Arthur E. Bonfield

Arthur E. Bonfield

Position: 

Professor of Law, Allan D. Vestal Chair and Associate Dean Emeritus

Biographical Information

College of Law Faculty Profile

Professor Bonfield joined the Iowa Law School faculty in 1962 and has been a visiting professor at the University of Michigan, North Carolina, and Tennessee Law Schools, and at the Law Schools of Hofstra University and Lewis and Clark. Until August 2014, Professor Bonfield served as Associate Dean for Research, building the Iowa Law Library into the best public law library in the nation.

Professor Bonfield's professional and law reform activities are extensive. He was a member of the Administrative Conference of the United States (1990-95) and also consultant to that agency (1968-76). He was an Iowa Commissioner on Uniform State Laws from 1984-2000, and was a Reporter-Draftsman for the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws 1981 Model State Administrative Procedure Act. From 1977 to 2003 he was Chair of the Constitutional Law Committee of the Multistate Bar Examination. In addition, he was Chair of the 7000 member American Bar Association Section on Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice in 1987-88 and the Chair of the Iowa State Bar Association Committee on Administrative Law from 1971 to 1985. In 1983-84 Professor Bonfield chaired the Iowa Governor's Committee on the Public Records Law and in 1985-92 he chaired the Iowa Governor's Task Force on Uniform Agency Rules of Procedure. Professor Bonfield also acted as Reporter-Draftsman for the Iowa State Bar Association Task Force on Administrative Law Reform in 1994-96. In addition, he was General Counsel to the Administrative Procedures Act Joint Subcommittee of the Iowa General Assembly in 1973-74 and was Special Counsel on Administrative Procedure to the Executive Branch of Iowa in 1974-75. In 1999-2000 Professor Bonfield acted as chair of the Iowa Governor's Taskforce Team on the Regulatory Process, Rule Making, and Rules Review. During 2007, he acted as consultant to the Joint Interim Study Committee of the Iowa General Assembly on Freedom of Information, Open Meetings, and Public Records.   In 1980, Professor Bonfield also acted as a consultant to the Arkansas State Constitutional Convention, and during the last twenty-five years has been a consultant to many different state legislatures on the reform of their state administrative procedure legislation.

Professor Bonfield has received many professional awards for his work as a professor, scholar, and law reformer including an award from the Iowa Civil Liberties Union for Outstanding Service to Civil Liberties, a Hancher-Finkbine Outstanding UI Faculty Member Award, an Iowa State Board of Regents Award for Faculty Excellence, an Iowa State Bar Association President's Award for Outstanding Meritorious Service to the Bar and Public, a University of Iowa Collegiate Teaching Award (1996), a College of Law Teaching Award (2006), an honorary degree from Cornell College for his work in law reform (1999), and an Iowa Freedom of Information Council Friend of the First Amendment Award (2013).

Publications

Books

Arthur E. Bonfield. State Administrative Rule Making. Boston: Little, Brown & Co., 1986, xxvi, 672 pages; Supplement, 1993, vii, 234 pages.
Arthur E. Bonfield. State and Federal Administrative Law, with Michael Asimow. St. Paul, MN: West Publishing Co., 1989, xlix, 826 pages; Teacher’s Manual, 1989, 493 pages; Supplement, 1993, xvi, 173 pages; 2d, with Michael Asimow and Ronald M. Levin, 1998, xxxvii, 791 pages.
Arthur E. Bonfield. Uniform Law Commissioners’ Model State Administrative Procedure Act (1981) with Prefatory Note and Comments, with Harold L. Levinson. Chicago: National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws, 1981, 95 pages; reprinted in 15 Uniform Laws Annotated 7 (1990), 139 pages.

Book Chapters

Arthur E. Bonfield, “The Abrogation of Penal Statutes by Nonenforcement,” 2 Statutes and Statutory Construction, by J.G. Sutherland 5th, by Norman J. Singer. (Cover title: Sutherland Statutory Construction). Chicago: Clark Boardman Callaghan, 1993, at 558, 64 pages.
Arthur E. Bonfield, “The Dirksen Amendment and the Article V Convention Process,” reprinted in The Article V Convention Process: A Symposium. New York: Da Capo, 1971, at 113, 52 pages.

