Professor Wright teaches the Transnational Tribunals Practicum, a five-credit hour course where students provide support litigation to defense trial teams before the International Criminal Court, the International Criminal Court for the Former Yugoslavia, the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, and the U.S. Military Commissions in Guantánamo Bay.
After graduating cum laude from George Mason University School of Law in 2004, Wright clerked at the “Rocket Docket” for the Honorable Barry R. Poretz in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia in Alexandria, Virginia.
From 2005 to 2014, Wright served as an Army judge advocate (JAG) on active-duty in Germany, Iraq, and Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. Wright’s trial experiences and deployed assignments include: representing Khalid Shaikh Mohammad the lead defendant in the 9/11 death-penalty case in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba (‘11-‘14); defending soldiers accused of serious felonies in Germany (‘09-‘11); becoming the first Army lawyer to serve as an aide-de-camp to a division commander in combat (Iraq, ‘08); and advising commanders on international law in Germany and Iraq (‘06-‘08).
In 2010, Professor Wright graduated from the University of Oxford with a master of studies in international human rights law, earning a distinction in international criminal law.
Wright has been profiled nationally and internationally for his litigation and human rights work in Guantánamo Bay. His awards include the Bronze Star Medal (‘08), the Meritorious Service Medal (‘09), the Paratroopers Badge (‘06), and a trial advocacy award from the New York City Bar Association (‘09). Wright continues to serve as a JAG major in the U.S. Army Reserves.
Admitted to practice in Virginia, 2004; Trial Attorney, U.S. Military Commissions, Guantánamo Bay, 2011-present; Adjunct Professor of Law, Washington and Lee University School of Law, 2014-present; Senior Defense Counsel, U.S. Army Reserves, 16th Legal Operations Detachment, 2014-present; Trial Attorney, U.S. Army Europe, 2009-11; Aide-de-Camp, Commanding General, Northern Iraq & Germany, 2008-09; International Law Attorney, U.S. Army, Northern Iraq & Germany, 2006-08; Administrative Law and Legal Aide Attorney, U.S. Army, Germany, 2005-06; Judicial Law Clerk, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia (Alex. Div.), 2004-05; Law Clerk, Office of the General Counsel, U.S. Army Secretariat, 2003.