Law Professor Benjamin Spencer Appointed Special Assistant United States Attorney

Lexington, VA Tuesday, June 23, 2009


A. Benjamin Spencer
A. Benjamin Spencer, Associate Professor of Law at Washington and Lee University School of Law has been appointed to serve as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Virginia. Spencer, who will remain on the law school faculty, began his appointment on June 8.
 
Prof. Spencer will be assigned to the district's Appellate Unit, assisting the office with its caseload on a pro bono basis.  The conditions of Spencer's appointment permit him to take on a caseload of his choosing, and he will focus primarily on handling cases on appeal.
 
"This appointment enables me to direct my commitment to pro bono work toward public/government service at a time when the District is in need of help," said Spencer.  "It also gives me the chance to fulfill one of my lifetime dreams of following in my father's footsteps to work with federal prosecutors."
 
Prof. Spencer's father is James R. Spencer, Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia and a former Assistant U.S. Attorney.
 
One of the nation's rising stars in the field of civil procedure and federal jurisdiction, Prof. Spencer has in a relatively short time built an impressive scholarly record by publishing in some of the most prestigious national law reviews and has developed a reputation as an excellent classroom teacher.  He recently was appointed to the West Publishing Company Law School Advisory Board, and in 2007 he was awarded the Virginia State Council of Higher Education "Rising Star" award, given to the most promising junior faculty member among all academic fields at all colleges and universities in Virginia. Professor Spencer was the first law professor to receive this award. 

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