• LL.M., Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, 2014
  • J.D., magna cum laude, St. Louis University School of Law, 1995
  • B.A., magna cum laude, Washington and Lee University, 1990

License to Practice

  • Kentucky
  • Missouri

Specialties and Courses

  • Legal education, authentic and integrated course design, and teaching methods
  • Legal Writing and Reasoning
  • Consumer bankruptcy and exemptions
  • Food, drug and pharmacy law
  • Human reproduction law and responsibilities
  • Irish individual and family liberties
  • Religious liberties
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Re-Organization

Honors & Awards

  • Order of the Woolsack
  • Phi Eta Sigma
  • Omicron Delta Kappa
  • Faculty Scholarship Award, Arizona Summit Law School, 2013-14


Jennifer Spreng teaches Legal Communication, Analysis and Professionalism I and II and previously taught upper-class writing in the Law Success program. She has designed and taught numerous innovative doctrinal, writing, simulation, academic support, bar preparation, and integrated courses, often in experimental formats and notable for their authentic anchoring scenarios and learning experiences and extensive formative assessment. Spreng regularly publishes and lectures both here and abroad about authentic learning, integrated course design, legal writing, and other law teaching and curriculum issues. 

Prior to arriving at St. Mary’s, Spreng was Associate Professor of Law and taught Bankruptcy, Civil Procedure, and Constitutional Law for nine years at Arizona Summit Law School, where she led cutting-edge curriculum development efforts, designed and delivered integrated courses, and regularly created innovative classroom teaching methods and materials, such as The Great Civil Procedure Shootout. She also taught Legal Writing, Research and Analysis and Pretrial Practice at Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School.

Spreng is the author of the book, Abortion and Divorce Law in Ireland, and her articles about possible Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals reorganization are leaders in the field. She won Arizona Summit’s 2013-14 Faculty Scholarship Award and maintains scholarly interests in religious and other individual liberties and food and drug, and pharmacy law.

Spreng is a former clerk to Judges Andrew J. Kleinfeld of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and F. A. Little Jr. of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana and practiced bankruptcy and civil litigation in Owensboro, Kentucky for nine years. Before law school, she served as a U.S. Congressional staff member providing research support for a welfare reform project that formed the foundation for the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act of 1996.



Abortion and Divorce Law in Ireland (2004)

Shorter Works in Collection

Work in Progress, Suppose the Class Began the Day the Case Walked in the Door . . . (work in progress for book to be published by Nottingham Law School (U.K.) and likely to appear in 2016-17).


Is the Turkey Halal? Genetically Modified Animal Feed Regulation Where East Meets West, 21 Drake J. Agric. L. 191 (2016).

Spirals and Schemas: How First-Year Course Integration Creates Higher-Order Thinkers and Problem Solvers, 37 U. La Verne L. Rev. 37 (2015).

It’s All About the People: Classroom Hierarchy, Deference and Teaching Assistants in a Civil Procedure Classroom Community, 8 Socio-Leg. Rev. 121 (2013).

It’s All About the People: Creating a Community of Memory in Civil Procedure II, Part One, 4 Phoenix L. Rev. 183 (2010).

The Private World of Juvenile Court: Mothers, Mental Illness and the Relentless Machinery of the State, 17 Duke J. Gender L. Pol’y 189 (2010).

The Food and Drug Administration and the Pharmacy Profession: Partners to Ensure the Safety and Efficacy of Pharmacogenomic Therapy, 13 J. Health Care L. & Pol’y 77 (2010).

With Javier M. Leija, Before Creation, There Was the Big Bang, 3(2) Phoenix L. Rev. iii (2010).

The Beat Goes On: Griswold v. Connecticut and the Rhythms of the Law, Arizona Attorney, Oct. 2010, at 44.

With Roberto J. Escobar, Solving the Burklow Problem: Federal Question Jurisdiction of Tucker Act and Labor-Management Relations Act Cases After Textron Lycoming v. UAW, 55 Wayne L. Rev. 941 (2010).

Conscientious Objectors Behind the Counter: Statutory Defenses to Tort Liability for Failure to Dispense Contraceptives, 1 St. Louis U. J. Health L. & Pol’y 337 (2008).

Pharmacists and the “Duty” to Dispense Emergency Contraceptives, 23 Issues L. & Med.. 215 (2008) (peer reviewed).

When “Welfare” Becomes “Work Support”: Exempting Earned Income Tax Credit Payments in Bankruptcy, 78 Am. Bankr. L.J. 279 (2005).

Three Divisions in One Circuit? A Critique of the Recommendations from the Commission on Structural Alternatives for the Federal Courts of Appeals, 35 Idaho L. Rev. 553 (1999).

The Icebox Cometh: A Former Clerk’s View of the Proposed Ninth Circuit Split, 73 Wash. L. Rev. 875 (1998).

Scenes from the Southside: A Desegregation Drama in Five Acts, 19 U. Ark. Little Rock L.J. 327 (1997).

Failing Honorably: Balancing Tests, Justice O’Connor and the Free Exercise of Religion, 38 St. Louis U.L.J. 837 (1994).

White Papers

Improving the Model for OMHS Governance: A Position Paper (Public Life Foundation 2003).

Ensuring Accountability: A Position Paper on Hospital Governance in Daviess County (Public Life Foundation 2003).

New Directions: Welfare Reform in Twelve States (House Wednesday Group, United States Congress 1992).

Popular Publications and Media Highlights

Patrick Gregory, 12th Cir. on Horizon? Breaking Up 9th Cir. Hard to Do, U.S. Law Week, Feb. 10, 2016

Mike Sunnucks, The Rise and Fall of SkyMall, Phoenix Business Journal, Mar. 6, 2015

Clark v. Rameker – Post-Decision SCOTUScast, Federalist Society, July 18, 2014, (podcast).

Clark v. Rameker – Post-Argument SCOTUScast, Federalist Society, Apr. 1, 2014, http://www.fed- (podcast).

Lesson of Brown Decision: We’re All Responsible for Justice, Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer, May 15, 2005.

With Carl Tobias, Debate Club: Should the Ninth Circuit Be Divided?, Legal Affairs, Nov. 8-12, 2004,

Brokering Elections Isn’t Justices’ Role, Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer, Dec. 17, 2000, at 3E.


Spirals and Schemas: Teaching Students to Learn Like Lawyers, Institute for Law Teaching and Learning, Real-World Readiness Conference, June 11, 2016

Suppose the Class Began the Day the Case Walked in the Door . . . , Centre for Legal Education, Nottingham Law School (Nottingham, England), Conference on Legal Education and Access to Justice, June 2015

Suppose the Class Began the Day the Case Walked in the Door . . . , LegalED, Igniting Law Teaching Conference, March 2015 (TEDx-type videorecording)

Is the Turkey Halal? Genetically Modified Food Regulation Where East Meets West, Fall Orientation, Arizona Summit Law School, August 2014 (continuing legal education)

Assisting Joshua Jay Kanassatega, Litigation Approaches, How to Plead Jurisdiction, First Annual American Indian Law Conference, Arizona Summit Law School, August 23, 2013

It’s All About the People: Clark v. Jones, The Great Civil Procedure Shootout, and Creating Law School Classroom Communities, Institute for Law Teaching and Learning, Hybrid Law Teaching Conference, June 2013 (presentation with student co-presenter)

It’s All About the People: Clark v. Jones, Lord of the Rings, and Communities of Memory in Civil Procedure, Society of American Law Teachers Law Teaching Conference, October 2012 (roundtable presentation with student commenters)

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