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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 109, 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 2019 Courses

Fall 2019 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
THEO 101 - W01 Christian Theo Tradition M - W - F - - 0815 - 0920 JRC 246

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

0815 - 0920

Location:

JRC 246

Course Registration Number:

40377 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

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. Note: Students who take THEO 101 during academic year 2019-2020 and who choose to opt into the new curriculum will be allowed to count THEO 101 as the first course in theology in the new core curriculum.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
THEO 423 - W01 Christian Marriage M - W - F - - 1055 - 1200 MCH 106

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

1055 - 1200

Location:

MCH 106

Course Registration Number:

41781 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

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

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
THEO 423 - W02 Christian Marriage M - W - F - - 1215 - 1320 MCH 106

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

1215 - 1320

Location:

MCH 106

Course Registration Number:

43146 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

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

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)

J-Term 2020 Courses

J-Term 2020 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
BLAW 352 - 01 Gender Issues and the Law - T W R F - - 0900 - 1200 MCH 109

Days of Week:

- T W R F - -

Time of Day:

0900 - 1200

Location:

MCH 109

Course Registration Number:

10283 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Marguerite L. Spencer

This course explores the principle that men and women stand as equals before the law. It examines the ways in which courts and legislatures have interpreted the principle of equal opportunity to resolve gender issues in the workplace, as well as in other aspects of society that affect access to the workplace, including education, marriage, and the family. It also provides an historical overview of the law of equal opportunity and will touch upon modern notions of feminist legal theory. This course fulfills the Human Diversity requirement in the core curriculum. Prerequisite: Junior standing

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)

Spring 2020 Courses

Spring 2020 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
THEO 101 - W01 Christian Theo Tradition M - W - F - - 0815 - 0920 MHC 211

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

0815 - 0920

Location:

MHC 211

Course Registration Number:

20386 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

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. Note: Students who take THEO 101 during academic year 2019-2020 and who choose to opt into the new curriculum will be allowed to count THEO 101 as the first course in theology in the new core curriculum.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
THEO 436 - D01 Chrstian Fath & Legal Profes M - W - F - - 1215 - 1320 JRC 246

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

1215 - 1320

Location:

JRC 246

Course Registration Number:

21388 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

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

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
THEO 457 - W01 Theology & Public Discourse M - W - F - - 1055 - 1200 JRC 246

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

1055 - 1200

Location:

JRC 246

Course Registration Number:

22770 (View in ClassFinder)

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

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)