Mai Linh Spencer spent five years as a trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, prosecuting federal criminal civil rights violations, including excessive forces, racial violence, and trafficking cases. After moving to the Bay Area, she represented capital and non-capital defendants on direct appeal and habeas as a Deputy State Public Defender. Spencer first came to UC Hasting in 2009 as a Clinical Teaching Fellow and has since held a variety of positions. She is now the Academic Director of the Lawyers for America program and also teaches the Individual Representation Clinic, Evidence, Legal Externship seminar, and Essential Lawyering Skills.
New York University School of Law: J.D., Law 1997
Amherst College: B.A., Women's Studies and English 1989
Selected Articles (3)
Suppress or Suspend: New York's Exclusionary Rule in School Disciplinary ProceedingsNew York University Law Review
Weapons and violence in public schools have become a national problem. One New York City study found out that during the 1992-1993 school year thirty percent of high school students brought a weapon to school. In 1995-1996, 171 New York City schools were rated "un-safe" by the United Federation of Teachers. In response to such statistics, school districts are hiring security guards, installing metal detectors, and implementing other security measures...
Supreme Court Erodes NPC DoctrineThe Recorder
A recent opinion removed the foreseeability requirement from the natural and probable consequences theory of accomplice liability. Read more: http://www.therecorder.com/id=1202565559205/Supreme-Court-Erodes-NPC-Doctrine#ixzz3veloWkTi
Curbing the NPC DoctrineThe Daily Journal
After a series of rulings that stretched the natural and probable consequences doctrine to the breaking point, the state Supreme Court may finally have reached its limit.