Articles

Arthur E. Bonfield, “Accomplishments of the Hines Deanship,” 89 Iowa Law Review 1457 (2004), 6 pages.
Arthur E. Bonfield, “The Quest for an Ideal State Administrative Rulemaking Procedure,” 18 Florida State University Law Review 617 (1991), 44 pages.
Arthur E. Bonfield, “Administrative Procedure Acts in an Age of Comparative Scarcity,” 75 Iowa Law Review 845 (1990), 16 pages.
Arthur E. Bonfield, “State Administrative Policy Formulation and the Choice of Lawmaking Methodology,” 42 Administrative Law Review 121 (1990), 60 pages.
Arthur E. Bonfield, “Mandating State Agency Law Making by Rule,” 2 BYU Journal of Public Law 161 (1988), 57 pages.
Arthur E. Bonfield, “The Federal APA and State Administrative Law,” 72 Virginia Law Review 297 (1986), 40 pages.
Arthur E. Bonfield, “Rule Making Under the 1981 Model State Administrative Procedure Act: An Opportunity Well Used,” 35 Administrative Law Review 77 (1983), 26 pages.
Arthur E. Bonfield, “State Law in the Teaching of Administrative Law: A Critical Analysis of the Status Quo,” 61 Texas Law Review 95 (1982), 43 pages.
Arthur E. Bonfield, “An Introduction to the 1981 Model State Administrative Procedure Act, Part I: General Provisions, Access to Agency Law and Policy, Rulemaking, and Review of Rules,” 34 Administrative Law Review 1 (1982), 12 pages.
Arthur E. Bonfield, “The Definition of Formal Adjudication Under the Iowa Administrative Procedure Act,” 63 Iowa Law Review 285 (1977), 81 pages.
Arthur E. Bonfield, “Nudity in the Theatre: A Case Study in Legal Analysis,” 28 Educational Theatre Journal 151 (1976), 23 pages.
Arthur E. Bonfield, “The Iowa Administrative Procedure Act: Background, Construction, Applicability, Public Access to Agency Law, The Rulemaking Process,” 60 Iowa Law Review 731 (1975), 206 pages.
Arthur E. Bonfield, “The Dirksen Amendment and the Article V Convention Process,” reprinted in The Article V Convention Process: A Symposium. New York: Da Capo, 1971, at 113, 52 pages.
Arthur E. Bonfield, “Some Tentative Thoughts on Public Participation in the Making of Interpretive Rules and General Statements of Policy Under the A.P.A.,” 23 Administrative Law Review 101 (1971), 28 pages. Note: A study done for the Administrative Conference of the United States.
Arthur E. Bonfield, “Military and Foreign Affairs Function Rule-Making Under the APA,” 71 Michigan Law Review 221 (1972), 138 pages; reprinted in 3 Recommendations and Reports of the Administrative Conference of the U.S. 226 (1974), 137 pages. Note: A study done for the Administrative Conference of the United States.
Arthur E. Bonfield, “Public Participation in Federal Rulemaking Relating to Public Property, Loans, Grants, Benefits, or Contracts,” 118 University of Pennsylvania Law Review 540 (1970), 72 pages; reprinted in 7 Yearbook of Procurement Articles 93 (1970); reprinted in 1 Recommendations and Reports of the Administrative Conference of the U.S. 306 (1970), 70 pages. Note: A study done for the Administrative Conference of the United States.
Arthur E. Bonfield, “Representation for the Poor in Federal Rulemaking,” 67 Michigan Law Review 511 (1969), 48 pages; reprinted in 1 Recommendations and Reports of the Administrative Conference of the U.S. 79 (1970), 42 pages. Note: A study done for the Administrative Conference of the United States.
Arthur E. Bonfield, “The Dirksen Amendment and the Article V Convention Process,” 66 Michigan Law Review 949 (1968), 52 pages.
Arthur E. Bonfield, “An Institutional Analysis of the Agencies Administering Fair Employment Practices Laws (Part II),” 42 New York University Law Review 1035 (1967), 52 pages.
Arthur E. Bonfield, “An Institutional Analysis of the Agencies Administering Fair Employment Practices Laws (Part I),” 42 New York University Law Review 823 (1967), 57 pages.
Arthur E. Bonfield, “The Origin and Development of American Fair Employment Legislation,” 52 Iowa Law Review 1043 (1967), 50 pages.
Arthur E. Bonfield, “The Substance of American Fair Employment Practices Legislation II: Employment Agencies, Labor Organizations and Others,” 62 Northwestern University Law Review 19 (1967), 26 pages.
Arthur E. Bonfield, “The Substance of American Fair Employment Practices Legislation I: Employers,” 61 Northwestern University Law Review 907 (1967), 69 pages.
Arthur E. Bonfield, “The Role of Legislation in Eliminating Racial Discrimination,” 7 Race: Journal of the British Institute of Race Relations 107 (1965), 16 pages.
Arthur E. Bonfield, “The Abrogation of Penal Statutes by Nonenforcement,” 3 American Criminal Law Quarterly 33, 97 (1965), 12 pages.
Arthur E. Bonfield, “State Civil Rights Statutes: Some Proposals,” 49 Iowa Law Review 1067 (1964), 63 pages.
Arthur E. Bonfield, “Proposing Constitutional Amendments by Convention: Some Problems,” 39 Notre Dame Lawyer 659 (1964), 21 pages.
Arthur E. Bonfield, “The Abrogation of Penal Statutes by Nonenforcement,” reprinted in 2 American Criminal Law Quarterly 178 (1964), 12 pages.
Arthur E. Bonfield, “The Abrogation of Penal Statutes by Nonenforcement,” 49 Iowa Law Review 389 (1963), 52 pages.
Arthur E. Bonfield, “Baker v. Carr: New Light on the Constitutional Guarantee of Republican Government,” 50 California Law Review 245 (1962), 20 pages.
Arthur E. Bonfield, “The Guarantee Clause of Article IV, Section 4: A Study in Constitutional Desuetude,” 46 Minnesota Law Review 513 (1962), 60 pages.
Arthur E. Bonfield, “The Right to Vote and the Judicial Enforcement of Section Two of the Fourteenth Amendment,” 46 Cornell Law Quarterly 108 (1960), 30 pages.

