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Bender discusses key Supreme Court cases on 'Horizon'

May 23, 2011

Paul Bender, Professor of Law and Dean Emeritus at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, was interviewed May 11 on Horizon where he discussed the key cases currently before the U.S. Supreme Court as well as the influence of the new justices.

Bender explained that it was unlikely that the Supreme Court would decide before October whether to review Arizona’s controversial immigration bill SB 1070. He also explained that the court would most likely take the case if three or four justices felt that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit’s ruling, upholding the injunction of major portions of the immigration law, was wrongly decided.

“It’s a close case, there is no conflict in the circuits, which reduces its importance,” Bender said. “But on the other hand, other states are beginning to pass laws that are something like this, although not exactly like it, so that can have an effect. I think it’s going to turn on whether there are several people on the court who think the Ninth Circuit is wrong.”

To watch the entire interview, 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