Paul Bennett is the Director of the Child and Family Law Clinic. He joined the College of Law in 1996 as the first Director of the Child Advocacy Clinic. In 2009, the Child Advocacy Clinic merged with the Domestic Violence Law Clinic to form the multi-disciplinary Child and Family Law Clinic.
In 2012 - 2013, Professor Bennett also co-directed the Law College's Veteran's Advocacy Law Clinic. He has been actively involved in the Regional Municipalities Veteran's Treatment Court and is a member of the Veteran's Court Committee.
In addition to Clinical Legal Education, Professor Bennett teaches classes in Family Law, Trial Advocacy, Law and Humanities, Juvenile Law and Professional Responsibility. In 2010, along with Professor Tom Mauet, Professor Bennett was chosen by Arizona Law students to receive the John Strong Teaching Award.
Professor Bennett joined the Arizona faculty after teaching for several years at Cornell Law School. He graduated from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, in 1973, and received his J.D. from Cornell Law School in 1976. After receiving his law degree, he practiced with the Orleans Legal Aid Bureau in Albion, NY; Chemung County Neighborhood Legal Services in Ithaca, NY; and later was a partner in the law firm of Holmberg, Galbraith, Holmberg, Orkin and Bennett in Ithaca, NY.
Professor Bennett has long been active in Arizona's efforts to upgrade the quality of representation for children in the Juvenile and Family Courts. He is a member of the nationally recognized Model Court Working Committee and has chaired its subcommittees on Children's Voice and on Parent-Child Visitation. Professor Bennett has long advocated that, when children choose, they should be given a meaningful voice in the court proceedings that impact their lives.
Professor Bennett is the Co-Director with Professor Kenney Hegland of the Himelic Juvenile Detention Teaching Program in which law students teach weekend programs for children in lock up. He and Professor Hegland also direct the Arizona Law Camp in which high school students are brought to campus for a week of law related activities designed to stimulate their interest in the law and in continuing their education.
Professor Bennett is the co-author with Professor Kenney Hegland of A Short and Happy Guide to Being a Lawyer (West Pub. 2012).
From 2004 - 2006, Professor Bennett co-chaired the State Bar of Arizona's Task Force on Professionalism and co-authored its final report. The Arizona Supreme Court and the State Bar of Arizona have adopted recommendations from the Report.
Last, and most important, Professor Bennett is the grandfather of Hadyn, Damian, Soren, and Saskia, who, like all children have minds of their own.
J.D. Cornell Law School
B.A. Bates College
John Strong Teaching Award
Arizona Wakonse Teaching Fellow
President's Award, State Bar of Arizona
Lifetime Community Service Award from HOMES, Inc. for work for people with disabilities
Pro Bono Service Award from the Tompkins County, NY Bar Association