Clinical Associate Professor

Wright, Steven

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Telephone: 608-890-3540
Office: Room 4318L, Law School

B.S. Duke University
M.E.M., Duke University
M.A., Johns Hopkins University
M.F.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison
J.D., Washington University in St. Louis

Teaching Areas:
Appellate Advocacy
Criminal Law
Criminal Procedure
Legal Research and Analysis
Practice Skills

Recently Taught Courses
726 Intro to Substantive Criminal Law
854 Clinical Program: Wisconsin Innocence Project


Steven Wright teaches both law and creative writing.

At the Law School, Professor Wright is a clinical associate professor and co-director of the Wisconsin Innocence Project. The Wisconsin Innocence Project seeks to exonerate the innocent and to train the next generation of legal leaders. Professor Wright has also taught first-year criminal law and appellate advocacy.

Professor Wright is also a lecturer in the creative writing program. His debut novel, the Coyotes of Carthage, is forthcoming from Ecco Books, an imprint of Harper Collins. He earned his MFA from the University of Wisconsin, where he won The August Derleth Prize, which recognizes excellence in creative writing. He also won The Jerome Stern Teaching Award, which recognizes outstanding teaching by an MFA student.

Before joining the University of Wisconsin faculty, Professor Wright was a trial attorney in the Voting Section of the United States Department of Justice. He litigated cases to enforce the Voting Rights Act, the Civil Rights Acts, National Voter Registration Act, and the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment Act. He also clerked for the Honorable Lavenski Smith, United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.

Professor Wright is a former member of the Wisconsin Judicial Council. From 2018-2019, he served as the chair of the appellate rules committee, which studies and recommends changes to the Wisconsin Rules of Appellate Procedure.

He appeared on C-Span's Washington Journal, where he shared his experience supervising federal election monitors. His innocence cases, including the exoneration of Sam Hadaway, have appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and the Journal Times. He's provided expert commentary on Wake Up Wisconsin, SiriusXM Urbanview, Channel 3000, and Wisconsin Public Radio.  Lastly, he's written essays about race, criminal justice, and election law for the New York Review of Books.

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