As both director and previously as staff attorney, Edwards has worked directly on cases and campaigns on a wide variety of issues, including ending overincarceration and excessive sentencing, challenges to juvenile life without parole sentences, reforms of unconstitutional police practices and drug law reform, including defending medical marijuana laws. Before joining the ACLU, Edwards was a staff attorney at the Innocence Project and leading national expert on eyewitness identification reform, a public defender at the Bronx Defenders, a Criminal Justice Fellow at the Drum Major Institute of Public Policy and an investigator at the Capital Defender Office in New York. Edwards earned his J.D. at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a Public Interest Scholar, and his B.A. with honors at Vassar College.