Professor Carla Spivack



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  • Property
  • Wills, Trusts and Estates
  • Advanced Trust Law
  • Family Law
  • Feminist Jurisprudence
  • Law and Literature

B.A., German Literature, Princeton University

J.D., New York University School of Law

Ph.D, English Literature, Boston College


Professor of Law

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.

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.

Representative Publications

Killers Shouldn’t Inherit from Their Victims…or Should They?, Forthcoming, Georgia L. Rev. (2013)

Let’s Get Serious:  Spousal Abuse Should Bar Inheritance, 90.1 Oregon L. Rev. 247 (2011)

Why the Testamentary Doctrine of Undue Influence Should be Abolished, 58:2 Univ. of Kansas L. Rev. 245 (2010)

Stop the Beach Renourishment v. Florida Department of Environmental Protection in a Comparative Law Context, 44 New England Law Review 869 (2011)

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