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James R. Spencer

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
Summary

Born 1949 in Florence, SC

Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
Nominated by Ronald Reagan on September 9, 1986, to a seat vacated by John A. MacKenzie. Confirmed by the Senate on October 8, 1986, and received commission on October 14, 1986. Served as chief judge, 2004-2011. Assumed senior status on March 25, 2014.

Education:
Clark College (now Clark Atlanta University), B.A., 1971
Harvard Law School, J.D., 1974
Howard University, M.Div., 1985

Professional Career:
U.S. Army captain, JAG Corps, 1975-1978
Assistant U.S. attorney, District of Columbia, 1978-1983
U.S. Army Reserve military judge, 1981-1986
Assistant U.S. attorney, Eastern District of Virginia, 1983-1986
Adjunct professor of law, University of Virginia, 1987-

Professional Experience
Adjunct professor of law
University of Virginia
- Current
Judge
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
- Current
Served as chief judge, 2004-2011. Assumed senior status on March 25, 2014.
Assistant U.S. attorney
Eastern District of Virginia
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military judge
U.S. Army Reserve
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Assistant U.S. attorney
District of Columbia
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captain
U.S. Army, JAG Corps
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Education
Howard University
M.Div. (1985)
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Harvard Law School
J.D. (1974)
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Clark Atlanta University
B.A. (1971)
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Websites & Blogs
Website
United States District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
Website
Federal Judicial Center Biography
Contact & Map
Spottswood W. Robinson III and Robert R. Merhige, Jr., Federal Courthouse
701 East Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23219
Telephone: (804) 916-2250