Tulsa, OK – Dr. Robert Spoo, associate professor of law at The University of Tulsa College of Law, will recount some of his experiences clerking for the U.S. Supreme Court's newest justice, Sonia Sotomayor, and provide his analysis of the upcoming 2009-10 court session during a free CLE hosted by the TU College of Law.
Spoo's speech, entitled "The Newest of the Nine: The Honorable Justice Sonia Sotomayor," is this year's second installment of the law school's Faculty and Alumni Showcase Series. It will begin at 6 p.m., Monday, October 5, the first day of the new U.S. Supreme Court session, and will be held in the Price & Turpen Courtroom in John Rogers Hall, 3120 E. 4th St.
After receiving his J.D. from Yale Law School, Dr. Robert Spoo clerked for the Honorable Sonia Sotomayor of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit during 2001-2002. Her nomination to the nation's highest court came as little surprise to Spoo, who counts the justice as a mentor.
"Working with Justice Sotomayor was a great experience," Spoo said. "She takes the law very seriously and demands excellence from those working with her and arguing before her. She is also extremely accessible and eager to help others learn."
Spoo joined the TU College of Law faculty in 2008. His legal scholarship has appeared or is forthcoming in the Yale Law Journal, the UCLA Law Review, and other publications. Spoo is a member of the Modernist Studies Association Task Force on Fair Use, serves as copyright advisor to numerous academic journals and projects, and acts as general counsel for the International James Joyce Foundation. Prior to his legal career, Spoo received his M.A. and Ph.D. in English from Princeton University and taught for more than ten years as a tenured faculty member in the English Department at The University of Tulsa. He was editor of the James Joyce Quarterly and has published numerous books and articles on James Joyce, Ezra Pound, and other modern literary figures.