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Christina O. Spiesel

Senior Research Scholar in Law
Christina Spiesel is an artist and writer with a background in technology, both as a member of a commercial software development team and as a pedagogue using digital and other technological tools. Spiesel is a Senior Research Scholar at Yale Law School and a Fellow of the Information Society Project. In addition, she is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Quinnipiac University School of Law where she co-teaches Visual Persuasion in the Law. She is co-author, with Neal Feigenson, of Law on Display, The Digital Transformation of Legal Persuasion and Judgment published in 2009 by New York University Press. Her other published writing takes on various issues of pictures and the law. She has examined theoretical questions (“Reading Words and Pictures: Some Suggestions from Cognitive Science, Some Thoughts for the Law,” in M. Freeman & O. Goodenough (eds.), Law, Mind and Brain (Ashgate, 2009), issues arising from the medium (the forthcoming “The Fate of the Iconic Sign: Taser Pictures,” about video recordings made by Tasers, and problems in popular culture (“Trial by Ordeal: CSI and the Rule of Law” also in press). She has presented her work at annual meetings of the International Roundtable for the Semiotics of Law, the Law and Society Association, the American Society for Law, Culture, and Humanities, the International Association for Law and Mental Health, and at the 2009 annual conference on ODR (on-line dispute resolution). She serves on the editorial boards of the International Journal for the Semiotics of Law and Second Nature, and has peer-reviewed articles for other journals including the Harvard Law Review. Finally, she has acted as a visual consultant on a successful torts case argued by Sean McElligott of Koskoff, Koskoff, and Bieder. A co-authored article, "Law in the Digital Age: How Visual Communication Technologies are Transforming the Practice, Theory, and Teaching of Law," can be found on SSRN at:

M.A., University of Chicago, 1965
B.A., Shimer College, 1962