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Michael Stanford

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Honors Faculty Fellow
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 1612
Biography

Michael Stanford is a Barrett faculty fellow, a licensed attorney, and a literary scholar with a particular interest in literature about the law. Professor Stanford first came to Barrett as a lecturer in 1992. For the next 15 years, he taught The Human Event as well as several upper-level Honors seminars. He inaugurated Barrett’s summer study program in the British Isles and served as its director from 1995 to 2001. 

In 2002, while still teaching at Barrett, he began taking courses at ASU’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law.   Simultaneously, he served as the director of Project Excellence, a unique program which allows Barrett upperclassmen to take selected courses in the law school.

Stanford received his own law degree in 2005. In 2007, he left ASU to take a job as a trial attorney with the Maricopa County Public Defender’s Office. In the course of the next five and a half years, he represented more than 500 defendants charged with crimes ranging from drug possession to murder.

In the spring of 2013, Stanford returned to Barrett as a full-time faculty member. He teaches The Human Event and, periodically, an upper-level Honors course called Law, Literature, and Life.

Professor Stanford is the editor, with David Kader, of "Poetry of the Law from Chaucer to the Present" (University of Iowa Press, 2010)—the first anthology of law-related poetry published in the United States. He is at work on a second, related book, a study of legal themes in Anglo-American poetry.

In his spare time, Stanford enjoys reading contemporary British fiction, listening to Irish traditional music, and spending time with his wife Lindy (also an attorney) and Kensington, the world’s most joyful dog.

Education
  • J.D. Arizona State University
  • Ph.D. English literature, University of Virginia
  • B.A. Duke University
Publications
  • Michael Stanford. Courtly Games, Cyclopean Eyes, Admissions Against Interest:Five Modern American Lawyer-Poets. Legal Studies Forum (2006).
Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
HON 171The Human Event
HON 370History of Ideas
HON 499Individualized Instruction
Summer 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
HON 394Special Topics
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
HON 272The Human Event
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
HON 171The Human Event
HON 394Special Topics
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
HON 272The Human Event
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
HON 171The Human Event
HON 370History of Ideas
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
HON 394Special Topics
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
HON 272The Human Event
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
HON 171The Human Event
Summer 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
HON 379Romantics, Victorians, Moderns
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
HON 272The Human Event
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
HON 171The Human Event
HON 370History of Ideas
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
HON 272The Human Event
Work History

Prior to ASU, Professor Stanford taught for four years at Stanford University (no relation), where his primary teaching responsibility was a freshman seminar called Great Works, a course analogous to The Human Event.

In 2007, he left ASU to take a job as a trial attorney with the Maricopa County Public Defender’s Office. In the course of the next five and a half years, he represented more than 500 defendants charged with crimes ranging from drug possession to murder.

Service
  • City Attorney's Office, Tempe, Arizona, Volunteer Intern (Present)
  • Major Crimes Unit, Maricopa County Attorney's Office, Mesa, Arizona, Intern (Present)
  • Victim's Legal Assistance Program, ASU College of Law, Volunteer (Present)
  • White Collar Crimes Unit, U.S. Attorney's Office, Phoenix, Arizona, Extern (Present)