B.S., J.D., Georgetown. Professor Eduardo “Eddie” Ferrer is DCLY’s Legal & Policy Director as well as a founding member and former Executive Director of the organization. Professor Ferrer also serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Campaign for Youth Justice and the Chair of the Board of Trustees of The Next Step Charter School in Columbia Heights. Professor Ferrer was a member of the 2012-13 class of the Nonprofit Roundtable of Greater Washington’s Future Executive Director Program and served as the Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner for Single Member District 1B10 from 2009-2010. Eddie was awarded the 2013 Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project’s “Defender of Innocence Award” for his work securing the release of David Boyce, a innocent man wrongfully convicted in Virginia in 1990, and was recognized in 2008 by Legal Bisnow Magazine as a top “30 under 30” attorney in the District of Columbia.

Prior to joining DC Lawyers for Youth full-time, Professor Ferrer worked in private practice at Howrey LLP where he worked on a variety of matters, including juvenile justice policy, immigration law, constitutional law, civil rights law, writs of habeas corpus, white-collar criminal defense, and antitrust law.

Professor Ferrer received his B.S. in Business Administration from the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University in 2002 and his law degree from Georgetown Law in 2005. During his college and law school years, Professor Ferrer worked as a tutor, coach, abuse/neglect compliance intern, special education advocate, and a juvenile defender.