Jane Ginsburg

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Jane Ginsburg
Born Jane Carol Ginsburg
(1955-07-21) July 21, 1955 (age 61)
Alma mater University of Chicago
Harvard University
Panthéon-Assas University
Spouse(s) George T. Spera, Jr.
Parent(s) Martin Ginsburg
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Relatives James Steven Ginsburg (brother)

Jane Carol Ginsburg (born 1955) is the Morton L. Janklow Professor of Literary and Artistic Property Law at the Columbia Law School. She also directs the law school's Kernochan Center For Law, Media and the Arts.[1] In 2011, Ginsburg was elected to the British Academy, a distinct and rare honor for American scholars.[2]

Ginsburg attended The Brearley School. An expert on copyright, Ginsburg has written various treatises and law review articles. She holds a Bachelor's (1976) and Master's of Arts (1977) from the University of Chicago, a law degree (1980) from Harvard Law School, and a DEA with a Fulbright grant (1985) and a Doctor of Law (1995) from Panthéon-Assas University. At Harvard, she served as an editor of the Harvard Law Review.[1][3] After law school, she clerked for Judge John Gibbons of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

She is the daughter of United States Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and law professor Martin Ginsburg, both of whom formerly served on the Columbia Law School faculty. Justice Ginsburg and Jane are the first mother–daughter pair ever to serve on the same law faculty in the United States.[4] Her brother is Cedille Records founder James Steven Ginsburg.

She lives with her husband, George T. Spera, Jr., who works for noted law firm Shearman & Sterling.


  1. ^ a b "Jane C Ginsburg". Columbia Law School. Retrieved January 22, 2010. 
  2. ^ "GINSBURG GARNERS HONORS IN BRITAIN, U.S.". Columbia Law School Magazine. Fall 2011. 
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  4. ^ Harris, Gardiner (June 27, 2010). "M.D. Ginsburg, 78, Dies; Lawyer and Tax Expert". The New York Times. Retrieved June 28, 2010. 

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