Redefining Advocacy.
CAL’s core mission is, and always has been, to identify errors that contributed to our clients’ convictions and to secure relief for them on appeal through unparalleled advocacy. It is our daily struggle to earn each client a respected place and respectful hearing in the quest for equal justice. But in our clients’ complex lives, we also see opportunities for service beyond the crucial matter of the appeal.
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Redefining Advocacy.
Impact Litigation.
Nimble and practical, CAL quickly seizes on opportunities to improve the circumstances of large numbers of individuals caught up in the legal system. In the areas of post-release supervision and drug law reform resentencing, CAL led the way in developing winning legal theories that ultimately led to broad-based ameliorative relief benefitting hundreds of individuals.
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Impact Litigation.
Justice First.
The Justice First project is one of CAL’s proudest achievements. Recognizing that sometimes an appeal simply can’t root out and remedy a miscarriage of justice that results in a wrongful conviction, CAL created Justice First. Justice First carefully screens cases for intensive re-investigation and collateral attack back in the trial courts. But Justice First is only one of CAL's special projects.
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Justice First.
Small Victories.
Broken eyeglasses. For an incarcerated client, broken eyeglasses may spell the difference between managing the rigors of prison life, and not. Reading, following mandated directives, participating in programming — all may suffer from impaired vision. That’s why helping a client secure a new pair of eyeglasses is a task CAL readily undertakes and a small victory we celebrate.
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Small Victories.
Parole Advocacy Roundup

With parole recently granted to a client whose maximum release date on his 12 1/2 - 25 year sentence would otherwise have been in April 2023, CAL's parole advocacy project has had an outstanding year -- 10 victories in 23 parole appearances (43 percent) over the last calendar year. Statewide,only 15 percent of individuals get released at their initial release appearances, and the percentage is only nominally higher at subsequent parole appearances. The overwhelming majority of CAL's 23 parole clients this year had a violent underlying offense (or had a prior violent conviction, which carries similar significance to the Board). Throughout New York State, the likelihood of being granted parole for a violent offender is in the single digits.

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CAL 101

The Center for Appellate Litigation is a not-for-profit law firm representing clients assigned to it by the Appellate Division, First Department, in appeals and post-conviction proceedings in Manhattan and the Bronx. CAL distinguishes itself through its passionate and creative advocacy, and its highly experienced attorneys.

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CAL IN THE COURTS

Resentencing Following Successful Ineffectiveness/Catu-Predicate Challenge
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Sentence Reduction for Identity Theft
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FOR CLIENTS & FAMILIES

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