Jennifer Sperling

Visiting Assistant Professor of Law


   Professor Sperling joined the Villanova University School of Law faculty in 2012.  She is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Clinical Program, where she teaches the Civil Justice Clinic seminar and supervises students advocating for low-income clients in a variety of civil matters.

Professor Sperling received her B.A. with honors from Boston University in 2000, and her J.D. from Yale Law School in 2005.  While at Yale, she was active in the clinical program, as well as several student organizations, serving as Co-Chair of Yale Law Women, President of the Student Legal Animal Defense Fund, and an Organizer of the annual Rebellious Lawyering conference.  After completing her J.D., Professor Sperling joined the New York offices of Latham & Watkins as a litigation associate.  She left the firm, and New York, to clerk for the Honorable Anita B. Brody in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, then accepted a two-year term at the Third Circuit Court of Appeals as a staff attorney.  Prior to joining the faculty at Villanova, Professor Sperling served as in-house counsel to the environmental non-profit, Greenpeace USA.

Professor Sperling’s scholarship focuses on issues impacted by the intersection of gender, race, poverty, policy, and regulation.  Her article, REFRAMING THE WORK-FAMILY CONFLICT DEBATE: REJECTING THE IDEAL PARENT NORM (22 Am. U.J. Gender, Soc. Pol'y & Law, 47-90 (2013)), has been published in American University Washington College of Law’s Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law.

In addition to the Villanova community, Professor Sperling is an active member of the Philadelphia business and non-profit community.  She is a Board Member of the Pennsylvania Lawyers for Social Equity, a 501(c)(3) non-profit legal aid organization that sponsors the Criminal Record Expungement Project, which works to reduce the collateral effects of criminal records.  She also serves on the Board of Advisors for Girls Rock Philly, a non-profit music and mentoring organization for girls and young women, and Little Baby’s Ice Cream, a hand-made, small-batch Ice Cream company headquartered in Philadelphia.

Practice Experience

  • Associate, Latham & Watkins LLP
  • Judicial Clerk for Judge Anita B. Broad of the U.S. District Court E.D.Pa.
  • Staff Attorney, Third Circuit
  • Staff Attorney, Greenpeace, USA
  • Joined the faculty in 2012
Jennifer Sperling

Office: Rm 134, Law School Building
Phone: 610-519-3061


Courses and Seminars

  • Civil Justice Clinic


Yale Law School, JD

Boston University, BA