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Clara Spera

Lecturer on Law

Fall 2024

Clara Spera
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Clara is Senior Counsel at the National Women’s Law Center, where she helps lead the Abortion Access Legal Defense Fund, engages in strategic advising on reproductive rights and health issues, and litigates reproductive rights cases. Clara previously worked at the American Civil Liberties Union Reproductive Freedom Project, where she brought several challenges to abortion restrictions in both federal and state courts. She was also a fellow with the Federal Defenders of New York, where she represented indigent defendants at all stages of criminal proceedings in federal court in Brooklyn. Prior to joining the National women’s Law Center, Clara spent time in private practice at a large, international law firm, where she focused her pro bono practice on reproductive rights litigation and advising.

Clara is a graduate of Harvard Law School, the University of Cambridge, and the University of Chicago. Clara is a member of the Equal Rights Amendment Coalition’s ERA Advisory Council, a group dedicated to passing an Equal Rights Amendment.


  • J.D. Harvard Law School, 2017
  • M.Phil. University of Cambridge, 2013
  • B.A. University of Chicago