B.S. (Political Science), University of Oregon, 1982
J.D., University of Oregon School of Law, 1985
Real Estate Law
Associate Dean for Planning and Strategic Initiatives
Associate Dean Steven Bender is a national academic leader on immigration law and policy, as well as an expert in real estate law. Among his honors, the Minority Groups Section of the Association of American Law Schools presented him with the C. Clyde Ferguson, Jr., Award, a prestigious national award recognizing scholarly reputation, mentoring of junior faculty, and teaching excellence.
He joined the faculty from the University of Oregon in 2011 and was appointed Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development in 2014. He taught at UO for 20 years and served as the James and Ilene Hershner Professor of Law, Director of Portland Programs, Director of the Green Business Initiative, and Co-Director of the Law and Entrepreneurship Center.
Professor Bender is a well-published author of many law review articles, a casebook on real estate transactions, a national two-volume treatise on real estate financing, and several acclaimed books. His latest book, "Mea Culpa: Lessons on Law and Regret from U.S. History." will be released by New York University Press Jan. 1, 2015.
Among his other books are "Run for the Border: Vice and Virtue in U.S.-Mexico Border Crossings," (NYU Press 2012); "Greasers and Gringos: Latinos, Law, and the American Imagination, " (NYU Press 2003); "One Night in America: Robert Kennedy, Cesar Chavez, and the Dream of Dignity," (Paradigm Publishers 2008), winner of the 2008 Oregon Book Award for General Nonfiction; "Comprende?: The Significance of Spanish in English-Only Times," (Floricanto Press 2008); and "Tierra y Libertad: Land, Liberty, and Latino Housing" (NYU Press 2010). He is co-author of "Everyday Law for Latinos" (Paradigm Publishers 2008).
His research interests coincide with his classroom teaching, which encompasses subjects as diverse as Business Associations, Property, Real Estate Transactions, UCC Secured Transactions, Contracts, Externship Seminars, and Latina/os and the Law.
Associate Dean Bender is an elected member of the American Law Institute, the American College of Real Estate Lawyers, and the American College of Mortgage Attorneys. During 2009-2011, Bender served as co-president of the national Society of American Law Teachers (SALT).
Mea Culpa: Lessons on Law and Regret from U.S. History (New York University Press 2015)
Modern Real Estate Finance and Land Transfer: A Transactional Approach, with Celeste Hammond (John Marshall), Michael Madison (Fordham and Columbia) and Robert Zinman (St. John's) (Wolters Kluwer/Aspen Casebook 5th edition 2012, 4th edition 2008, 3d edition 2004, 2d edition 1999) (casebook as lead author)
The Law of Real Estate Financing, with Michael Madison and Jeffry Dwyer (Thomson Reuters/West Group 1994-2016 with biannual supplements) (2-volume national treatise)
Run for the Border: Vice and Virtue in U.S.-Mexico Border Crossings (New York University Press 2012) (excerpted in Global Issues in Immigration Law, Raquel Aldana, Won Kidane, Beth Lyon, and Karla McKanders, eds. 2013)
Tierra y Libertad: Land, Liberty, and Latino Housing (New York University Press 2010)
Everyday Law for Latinos, with Raquel Aldana (McGeorge) Gilbert Carrasco (Willamette) and Joaquin Avila (Seattle) (Paradigm Publishers 2008, paperback 2009)
Comprende?: The Significance of Spanish in English-Only Times (Floricanto Press 2008) (excerpted in The Latino/a Condition: A Critical Reader, Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic, eds. 2d ed. 2010)
One Night in America: Robert Kennedy, César Chávez, and the Dream of Dignity (Paradigm Publishers 2007, paperback 2008) (winner, 2008 Oregon Book Award for General Nonfiction) (reviewed in Richard Delgado, Rodrigo's Homily: Storytelling, Elite Self-Interest, and Legal Change, 87 Oregon Law Review 1259 (2008))
Greasers and Gringos: Latinos, Law, and the American Imagination (New York University Press 2003, paperback 2005) (Honorable Mention, 2004, Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights)
Books and Book Chapters in Progress
How the West Was Juan: Reimagining the U.S.-Mexico Border (forthcoming San Diego State University Press, 2017)
The Whole of Mexico: Reimagining a Post-War United States
Critical Justice: Identities, Theory, and Action (casebook with Frank Valdes forthcoming 2017, West Academic press)
