Race and Educational Inequity
A principal in the law firm of Skellenger Bender, PS in Seattle since 1979, Professor Bender has also served as a federal public defender (Seattle office), staff counsel at the Center for Constitutional Rights, and as Director of the Constitutional Litigation Clinic at the Rutgers (Newark) Law School.
Professor Bender has served as co-chair of the Ethics and Practice Committee of the Federal Bar Association and has maintained an active litigation practice. He currently serves as an arbitrator and mediator for the American Arbitration Association, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, the Federal Court Rule 39.1 program, and for a number of mass tort alternate dispute resolution entities.
In 2009-10, Bill and his wife and law partner, Rita Bender spent a year as visiting faculty at The University of Mississippi Law School researching and teaching on the topic of the deliberate denial of public education for African-Americans in the South. They both continue to do research on issues of race and education policy.