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Amanda M. Spratley - Assistant Professor of Law & Director of Community Development Clinic

Amanda Spratley

LL.M., George Washington University Law School
J.D., George Washington University Law School
B.B.A., College of William and Mary

Courses and Administrative Duties

Professor Spratley is the Director of the Community Development Clinic and teaches Business Organizations. Her research interests include community economic development, entrepreneurship and small business law, as well as creativity and innovation, art and entertainment law, nonprofit organizations, and intellectual property law.  

Professional Background

Prior to joining UMass School of Law, Professor Spratley was a Visiting Associate Professor of Clinical Law and the inaugural Friedman Fellow in the Small Business & Community Economic Development Clinic at The George Washington University Law School. At GW, she co-taught and co-supervised law students who provided pro-bono legal services to small businesses and nonprofit organizations in the Washington, DC area.  

Professor Spratley has served as the Publications Sub-Committee Chair and Co-Editor of the electronic Newsletter for the ABA Business Law Section’s Committee on Community Economic Development. She has presented and moderated at events, including a panel on Creativity, Innovation, and Working in the Arts at the 8th Annual Transactional Law Clinic Conference and Workshop, and co-hosted events with the ABA Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law’s Young Lawyers Division and community arts organizations.

Professor Spratley obtained her LL.M. degree focusing in Small Business Law and Clinical Legal Education and her J.D. degree from The George Washington University Law School. During law school, she served on the ADR Board, Mock Trial Board, Moot Court Board, and was a Regional Semi-Finalist and the GW First Place Team Winner of the Giles S. Rich Intellectual Property Law Moot Court Competition. She further served as a Law Faculty Research Assistant and Law Library Legal Research Fellow, and was an Associate Editor for the Elliott School International Affairs Review Academic Journal. She obtained her B.B.A. degree from The College of William and Mary.

Publications

Professor Spratley’s recent publications include a co-authored book chapter on How Microenterprise Development Contributes to CED, in Building Healthy Communities: A Guide to Community Economic Development for Advocates, Lawyers, and Policymakers 379 (Roger A. Clay, Jr. & Susan R. Jones eds., American Bar Association 2009) and Connecting Law and Creativity: The Role of Lawyers in Supporting Creative and Innovative Economic Development, 8 Hastings Bus. L.J. 221 (Summer 2012). 

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