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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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 Principleswhich are recommended to NAPD members and other persons and organizations interested in advancing the cause of equal justice for accused persons.  


On March 2, 2017, NAPD released its Statement on Reducing Demand For Public Defense: Alternatives to Traditional Prosecution Can Reduce Defender Workload, Save Money, and Reduce RecidivismThere are more than 2 million people in jail and prison in the United States. This is a four-fold increase since 1980. This increase and the racial disproportionality among incarcerated people has led to alliances across the political spectrum to address the impact on people and on budgets.  As the new Coalition for Public Safety has put it, “Our country has an ‘overcriminalization’ problem and an ‘overincarceration’ problem — and it’s getting worse." NAPD authored this statement because there is a great opportunity to make transformative changes that can improve justice and save money.  A variety of organizations representing a wide spectrum of political views have joined together to end the systematic problem of overcriminalization and narrow the net of incarceration by reforming criminal codes.