An expert in the field of civil procedure and federal jurisdiction, Professor A.
Benjamin Spencer joined the University of Virginia School of Law in 2014. Spencer has
authored two books in the area of civil procedure, Acing Civil Procedure and Civil
Procedure: A Contemporary Approach. Both are used widely by professors and students
throughout the country. 

Spencer previously served as professor, associate dean for research and director of the
Frances Lewis Law Center at Washington and Lee University School of Law. He is a member
of the American Law Institute and a member of the West Academic Law School Advisory
Board. He serves on the Virginia State Bar Council and has served as a special assistant
U.S. attorney for the Western District of Virginia, occasionally handling appellate cases
in the Fourth Circuit on behalf of the government on a pro bono basis. 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. He was the first law professor to receive this award. 

Articles & Other Publications


The Law School Critique in Historical Perspective, Washington and Lee Law Review (2012)


Iqbal and the Slide Toward Restrictive Procedure, Lewis & Clark Law Review (2010)


Book Chapters


Mistretta v. United States, Encyclopedia of American Civil Liberties (2006)


Obtaining Mareva-type Provisional Relief in New York State and Fedearl Courts (with Jonathan Greenblatt), Gee on Commercial Injunctions (2004)

Academic Conferences, Workshops & Presentations

Twombly, Iqbal, and the Future of Pleading, Panelist, UCLA Law Review Symposium (2013)

Access to Justice: What Process is Due?, Panelist, Appellate Judges Education Institute 2012 Summitt (2012)

Who Are We, Where Are We Going, and How Do We Get There?, Panelist, Inaugural National Symposium on Experiential Education in Law (2012)

Heightened Commonality, Presenter, Third Annual John Mercer Langston Writing Workshop (2012)

How are Law Schools Addressing Major Changes in the Practice of Law and Accrediting Standards for Legal Education?, Panelist, 20th Anniversary Conclave on the Education of Lawyers (2012)