P rofessor SPENCE joined the Faculty at Arizona Summit Law School (formerly Phoenix School of Law) in 2009 as an Assistant Professor of Law. She has taught legal writing, (including legal research, appellate advocacy, and transactional drafting) and she also teaches international law (public and private), commercial law (UCC Articles 2,3, and 9), an integrated course in contract and property law, immigration law, environmental law, and global health law.
In addition to teaching, Professor SPENCE has served as the Director of Academic Success and Bar Pass department, where she facilitated the counseling of students facing academic probation, and the preparation for students taking the bar exam. She has also served as the Coach for the Jessup International Moot Court Team. Professor SPENCE is also a faculty supervisor for students completing the Advanced Writing Requirement (AWR) to fulfill graduation requirements. Since joining the law school, she has supervised over 60 such papers.
After graduating from law school, Professor SPENCE served as a law clerk to the Honorable John F. Wagner, Jr. in the Fayette County, Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas. Prior to joining the Faculty at Arizona Summit, she worked as a Contract Attorney on multi-district mass tort litigation and Intellectual Property/Antitrust litigation. Currently, her primary area of practice is in immigration law. In her practice she represents clients in family-based immigration and deportation defense, asylum and refugee law, Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) cases, and international adoption law.
In 2006-2007, Professor SPENCE served as an Adjunct Professor of Business Law at the Metropolitan State College of Denver in Denver, Colorado where she taught Introduction to the Legal Environment of Business and Advanced Business Law.
While attending the University of Pittsburgh School of Law Professor SPENCE became involved with the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot. In 2002, she participated in the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Court in Vienna, Austria. In 2003, she was invited to the Meiji Gakuin University in Tokyo as part of a project by the Ministry of Education to improve legal education in Japan. In Tokyo, Professor SPENCE coached the international moot court team for the Vis Competition, and instructed students in International Commercial Law. In the Spring of 2013, Professor SPENCE was invited to Hong Kong to serve as an Arbitrator/Judge for the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Court (Vis East.) More recently, she has served as an Arbitrator/Judge for the VI Curitiba Pre-Moot Competition in Curitiba, Brazil.
- University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Juris Doctorate (J.D.), Advanced Certificate in International and Comparative Law, Order of the Barristers Award
- Bar Admissions: Admitted to practice law in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and State of New Jersey
- University of Denver, B.A., Communications and International Studies
Scholarship and Interests
A Native of the island nation of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Professor SPENCE is deeply interested in the law and development of countries in the Southern hemisphere. In that vein, Professor SPENCE’s scholarship focuses on International commercial law, Commonwealth Caribbean law in the post-Colonial era, and Asylum and Refugee law in the United States, and internationally. She has written articles on indigenous peoples’ rights in Suriname, Kenya, and Costa Rica.
Professor SPENCE has published articles in the St. Johns University School of Law, Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development, The Scholar, St. Mary’s Law Review, and the American Bar Association Year in Review. Recently, Professor SPENCE was invited by the Industrial Court of Botswana to provide assistance to judges in the area of labor-related immigration law and policy.