Reports

Arthur E. Bonfield, “State Government in the Sunshine II: Chapters 21 and 22 of the Code of Iowa,” Report to Joint Interim Study Committee on Freedom of Information, Open Meetings, and Public Records, Iowa General Assembly, September 6, 2007, 46 pages.
Arthur E. Bonfield, “State Government in the Sunshine: Chapters 21 and 22 of the Code of Iowa,” Report to House State Government Committee, Iowa General Assembly, February 8, 2007, 31 pages.
Arthur E. Bonfield, "Amendments to Iowa Administrative Procedure Act (1998),” Report on Selected Provisions to Iowa State Bar Association and Iowa State Government, May 1998, 73 pages.
Arthur E. Bonfield, “Report to Joint Committee on the Open Meetings Law of the Iowa General Assembly,” December 20, 1977, 17 pages.
Arthur E. Bonfield, “Proposed New Iowa Administrative Procedure Act with Comments by Reporter-Draftsman,”Report of the Iowa State Bar Taskforce on Administrative Law Reform, December 1996, xx, 208 pages.
Arthur E. Bonfield, “The Origin and Rationale of the Iowa Civil Rights Act,” Report to the Iowa Civil Rights Commission, July, 1990, 19 pages.
Arthur E. Bonfield, “Report of the Governor’s Committee on the Iowa Public Records Law,” with Kathryn L. Graf and Forrest Kilmer, January, 1984, 24 pages; and draft of “An Act Relating to Government Records and Providing a Penalty” implementing the report of the Committee, August 1, 1984, 19 pages.
Arthur E. Bonfield, “An Evaluation of Article II, Section 7, The Public Right to Information Provision, of the Proposed Arkansas Constitution of 1980,” A report prepared for the 1980 Arkansas State Constitutional Convention, March 28, 1980, 16 pages.
Arthur E. Bonfield, "Proposed Resolution of the Section of Administrative Law Relating to State Legislative Review of State Administrative Agency Rules (1978)” and “Report in Support of Resolution of Division of State Administrative Law Relating to State Legislative Review of State Administrative Agency Rules (1978),” in Report of the Division of State Administrative Law, 16 A.B.A. Section of Administrative Law, Annual Reports of Committees, 1979, at 3, 7 pages.
Arthur E. Bonfield, “Report to Joint Committee on Iowa Civil Rights Commission of the Iowa General Assembly,” November 3, 1977, 9 pages
Arthur E. Bonfield, “A Brief Comment on the Need for a Proposed Iowa Administrative Procedure Act,” A report prepared for the Subcommittee on a State Administrative Procedure Act of the Iowa General Assembly, 1973, 8 pages.
Arthur E. Bonfield, “Report on the Revised Model Administrative Procedure Act,” Report prepared for Administrative Law Committee, Iowa State Bar Association, 1971-72, 104 pages in three parts.

