Jerry Edwards joined the ACLU of Florida in July 2021 as a staff attorney focusing on criminal justice issues.
A Florida native, Jerry left the state to earn a degree in Sport and Entertainment Management from the University of South Carolina and then returned to attend the University of Florida Levin College of Law. While in law school, Jerry served as a Managing Editor for the Florida Law Review and research assistant to Professor E. Lea Johnston.
After law school, Jerry worked as a judicial law clerk for Judge David C. Guaderrama of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas and Judge Eugene E. Siler, Jr., of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. After completing his clerkships, Jerry served as Assistant Solicitor General for Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt. In that role, Jerry reviewed amicus and litigation opportunities, offered input on executive policy, and successfully defended the State of Kansas in numerous civil matters, including a constitutional challenge to the Kansas Emergency Management Act. Jerry is excited to be back home in Florida helping to safeguard the civil liberties of Floridians.