Visiting Assistant Professor of Law
BA, 2000, University of Denver; JD, 2003, University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Certificate of Advanced Studies in International and Comparative Law; LL.M., Admiralty and Maritime Law, 2016, Tulane University Law School
Room 525 | Phone: 501-916-5462 | Email
Assistant: Jennifer Maxwell | Room 524 | Phone: 501-916-5440 |Email
Professor Spence holds a JD from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, and an LL.M. in Admiralty and Maritime Law from Tulane University School of Law. Professor Spence previously taught Contracts, Commercial Law, Civil Procedure, Immigration Law and International Law at Arizona Summit Law School in Phoenix, Arizona. She also serves as Of Counsel for The Abarca-Wilson Law Office, an immigration law firm in Phoenix, Arizona. In her immigration practice she has represented clients in family-based immigration and deportation defense, as well as in human trafficking and asylum proceedings.
A native of the island nation of Saint 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 Development, 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 immigration-related issues, and indigenous peoples’ rights in Suriname, Kenya, and Costa Rica.
“People are empowered by their voice. Teaching allows me to find my own voice, and in turn allows my students to find theirs. Teaching affords me the opportunity to be an agent of change. I believe in the rule of law and its power to bring about changes in the lives of people who struggle against oppression and inequality not just in the United States, but globally. The opportunity to engage students in expanding their world view beyond our own borders and to help them develop a different perspective on understanding how the law works universally lies at the center of my teaching. “