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Kader and Sanford's poetry to be discussed at Tempe event

March 03, 2011

Professor David Kader of the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law and attorney Mike Sanford’s new anthology, Poetry and the Law: From Chaucer to the Present, will be the topic of discussion during Tempe Poetry in April, on Wednesday, April 13.

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The anthology is an assembly of law poems and was described as the first serious anthology of law-related poetry ever published in the United States.

Set in the courtrooms, lawyers’ offices, law-school classrooms and judges’ chamber; peopled with attorneys, the imprisoned (both innocent and guilty), judges, jurors, witness and law-enforcement officers; based on real events or exploring the complexity of abstract legal ideas; the poems celebrate justice or decry the lack of it, range in tone from witty to wry, sad to celebratory, funny to infuriating,” according to the publisher’s description.

Kader, an affiliate faculty member of the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies and the Melikian Center for Russian, Eurasian, and East European Studies, was an English major in college with an emphasis in poetry. He edited his college poetry magazine, in which he published some poems, and considered pursuing a master of fine arts degree before deciding on law school.

Stanford, an attorney in the Maricopa County Public Defender’s Office, has a doctorate in English and won the Academy of American Poets literary prize for a collection he wrote as a student. He has published poetry and literary criticism, and has taught at the University of Virginia and Stanford University, as well as ASU's Barrett, The Honors College.