Arizona Business Magazine September/October 2011
Centennial Series: Top 10 Arizona Legal Cases
ASU law professor and dean emeritus names top Arizona legal cases
Arizona has grown in the past 100 years from a territory formerly part of the wild, wild West to a state with a rich history of legal cases affecting either local residents or residents along with the rest of the nation. Based on my own views as an attorney, educator and author, as well as consultation with a few people who know the legal history of the state a lot better than I do, I’ve compiled two such lists. Each is in chronological order and each case name is followed by the court that decided it, the date of the decision, and a sentence explaining the importance of the case.
The first contains three Arizona legal cases of national importance that arose in Arizona and that had a national impact, but that had no special impact on Arizona different from the impact on the rest of the country.
[stextbox id=”grey”]Paul Bender teaches courses on U.S. and Arizona constitutional law. He has written extensively about constitutional law, intellectual property and Indian law, and is coauthor of the two-volume casebook/treatise, Political and Civil Rights in the United States. Professor Bender has argued more than 20 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, and actively participates in constitutional litigation in federal and state courts.[/stextbox]