Paul Bender

   Paul Bender is "Of Counsel" to The Law Office of Michael R. Klipper, PLLC, specializing in the areas of constitutional law and appellate litigation, with an emphasis on First Amendment issues. Mr. 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. 

        After law school, Professor Bender was awarded a one-year Sheldon Traveling Fellowship from Harvard University. He practiced law briefly with the New York law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison and was law clerk to Federal Circuit Judge Learned Hand in 1958-59 and to United States Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter in 1959-60. He then joined the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania Law School in Philadelphia 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. From 1993-96 Professor Bender served in the U.S. Justice Department as Principal Deputy Solicitor General of the U.S. under Solicitor General Drew Days. 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 the constitutional law and individual rights. He has served as a faculty member in constitutional law programs for federal judges put on by the Federal Judicial Center, has written and lectured extensively in Canada on the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and has spoken annually to the Arizona Judicial Conference on recent U.S. and Arizona Supreme Court decisions. He has been judge of the Appellate Court of the Hopi Tribe, the Chairman of the Arizona Supreme Court's Commission on Minorities in the Judiciary, the Facilitator of the National Dialogue on Museums-Native America Relations Regarding Repatriation of Human Remains and Religious Cultural Items, and the Chairman of the Arizona State Bar's Committee on Implementation of the Victim's Rights Amendment to the Arizona Constitution. He has been an ex-officio member of the Board of Directors of the State Bar of Arizona and a Trustee and Chairman of the Collections Committee of the Heard Museum. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Arizona Civil Liberties Union, a member of the American Law Institute, and a member of the Supreme Court of the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation. He serves as a legal analyst for Phoenix public television station KAET, and comments frequently in the press and broadcast media on legal and constitutional issues.

Professor Bender graduated from Harvard College cum laude in 1954, and from Harvard Law School magna cum laude in 1957, where he ranked 3rd in his class. He was Developments & Supreme Court Note Editor of the Harvard Law Review.

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