Robert L. Spangenberg

Research Professor

The Spangenberg Project, George Mason University


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Professor Spangenberg specialized in civil legal services early in his career, developing the Boston Legal Assistance Project, a neighborhood civil legal services program, which he headed for nine years.  After a two-year foundation study of civil legal services in Boston and a statewide study of indigent defense in Massachusetts, Professor Spangenberg joined Abt Associates in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where for nine years he conducted national and local studies of indigent defense systems across the country.  In 1985, he founded The Spangenberg Group in Newton, Massachusetts, to continue the study of indigent defense nationwide.  During his 23 years as President of the organization, he visited all 50 states, testified before legislative bodies about the justice system, and served as an expert witness in court proceedings.  The Spangenberg Group published hundreds of reports and studies pertaining to the country’s system of justice in criminal and juvenile proceedings, and for more than 20 years, Professor Spangenberg has served as a consultant to the ABA Standing Committee on Legal and Indigent Defendants.  His legal studies and training work has taken him to over 25 countries, including China, Chile, Bosnia, Serbia, England, Scotland, Wales, France and Austria.  In February 2009, Professor Spangenberg joined George Mason University, where he will continue his work on indigent defense matters.  In addition to this NACDL award, Professor Spangenberg has received the Reginald Heber Smith award from the NLADA and the Robert O. Dawson award from the Texas Task Force on Indigent B.S., 1955, Boston University; J.D., 1961, Boston University School of Law, Editor-in-chief, Law Review Defense in 2008.

Jon Mosher - Fri, 01/22/2010 - 17:13