law professor, she has researched and written several articles about the intersection gender-based violence and employment. Ms. Runge is from Collinsville, Illinois and currently resides in Washington, D.C.‚Äč


BA, Wellesley College; JD, George Washington University