James R. Spencer, Chief Judge, U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia to speak at University of Richmond School of Law Commencement

May 5, 2010

The University of Richmond School of Law is honored to announce that the Honorable James Randolph Spencer, Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia will address the graduating class on Saturday, May 8, at 2PM in the Robins Center at the University of Richmond.

John Douglass, Dean of the School of Law said, “Over the course of three decades on the federal bench, Chief Judge Spencer has won widespread respect for his fair and balanced judgment, his craftsmanship as a writer, and for his efficiency in managing a challenging docket.  For our law students and graduates he has served as mentor and role model.  He also happens to be a remarkably talented public speaker. We are honored that he will join us to give the commencement address for the Class of 2010.”

The Hon. James Randolph Spencer, a native of Florence, South Carolina, has been a
United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia, Richmond Division,
since October 1986, and became Chief Judge in December 2004. Judge Spencer received
a bachelors degree from Clark College, Atlanta, Georgia, a Juris Doctor from Harvard
Law School, and a Master of Divinity degree from Howard University.

After law school, Judge Spencer served for two years as a staff attorney in the
Atlanta Legal Aid Society, and for four years in the U.S. Army’s Judge Advocate
General’s Corp. In 1978, he joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the District of
Columbia, where he was a member of the elite Major Crimes Division. In 1983, he
joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Richmond and remained there until he was
appointed a U.S. District Court Judge.

Judge Spencer is affiliated with numerous professional, social and civic organizations, among them, the Federal Bar Association, the Black Assistant U. S. Attorney’s Association, the Judge Advocate Generals Association, Big Brothers of America, the NAACP, and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. He is married to the Honorable Margaret Poles Spencer, a Judge on the Circuit Court of the City of Richmond, Virginia, and they are the parents of three children.

Media Contact
Roberta Oster Sachs, Associate Dean for External Relation,
Phone: 804-287-185Email: rsachs@richmond.edu