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Bender comments on SB 1070

May 23, 2011

Paul Bender, professor of law and dean emeritus at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, was quoted in a May 9 Arizona Republic article, “Gov. Jan Brewer wants Supreme Court to overturn SB 1070 ruling,” by reporters Ginger Rough and Michael Kiefer.

The article discussed the recent decision by Gov. Jan Brewer to appeal directly to the U.S. Supreme Court to lift the injunction that has blocked major portions of SB 1070 from taking effect. It explains that, while the Supreme Court typically accepts cases when lower courts have made conflicting decisions, it could have special importance as other states have introduced similar legislation.

Bender explains that SB 1070 could be “an invitation for every state to pass some sort of immigration law, and that’s a nightmare. I don’t think even the most conservative judge would want that.”

To read the entire article, click here.

Bender teaches courses on U.S. and Arizona constitutional law. He has written extensively about constitutional law, intellectual property and Indian law, and is co-author of the two-volume casebook/treatise, Political and Civil Rights in the United States. Bender has argued more than 20 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and actively participates in constitutional litigation in federal and state courts.

Staci McCabe,
(480) 965-8702
Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law