The panel, held March 27, included Arizona Supreme Court Chief Justice Ruth V. McGregor (Class of 1974), former Arizona Attorney General Grant Woods (Class of 1979), Michigan Supreme Court Justice Maura Corrigan, Washington Supreme Court Justice Richard Sanders and Goldwater Institute Litigation Director Clint Bolick.
"The Arizona Constitution is full of untapped potential for protecting freedom," according to the Goldwater Institute's Web site. "Whether that potential will be realized depends not only on the cases and arguments brought by skilled advocates, but also on the decisions of the judges who interpret the unique provisions of our constitution."
Bender teaches courses on U.S. and Arizona constitutional law. He has written extensively about constitutional law, intellectual property and Indian law, and is co-author of the two-volume casebook/treatise, Political and Civil Rights in the United States . He has argued more than 20 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, and actively participates in constitutional litigation in federal and state courts.