Oxford Research Professor
Director, Certificate Program in Estate Planning
Wills, Trusts and Estates
Advanced Trust Law
Law and Literature
Information Privacy Law
Special Topics in Trusts and Estates
Estate and Gift Tax
Taxation of Business Entities
B.A., German Literature, Princeton University
J.D., New York University School of Law
Ph.D., English Literature, Boston College
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Professor Spivack’s scholarship focuses on gender issues in property, 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.”
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. She is a regularly invited guest speaker at conferences, and in 2013 was named Oxford Research Professor of Law.