Robyn McCoy

A photo of Robyn McCoy

Part-Time Lecturer

Africology and African American Studies

 Pray Harrold

Interests and Expertise

Attorney Robyn L. McCoy was born and raised in the Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti Area.  She graduated at the top of her class from Father Gabriel Richard High School in 1993, graduated with Honors in Anthropology from the University of Chicago in 1996 and obtained her J. D. from the University of Michigan Law School in 2000.  Robyn served as a Congressional Page for the US House of Representatives under the Honorable William D. Ford. While attending the University of Chicago, Ms. McCoy Co-founded an Academic Support Network for Black Women called Sistafriends and she was the Umoja (Cultural Chair) for the Organization of Black Students.  Ms. McCoy studied in France in 1995 and interned for the US Senate under the Honorable Carol Moseley Braun.  She tutored elementary students in the Chicago Public School System and was mentored by First Lady Michelle Obama during her senior year at the University of Chicago.                                                                                                                                            

Ms. McCoy was the Political Action Chair for the Native American and the Black Law Students Alliance (BLSA), handling community, civic and political meetings, debates and protests in support of Affirmative action.  She also tutored elementary school students at Patengill elementary school and participated in an externship in South Africa, where she worked with Willie Hofmeyr, Head of the Asset Forfeiture Unit and Former Anti-Apartheid Activist.   She was the recipient of the University of Michigan’s Black Law Student Alliance’s (BLSA) 1999 Distinguished Service Award.  Ms. McCoy is admitted to practice law in the State of Michigan and the Eastern District of Michigan.  Ms. McCoy has been a licensed Attorney for fifteen years.  During that period, she has worked with the Legal Aid Defender’s Association and she currently works with the Michigan Children’s Law Center and is a Partner with McCoy & Associates, PLLC.  

Ms. McCoy is a member of the Board of the Democratic Women’s Caucus, the Black Women Lawyers of Michigan, the Wolverine Bar Association, the Wayne County Criminal Defense Bar, the National Bar Association, the State Bar of Michigan and the Washtenaw County Bar Association.  She is the Past President of the Vanzetti Hamilton Bar Association (the African American Bar Association for Washtenaw County) and served as a member of the Board for the Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Chapter of the Black Chamber of Commerce. Ms. McCoy has planned, facilitated and organized presentations on What To Do When Stopped by the Police” and the “Expungement and Federal Pardon Process” across the state. Currently, McCoy lectures, part-time, at EMU’s Department of Africology and African American Studies where she teaches an upper-division course on “Law in the African American Experience.”