Profile: edward.j.ungvarsky

Edward J. Ungvarsky is a career public defender who heads the Northern Virginia Capital Defender Office in Arlington, Virginia. Ed frequently lectures on issues related to the death penalty, trial advocacy, and forensic science evidence and expert testimony. Ed has served on the faculties of Harvard Law School's Trial Advocacy Workshop, National College of Capital Voir Dire, NACDL's Making the Case for Life, NLADA's Life in the Balance, Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy's Death Penalty Institute, and Gideon's Promise. Ed created and teaches a graduate-level seminar on the Death Penalty and Mitigation at Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia. After graduating from law school, Ed clerked in Montgomery, Alabama for the Honorable Frank M. Johnson, Jr., on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Ed received his B.A. from Wesleyan University and his J.D. from Yale Law School. Ed received the 2014 NLADA Kutak-Dodds Award for his extraordinary work for justice over his career. Ed is the husband of Olivia Smith, the founder and executive director of Bridges Public Charter School, an exemplary public elementary school for children with and without special needs in the District of Columbia.

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January 23, 2018: In response to US Attorney General Jeff Session's reversal of prior policy on the imposition of fines and fees for criminal defendants, NAPD submitted the following letter on behalf of the public defender community. You can read the letter HERE

January 17, 2018: The 2018 NAPD Investigators Conference and 2018 Social Workers & Sentencing Advocates Institute (March 26-29, 2018 in Denver, CO) are now at full capacity and closed for registration. A wait list is being developed.

November 28, 2017: NAPD has uploaded videos of the presentations from the 2017 NAPD Workloads Conference in St. Louis (held November 17-18). Members can access these valuable presentations on MyGideon by logging into their NAPD account.

April 16, 2017: 60 Minutes' Anderson Cooper features the Orleans Public Defenders and NAPD General Counsel in a substantive segment about public defenders' excessive workloads, pervasive injustice, and the obligation of defenders to resist the "conveyer belt" of mass-incarceration. You can watch the compelling segment HERE

On March 18, 2017 - the 54th anniversary of the Gideon v. Wainright decision - NAPD published its Foundational Principles, which are recommended to NAPD members and other persons and organizations interested in advancing the cause of equal justice for accused persons.