Emeritus Professor Robert J. Levy is an internationally known scholar in the areas of family law and of children and the law. He teaches family law, divorce negotiation, criminal law, and a criminal law sentencing workshop for visiting judges and students funded by the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation. In 1989, he became the first Dorsey & Whitney Professor of Law. He also was the Julius E. Davis Professor of Law for 1984-85. In 1996, he received the William L. Prosser Professorship at the Law School.
Professor Levy received a B.A. degree from Kenyon College. He graduated, magna cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he was a Senior Editor of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review and a member of the Order of the Coif. He joined the Law School faculty in 1959, after serving as a trial attorney for the Department of Justice.
He was the Ida Beam Visiting Professor at the University of Iowa Law School in 1979, a visiting distinguished scholar at Brooklyn Law School in 1988, and a summer visitor at University of Texas School of Law in 1969. He has visited at the St. Louis University Law School, has been a visiting scholar at the American Bar Foundation, a visiting lecturer at Fudan University Law School, People's Republic of China, and at Uppsala University in Sweden. In 1967-68, he was a Fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences in California and, in 1978, a lecturer at the Seminar on American Law and Legal Institutions in Austria. From 1967 to 1970, Professor Levy was the Reporter for the Uniform Marriage and Divorce Act.
He is a member of the American Law Institute, an advisor to the Institute's Project on Domestic Relations, a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, and a member of the Council of the American Bar Association's Family Law Section. He is an Advisor to the committee revising the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Act.