Once again, the appointment of a new U.S. Supreme Court justice will greatly impact the lives of Americans for many decades to come, making judicial actions the most lasting of the three branches of government. Think, for example, of the lasting effect of the 1954 Brown vs. Board of Education ruling that ended school segregation; the 1966 Miranda vs. Arizona decision that prisoners must be advised of their rights; and the 1973 Roe vs. Wade decision regarding restricted access to abortions.
Now, with a growing conservative majority on the court, ASU Professor Paul Bender returns to PebbleCreek to enlighten us about cases before the Supreme Court and whether court precedents might be reversed. He will be speaking at the 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 5 lecture in the Renaissance Theater.
Bender teaches U.S. and Arizona constitutional law and served as dean of ASU's College of Law from 1984-1989, during which time he was instrumental in starting ASU's Indian Legal Program. Prior to joining ASU, he was on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, served as principal deputy solicitor general of the United States from 1993-1997 and served as general counsel to the Federal Commission on Obscenity and Pornography from 1968-1970.
He has written extensively about constitutional law and intellectual property and has argued more than 20 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. He continues to participate in cases before federal and state courts, involving issues such as civil rights, race and sex discrimination and freedom of speech and religion.
A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard School of Law, Bender is currently chief justice of the Fort McDowell Nation Supreme Court, chief judge of the San Carlos Apache Court of Appeals and a member of the Salt River Pima Maricopa Court of Appeals.
Tickets for the Monday Morning Lecture are $5 per person at the door of the Renaissance Theater.
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