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About A. Benjamin Spencer

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.


Present Earle K. Shawe Professor of Law, University of Virginia

Curriculum Vitae



Research Interests

Civil Procedure, Complex Litigation

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Honors and Awards

  • Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award - Rising Star Category


  • Civil Procedure
  • Complex Litigation

Articles & Other Publications (19)

Books (2)

Recent Works (2)

Book Chapters (2)