Professor and Dean Emeritus Paul Bender of the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law was interviewed by KNXV-TV reporter Tim Vetscher on Tuesday, May 26, about President Obama’s nominee to replace retiring U.S. Supreme Court Justice David Souter.
Bender said nominee Sonia Sotomayor is a suitable replacement whose perspective as a Latina will benefit the Hispanic community.
“There are a lot of legal issues that affect Hispanics that don’t affect other people,” Bender said. “It’s important to have that perspective on the court.”
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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, who clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter, has argued more than 20 cases before the court, and actively participates in constitutional litigation in federal and state courts.