Stetson University

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy


Assistant Professor of Law

A.B., Harvard University
J.D., Columbia School of Law

Election Law, Constitutional Law, Corporate Governance in a Global Market

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy is an assistant professor, teaching courses in Election Law, Corporate Governance, and Constitutional Law. Prior to joining Stetson's faculty, Torres-Spelliscy was counsel in the Democracy Program of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law where she provided guidance on the issues of money in politics and the judiciary to state and federal lawmakers. She was an associate at Arnold & Porter LLP and a staffer for Senator Richard Durbin.

Professor Torres-Spelliscy has testified before Congress, and state and local legislative bodies as an expert on campaign finance reform. She has also helped draft legislation and Supreme Court briefs.  She is the editor of the 2010 edition of the Brennan Center's campaign finance treatise, "Writing Reform: A Guide to Drafting State and Local Campaign Finance Laws."

She researches and speaks publicly on campaign finance law as well as judicial selection. She has spoken at symposia at 21 universities around the nation. She presented at the 2013 Annual Convention of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS).

As well as publishing in law reviews, such as the University of San Francisco Law Review and the NYU Journal of Legislation and Public Policy,  Professor Torres-Spelliscy has been published in the New York Times, New York Law Journal, Slate, L.A. Times, U.S. News and World Report, Boston Review, Roll Call, Business Week, Forbes, The Atlantic, USA Today, Business Ethics Magazine, San Francisco Chronicle, The Hill, Huffington Post, The, Judicature,, Tampa Bay Times,, and the ABA Judges Journal. She has also been quoted by the media in The Economist, The New York Times, Mother Jones, Newsweek on Air, The National Journal, USA Today, L.A. Times, Boston Globe,, Sirius Radio, National Public Radio, Fox, CSPAN, DNA TV, and NY1.

In 2013, Professor Torres-Spelliscy was named as a member of the Lawyers of Color's "50 Under 50" list of minority law professors making an impact in legal education. In 2012, Professor Torres-Spelliscy was named as a Top Wonk by the website  She is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Institute on Money in State Politics and a Brennan Center Fellow.

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