Spriggs Law Firm

Curriculum Vitae of Kent Spriggs

Education

  • B.A., 1961, Bowdoin College
    With Honors in Government
  • 1961-62 Harvard University
    Graduate School of Design
  • LL.B., 1965, New York University
    School of Law

Further Education

  • European University, Florence, Italy, 2008
    Summer School, International Human Rights
  • Tulane University School of Law, Amsterdam, 2012
    Summer School, International Human Rights

Legal Experience

  • 1971-present, private practice specializing in class action litigation primarily in the field of employment discrimination.
  • Executive Director, Los Angeles Neighborhood Legal Services Program, Inc.
  • Deputy Director, North Mississippi Rural Legal Services Program, Inc.
  • Deputy Director, South Florida Migrant Legal Services Program, Inc.

Public Office

  • Commissioner, City of Tallahassee, February 1981-February 1985
  • Mayor Pro Tem, City of Tallahassee, March 1983 - February 1984
  • Mayor, City of Tallahassee, March 1984 - February 1985

Teaching, Publications & Professional Activities On Employment Descrimination

Recognition

  • Chosen as "Among Nation's Best Litigators in Employment Law"
    The National Law Journal, July 27, 1992, pp 34-35.
  • Human Rights Award
    Southern Center for Human Rights
    November 1, 2007
  • Rev. C.K. Steele Award for Civil Rights
    Tallahassee Branch NAACP
  • Rev. James Hudson Civil Rights Award
    Tallahassee Branch NAACP
  • Recognition of Excellence in Civil Rights
    Quincy Branch NAACP

Publications

  • Edited Voices of Civil Rights Lawyers: Reflections from the Deep South, 1964-80 University Press of Florida 2017 Awarded the 2017 Choice Outstanding Academic Title Award designation by the American Library Association
  • Two essays
    The Guantanamo Lawyers: Inside a Prison Outside the Law
    edited by Mark P. Denbeaux and Jonathan Hafetz
    New York University Press, 2009
  • Representing Plaintiffs in Title VII Actions
    Aspen Publishers, Inc. (2d ed. 1998)(two volumes),
    the annual supplement was published in September 1999.
    (The first edition was published in 1994 by Wiley Law Publications and was updated annually. Wiley Law Publications was purchased by Aspen Publishers, Inc. in 1998.)
  • "Case Preparation for the Plaintiffs"
    Fair Employment Strategies in Human Resource Management
    edited by Richard S. Barrett
    Quorum Books, 1996
  • "Section 1658 Provides Four-Year Statute of Limitations for Revised Portions of Section 1981"
    INSIDE Employee Rights Litigation
    John Wiley & Sons, July 1996
  • "The Brave New World of the Changes in Discovery Practice Under the Federal Rules"
    17 Trial Diplomacy Journal, 143
    John Wiley & Sons (May-June 1994)
  • "Some Low Visibility Issues of Statistical Proof of Employment Discrimination"
    The Florida Bar Journal (November 1988)
  • Editorial Subcommittee on Chapter 36 "Proof" for Five Year Cumulative Supplement
    Second Edition (1989)
    Schlei & Grossman, Employment Discrimination
    American Bar Association Section of Labor Employment Law
    Committee on Equal Employment Opportunity Law
    Bureau of National Affairs
  • "Expert Testimony on Selection Process"
    Florida Bar, Continuing Legal Education
    Equal Employment Opportunity Practice 1986
  • "Employment Discrimination Remedies"
    Co-authored with Thomas A. Warren
    Florida Bar, Continuing Legal Education
    Equal Employment Opportunity Practice 1983
  • Handling Employment Discrimination Actions
    Co-authored manual with forms with Albert J. Hadeed
    Hampton Publishers (1982)
  • "Title VII Remedies" (Chapter 15)
    Federal Civil Rights Litigation
    Practicing Law Institute (1979)
  • "Attorney's Fees in Employment Discrimination Litigation" (Chapter 8), and "Class Actions in Title VII" (Chapter 9)
    Federal Civil Rights Litigation
    Practicing Law Institute (1977)
  • Book Review, Civil Rights Litigation
    5 Florida State University Law Review 558 (1977)
  • What Really Works to Combat Sex Discrimination in Employment
    Conference proceedings transcribed
    National Organization for Women (1974)
  • "Access of Visitors to Labor Camps on Privately Owned Property"
    23 University of Florida Law Review 295 (1969)

