April 29, 2008
Professor Steve Bender to speak at American Constitution Society in Portland May 13
Oregon Law Professor Steve Bender will speak at the Oregon Law Chapter of the American Constitution Society meeting at the Portland offices of Stoel Rives on Tuesday, May 13, at noon. Professor Bender will discuss his book One Night in America: Robert Kennedy, Cesar Chavez, and the Dream of Dignity (Paradigm Books, 2008). He will also discuss current immigration policy, as well as Chavez and Kennedy’s misunderstood legacy on immigration.
In his book, Professor Bender chronicles Chavez and Kennedy’s friendship, and embraces their bold political vision for making the American dream a reality for all. One Night in America is the first book to capture this relationship and its relevance to mainstream U.S. and Latino/a political issues, including immigration, education, war, poverty, and religion.
Professor Bender is the James and Ilene Hershner Professor of Law, and is also Oregon Law’s Director of Portland Programs. Prior to joining the faculty, he practiced real estate law at Lewis and Roca in Phoenix, Arizona. In addition to One Night in America, Professor Bender is also the author of Greasers and Gringos: Latinos, Law, and the American Imagination, a casebook on real estate transactions, and a treatise on real estate financing, and additionally co-authored the book Everyday Law for Latinos. He has written extensively on such diverse subjects as race relations, politics, real estate, and film studies.