John Andrew (Andy) Spanogle, Jr. is a pioneer in the modern consumer rights movement.
For almost 50 years, Andy has contributed to the advancement of consumer law in an unusually wide range of ways: as an advocate for pro-consumer state statutes on banking, commercial, and consumer law; as one of fourteen original recruits of Ralph Nader’s Public Interest Research Group; as a law professor at universities including the University of Maine and George Washington University Law School; and as lead author of several widely-used law textbooks, including Consumer Law, the first casebook of its kind, which helped law schools develop a new consumer law course.
Spanogle’s consumer rights accomplishments include playing a key role in establishing credit card liability limits, and being involved in the efforts leading to the creation of the Fair Credit Billing Act and improvement of the Truth in Lending Act. He also contributed to including pro-consumer protections in common mortgage contracts and standardized credit underwriting guidelines promulgated by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. All consumers today benefit from the work done by Andy and other leading advocates in the early days of the modern consumer rights movement.
Today, Andy is a member of NCLC’s Partners Council and a leading supporter of our advocacy for consumer rights. Through a generous, multi-year gift, Andy helps sustain NCLC’s Washington, DC office and our advocacy in the nation’s capital. The Spanogle Institute for Consumer Advocacy, dedicated in November, 2017, helps ensure that NCLC has a reliable source of support to continue advancing fairness in the marketplace.Through his advocacy, writing, teaching and philanthropy, Andy has impacted countless consumer law advocates and inspired action for consumer rights and a fair and level playing field for all. NCLC is extraordinarily grateful for his ongoing support of our work.