Teaching and Lecturing

  • The Tallahassee Bar Association
    The Legal Framework of Detention at Guant√°namo Bay
    (2007)
  • National Employment Lawyers Association
    Conference on Impact Litigation
    Seeking Class Action Status
    (Cambridge, MA 2005)
  • Florida Employment Lawyers Association
    Semi-annual Conference
    Using Statistics in Non-class Action Cases
    (St. Petersburg Beach, FL 2005)
  • National Employment Lawyers Association
    National Convention
    The Use of Defendant's Electronic Records
    (San Antonio, TX 2004)
  • National Employment Lawyers Association
    National Convention
    Proving Intent
    (Seattle, Washington 2001)
  • National Employment Lawyers Association
    National Convention
    Use of Statistics in Employment
    Discrimination Cases(Washington, D.C. 2000)
  • Florida Bar Labor & Employment Section
    Annual Employment Law Litigation
    Class Actions
    (Lake Buena Vista 1999)
  • National Employment Lawyers Association
    National Convention
    Motions in Limine
    (New Orleans 1999)
  • National Employment Lawyers Association
    National Convention
    Class Actions
    (Monterey, 1998)
  • National Employment Lawyers Association
    National Convention
    Class Actions
    (Toronto, 1997)
  • ALI-ABA
    The Big Case
    (New Orleans, 1996)
  • National Employment Lawyers Association
    National Convention
    Class Actions
    (Water Valley, NH 1995)
  • National Employment Lawyers Association
    National Convention
    Class Actions
    (Blaine, 1994)
  • National Employment Lawyers Association
    National Convention
    Class Actions
    (Orlando, 1993)
  • National Employment Lawyers Association
    National Convention
    Class Actions
    (Vail, 1992)
  • National Employment Lawyers Association
    National Convention
    Use of Statistical Proof
    (Cape Cod, 1991)
  • National Employment Lawyers Association
    National Convention
    Use of Computers in Complex Litigation
    (Lake Tahoe, 1990)
  • Institute for Criminal Justice
    Annual Conference
    Use of Computers in Complex Litigation
    (Key West, 1990)
  • Florida Legal Services
    Advanced Seminar
    Complex and Class Action Litigation
    (Tampa, 1990)
  • Florida Bar, Continuing Legal Education
    Equal Employment Opportunity Practice 1988
    Title VII Class Actions
    (Orlando, 1988)
  • NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc.
    Airlie Conference
    Title VII, Stage II Problems
    (Warrenton, Virginia, 1986)
  • Florida Bar, Continuing Legal Education
    Equal Employment Opportunity Practice 1986
    (Miami, 1986)
  • Florida Bar, Continuing Legal Education
    Equal Employment Opportunity Practice
    "Employment Discrimination Remedies"
    (Miami, 1983)
  • American Bar Association
    Institute on Litigation of EEO Remedies
    Attorney for the Intervenors
    (Washington, 1982)
  • Hampton Seminars
    Handling Employment Discrimination Actions
    (Tampa, 1982)
  • Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
    "Litigating an Employment Discrimination Case"
    (Miami, 1980) (two days, principal instructor)
  • Florida Bar and American Bar Association
    Conference on Public Interest Law
    Lecture: Title VII
    (Nova University Law School, Ft. Lauderdale, November 1979)
  • Florida Chamber of Commerce, Florida Board of Regents, Florida Council of 100, et al.
    "Women Moving Forward" (Conference on the Economic Status of Women)
    Lecture: "The Legal Arena: Realities & Limitations"
    (Orlando, October 1979)
  • International Association of Democratic Lawyers
    Legal Rights of Women in the Workplace
    Lecture: "The Role and Position of Women: In Law and Practice"
    (Cambridge, England; September 1979)
  • Practising Law Institute
    Federal Civil Rights Litigation
    Lecture: "Employment Discrimination Remedies"
    (New Orleans, 1979)
  • National Organization for Women
    Florida State Convention
    Seminar on Title VII
    (Tallahassee, 1979)
  • National Institute for Trial Advocacy
    Training Program
    (Chapel Hill, 4 days 1978)
  • Legal Services Lawyers
    Training Conference
    (Orlando, 1977)
  • Practising Law Institute
    Federal Civil Rights Litigations
    "Title VII Remedies"
    (Dallas, 1977)
  • Florida Commission on Human Relations
    Conference (Tampa, 1976)
  • Florida State University, School of Law
    "Sex Roles and the Law"
    (Employment Discrimination; 8 hours)
    (Tallahassee, 1976)
  • National Organization for Women
    Florida Conference on Legislative Strategy
    "The Effect of ERA on Employment Discrimination"
    (Tallahassee, 1975)
  • Florida State University, School of Law
    "Law of the Poor"
    (Employment Discrimination; 9 hours)
    (Tallahassee, 1974)
  • National Organization for Women
    Pensacola Chapter Conference
    (Pensacola, 1974)

  • National Organization for Women
    Southeastern Regional Meeting
    (Employment Discrimination)
    (Tallahassee, 1974)
  • Florida Commission on Human Relations
    Conference (Fort Myers, 1973)
  • Mexican-American Legal Defense Fund
    "Employment Discrimination Against Farm Workers"
    (San Antonio, 1969)
  • Reginald Heber-Smith Fellowship Training
    Training for the National OEO Legal Services Fellows
    "Employment Discrimination Against Farm Workers"
    (Haverford, Pennsylvania, 1969)

Professional Activities

  • National Employment Lawyers Association
    served on the Executive Board for three years formerly Chair of Class Action and Federal Rules Committees
  • American Bar Association
    (Labor Law Section & Litigation Section)
  • The Florida Bar
    (Labor Law Committee & Administrative Law Committee)
  • Member of Now Defunct Advisory Committee on Revision of Local Rules of United States
    District Court, Northern District of Florida
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Member of the Editorial Board
    Inside Employee Rights Litigation
    Panel Publishing