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STEPHEN BINDMAN is Special Advisor on Wrongful Convictions, at the Department of Justice Canada. He was one of the authors of the Report on the Prevention of Miscarriages of Justice, released in January 2005 by Federal-Provincial-Territorial Ministers Responsible for Justice.
He was one of the organizers of the November 2005 international conference "Unlocking Innocence" and has spoken extensively on the Report. In 2003, he completed a four-year term as lay bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada. Until November 1998, he was national legal affairs correspondent for Southam News based in Ottawa.
He reported regularly on the Supreme Court of Canada, the Federal Court, Justice Department and the legal system for more than 30 newspapers across Canada. He has contributed to numerous legal publications and has appeared regularly on TV and radio as a legal commentator. He is a former president of the 1,300-member Canadian Association of Journalists and has been a governor of the National Newspaper Awards and Canadian Journalism Foundation.
He is a former director of the Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice. He has twice been a finalist in the National Newspaper Awards. He graduated from Carleton University in Ottawa with joint honors in journalism and law in 1983. In 1988 he was awarded a prestigious Southam Fellowship and studied law and criminology at the University of Toronto and in 1995 was awarded a fellowship from Yale Law School to study for a Master's in Legal Studies.