Compassionate Immigration Policy: A Regional Vision for the Americas (co-editor) (forthcoming 2017, Palgrave Macmillan)
Book Chapter, Snapshots of Law and Life in the Texas Borderlands, in Word Images: A Norma Elia Cantú Critical Reader, editor Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs (forthcoming 2017)
Book Chapter, Exposing Immigration Laws: The Legal Contours of Belonging and Exclusion, in Immigration and the Law: From Conquest to the War on Terrorism, editor Sofia Espinoza Alvarez and Martin Guevara Urbina (forthcoming 2017)
Book Chapter, Guatemala Labor as an Extractive Industry: Critiquing the Precarity of the Maquiladora Export Model in the Neoliberal Era, in From Extraction to Emancipation: Reimagining Development for Guatemala (under press consideration)
Book Chapter, The Chronicles of Immigration Law, in Law Professor and Accidental Historian: The Scholarship of Michael Olivas, editor Ediberto Roman and Kevin Johnson (2017, Carolina Academic Press)
The Latina/o Influence on U.S. Politics: Reality and Potential, in 21st Century Dynamics of Multiculturalism: Beyond Post-Racial America, editor Martin Guevara Urbina (Charles C. Thomas, 2014)
From Sandoval to Subprime: Excluding Latino/as from Property Ownership and Property Casebooks, in Vulnerable Populations and Transformative Law Teaching: A Critical Reader (Carolina Academic Press 2011)
Savage Fronteras and Tribal Boundaries: Chasing Success in Hollywood's Bordertown, in Screening Justice (Teree E. Foster, Rennard Strickland, and Taunya Banks, eds., 2006)
Law Review Articles
The Colors of Cannabis: Reflections on the Racial Justice Implications of California's Proposition 64, 50 UC Davis L. Rev. Online 11 (2017)
The Colors of Cannabis: Race and Marijuana, 50 UC Davis Law Review 689 (2016)
Campus Racial Unrest and the Diversity Bargain, 5 Indiana Journal of Law and Social Equality Online (2016)
Foreword: Now, More Than Ever: Reflections on LatCrit At Twenty, 10 Charleston Law Review 173 (2016) and __ Whittier Law Review __ (2016)
Income Inequality Hits Home, on-line symposium by New York Law School in Impact: Collected Essays on the Threat of Economic Inequality (2015)
Equity in Times of Mortgage Crisis, 48 Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Journal 543 (Winter 2014)
Joint Reform?: The Interplay of State, Federal, and Hemispheric Regulation of Recreational Marijuana and the Failed War on Drugs, 6 Albany Government Law Review 359 (2013)
Derrick Bell: Oregon Trailblazer, 36 Seattle University Law Review ix (2013)
Gringo Alley, 45 UC Davis Law Review 1925 (2012)
En Paz Descanse: Remembering Keith Aoki's Contributions Toward Latina/o Equality, 90 Oregon Law Review 1265 (2012)
Unbound by Law: Keith Aoki as Our Avatar (with Ibrahim Gassama), 90 Oregon Law Review 1189 (2012)
Faces of Immigration Reform, 6 Florida International University Law Review 251 (2011)
LatCrit XV Symposium Afterword-At and Beyond Fifteen: Mapping LatCrit Theory, Community, and Praxis (with Frank Valdes), 14 Harvard Latino Law Review 397 (2011); 1 University of Miami Race & Social Justice Law Review 177 (2011), 22 Berkeley La Raza Law Journal 301 (2012)
Compassionate Immigration Reform, 38 Fordham Urban Law Journal 107 (2010)
Knocked Down Again: An East L.A. Story on the Geography of Color and Colors, 12 Harvard Latino Law Review 109 (2009)
The Enforceability of Default Interest in Real Estate Mortgages (with Michael Madison), 43 Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Journal 199 (Summer 2008)
Old Hate in New Bottles: Privatizing, Localizing, and Bundling Anti-Spanish and Anti Immigrant Sentiment in the 21st Century, 7 UNLV Law Review 883 (2007)
Race and the California Recall: A Top Ten List of Ironies (with Keith Aoki and Sylvia Lazos), 16 Berkeley La Raza Law Journal 11 (2005)
Seekin' the Cause: Social Justice Movements and LatCrit Community (with Keith Aoki), 81 Oregon Law Review 595 (2002)
Sight, Sound, and Stereotype: The War Against Terrorism and Its Consequences for Latinas/os, 81 Oregon Law Review 1153 (2002) (excerpted in The Latino/a Condition: A Critical Reader, Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic, eds. 2d ed. 2010)
Will the Wolf Survive?: Latino/a Pop Music in the Cultural Mainstream, 78 University of Denver Law Review 719 (2001)
