Clyde Spillenger currently teaches Civil Procedure, Conflict of Laws, and American Legal History.
In law school, Spillenger was articles and commentary editor of the Yale Law and Policy Review. After graduation, he served as consultant to the American Civil Liberties Union's Reproductive Freedom Project in New York and was an associate with the Washington, D.C. law firm of Powell, Goldstein, Frazer and Murphy. Before joining the UCLA faculty, Professor Spillenger was a fellow in American Legal History at the Institute for Legal Studies at the University of Wisconsin Law School. Believing he is really a jazz guitarist in a law professor's body, he is a founding member of The Usual Suspects, the faculty's rock 'n' roll trio, which now exists mostly in his imagination.
Professor Spillenger's principal research interest is in American legal and constitutional history. Of particular note are his articles in the Yale Law Journal and the Journal of American History on Louis D. Brandeis.