February 4, 2013 | President Obama has re-nominated Michigan trial lawyer Marietta S. Robinson to fill the open Democrat seat on the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). 

Should Congress confirm Ms. Robinson’s nomination, Democrats on the Commission would outnumber Republicans 3-1. Chairman Inez Tenenbaum and Commissioner Robert Adler are Democrats, while Commissioner Nancy Nord is a Republican (and is expected to leave the Commission in October). However, pundits speculate that Congress will not act until the President nominates someone to fill the Republican seat as well.

Robinson has 33 years of practice under her belt as a trial attorney representing both plaintiffs and defendants, most recently specializing in medical malpractice and personal injury law. She served for eight years as a federally appointed trustee of the Dalkon Shield Trust, which disbursed more than $2.4 billion to more than 30,000 claimants in over 120 countries. She has been a Fellow of the International Society of Barristers since 1994 and served as its first female president from 2010-2011. In 2011, she served as independent legal counsel to the Chair of the United Nations Peacebuilding Commission in Liberia.

Robinson is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and Michigan Bar, and in 2000 was a candidate for the Michigan Supreme Court.  In 2009, she 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 a B.A. with High Distinction from the University of Michigan-Flint and a J.D. from the UCLA School of Law.

Robinson was first nominated by the President last January, but her nomination was not confirmed by the Senate.