“Fighting for Justice in the War on Terror” topic of the Binghamton University forum


BINGHAMTON, NY -- Steven Wax will discuss “Fighting for Justice in the War on Terror from Portland to Peshawar” on Friday, May 1, at the Binghamton University Forum to be held at the Binghamton Club at 83 Front Street in downtown Binghamton.

Wax, federal public defender for the District of Oregon and former public defender in Broome County, is author of the book “Kafka Comes to America: Fighting for Justice in the War on Terror.” It is based on his experiences representing seven men held in extrajudicial detention in the Guantanamo Bay detainment camps in Cuba, as well as his experiences representing Portland attorney Brandon Mayfield, who was mistakenly connected to the 2004 Madrid train bombings.  

Wax is a graduate of Colgate University and Harvard Law School. He has taught at the Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College, serves as an ethics prosecutor for the Oregon State Bar, and lectures throughout the country.

He is a recipient of the NACDL President’s Commendation for work on the Mayfield case in 2004, the 2007 Learned Hand Award from the American Jewish Committee, and the 2009 Civil Liberties Award from the ACLU of Oregon for this work on the Guantanamo cases.

The breakfast buffet begins at 7:30 a.m. and Wax’s discussion will commence promptly at 8:00 a.m.

The Binghamton University Forum serves business, professional and community leaders by bringing nationally known authorities to speak at functions throughout the year.

Last Updated: 9/17/13