Phone: (806) 834-6649
Admitted to practice in Nebraska (inactive), North Dakota, and Texas.
Before joining the faculty at Texas Tech, Professor Spain was the Director of Clinical Programs at the University of North Dakota School of Law for eighteen years, where he established several new clinical programs and expanded the range of clinical opportunities available to students. Prior to entering legal education, he worked for several legal services programs in Nebraska.
In addition to law teaching and legal practice, he has also been active in the field of alternative dispute resolution, serving as Chair of the Governing Board of a university-affiliated community dispute resolution center as well as being a frequent trainer and practitioner in mediation skills. Currently, he serves on the Advisory Board for the Office of Dispute Resolution for Lubbock County.
Professor Spain is also engaged in participating in and promoting pro bono service among faculty and law students. He organizes an annual CLE Program by law school faculty for legal services attorneys, public interest practitioners and pro bono attorneys. In addition, he is a past member of the National Advisory Committee of Equal Justice Work as well as a former member and Chair of the State Bar of Texas Standing Committee on Legal Services to the Poor in Civil Matters. He currently serves on the Law School Advisory Committee of the Texas Access to Justice Commission. He also serves as the Faculty Sponsor for three student organizations, the Student Public Interest Initiative, Volunteer Law Student Association and Family Law Society, which regularly co-sponsor Pro Bono Clinics in the community. He has been a member of the Pro Bono College of the State Bar of Texas since 2003.
Professor Spain also serves on the State Bar of Texas Standing Committee on the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct.
- B.A., University of Iowa 1973
- J.D., Creighton University 1976
- Civil Practice Clinic
- Family Law
- Professional Responsibility
- Advanced ADR Clinic
Selected Publications, Honors, and Awards
- Collaborative Law: A Critical Reflection on whether A Collaborative Orientation can be Ethically Incorporated Into the Practice of Law, 56 Baylor L. Rev. 141 (2004).
- The Unfinished Agenda for Law Schools in Nurturing a Commitment to Pro Bono Legal Services By Law Students, 72 UMKC L. Rev. 477 (2003).
- Considerations for Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution for North Dakota, (co-author, Kristine Paranica) 77 N.D. L. Rev. 391 (2001).
- The Elimination of Marital Fault in Awarding Spousal Support: The Minnesota Experience, 28 Wm. Mitchell L. Rev. 861 (2001).
- The Opportunities and Challenges of Providing Equal Access to Justice in Rural Communities, 28 Wm. Mitchell L. Rev. 367 (2001).
- Measuring Poverty: A New Approach, (book review) 2 Loy. Pov. L. J. 173 (1996).
- Alternative Dispute Resolution for the Poor: Is it an Alternative? 70 N.D. L. Rev. 269 (1994).
Honors and Awards
- Lubbock County Bar Association/Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas, Pro Bono Legal Clinic Volunteer Attorney Award 2009
- Texas Access to Justice Commission, ATJ Pro Bono Champion 2008
- Texas Bar Foundation, Outstanding Law Review Article Award 2005
- Lubbock County Bar Association/West Texas Legal Services 2002
- John Crews Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year Award