Professor Carla Spivack


Oxford Research Professor

Director, Certificate Program in Estate Planning

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Wills, Trusts and Estates

Advanced Trust Law

Family Law

Feminist Jurisprudence

Law and Literature

Information Privacy Law

Special Topics in Trusts and Estates

Estate and Gift Tax


B.A., German Literature, Princeton University

J.D., New York University School of Law

Ph.D., English Literature, Boston College

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Before joining the faculty, Professor Spivack practiced civil litigation at Cadwalader, Wickersham and Taft, a New York law firm. She received her BA from Princeton, her JD from New York University School of Law, and her PhD in English Literature from Boston College. She clerked for the Hon Robert G. Flanders, Jr. of the Supreme Court of Rhode Island.

Professor Spivack’s scholarship focuses on gender issues in property and trusts and estates law, as well as comparative law. She writes about ways inheritance law can and should take account of realities like spousal and child abuse, and about how American inheritance law compares with that of civil law countries.  She is currently writing a book called “Robbing Women: How American Property Law Cheats Women in Marriage, Divorce and Death.”

Professor Spivack’s work is cited at length in various Trusts and Estates casebooks, and her article, “Let’s Get Serious: Spousal Abuse Should Bar Inheritance” was named one of ten “Must Read” Trusts and Estates articles of 2011 by TaxProf Blog, the leading estate planning and tax blog.  She is a regularly invited guest speaker at conferences, and in 2013 was named Oxford Research Professor of Law.


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