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September 23, 2008

Professor Steven Bender Selected as a Finalist for the 2008 Oregon Book Awards

Oregon Law Professor Steven Bender was selected as one of five finalists for the 2008 Oregon Book Awards in the category of the Frances Fuller Victor Award for General Nonfiction for his book “One Night in America: Robert Kennedy, Cesar Chavez, and the Dream of Dignity,” (Paradigm Publishers 2008).

The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on November 9, 2008, at the Portland Art Museum. As a finalist, Professor Bender is invited to participate in the 2008 Oregon Book Awards Author Tour, which brings finalists to public libraries and independent bookstores in towns including North Bend, Eugene, Newport, and Astoria.

Each year the Oregon Book Awards honor Oregon writers who work in the genres of poetry, fiction, literary nonfiction, drama, and young readers literature. The Oregon Book Awards are presented by Literary Arts, an organization that supports and celebrates Oregon writers and publishers.

Professor Bender spent five years practicing real estate law at the Phoenix-based business law firm of Lewis and Roca. He is the coauthor of a casebook on real estate transactions, a national treatise on real estate financing, and a book on Latino stereotypes titled “Greasers and Gringos: Latinos, Law, and the American Imagination,” (NYU Press 2003). Bender previously served as co-director of the law school’s Center for Law and Entrepreneurship.

For information on the Oregon Book Awards, visit http://www.literary-arts.org/awards/.

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