Senior U.S. District Court Judge James
R. Spencer tells graduates about his early roadblocks before graduating magna cum laude from Clark College in Atlanta, cum laude from Harvard Law School and earning a divinity degree from Howard University.
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“Make your haters your motivators.” That was the message Judge James R. Spencer delivered to 320 graduates at Virginia Union University’s commencement Saturday at Hovey Field. Judge Spencer, a senior U.S. District Court judge who presided over the recent corruption trials of former Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, spoke of his own tribulations of overcoming low expectations from others to reach his position on the bench.