Professor of Law and Dean Emeritus
Arizona State University, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law
PAUL BENDER is Professor of Law at Arizona State University College of Law, where he teaches U.S. and Arizona Constitutional Law. He was Dean of the College of Law from 1984 to 1989. He graduated from Harvard College cum laude in 1954, and from Harvard Law School magna cum laude in 1957. He was Developments & Supreme Court Note Editor of the Harvard Law Review. After law school, Professor Bender was awarded a Sheldon Traveling Fellowship by Harvard University. He practiced law briefly with the New York City law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison and was then law clerk to Federal Circuit Judge Learned Hand in 1958-59 and to United States Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter in 1959-60. He joined the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania Law School in Philadelphia in 1960, where he remained until coming to ASU as Dean in 1984. While on the University of Pennsylvania Law School faculty, Professor Bender took leave in 1965-66 to serve as Assistant to U.S. Solicitors General Archibald Cox and Thurgood Marshall. He served as General Counsel to the Federal Commission on Obscenity and Pornography in 1968-70 and as Reporter for the Report of the United Nations Association of the U.S. on Human Rights and U.S. Foreign Policy. From 1993-96, Professor Bender served in the U.S. Department of Justice as Principal Deputy Solicitor General of the United States. He has argued more than 20 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, mostly in the areas of civil rights, free speech, and race and sex discrimination. Professor Bender is co-author of the two-volume work, Political and Civil Rights in The United States, as well as numerous articles on constitutional law, individual rights, and intellectual property. He has served as a faculty member in Federal Judicial Center constitutional law programs for federal judges, lectures annually on the U.S. Supreme Court to the staff and cooperating lawyers of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, and has written and lectured extensively in Canada on the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. He is Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation and of the San Carlos Apache Court of Appeals and has been a judge of the Appellate Court of the Hopi Tribe, the Chairman of the Arizona Governor=s Task Force on Medical Malpractice Insurance, the Chairman of the Arizona Supreme Court=s Commission on Minorities in the Judiciary, the Facilitator of the National Dialogue on Museum-Native American Relations, and the Chairman of the Arizona State Bar=s Committee on Implementation of the Victims= Rights Amendment to the Arizona Constitution. He has been a member of the Board of the State Bar of Arizona, the Heard Museum, the Arizona Civil Liberties Union, and the American Judicature Society, and is a member of the American Law Institute. He serves as a legal analyst for public television station KAET, and comments frequently in the press and broadcast media on current legal and constitutional issues.