Prof. Ben Spencer Appointed to Virginia State Bar Council

Washington and Lee law professor A. Benjamin Spencer has been appointed by the Virginia Supreme Court to the Council of the Virginia State Bar as an at-large member.  The Council is the governing body that exercises the authority of the VSB. The vast majority of Council members are elected in each judicial circuit around Virginia, but … Continue reading Prof. Ben Spencer Appointed to Virginia State Bar Council

Profs. Spencer and Shannon Hosting Third-Party Funding Roundtable

On Thursday and Friday, November 7 and 8, the Frances Lewis Law Center at Washington and Lee School of Law is hosting the first-ever Works-in-Progress Roundtable for Third-Party Funding Scholars for scholars who write in the area of third-party funding of litigation and arbitration. Third-party funding is a phenomenon by which an outside entity financially … Continue reading Profs. Spencer and Shannon Hosting Third-Party Funding Roundtable

W&L Law Faculty Fellowships Announced

Washington and Lee School of Law Dean Nora Demleitner has announced the recipients of a number of annual faculty fellowships that recognize excellence in teaching and scholarship. Teaching Awards Prof. Michelle Drumbl directs the Tax Clinic and also teaches courses in Federal Income Tax.  She received the Jessine Monaghan Faculty Fellowship for Teaching awarded to … Continue reading W&L Law Faculty Fellowships Announced

Prof. Benjamin Spencer Publishes Article on Pleading Doctrine in the UCLA Law Review

W&L Law Professor A. Benjamin Spencer has just published an article on the Supreme Court's civil pleading jurisprudence in the UCLA Law Review.  It is entitled, Pleading and Access to Civil Justice: A Response to Twiqbal Apologists. Here is the Abstract: Professor Stephen Yeazell once wrote, “A society based on the rule of law fails in one … Continue reading Prof. Benjamin Spencer Publishes Article on Pleading Doctrine in the UCLA Law Review

Professor Ben Spencer Publishes Article on Walmart v. Dukes

W&L Law Professor A. Benjamin Spencer just published an article entitled Class Actions, Heightened Commonality, and Declining Access to Justice in the Boston University Law Review.  Here is the abstract: A prerequisite to being certified as a class under Rule 23 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure is that there are “questions of law … Continue reading Professor Ben Spencer Publishes Article on Walmart v. Dukes

Professor Spencer Publishes Article on the History of Legal Education Reform

W&L Law Professor A. Benjamin Spencer, Associate Dean for Research and Director of the Frances Lewis Law Center, has just published an article entitled The Law School Critique in Historical Perspective, 69 Wash. & Lee L. Rev. 1949 (2012).  This article provides an extensive review of the history of legal education and legal education reform up … Continue reading Professor Spencer Publishes Article on the History of Legal Education Reform