USA: William & Mary Law School Appoints First Black Dean

The appointment is historic as it marks the first time in the Virginia-based school’s 241-year history that a Black person has been selected as dean. Spencer—whose expertise is in federal courts and civil procedure—currently serves as a professor of law at the University of Virginia.

The Morehouse College alum holds a master’s degree in criminal justice policy from the London School of Economics and is a graduate of Harvard Law School. Throughout the course of his career Spencer, who is a captain for the U.S. Army Reserve Judge Advocate General’s Corps, has focused on the intersection of military law and federal civil litigation. He’s spearheaded legal education programs at institutions that include the University of Richmond School of Law and Washington and Lee University.

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William & Mary Law School Appoints First Black Dean