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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July 1, 2017: NAPD announces Save the Date for 2017 Workloads Institute, to be held at SLU Law School (St. Louis, MO) on November 17-18, 2017. Click HERE for a brochure with details and faculty!

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.