Clinical Professor Carrie Sperling is on leave throughout the 2023 academic year.
Carrie Sperling joined the University of Wisconsin Law School in August 2013 where she now serves as the Interim Director of the Frank J. Remington Center and Co-Director of the Wisconsin Innocence Project. Sperling has a broad range of practice, teaching, and management experience. Her legal practice has focused on civil-rights and post-conviction litigation, and she has taught legal method, persuasion and advocacy at Arizona State's Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law and at the University of Oklahoma College of Law.
Early in her legal career, Sperling served as the Director of the ACLU's North Texas Region. In 2008, while teaching at Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, she became the Executive Director of the Arizona Justice Project, a project that investigates and litigates on behalf of the wrongly convicted. At the Arizona Justice Project, Sperling led a unique collaboration between the Project and the Arizona Attorney General's Office to provide DNA testing to all Arizona inmates convicted of serious crimes who were claiming innocence. During her tenure with the Arizona Justice Project, she laid the ground work for the release of eight inmates who were wrongly convicted or had suffered a manifest injustice.
Professor Sperling publishes at the intersection of law and science. Her articles apply the latest social science to legal persuasion and legal pedagogy and address the dangers of unreliable forensic science in criminal trials. Some of her cases have been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Slate, The Guardian, The Daily Mail, The Dallas Morning News, The Sacramento Bee, The Arizona Republic, and the Phoenix New Times.
She has also served as a law clerk to the Hon. Jerry Buckmeyer, U.S. District Judge, and the Hon. Paul D. Stickney, U.S. Magistrate Judge in the Northern District of Texas.
Scholarship & Publications
News & Media
Wednesday, Sep 23, 2020Carrie Sperling is working to prove that a Wisconsin Innocence Project client was coerced into confessing to murder
Wednesday, Jan 15, 2020Wisconsin Innocence Project's Carrie Sperling argues before Georgia Supreme Court in murder appeal
Wednesday, Nov 6, 2019VOCA Restraining Order Clinic wins state bar award for legal innovation
Friday, Oct 25, 2019Steve Wright and Carrie Sperling among 250 petitioning governor for Brendan Dassey's release
Thursday, Oct 25, 2018UW Law School to launch new restraining order clinic
Monday, Aug 6, 2018Carrie Sperling, an expert in 'shaken baby' cases, represents Georgia man convicted in infant's death
Tuesday, Mar 22, 2016A Q&A with Carrie Sperling on the aftermath of "Making a Murderer"
Friday, Mar 11, 2016British doctor found guilty of misleading courts in 'shaken baby' testimony; Carrie Sperling comments
Thursday, Mar 3, 2016Carrie Sperling discusses "Making A Murderer"
Monday, Jul 6, 2015Carrie Sperling discusses new trial for Wisconsin Innocence Project client
Wisconsin Public Radio
Tuesday, May 26, 2015Wisconsin Innocence Project takes on 2007 shaken baby case; Carrie Sperling comments
Wednesday, Jan 14, 2015Carrie Sperling lends expertise on alleged head trauma in children to Georgia couple's case
Tuesday, Nov 25, 2014How can doctors be sure a baby's been shaken? Carrie Sperling weighs in
Thursday, Sep 18, 2014Wisconsin Innocence Project's Carrie Sperling seeks new trial for Georgia man convicted of murder
Tuesday, Aug 5, 2014Wisconsin Innocence Project's Carrie Sperling says Racine County convicted wrong man in 1995 rape case
Wisconsin State Journal