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.
"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.