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Ed Caspar

Senior Counsel

Edward Caspar joined the Lawyers’ Committee in 2019 as Senior Counsel for National Support. As Senior Counsel, Mr. Caspar is responsible for litigating matters across all of the Lawyers’ Committee’s project areas. Before joining the Lawyers’ Committee, Mr. Caspar engaged in extensive litigation in a variety of civil rights cases as an attorney in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice from 2002 to 2017.

As Special Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General from 2012 to 2015, Mr. Caspar led the United States’ civil litigation against the Sherriff’s Office of Maricopa County, Arizona, for widespread civil rights violations, helping to secure crucial reforms and end unconstitutional policing practices. Mr. Caspar also served as a prosecutor in the Division’s Criminal Section for several years, prosecuting cases involving police misconduct, hate crimes, and human trafficking. And as an attorney in the Division’s Educational Opportunities Section, Mr. Caspar litigated civil cases to remedy racial discrimination in public schools.

Mr. Caspar also served as Legislative and Policy Counsel in the Civil Rights Division from 2011 to 2012, coordinating inter-agency efforts to reduce unnecessary collateral consequences for criminal convictions and remove unnecessary prisoner reentry barriers. In 2016, he was detailed to the Department’s Office of Legal Policy, where he served as Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General, helping to lead the development of policy initiatives on a broad array of subjects, including the advancement of civil rights and criminal justice reform. From 2017 to 2019, Mr. Caspar served as Director of the Office of Program Performance in the Legal Services Corporation, which administered over $400 million dollars in grants supporting legal services for the poor throughout the United States.