"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 Wilson is a senior counsel with the Renne Public Law Group in San Francisco, where he focuses on representing public agencies in labor and employment matters. He was formerly an associate with Meyers Nave in Oakland. Before going into private practice, 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 the Glickman Fellowship in Public Interest Law, a Texas Law postgraduate fellowship administered by the Justice Center. At Bay Area Legal Aid, 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.
At Texas Law, Spencer was Editor-in-Chief of the Texas Journal on Civil Liberties & Civil Rights, a Public Service Scholar with the Justice Center, a participant in the Capital Punishment Clinic and the Criminal Defense Clinic, 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.