Steve Bender

Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development and Professor of Law


Professor Bender joined the faculty from the University of Oregon in 2011, where he taught for twenty years, serving as James and Ilene Hershner Professor of Law, Director of Portland Programs, and Director of the Green Business Initiative. He is the author of many law review articles, a casebook on real estate transactions, a national two-volume treatise on real estate financing, a book on Latino stereotypes titled Greasers and Gringos: Latinos, Law, and the American Imagination (NYU Press 2003), a book on politics titled 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), a book on language policy titled Comprende?: The Significance of Spanish in English-Only Times (Floricanto Press 2008), a book on housing policy titled Tierra y Libertad: Land, Liberty, and Latino Housing (NYU Press 2010), and the co-author of Everyday Law for Latinos (Paradigm Publishers 2008). NYU Press published his latest book on border policy, Run for the Border: Vice and Virtue in U.S.-Mexico Border Crossings, in 2012.

He 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 700-member national association SALT (Society of American Law Teachers).

Curriculum Vitae


  • B.S. (Political Science), University of Oregon, 1982
  • J.D., University of Oregon School of Law, 1985


  • Basic Real Estate