William B. Spong, Jr. became Dean and Dudley Warner Woodbridge Professor of Law in 1976, having previously served as a U.S. Senator for Virginia and as a delegate and senator in the Virginia General Assembly. He graduated from Hampden-Sydney College in 1941 and received his LL.B. from the University of Virginia in 1947.

Spong began his deanship at a difficult time for the Law School, when it was faced with inadequate physical facilities and the threat of decertification by the ABA. Spong oversaw the construction of a new law school building and guided the school into national prominence. He retired in 1985.

William Spong's publications are available here.

1998

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Eulogy, William B. Spong Jr., United States Senator (1966-1973), Dean of the College of William and Mary School of Law (1976-1985), Timothy J. Sullivan
39 William and Mary Law Review 1051-1054 (1998)

1985

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Retirement of William B. Spong, Jr., Board of Visitors, College of William and Mary

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Dean William B. Spong, Jr., Editors of the William and Mary Law Review

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William B. Spong, Jr., Mike Mansfield

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William B. Spong, Jr., John Ritchie III

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William B. Spong, Jr., Charles S. Robb

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Farewell, William B. Spong Jr.

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Introduction to National Security and the First Amendment, William B. Spong Jr.
26 William and Mary Law Review 715-717 (1985)

1984

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Bull market for predictions, Keith C. Epstein
Richmond Times-Dispatch at H-1, H-5 (December 30, 1984)

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A Letter from the Dean (1984), William B. Spong Jr.
The College of William & Mary Marshall-Wythe School of Law Admissions Brochure 1984-1985

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Introduction to Defamation and the First Amendment: New Perspectives, William B. Spong Jr.
25 William and Mary Law Review 743-745 (1984)

1983

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A Letter from the Dean (1983), William B. Spong Jr.
The College of William & Mary Marshall-Wythe School of Law Admissions Brochure 1983-1984

1982

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A Letter from the Dean (1982), William B. Spong Jr.
The College of William & Mary Marshall-Wythe School of Law Admissions Brochure 1982-1983

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Book Review of War Powers of the President and Congress: Who Holds the Arrows and Who Holds the Olive Branch?, William B. Spong Jr.
68 Virginia Law Review 1437-1446 (1982)

1981

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Coif Panel Votes to Include W&M
Richmond Times-Dispatch at B-4 (April 28, 1981)

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Spong rules out Senate, court bids, James Latimer
Richmond Times-Dispatch at A-1, A-2 (Dececember 20, 1981)

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Harrison to announce retirement, sources say, Jerry Lazarus
Richmond Times-Dispatch at A-1, A-6 (December 11, 1981)

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Democrats will hold convention on same date as GOP, Shelley Rolfe
Richmond Times-Dispatch at B-11 (Dececember 13, 1981)

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A Letter from the Dean (1981), William B. Spong Jr.
The College of William & Mary Marshall-Wythe School of Law Admissions Brochure 1981-1982

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W&M Law School to Get Tenants, Times-Dispatch State Staff
Richmond Times-Dispatch at B-2 (July 23, 1981)

1980

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Westinghouse Accord Clears Court Docket, Elliott Cooper
Richmond Times-Dispatch at B-5 (January 6, 1980)

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New Law School Accepted 'As A Gift From Virginia', Wilford Kale
Richmond Times-Dispatch at F-11 (September 14, 1980)

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Threat to Accrediation Prompted W&M Facility, Wilford Kale
Richmond Times-Dispatch at G-1, G-3 (September 14, 1980)

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Spong on Politicians, Teachers, James Latimer
Richmond Times-Dispatch at G-1, G-3 (September 14, 1980)

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Classes to Start at New W&M Law Site, Richmond Times-Dispatch
Richmond Times-Dispatch at C-4 (August 27, 1980)

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A Letter from the Dean (1980), William B. Spong Jr.
The College of William & Mary Marshall-Wythe School of Law Admissions Brochure 1980-1981

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From the Law Schools: A Look at Lawyer Competency, William B. Spong Jr.
6 Virginia Bar Association Journal 23-27 (Spring 1980)

