William & Mary has named the first African American dean to run its law school, a current law professor at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. A. Benjamin Spencer will become dean at the Williamsburg college, effective July 1. William & Mary has the nation’s oldest law school, dating to the 1600s.
A. Benjamin Spencer is a nationally renowned expert on civil procedure and federal courts. He is the first African-American dean of any school at the university. At UVA, Spencer has been the faculty advisor for the Black Law Students Association and the Thomas More Society, according to William & Mary.
At the University of Richmond, he was a member of the Student Services Committee and Diversity Committee and worked as faculty advisor to the Honor Court, the Black Law Students Association and the Patrick Henry Chapter of the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity.
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