Profile: matt.foley

Matt Foley has been the Chief Public Defender for Arlington County and the City of Falls Church since 2010. He joined the Office of the Public Defender in 2005 as a Deputy Public Defender, after thirteen years of private practice in Arlington County. He received his J.D. from Catholic University’s Columbus School of Law in 1992. In 1989, he received a B.A. with academic distinction from Binghamton University, having majored in philosophy and minored in religious studies. He co-founded the Debate team while at Binghamton. Matt currently serves on the board of directors for the Arlington County Community foundation, Friends of Argus and Aurora House, the Virginia Criminal Justice Committee and the Arlington Mental Health Criminal Justice Review Committee. He periodically teaches a criminal law clinic for Catholic University, Columbus School of Law and frequently lectures and participates in panel discussions about the criminal justice system.




December 15, 2018: Registration is now open for NAPD's Spring Events:
  • Executive Leadership Insitute (Frankfort, KY)
  • Train the Trainer (Frankfort, KY)
  • "We the Defenders" Investigators Conference (Biloxi, MS)
  • "We the Defenders" Social Workers/Sentencing AdvocatesConference (Biloxi, MS)
  • Team Mitigation Institute (Atlanta, GA)
Click on Events Tab for more info and to register.

October 30, 2018: NAPD releases a video about its achievements over the 5 years since forming in November in 2013. This films was coordinated by NAPD Steering Committee Member and San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi and debuted at the Racial Justice Training and 5 Year Celebration in Baltimore, Maryland. You can watch the video HERE

July 1, 2018: General Registration opens for the “WE THE DEFENDERS” TRAINING CONFERENCE,  November 26-29, 2018, Indianapolis, IN

You can watch a video about the event HERE 

Due to overwhelming demand, NAPD will again offer this comprehensive Investigator and Social Worker/Sentencing Advocate training experience! The program will include one track for Investigators and a separate track for Social Worker/Sentencing Advocates.  Hear from nationally recognized experts who will share their knowledge on a wide range of topics relevant to the work you do each and every day.  Network with other criminal defense practitioners from around the country and find your tribe. 

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