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Spong: Building on the Past, Planning for the Future, Susan Cary Watkins
10 Colonial Lawyer 6-7 (1980)

1979

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Uranium Trial Start Delayed
Richmond Times-Dispatch at C-1 (December 6, 1979)

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Vepco Accord in Fuel Case Is Approved, Elliott Cooper
Richmond Times-Dispatch at A-5 (June 23, 1979)

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Ford Deplores Fiscal Policy, Wilford Kale
Richmond Times-Dispatch at B-1, B-7 (October 11, 1979)

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Law School Passed Trials of War, Funds, Public Apathy, Wilford Kale
Richmond Times-Dispatch at G-1, G-2 (April 29, 1979)

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A Letter from the Dean (1979), William B. Spong Jr.
The College of William & Mary Marshall-Wythe School of Law Admissions Brochure 1979-1980

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New Law Building Construction Progresses, William B. Spong Jr.
9 Colonial Lawyer 2-3 (1979)

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The Legal Profession: A look Into the Future, William B. Spong Jr.
5 Virginia Bar Association Journal 16-24 (Winter 1979)

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The Legal Profession: A Look into the Future, William B. Spong Jr.
5 Bar Leader 24-29 (July/August 1979)

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Dean Spong to Give Lectures, Times-Dispatch State Staff
Richmond Times-Dispatch at B-2 (July 3, 1979)

1978

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Stained Glass Given to W&M by Oxford, Wilford Kale
Richmond Times-Dispatch at B-1 (July 14, 1978)

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Spong to Speak to H-SC Alumni, Richmond Times-Dispatch
Richmond Times-Dispatch at C-8 (November 5, 1978)

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A Letter from the Dean (1978), William B. Spong Jr.
The College of William & Mary Marshall-Wythe School of Law Admissions Brochure 1978-1979

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Construction has Begun, William B. Spong Jr.
8 Colonial Lawyer 19 (1978)

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Letter to the Alumni of the Marshall-Wythe School of Law, William B. Spong Jr.

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Endowment Unit Approves Grants, Times-Dispatch State Staff
Richmond Times-Dispatch at C-3 (March 11, 1978)

1977

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Educational Tragedy
Richmond Times-Dispatch at A-14 (January 24, 1977)

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Law Guide a Product of Students
Richmond Times-Dispatch at C-5 (September 13, 1977)

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W&M Reemphasizes Law School Building as Priority, Wilford Kale
Richmond Times-Dispatch at C-4 (May 26, 1977)

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President's Page, William B. Spong Jr.
3 Virginia Bar Association Journa 2-3 (Winter 1977)

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Report of the Past President, William B. Spong Jr.
3 Virginia Bar Association Journal 37-40 (Spring, 1977)

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W&M Starts Ball Rolling on Law Building, Times-Dispatch State Staff
Richmond Times-Dispatch at C-19 (November 10, 1977)

1976

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Spong Says No to Politics in Future
Richmond Times-Dispatch at F-3 (August 1, 1976)

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Law School Collusion Is Denied by Spong, Charles Cox
Richmond Times-Dispatch at B-4 (October 6, 1976)

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President's Page, William B. Spong Jr.
2 Virginia Bar Association Journal 2-3 (Summer 1976)

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President's Page, William B. Spong Jr.
2 Virginia Bar Association Journal 2-3 (Spring 1976)

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President's Page, William B. Spong Jr.
2 Virginia Bar Association Journal 2-3, 30 (Fall 1976)

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Law Seminar Students to Hear Ex-Sen. Spong, Times-Dispatch State Staff
Richmond Times-Dispatch at E-16 (February 15, 1976)

1975

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Spong Only Nominee for W&M Law Post, Wilford Kale
Richmond Times-Dispatch at A-1, A-5 (November 4, 1975)

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W&M Names Spong Head of Law School, Wilford Kale
Richmond Times-Dispatch at C-1 (November 23, 1975)

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Search Under Way to Find New Law Dean at W&M, Times-Dispatch State Staff
Richmond Times-Dispatch at D-6 (June 1, 1975)