Marc Spindelman

Isadore and Ida Topper Professor of Law
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(614) 292-9913 Twitter: @MarcSpindelman

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    • B.A., Johns Hopkins University
    • J.D., University of Michigan Law School

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    Areas of Expertise:
    • Bioethics
    • Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
    • Constitutional Law
    • Family Law
    • Feminist Legal Theory
    • Health Law
    • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Rights

  • Marc Spindelman, the Isadore and Ida Topper Professor of Law, is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School. Following law school, Professor Spindelman clerked for Judge (now Chief Judge) Alice M. Batchelder on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and was an associate at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft in New York City.

    After leaving Wall Street, he was a Reginald F. Lewis Fellow for Law Teaching at Harvard Law School, taught as a Visiting Instructor at the University of Michigan Law School, and spent two years as a Greenwall Fellow in Bioethics and Health Policy at Georgetown University and Johns Hopkins University. While a Greenwall Fellow, Professor Spindelman was also an adjunct professor of law at the Georgetown University Law Center, a faculty associate at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, and a research fellow at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research.

    Since joining the faculty at the Moritz College of Law, Professor Spindelman also has been a visiting professor of law at the Georgetown University Law Center (Spring ’05), and at the University of Michigan Law School (AY ’07-’08).

    His scholarship focuses largely on questions of inequality, often in the contexts of sex, sexual violence, and death. He is the co-author of a leading casebook in Family Law, and he regularly teaches Constitutional LawFamily LawConstitutional Law TheoryCritical Theory/Critical Lawyering, and Sexual Violence and the Law. Other courses he has recently taught include The Lawyer in the Community and The Rule of Law in the Age of Legal Change.


    Judith Areen, Marc Spindelman, and Philomilia Tsoukala, Family Law: Cases and Materials (6th Edition 2012)

    Judith Areen, Marc Spindelman, and Philomilia Tsoukala, Family Law: Cases and Materials (Concise Edition 2012)


    On the Constitutionality of Ohio’s “Down Syndrome Abortion Ban”79 Ohio State Law Journal: Furthermore 19 (2018)

    Obergefell’s Dreams, 77 Ohio State Law Journal 1039 (2016)

    A Reader’s Guide to the Obergefell v. Hodges Colloquium, 77 Ohio State Law Journal 905 (2016)

    Sexuality’s Law, 24 Columbia Journal of Gender and Law 87 (2013)

    Tyrone Garner’s Lawrence v. Texas, 111 Michigan Law Review 1111 (2013)

    On the Constitutionality of Ohio’s Proposed “Heartbeat Bill”, 74 Ohio State Law Journal 147 (2013)

    Gay Men and Sex Equality, 46 Tulsa Law Review 123 (2010)

    Feminism Without Feminism, Issues in Legal Scholarship, Dec. 2011, art. 8

    Foreword: Progressive Constitutionalism Considered, 72 Ohio State Law Journal (2011)

    House Rule XII: Congress and the Constitution, 72 Ohio State Law Journal  (2011)

    Sexual Freedom’s Shadows, 23 Yale J.L. and Feminism 179 (2011)

    Anti-abortion ‘Heartbeat Bill’ unlikely to withstand court, Cincinnati Enquirer, April 24, 2011

    Justice Ginsburg’s Benchwork, 70 Ohio State Law Journal 797 (2010)

    Toward a Progressive Perspective on Justice Ginsburg’s Constitution, 70 Ohio State Law Journal 1115 (2010)

    Death, Dying, and Domination, 106 Michigan Law Review 1641 (2008) 

    Foreword: Some Early Views on District of Columbia v. Heller, 69 Ohio State Law Journal 603 (2008)

    State v. Carswell: The Whipsaws of Backlash, 24 Washington University Journal of Law and Policy 165 (2007) (invited)

    Some Thoughts on Same-Sex Prostitution, 8 Georgetown Journal of Gender and the Law 1013 (2007) (invited)

    Ohio Court Redefines the Future for Gays, Lesbians, The Plain Dealer, August 16, 2007, at B9

    The Honeymoon’s Over, Legal Times, June 12, 2006, at 66

    Andrea Dworkin, in New Makers of Modern Culture 430 (Justin Wintle ed., 2007)

    Homosexuality’s Horizon, 54 Emory Law Journal 1361 (2005) (invited)

    Foreword to 2004 Symposium: Equality, Privacy and Lesbian and Gay Rights After Lawrence v. Texas, 65 Ohio State Law Journal 1057 (2004)

    Sketches of Yale Kamisar, 2 Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law 1 (2004)

    Yale, 102 Michigan Law Review 1747 (2004) (invited)

    Surviving Lawrence v. Texas, 102 Michigan Law Review 1615 (2004) (invited)

    Sodomy Politics in Lawrence v. Texas, Jurist, June 12, 2003

    Sex Equality Panic, 13 Columbia Journal of Gender and Law 1 (2004)

    A Dissent from the Many Dissents from Attorney General Ashcroft’s Interpretation of the Controlled Substances Act, 19 Issues in Law & Medicine 3 (2003)

    Discriminating Pleasures, in Directions in Sexual Harassment Law 201 (Catharine A. MacKinnon and Reva Siegel eds., 2003) (invited)

    Protecting Suicide and Hurting Women (off-site), Legal Times, May 27, 2002, at 51. On the same topic, see also WBUR-Boston’s National Public Radio-affiliated show The Connection (off-site), WYPR-Baltimore’s Marc Steiner Show (.mp3)

    Legislating Privilege, 30 Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics 24 (2002) (invited)

    Reorienting Bowers v. Hardwick, 79 North Carolina Law Review 359 (2001)

    Some Initial Thoughts on Sexuality and Gay Men with AIDS in Relation to Physician-Assisted Suicide, 2 Georgetown Journal of Gender and the Law 91 (2001)


    Testimony Regarding S.B. 164, Ohio Senate Health, Human Services and Medicaid Committee, November 14, 2017.

    Testimony Regarding H.B. 36, Ohio House of Representatives Community and Family Advancement Committee, February 20, 2017.

    Testimony Regarding H.B. 125, Ohio Senate Health, Human Services, and Aging Committee, December 7, 2011 (Corrected March 12, 2012).

    Testimony Regarding H.B. 125, Ohio House of Representatives Health and Aging Committee, March 23, 2011 (Corrected March 12, 2012).


    Professor Spindelman is regularly consulted by the press, chiefly domestic but also international, on a range of subjects about which he writes, including constitutional law, the law and ethics of death and dying, and lesbian and gay rights.

    His views have appeared, among other places, in Time Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, USA TODAY, Chicago Tribune, The Boston Globe, Boston Herald, Los Angeles Times, Christian Science Monitor, Miami Herald, Philadelphia Inquirer, National Law Journal, Chicago Sun-Times, Detroit Free Press, Connecticut Post, Dallas Morning News, Houston Chronicle, National Law Journal, Globe and Mail (Toronto, Canada), Guardian Unlimited (UK, online), Taipei Times (online), Revista Veja (Brazil), and in stories that have gone out over the Associated Press and Agence France Presse wires. Closer to home, he’s been quoted in the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Cincinnati Enquirer, Cincinnati Post, Columbus Dispatch, Dayton Daily News, and The Lantern.

    He has been on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition, WBUR-Boston’s National Public Radio-affiliated show The Connection (off-site), WYPR-Baltimore’s Marc Steiner Show (.mp3), as well as ABC Nightly News, CNN, along with other television and radio outlets.