A 2015 WVU Law graduate, Unger will serve as a program coordinator/staff attorney for the WVIP, which works to exonerate clients serving a prison sentence for crimes they did not commit.
He was formerly an assistant public defender with the Public Defender Corporation for the 15th Judicial Circuit in Clarksburg, West Virginia.
Unger previously practiced criminal defense at Mills McDermott Criminal Law Center in Martinsburg, West Virginia, and worked as a legal research and writing fellow for the Due Process Institute in Washington, D.C.
This experience, according to Unger, has cemented his passion for creating change within the criminal justice system.
“I worked with the WVIP as a student at WVU Law, and I am very excited to be back. Being able to serve the WVIP’s clients is a phenomenal privilege,” he said. “These individuals have been through so much in their lives. I am looking forward to being able to stand with our clients and fight for the justice they have been denied and hopefully, through their cases, make the kind of systemic changes that will make wrongful convictions a thing of the past.”
In addition to his J.D. from WVU Law, Unger holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from WVU.
The West Virginia Innocence Project receives support from the law firm Wilson, Frame & Metheney, PLLC.