Girardeau A. Spann

James and Catherine Denny Professor of Law

A.B., Princeton; J.D., Harvard

Areas of Expertise:

Constitutional Law, Contracts, Torts

Professor Spann served as a staff attorney for the Public Citizen Litigation Group before joining the Law Center faculty in 1979. He is the author of...

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Professor Spann served as a staff attorney for the Public Citizen Litigation Group before joining the Law Center faculty in 1979. He is the author of several books and articles concerning race and the constitutional concept of equality. He is currently a member of the American Law Institute. He has served on the Board of the D.C. Neighborhood Legal Services Program, and has been a Trustee of the D.C. Bar Client Security Fund. He has also served on the Board of Governors of the D.C. Bar, the Ethics Committee of the D.C. Bar, and the Administrative Conference of the United States.

Recent Scholarship

Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals

  • Girardeau A. Spann, Good Faith Discrimination, 23 Wm. & Mary Bill Rts. J. 585-636 (2015).    [W]
  • Girardeau A. Spann, Advisory Adjudication, 86 Tul. L. Rev. 1289-1344 (2012).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law]
  • Girardeau A. Spann, Whatever, 65 Vand. L. Rev. En Banc 203-209 (2012).    [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law] [WWW]
  • Girardeau A. Spann, Fisher v. Grutter, 65 Vand. L. Rev. En Banc 45-55 (2012).    [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law] [WWW]

Book Chapters and Collected Works

  • Girardeau A. Spann, Racial Rights, in The Oxford Handbook of the U.S. Constitution 541-563 (Mark Tushnet, Mark A. Graber & Sanford Levinson eds., Oxford: Oxford University Press 2015).    [BOOK]
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All Scholarship 1990 - Present

Books

  • Girardeau A. Spann, H. Jefferson Powell & John Weistart, The Contracts Experience (Durham, N.C.: Duke University School of Law DVD-ROM [ver. 2 & 3] 2003).   
  • Girardeau A. Spann, H. Jefferson Powell & John Weistart, The Contracts Experience (Durham, N.C.: Duke University School of Law DVD-ROM [ver. 1] 2002).   
  • Girardeau A. Spann, Michael J. Gerhardt, Thomas D. Rowe, Jr. & Rebecca L. Brown, Constitutional Theory: Arguments and Perspectives (New York: Lexis Law Publishing 2d ed. 2000).    [BOOK]
  • Girardeau A. Spann, The Law of Affirmative Action: Twenty-Five Years of Supreme Court Decisions on Race and Remedies (New York: New York University Press 2000).    [BOOK]

Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals

  • Girardeau A. Spann, Good Faith Discrimination, 23 Wm. & Mary Bill Rts. J. 585-636 (2015).    [W]
  • Girardeau A. Spann, Advisory Adjudication, 86 Tul. L. Rev. 1289-1344 (2012).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law]
  • Girardeau A. Spann, Whatever, 65 Vand. L. Rev. En Banc 203-209 (2012).    [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law] [WWW]
  • Girardeau A. Spann, Fisher v. Grutter, 65 Vand. L. Rev. En Banc 45-55 (2012).    [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law] [WWW]
  • Girardeau A. Spann, Constitutional Hypocrisy, 27 Const. Comment. 557-580 (2011).    [HEIN] [W]
  • Girardeau A. Spann, Disparate Impact, 98 Geo. L.J. 1133-1163 (2010).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law] [WWW]
  • Girardeau A. Spann, Response, Doctrinal Dilemma, 158 U. Pa. L. Rev. (PENNumbra) 129-139 (2009) (in response to Kimberly West-Faulcon, The River Runs Dry: When Title VI Trumps State Anti-Affirmative Action Laws, 157 U. Pa. L. Rev. 1075 (2009)).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law] [WWW]
  • Girardeau A. Spann, Postracial Discrimination, Mod. Am., Fall 2009, at 26-51.    [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law] [WWW]
  • Girardeau A. Spann, The Conscience of a Court, 63 U. Miami L. Rev. 431-474 (2009).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law]
  • Girardeau A. Spann, Disintegration, 46 U. Louisville L. Rev. 565-630 (2008).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law]
  • Girardeau A. Spann, Affirmative Inaction, 50 How. L.J. 611-684 (2007).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law]
  • Girardeau A. Spann, Constitutionalization, 49 St. Louis U. L.J. 709-747 (2005).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law]
  • Girardeau A. Spann, Terror and Race, 45 Washburn L.J. 89-112 (2005).    [HEIN] [W]
  • Girardeau A. Spann, Neutralizing Grutter, 7 U. Pa. J. Const. L. 633-668 (2005).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law]
  • Girardeau A. Spann, The Dark Side of Grutter, 21 Const. Comment. 221-250 (2004).    [HEIN] [W]
  • Girardeau A. Spann, Just Do It, 67 Law & Contemp. Probs. 11-21 (2004).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law]
  • Girardeau A. Spann, Writing Off Race, 63 Law & Contemp. Probs. 467-477 (2000).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law]
  • Girardeau A. Spann, Pure Politics, 88 Mich. L. Rev. 1971-2033 (1990).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law]

Book Chapters and Collected Works

  • Girardeau A. Spann, Racial Rights, in The Oxford Handbook of the U.S. Constitution 541-563 (Mark Tushnet, Mark A. Graber & Sanford Levinson eds., Oxford: Oxford University Press 2015).    [BOOK]
  • Girardeau A. Spann, Proposition 209, in A Reader on Race, Civil Rights, and American Law: A Multiracial Approach 187-325 (Timothy Davis, Kevin R. Johnson & George A. Martínez eds., Durham, N.C.: Carolina Academic Press 2001).    [BOOK]
  • Girardeau A. Spann, Pure Politics, in Critical Race Theory: The Cutting Edge 21-34 (Richard Delgado & Jean Stefancic eds., Philadelphia, Pa.: Temple University Press 2d ed. 2000).    [BOOK]
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In the News

"What Abigail Fisher’s affirmative action case was really about," coverage in Raw Story, June 23, 2016, quoting Professor Girardeau A. Spann.

"Ralph Nader declares war on Harvard," coverage in Politico, May 19, 2016, featuring Professor Girardeau A. Spann.

"SCOTUS to rehear college affirmative action case," coverage in Fusion, June 29, 2015, featuring Professor Girardeau Spann.

"The increasing significance of race," an opinion piece in Reuters, April 28, 2014, quoting Professor Girardeau Spann.

"Affirmative Action Case Goes Beyond Race," an opinion piece in ProPublica, March 21, 2013, featuring Professor Girardeau Spann

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"What Abigail Fisher’s affirmative action case was really about," coverage in Raw Story, June 23, 2016, quoting Professor Girardeau A. Spann.

"Ralph Nader declares war on Harvard," coverage in Politico, May 19, 2016, featuring Professor Girardeau A. Spann.

"SCOTUS to rehear college affirmative action case," coverage in Fusion, June 29, 2015, featuring Professor Girardeau Spann.

"The increasing significance of race," an opinion piece in Reuters, April 28, 2014, quoting Professor Girardeau Spann.

"Affirmative Action Case Goes Beyond Race," an opinion piece in ProPublica, March 21, 2013, featuring Professor Girardeau Spann

Recent News