Recent scholarship focuses on both statutory and constitutional questions generated by certain end-of-life policies of American national and state governments. Does the Fourteenth Amendment nationalize a right to physician-assisted suicide? How does the exercise of Congress' Commerce Clause power affect state legalization of physician-assisted suicide and medicinal marijuana? What impact might shifting notions of assisted dying for terminally ill, competent adults have on the Supreme Court's Equal Protection jurisprudence?
B.A., California State University, Fresno, 1973
M.A., University of California, Santa Barbara, 1975
Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara, 1979
Previous Teaching Experience:
Florida International University, 1979-1981
Professional violinist: Redlands Symphony, San Bernardino Symphony, Riverside County Philharmonic
Constitutional Law: National and State Powers
Constitutional Law: Liberty and Authority
War, Terrorism, and the Constitution
The Equal Protection Clause
The Burger Court
The Rehnquist Court
Comparative Judicial Systems
Public Policy and Administration
Congress and the Bureaucracy
American Political Thought
American National Government and Politics
"Death with Dignity's Emerging Conceit: Could Vacco v. Quill be Losing its Appeal?," La Verne Law Review, 2009.
"Physician-Assisted Suicide and the Supreme Court: A Decade in the Life of a Constitutional Issue That's ‘Not Dead Yet,'" with Susan Behuniak, in Making Sense of Death and Dying, edited eBook, Inter-Disciplinary.Net, 2009.
"The Democratizing Effect of Oral Argument," with Susan Behuniak, The World and I Online, 2006.
Physician-Assisted Suicide: The Anatomy of a Constitutional Law Issue, with Susan Behuniak, Rowman and Littlefield, 2003.
"The Last Rites for States' Rights? The Graveside Struggles Between the States and Congress over Physician-Assisted Suicide," Social Science Journal, 2003.
Armacost Award for Faculty Service to Alumni, 2008
Centennial Award, 2007
David Boies Endowed Chair, 2004
Research Award, 2003
Mortar Board Professor of the Year, 1992
Outstanding Teaching Award, 1983, 1986, 1997
American Federation of Musicians, Local 47
Art Svenson is the Faculty Sponsor of the University of Redlands Mock Trial Team and a University of Redlands Prelaw Advisor.