Edward Monahan

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Ed Monahan was the chief defender of the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy, the statewide public defense program, from 2008-2017. He is co-editor of the ABA’s Tell the Client's Story:Mitigation in Criminal and Death Penalty Cases (May 2017). He began as a Kentucky public defender in 1976. Monahan was a member of the ABA Death Penalty Due Process Review Project Steering Committee from 2014 – 2017. He has been a member of the ABA Government and Public Sector Lawyers Division Council since 2014 and is vice chair. He served on the ABA Task Force on Preservation of the Justice System from 2011 to 2012 co-chaired by Ted Olsenand David Boies. He is a member of the Steering Committee of the National Association for Public Defense and chaired its Education Committee from 2013-2018; a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and co-chairs its Subcommittee on Pretrial Release Advocacy; past chair of the Kentucky BarAssociation’s Criminal Law Section; a member of the KBA Ethics Committee(2000–2007; 2008–2011); and past chair of the NLADA American Council of Chief Defenders. Ed is a charter board member of the Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and a past president. He was co-counsel in Gall v. Parker, 231 F.3d 265 (6th Cir. 2000) and Kordenbrock v. Scroggy, 919 F.2d 1091 (6th Cir. 1990) (en banc), both granting federal habeas relief to clients sentenced to death. Edward was counsel in Binion v.Commonwealth, 891 S.W.2d 383 (Ky. 1995), which recognized theconstitutional requirement for defense experts. His publications include Coping with Excessive Workload, coauthored with James J. Clark, in ABA’s EthicalProblems Facing the Criminal Defense Lawyer: Practical Answers to Tough Questions (Rodney J. Uphoff, ed., 1995). Mitigation is the Heart and Soul of Just and Merciful Sentencing, ABA Human Rights magazine,Vol42 No. 4 p. 17 coauthored with James J. Clark; Children are Constitutionally Different: Neuroscience Developments Bring Smart Changes, American Bar Association Government and Public Sector Lawyers Division, The Public Lawyer, Vol 24 No. 2 (Summer 2016) p. 6. Ed is a 1976 graduate of Washington D.C.’s Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law.


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