William & Mary

Michéle C. Spike

Visiting Professor of the Practice
Degrees: J.D., Boston University; B.A., Connecticut College
Email: [[mkspike]]
Representative Professional Activities and Achievements

Michele Kahn Spike has been a member of the Bar of the State of New York and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York since 1977. After graduation from Connecticut College, summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, with honors in Government, and a minor in Economics, Spike attended the Boston University School of Law, earning the degree of J.D. cum laude. From 1977 – 1989, Spike practiced law in New York City with specialties in aviation law, anti-trust, and mergers and acquisitions. With her husband John and son Nicholas, Spike moved to Florence, Italy, in 1989, where she represented American companies active in Europe. She has been an Adjunct Professor at the School of Law since 2012 and was named Visiting Professor of Legal Practice in 2017. She teaches Secured Transactions and Legal Drafting for a Transactional Practice.

Michele Spike is also known internationally as a biographer, scholar and lecturer on the life of Matilda of Canossa, Countess of Tuscany. Last year, Spike curated the exhibition, Matilda of Canossa (1046-1115) the Woman who Changed the Course of History at the Casa Buonarroti in Florence (with a catalogue in Italian and in English). The University at Bologna dates its foundation to 1088 when Matilda asked a scholar named Wernerius to revive the study of the Roman law books of the emperor Justinian (r. 527-565) which had long been ignored. Spike’s studies concentrate on the importance of this twelfth century revival of Roman law, particularly in the area of women’s rights.

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