Oldest law school in the US hires first-ever black dean in history

Oldest law school in the US hires first-ever black dean in history

- William & Mary Law School, the oldest law school in the United States, has just hired its first black dean called Benjamin Spencer

- The school was established in the 18th century in 1779

- Currently, Spencer is the Justice Thurgood Marshall Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Virginia School of Law

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Benjamin Spencer has become the very first African American to become the dean of William & Mary Law School located in Williamsburg, which is the oldest Law School in the United States.

In a report sighted by Legit.ng on Blackhistory.com, the law school was founded in the 18th century in the year 1779.

Reports indicate that Spencer, who will also serve as the Chancellor Professor of Law at W&M, is a nationally renowned civil procedure and federal courts expert.

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Oldest Law school in the US hires first-ever black dean in history

Benjamin Spencer. Source: UGC
Source: UGC

Currently, the African-American serves as the Justice Thurgood Marshall Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Virginia School of Law.

In addition, the newly-appointed dean also has numerous awards and a rich history of top achievements to himself.

He is a recipient of the Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award, which is the highest honour for faculty working at the state’s colleges and universities.

Spencer was also the first law professor ever chosen in the “rising star” category for the award, which is presented for excellence in teaching, research and public service.

He has also been active in multiple university committees, working with faculty and students to help to shape their institutions in areas ranging from curriculum to inclusion.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that a young graduate of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) with First-Class Honours in BSc Environmental Science started her own business.

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The lady named Deborah Laryea decided to start making hair from house-to-house for ladies.

Interestingly, Deborah indicated that the styles of hair she has been making are purely from her own imagination as she never learnt the skill. "I imagine it and my hands replicate my imagination," she said.

Deborah graduated in 2018 and completed her national service in 2019 with Ghana Manganese Company Ltd as a Health Safety and Environment officer where her performance was also excellent.

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