Mai Linh Spencer

Clinical Professor


Mai Linh Spencer spent five years as a trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, prosecuting federal criminal civil rights violations, including excessive forces, racial violence, and trafficking cases. After moving to the Bay Area, she represented capital and non-capital defendants on direct appeal and habeas as a Deputy State Public Defender. Spencer first came to UC Hasting in 2009 as a Clinical Teaching Fellow and has since held a variety of positions. She is now the Academic Director of the Lawyers for America program and also teaches the Individual Representation Clinic, Evidence, Legal Externship seminar, and Essential Lawyering Skills.


  • New York University School of Law
    J.D., Law

  • Amherst College
    B.A., Women's Studies and English

Selected Scholarship


  • Individual Representation Clinic
  • Evidence
  • Legal Externship Program
  • Lawyers for America