Steven T. Wax
Federal Public Defender
District of Oregon, Portland

Steven T. Wax, Federal Public Defender, District of Oregon, Portland; A.B., cum laude, Colgate University (1970); J.D., cum laude, Harvard Law School (1974); member of the Oregon State Bar since 1983 and New York State Bar; admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court for the Districts of Oregon, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second and Ninth Circuits, and the U.S. Supreme Court; practice focuses on federal criminal, appellate, and habeas practice; former Assistant District Attorney, Brooklyn, New York (1975–1979) and Public Defender, Broome County, New York (1979–1983); member, Owen M. Panner American Inn of Court (1987–present), Multnomah County Lawyers Professional Responsibility Committee (1992–1993), OSB Disciplinary Board (1993–1996), OSB Bar Counsel (1997–present), and OSB Ethics Committee (1997–2003); recipient, NACDL President’s Commendation for work on the Mayfield case (2004) and Judge Learned Hand Award of the American Jewish Committee (2007); recipient, ACLU Oregon Civil Rights Award (2007), FBA National Hon. Sara Hughes Civil Rights Award (2010), and Oregon Hon. James M. Burns Professionalism Award (2010); author, Kafka Comes to America, Fighting for Justice in the War on Terror which has won four national awards including the prestigious ABA Silver Gavel; has taught at Lewis & Clark College and serves as an OSB ethics prosecutor; frequent writer and speaker on constitutional and federal criminal issues.