Nina Carpiniello Spizer

Chief, Trial Unit

Ms. Spizer is the Chief of the Trial Unit at the Federal Community Defender Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.  Ms. Spizer supervises the most experienced criminal defense attorneys in the District and oversees the daily legal and administrative operations of roughly 1,000 criminal indictments per year and non-capital habeas appeals. In addition to her supervisory role, Ms. Spizer maintains a significant criminal trial caseload representing clients in high profile cases throughout the District. Ms. Spizer is a clinical law professor at the Temple University Beasley School of Law and currently teaches the Federal Litigation Clinic. Ms. Spizer lectures frequently and has taught in the areas of evidence, criminal procedure, sentencing mitigation, effective pre-trial motions, defending child pornography, the dark web, gun identification, illegal re-entry and on effective administration, to name a few. She also is responsible for the training of conflict counsel under the Criminal Justice Act in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Prior to her current position, Ms. Spizer was an Assistant Defender with the Defender Association of Philadelphia for 8 years in Philadelphia.  She is a graduate of New York University and The Dickinson School of Law. Ms. Spizer is admitted to practice law in the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.