Don Bivens

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Don Bivens
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Born Donald W. Bivens
(1952-02-05) February 5, 1952 (age 65)
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Alma mater Yale University
University of Texas School of Law
Occupation Attorney
Home town Albuquerque, New Mexico

Donald W. "Don" Bivens (born February 5, 1952) is an American attorney, former member of the American Bar Association's Board of Governors,[1][2] 2013 Chair-Elect of the ABA's Section of Litigation,[3] and former Chairman of the Arizona Democratic Party.[4][5]

Personal life[edit]

Bivens was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the son of Dr. Melvin D. Bivens and Frances Bivens. In 1953, his family moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico where Bivens was raised in a middle-class family. His mother was an elementary school teacher with the Albuquerque Public School System.[6] His father was a professor at the University of New Mexico and a board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist at Lovelace Medical Center, starting in 1953, and served as head of its OB/GYN department from 1957 until his retirement in 1983.[7]

Beginning at an early age, Bivens held jobs as a gas station attendant, a musician, and kitchen worker.[8] After graduating from high school, Bivens attended Yale University where he earned a bachelor's degree in English in 1974, graduating magna cum laude and with departmental honors. He then earned a law degree in 1977 from the University of Texas School of Law, where he served as the Note and Comment Editor on the Texas Law Review and was a member of the Order of the Barristers.[9] In 1998, Bivens was elected as President of the Arizona State Bar.[10] He's currently an attorney with Snell & Wilmer.

2012 U.S. Senate campaign[edit]

Bivens ran for the United States Senate seat currently held by Jon Kyl. On March 28, 2012, he withdrew from the race.[11]


  1. ^ Arizona Lawyer Don Bivens is New Member of ABA Board of Governors Archived August 11, 2011, at the Wayback Machine., American Bar Association, August 14, 2007
  2. ^ Board of Governors, ABA
  3. ^ ABA Section of Litigation Appointments 2013 - 2014, American Bar Association. Retrieved March 6, 2013
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-22. Retrieved 2010-05-17. , Arizona Democratic Party
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-06-08. Retrieved 2010-05-17. , Democratic Party, June 2005
  6. ^ About Don Archived October 27, 2011, at the Wayback Machine., Bivens for Senate
  7. ^ BivensOH168 Archived September 28, 2011, at the Wayback Machine., University of New Mexico
  8. ^ About Don Archived October 27, 2011, at the Wayback Machine., Bivens for Senate
  9. ^ Don Bivens, Snell & Wilmer law firm
  10. ^ Don Bivens Becomes State Bar President Archived March 4, 2016, at the Wayback Machine., State Bar of Arizona. Retrieved March 6, 2013
  11. ^ Nowicki, Dan (March 28, 2012). "Rival out, path clear for Carmona in Democrat race". The Arizona Republic. 

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