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Marguerite Spencer

Senior Adjunct Professor
Office
JRC 119
Phone
(651) 962-5329
Toll Free
(800) 328-6819, Ext. 2-5329
Fax
651-962-5310
Mail
Mail #JRC 153, University of St. Thomas
2115 Summit Ave.
St. Paul MN 55105


Academic History

B.A., 1985, The College of St. Thomas
A.M.R.S., 1990, The University of Chicago Divinity School

J.D., 1995, The University of Minnesota School of Law

Expertise

Intersection of Law and Theology

Race, Poverty and Civil Rights Policy

 

Professional Affiliations


Member of the Minnesota Bar

Legal Consultant, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, University of California, Berkeley

Courses Taught

THEO 101             The Christian Theological Tradition
THEO 423             Christian Marriage  

THEO 436             The Christian Faith and the Legal Profession  
THEO 457             Theology and Public Discourse

IDSC 489               Aquinas on Law

 

Works Published

Environmental Racism and Black Theology: James H. Cone Instructs Us on Whiteness, 5 University of St. Thomas Law Journal 288 (2008).

 

Brown is Not Brown and Education Reform is Not Reform If Integration is Not a Goal, 28 New York University Review of Law & Social Change 343 (2003), co-authored with john a. powell.

 

Giving Them the Old One-Two: Gentrification and the K.O. of Urban Dwellers of Color, 46 Howard Law Journal 433 (2003), co-authored with john a. powell.

 

Book Review of Can A Good Christian Be A Good Lawyer, Thomas E. Baker and Timothy W. Floyd, Editors, 16 Journal of Law and Religion 759 (2001).

 

A White American Female Civil Rights Attorney in New Zealand: What Maori Experience(s) Teach Me about the Cause, 28 William Mitchell Law Review 255 (2001).

 

Book Review of Beyond the Whiteness of Whiteness: Memoir of a White Mother of Black Sons, by Jane Lazarre and Displacing Whiteness: Essays in Social and Cultural Criticism, by Ruth Frankenberg, Editor, in Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, Vol. 20, n. 2, Winter 2000, at 597-602, co-authored with john a. powell.

Fall 2017 Courses

Fall 2017 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
THEO 101 - 01 Christian Theo Tradition M - W - F - - 0815 - 0920 MHC 207
CRN: 41697 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Marguerite L. Spencer This course is designed to acquaint students with the contents of the Bible and with Christian history, especially in the context of the Catholic tradition. Through careful reading of a core of common texts and a variety of written assignments, students are expected to attain a basic understanding of human experience in the light of major areas of theology, including revelation, God, creation, Jesus and the Church.

Schedule Details

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THEO 101 - 41 HONORS Christian Theo Trad M - W - F - - 0935 - 1040 MHC 204
CRN: 41708 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Marguerite L. Spencer This course is designed to acquaint students with the contents of the Bible and with Christian history, especially in the context of the Catholic tradition. Through careful reading of a core of common texts and a variety of written assignments, students are expected to attain a basic understanding of human experience in the light of major areas of theology, including revelation, God, creation, Jesus and the Church.

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Location Time Day(s)
THEO 423 - 02 Christian Marriage M - W - F - - 1215 - 1320 MCH 106
CRN: 40892 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Marguerite L. Spencer This course is designed to acquaint students with the theology of Christian marriage, understood as covenant relationship and as sacrament, that is, an effective sign of God's love in our world. Primary though not exclusive emphasis will be on the Roman Catholic tradition. Students will also examine contemporary cultural attitudes toward sexuality, marriage, and the family in the light of Christian theology. Prerequisite: THEO 101 and one 200-level or 300-level THEO course, and PHIL 115

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J-Term 2018 Courses

J-Term 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
THEO 457 - 01 Theology & Public Discourse - T W R F - - 0900 - 1200 MCH 111
CRN: 10270 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Marguerite L. Spencer This course addresses students as citizen believers, mapping out what role they can play in public life. It first examine the Christian tradition and its teachings on responsible citizenship. It then examines the question using legal and political theory from before our founding as a nation through the debates about the nature of our democracy today. The rest of the course is focused on preparing students as citizen believers to enter the public square with their own theological argument on a contemporary political topic of interest to them, which will make public through varied written formats and class debate. Prerequisite: THEO 101 and one 200-level or 300-level THEO course, and PHIL 115

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Location Time Day(s)
THEO 457 - 02 Theology & Public Discourse - T W R F - - 1300 - 1600 MCH 111
CRN: 10333 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Marguerite L. Spencer This course addresses students as citizen believers, mapping out what role they can play in public life. It first examine the Christian tradition and its teachings on responsible citizenship. It then examines the question using legal and political theory from before our founding as a nation through the debates about the nature of our democracy today. The rest of the course is focused on preparing students as citizen believers to enter the public square with their own theological argument on a contemporary political topic of interest to them, which will make public through varied written formats and class debate. Prerequisite: THEO 101 and one 200-level or 300-level THEO course, and PHIL 115

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Spring 2018 Courses

Spring 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
THEO 423 - 01 Christian Marriage M - W - F - - 0815 - 0920 MHC 201
CRN: 20700 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Marguerite L. Spencer This course is designed to acquaint students with the theology of Christian marriage, understood as covenant relationship and as sacrament, that is, an effective sign of God's love in our world. Primary though not exclusive emphasis will be on the Roman Catholic tradition. Students will also examine contemporary cultural attitudes toward sexuality, marriage, and the family in the light of Christian theology. Prerequisite: THEO 101 and one 200-level or 300-level THEO course, and PHIL 115

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Location Time Day(s)
THEO 423 - 02 Christian Marriage M - W - F - - 0935 - 1040 MHC 201
CRN: 20701 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Marguerite L. Spencer This course is designed to acquaint students with the theology of Christian marriage, understood as covenant relationship and as sacrament, that is, an effective sign of God's love in our world. Primary though not exclusive emphasis will be on the Roman Catholic tradition. Students will also examine contemporary cultural attitudes toward sexuality, marriage, and the family in the light of Christian theology. Prerequisite: THEO 101 and one 200-level or 300-level THEO course, and PHIL 115

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THEO 436 - 01 Chrstian Fath & Legal Profes M - W - F - - 1215 - 1320 OEC 311
CRN: 22528 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Marguerite L. Spencer If to work is to share in the creative activity of God, then what specific challenge does this pose for an attorney given the grinding realities of the legal profession? If to be a professional is to live out a tripartite relationship between self, client, and a higher standard, then how does an attorney determine, much less respond to such a standard? Through a close reading of a variety of theological texts, treaties, case studies and rules of professional conduct, this course will address these questions and, in so doing, attempt to fashion a paradigm for the Christian practice of law. Within this paradigm, emphasis will be placed on the meaning of justice, law, rights and responsibilities. An ethic of care that fosters the development of a compassionate world and a common life will be emphasized. Prerequisite: THEO 101 and one 200-level or 300-level THEO course, and PHIL 115

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