Statutory Drafting

Arthur E. Bonfield, principal draftsman of An Act Related to Open Records and Public Meetings, SSB 3164 and HSB 654, proposed by the Joint Interim Study Committee of the Iowa General Assembly (2008), 50 pages, and SF 2378 succeeded by 2411, 82nd G.A., 2008, 53 and 42 pages. A substantial portion of the original bill was enacted by the General Assembly in two different bills - Chapter 106 of 2011 Iowa Acts and Chapter 1115 of 2012 Iowa Acts.
Arthur E. Bonfield, Recommendation One-Four adopted by Governor in Executive Orders Eight, Nine, Ten, and Eleven (1999), XXII Iowa Administrative Bulletin 635 (1999), 15 pages.
Arthur E. Bonfield, Report of Iowa Governor’s Regulatory Process, Rulemaking, and Rules Review Team, Recommendations One-Five,” XXII Iowa Administrative Bulletin 635 (1999), 39 pages.
Arthur E. Bonfield, principal draftsman of An Act Relating to the Iowa Administrative Procedure Act, Ch. 1202, 77th G.A., 1998 Iowa Acts 611, 17 pages.
Arthur E. Bonfield, principal draftsman of An Act Replacing the Iowa Administrative Procedure Act, S.F. 2404, 76th G.A., 1996, 88 pages.
Arthur E. Bonfield, Report of the Governor’s Task Force on Uniform Rules of Agency Procedure,” with others, December 16, 1985, March 9, 1988, 1 Iowa Administrative Code, Uniform Rule 1 – 29.
Arthur E. Bonfield, principal draftsman of An Act Relating to the Examination of Government Records, Ch. 1185, 70th G.A., 1984 Iowa Acts 293, 5 pages.
Arthur E. Bonfield, principal draftsman of An Act Amending the Civil Rights Law, Ch. 1179, 67th G.A., 1978 Iowa Acts 851, 10 pages.
Arthur E. Bonfield, principal draftsman of An Act Relating to the Holding of Meetings by Governmental Bodies Expressly Created by Statute or Executive Order, Local Governmental Bodies, and Other Groups Created by Such Governmental Bodies in Open Session, Unless Otherwise Exempted by Statute, and Providing Remedies and Damages, Ch. 1037, 67th G.A., 1978 Iowa Acts 183, 8 pages
Arthur E. Bonfield, principal draftsman of An Act Creating an Iowa Administrative Procedure Act, Ch. 1090, 65th G.A., 1974 Iowa Acts 165, 77 pages.
Arthur E. Bonfield, principal draftsman of An Act Relating to Discrimination in Housing, Ch. 122, 62nd G.A., 1967 Iowa Acts 250, 2 pages.
Arthur E. Bonfield, principal draftsman of An Act to Establish a Civil Rights Commission, to Eliminate Unfair and Discriminatory Practices in Public Accommodations, Employment, Apprenticeship Programs, On-the-Job Training Programs, and Vocational Schools, to Permit the Study of Discrimination in Housing, Ch. 121, 61st G.A., 1965 Iowa Acts 195, 7 pages.
Arthur E. Bonfield, “Proposing Constitutional Amendments by Convention: Some Problems,” reprinted in Federal Constitutional Convention: Hearings Before the Subcommittee on Separation of Powers of the Committee on the Judiciary, United States Senate…on S. 2307, 90th Cong., 1st Session, at 159 (1968), 15 pages.
Arthur E. Bonfield, principal draftsman of Executive Order Assuring Equal Opportunity in State Government Employment, State Services, State Licensing and State Contracts. Executive Order Number One by Governor Hughes, 1964, 3 pages.