Panelist: James Spruel, Jr.
James Spruel Jr. is a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana and a resident of Lake Charles, Louisiana. He received his formal high school education at Phillips Andover Academy in Andover, Mass., and undergraduate degree from Howard University in Washington, DC.
He is a 1978 graduate of the University of Texas at Austin Law School. Spruel has worked for and with many community service organizations, including the Literacy Council of Southwest Louisiana and the Foreman Reynaud YMCA Black Achievers Program.
He is currently serving as one of twenty commissioners for the Council on Occupational Education (COE), a national accrediting agency providing accreditation services to non-degree-granting and applied associate degree-granting postsecondary occupational education institutions.
Spruel has been a practicing attorney in the state of Louisiana since October 1979.
He began his legal career as a staff attorney and the Director of Litigation for Southwest Louisiana Legal Services Society, Inc., in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Later, he entered the private practice of law when he became a partner in the Law Firm of Gray, Clemons, and Spruel.
In 1990, Spruel became an assistant district attorney for the District Attorney’s Office in Calcasieu Parish. While an assistant district attorney he served as general counsel to the Calcasieu Parish School Board.
Today, Spruel continues his private legal practice and is legal counsel for the Lake Charles Charter Academy Foundation, Inc. Board of Trustees.
James is married to Loretta and they have four children: Jessica, Jason, Justin and Joseph. He is active in church and civic matters.