Professor Steven Bender recognized for teaching and service

January 10, 2014

Professor Steven Bender, a widely published author and a national academic leader on immigration law and policy, received the Clyde Ferguson Award from the Minority Groups Section of the Association of American Law Schools at the annual AALS annual meeting in New York City in early January.

Bender and ClarkThe C. Clyde Ferguson, Jr. Award is granted to an outstanding law teacher who, in the course of a career, has achieved excellence in public service, teaching, and scholarship. The Ferguson Award is particularly aimed at law teachers who have provided support, encouragement and mentoring to colleagues, students, and aspiring legal educators.  Dean Annette Clark and many of Bender's faculty colleagues attended the awards presentation.

Some of Bender's most powerful work is dedicated to issues surrounding the plight of Mexican Americans, particularly dispelling stereotypes that popular culture conveys about their lives and experiences. His most recent book, "Run for the Border: Vice and Virtue in U.S.-Mexico Border Crossings" offers a framework for a more comprehensive border policy through a historical analysis of border crossings, both Mexico to U.S. and U.S. to Mexico. He is also an expert in real estate and transactional law.  

"We congratulate Professor Bender on this well-deserved recognition of his outstanding work on behalf of legal education, the legal academy and the next generation of lawyers," Dean Annette E. Clark said. "We're very fortunate to have him as a member of our law school community."