"I encourage students to take advantage of the resources Texas Law has to offer for public interest and to make an effort to get to know the faculty and students who share similar interests. Also, try not to be dissuaded by the financial and logistical challenges in obtaining public interest work. The career path may not be as clear cut as a path to a traditional legal career, but ultimately it is much more rewarding."
Spencer is an associate with Meyers Nave in Oakland, California. Previously he was the Brayton-Thornton Attorney at Public Justice, where he worked on impact litigation in the areas of consumer law and civil rights. Prior to joining Public Justice, Spencer managed the Tenants After Foreclosure Project at Bay Area Legal Aid. funded by a Texas Law Justice Corps fellowship administered through the William Wayne Justice Center. Spencer successfully represented tenants in a variety of civil and administrative matters and he briefed, argued, and won one of the first appellate cases in the country interpreting the Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act.
While at Texas Law, Spencer was Editor-in-Chief of the Texas Journal on Civil Liberties & Civil Rights, a William Wayne Justice Center Public Service Scholar, a participant in the Capital Punishment and Criminal Defense Clinics, and the Court Watch Fellow at the Texas Watch Foundation, where he researched the impact of the Texas Supreme Court’s decisions on consumer justice laws. He spent his summers at Texas RioGrande Legal Aid in Austin and Bay Area Legal Aid in Oakland. Prior to attending law school, Spencer was a legislative assistant for Congressman Earl Blumenauer.