Kevann Gardner

Supervising Attorney; Washington D.C. Public Defender Service
TPI Attendance: July, 2012
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Kevann A. Gardner, Esq. is an experienced trial attorney who has practiced for over 11 years serving indigent clients in felony and misdemeanor cases. He currently specializes in litigating murder, attempted murder, and first-degree sexual assault cases as a supervising attorney in the Trial Division of the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia (‘PDS’).

Mr. Gardner began working at PDS in 2005 as a criminal defense investigator. Before starting his current supervisory role, Mr. Gardner served as a law clerk, a staff attorney, a hiring committee member, and the organization’s client intake representative. He also worked as a public defender at the Legal Aid Society in the Bronx, New York, handling misdemeanor and felony cases. He currently teaches in trial advocacy programs at Harvard Law School, the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, the National Criminal Defense College (NCDC), and the Defender Institute Basic Trials Skills Program for the New York State Defenders Association. He is also an adjunct professor at the American University Washington College of Law.

Mr. Gardner was born and raised in Detroit, MI. He earned his B.A. from Oakwood University in Huntsville, AL and his J.D. from the Cardozo School of Law in New York, NY. During law school, Mr. Gardner worked for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the New York State Assembly Subcommittee on Election Day Operations and Voter Disenfranchisement, and clerked for the Honorable Cheryl E. Chambers in the Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court.


Recent Teaching History

2022 NCDC Trial Practice Institute (July Session)