Silencing Culture and Culturing Silence: A Comparative Experience of Centrifugal Forces in the Ethnic Studies Curriculum, Michigan Journal of Race & Law and University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform (2000)
Castles in the Sand: Balancing Public Custom and Private Ownership Interests on Oregon's Beaches, 77 Oregon Law Review 913 (1998)
Direct Democracy and Distrust: The Relationship between Language Law Rhetoric and the Language Vigilantism Experience, 2 Harvard Latino Law Review 145 (1997) (excerpted in A Reader on Race, Civil Rights, and American Law: A Multiracial Approach, Timothy Davis, Kevin R. Johnson, and George Martinez, eds. 2001)
Consumer Protection for Latinos: Overcoming Language Fraud and English Only in the Marketplace, 45 American University Law Review 1027 (1996)
Rate Regulation at the Crossroads of Usury and Unconscionability: The Case for Regulating Abusive Commercial and Consumer Interest Rates under the Unconscionability Standard, 31 Houston Law Review 721 (1994)
Oregon Consumer Protection: Outfitting Private Attorneys General for the Lean Years Ahead, 73 Oregon Law Review 639 (1994)
Forthcoming Law Review Articles
The Value of Online Law Review Supplements for Junior and Senior Faculty (forthcoming Touro law review symposium)
Essays, Reviews, Blogs, and Other Published Writings
Op-ed, Reaching the American Dream is Harder for People of Color, New York Times Room for Debate, January 1, 2015
International Drug Wars, in The Oxford Encyclopedia of Latinos and Latinas in Contemporary Politics, Law, and Social Movements (Suzanne Oboler and Deena J. González, eds., 2016).
"Cesar Chavez," Oxford Bibliographies in Latino Studies. Ed. Ilan Stavans. New York: Oxford University Press.
"Dolores Huerta," Oxford Bibliographies in Latino Studies. Ed. Ilan Stavans. New York: Oxford University Press.
"Property Rights," Oxford Bibliographies in Latino Studies. Ed. Ilan Stavans. New York: Oxford University Press.
Commentary on Rick Su, Immigration as Urban Policy, ImmigrationProf Blog (September 3, 2013)
Editorial Board, Vulnerable Populations and Transformative Law Teaching: A Critical Reader (Carolina Academic Press 2011) (SALT and Golden Gate University School of Law publication)
Oregon Beach Bill (essay prepared for Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition's Coastal Climate Change Adaptation project)
Invited blog entry, The Page 99 Test, addressing Run for the Border Book (2012)
Contributions to Nuestras Voces Latinas Blog as Co-Editor, http://nuestrasvoceslatinas.blogspot.com/
Avoiding Lender Liability in Commercial Loan Workouts: Ten Rules Offered in Good Faith (American College of Real Estate Lawyers annual bound publication, Fall 2009, of annual meeting CLE presentation materials)
Commentary, Real Property Law Reporter (November 2008)
SALT Statement on Post-9/11 Anti-Immigration Measures (with Raquel Aldana) (2007)
Book Review, Latinos and American Law: Landmark Supreme Court Cases, in 48 American Journal of Legal History 342 (2006)
Anglo Stereotyping of Latinos, in Encyclopedia Latina: History, Culture, and Society in the United States (Ilan Stavans, ed., 2005)
Latino Stereotyping of Anglos, in Encyclopedia Latina: History, Culture, and Society in the United States (Ilan Stavans, ed., 2005)
Spanish Language Rights and Law in Oregon, in Nosotros, Essays and Recollections: The Hispanic People of Oregon (Oregon Council for the Humanities 1995)
Our Laws Should Encourage, Not Bar, Multilingualism, Eugene Register Guard, April 4, 1996, at 13A
Arizona Guaranty Actions (1990) (Arizona State Bar mini-treatise publication)
June 21, 2017
Professor Steven Bender explains the connection between traffic stops and drug arrests.
September 13, 2016
Professor Steven Bender says marijuana legalization has failed to redress past marginalization of vulnerable groups.
March 10, 2016
Professor Steven Bender offered some thoughts about rising home prices in Seattle, and whether rent control is the answer.
March 02, 2016
Professor Steven Bender comments on the dystopian, robot-controlled future of our country's addiction to cheap labor.
June 09, 2015
John Midgely reviews Professor Steven Bender's latest book, "Mea Culpa: Lessons on Law and Regret From Human History."
January 20, 2015
"Mea Culpa: Lessons on Law and Regret From U.S. History" challenges reader's sense of enlightenment.
January 01, 2015
Ideas about the American Dream tend to break down along racial lines. Our own Professor Steve Bender explains why in The New York Times - Room for Debate.