Girardeau A. Spann was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and grew up in White Plains, New York. He attended Valhalla High School, Princeton University, and Harvard Law School. After graduating from law school, Spann worked as a staff attorney for Ralph Nader's Public Citizen Litigation Group in Washington, D.C. Spann then joined the faculty of the Georgetown University Law Center, where he is now a Professor of Law.
At Georgetown, Professor Spann teaches Contracts, Torts, Administrative Law, and Constitutional Law. His recent writings have been about race, the Constitution, and the Supreme Court, with an emphasis on the role that postmodern thought should play in legal analysis. Spann is the author of Race against the Court: The Supreme Court and Minorities in Contemporary Americaand is a coauthor of Constitutional Theory: Arguments and Perspectives(2d ed.). Professor Spann lives in Washington, D.C.