Clara Spera is best known as the granddaughter of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the late Supreme Court justice, who reportedly died on September 18 from complications from metastatic cancer of the pancreas.
Days before she died, Ruth Bader Ginsburg dictated a letter to granddaughter Clara Spera, telling her that she does not want to be replaced on the Supreme Court until a new U.S. president is installed.
Spera was born to parents, Jane Carol Ginsburg and George T. Spera. Jane is a professor at Columbia Law School, specializing in literary and artistic property law.
She also directs the Kernochan Center for Law, Media, and Arts at Columbia.
According to her biography, she is an expert in intellectual property law, copyright, legal methods, and trademark law, with being fluent in French and Italian.
While George was Shearman and Sterling’s compensation, governance, and ERISA attorney for 34 years, according to his biography on LinkedIn.
Spera graduated from Harvard Law School in 1980 and has a BA from Princeton.
According to a biography on the Lawfare Blog, she graduated from Harvard Law School after working as a national security research intern at the Brookings Institution. She also has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Chicago and a Master of Philosophy from the University of Cambridge.
While in law school, she worked on a project to expand access to reproductive care for low-income women as the 2019 Equal Justice Works Fellow.
She said of her work: “All women, not just those with means, should be able to make the best decision for herself and her family about whether and when to have children without undue interference from the state of politics”.
She shared the following tips with Equal Justice Works:
My personal advice: if you don’t have a direct opportunity to work on reproductive rights in law school or work, you can try to create those opportunities. Most law schools allow students to design their own externship or clinical experiences, write independent research papers, or create other opportunities to explore a specific legal area. Reach out to a legal organization and tell them that you would like to take on a pro bono case or attend a one-day clinic. It does take a little bit of effort and some independent initiative, but it will help you learn these skills and signal to organizations that you’re committed to”.
Clara Spera Personal Life
Spera, who is one of Ginsburg’s four grandchildren, is married to Rory Boyd.
According to their wedding website, Clara Simone Spera and Rory James Joseph Boyd were married on March 10, 2018. Their website shared once that they had met at Cambridge University.
Paul Spera has a daughter, Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s first great-granddaughter, named Lucrezia Mary Spera.
Boyd is an actor, according to his archived website, and a resume shared by Spera on Scribd.
The resume listed impressive credentials in regional theater, including playing Hamlet in Hamlet, Mordred in Camelot, and Romeo in Romeo and Juliet.
In fact, many publications in the media received high praise for Boyd’s numerous performances.
The Boston Globe described Boyd’s portrayal of Mordred as “portrayed in a suitably treacherous vein by Rory Boyd”.
Boxing Over Broadway noted: “I have to say that Rory Boyd’s Mordred is really amazing. His name only tells us that we expect an evil character, but Boyd manages to move him to a more gray area. He certainly brings a lot of energy and enough ambiguity to the role to make one feel a little sympathy for him, Mordred, and that’s something I doubt has been seen before”.
Like his grandmother, Clara Spera is also a lawyer. It is licensed in New York.
What Clara Spera has to say about her grandmother
Clara Spera wrote an article for Glamor in 2018 about her grandmother, whom she called “Bubbie.” She said that every time they went out, their grandmother was almost always asked for a photo or told how much they loved and admired her. She spoke admiringly about Ginsburg’s approach to consensus building and her desire to respond to the concerns of her colleagues in her writing, not to advance her own personal interests.
Shortly before Ginsburg’s death, she dictated a statement to Clara Spera, NPR reported. She wrote: “My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed”.