Sandra F. Sperino
Professor of Law
BA, Texas Tech University
MS, University of Illinois
JD, University of Illinois
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Areas of Interest
- Civil Procedure
- Employment Discrimination
Professor Sperino teaches in the areas of civil procedure, torts, and employment law. Prior to joining the UC faculty, she served on the faculty at Temple University Beasley School of Law. She previously was a visiting professor at the University of Illinois College of Law.
Professor Sperino’s scholarship focuses on employment discrimination, and her recent work focuses on the intersection of tort and discrimination law. Her recent articles are published in the Michigan Law Review, the University of Illinois Law Review, the George Mason Law Review, and the Notre Dame Law Review. Her article, The Tort Label, was selected for the Harvard/Stanford/Yale Faculty Forum. She is a co-author (with Grover and Gonzalez) of Employment Discrimination: Context and Practice, an employment discrimination casebook.
Prior to her academic career, Professor Sperino was a clerk for the Hon. Donald J. Stohr of the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri, and an attorney for the litigation and labor and employment departments at Lewis, Rice & Fingerish in St. Louis. There she drafted the petition for writ of certiorari and co-authored the brief argued before the U.S. Supreme Court in United States v. Sell, in which the Court determined the government must satisfy certain criteria before it can medicate pre-trial detainees to make them competent for trial.
In 2012 she served as the Chair for the AALS Section on Employment Discrimination Law and is a contributing editor to several employment law books published by the American Bar Association. Professor Sperino received her J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law, where she was editor-in-chief of the University of Illinois Law Review.
BOOKS AND ARTICLES
Let’s Pretend Title VII is a Tort, ___ Ohio St. L. Rev. ___ (forthcoming 2014).
The Tort Label, ___ Fla. L. Rev. ___ (forthcoming 2014).
Discrimination Statutes, the Common Law and Proximate Cause, 2013 U. Ill. L. Rev. 1 (2013) (lead article).
Statutory Proximate Cause, 88 Notre Dame L. Rev. 1199 (2013).
Revitalizing State Discrimination Law, 20 George Mason L. Rev. 545 (Winter 2013).
Rethinking Discrimination Law, 110 Mich. L. Rev. 69 (2011).
Employment Discrimination: Cases and Materials, Carolina Academic Press (co-authored with Susan Grover and Jarod Gonzalez) (2010).
A Modern Theory of Direct Corporate Liability for Title VII, 61 Ala. L. Rev. 773 (2010).
Judicial Preemption of Punitive Damages, 78 U. Cin. L. Rev. 227 (2009).
The "Disappearing" Dilemma: Why Agency Principles Should Now Take Center Stage in Retaliation Cases, 57 Kan. L. Rev. 157 (2008).
Complying with Export Laws without Importing Discrimination Liability: An Attempt to Integrate Employment Discrimination Law with Deemed Export Requirements, 52 St. Louis University Law Journal 375 (Winter 2007-08).
Recreating Diversity in Employment Law by Debunking the Myth of the McDonnell-Douglas Monolith, 44 Houston L. Rev. 349 (2007).
The Sky Remains Intact: Why Allowing Subgroup Evidence is Consistent with the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, 90 Marquette L. Rev. 227 (2006).
Flying Without A Statutory Basis: Why McDonnell-Douglas Is Not Justified By Any Statutory Construction Methodology, 43 Houston L. Rev. 743 (2006).
Under Construction: Questioning Whether Statutory Construction Principles Justify Individual Liability Under the Family and Medical Leave Act, 71 Mo. L. Rev. 71 (2006).
Disparate Impact or No Impact? The Future of Non-Intentional Discrimination Claims Brought by the Elderly, 13 Elder L.J. 339 (University of Illinois 2005).
Chaos Theory: The Unintended Consequences of Expanding Individual Liability Under the Family and Medical Leave Act, Emp. Rights & Empl. Pol’y J., Vol. 9, Issue 2 (2005) (peer-reviewed journal).
ESSAYS AND OTHER PUBLICATIONS
Diminishing Retaliation Liability (w/ Alex Long), NYU Law Review Online (2013).
Direct Employer Liability for Punitive Damages, A Response to Joseph Seiner’s Article, Punitive Damages, Due Process and Employment Discrimination, 97 Iowa L. Rev. Bull. 24, 33 (2012).
Framing Discrimination Law, Jurist (Fall 2011).
The New Calculus of Punitive Damages for Employment Discrimination Cases, 62 Okla. L. Rev. 701 (2010).
Diminishing Deference: Learning Lessons from Recent Congressional Rejection of the Supreme Court’s Interpretation of Discrimination Statutes, 33 Rutgers L. Rec. 40 (2009).