CAL’s core mission is appellate advocacy. Our appellate practice is dynamic and varied. We search for fresh approaches to even the most seemingly settled issues. Our attorneys regularly appear in the Appellate Division, First Department and Appellate Term, First Department, and since our doors opened in 1997, we have been frequent advocates before the New York Court of Appeals in Albany, arguing significant cases that have benefitted our clients and impacted the law for criminal defendants across the State.

Over the years, we’ve continued to find new ways to use our talents to assist our clients through the appeals process. In addition to appealing from felony convictions in Supreme Court, we have expanded our practice to include misdemeanor and violation appeals arising out of criminal court convictions.  Our Appellate Term project closely examines such convictions for the frequent errors that occur amidst the contant thrum of cirminal court, and attempts to mitigate the very real effects of such contvictions.

While the mainstay of our practice is New York State criminal law, our Federal Litigation Unit (FLU) monitors developments in federal law and practice and provides invaluable assistance in instances where our attorneys seek further relief through federal habeas corpus.

We welcome creative thinking and new ways of looking at things. To that end, we've partnered with law school clinics at Columbia Law School and Brooklyn Law School. CAL attorneys mentor budding appellate lawyers and work closely with them through the briefing and argument process. We’ve also partnered with three prominent law firms: Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer, White & Case LLP, and DLA Piper. Sharing our perspective and practice with these firms' pro bono volunteers has proven a mutually rewarding and enriching experience.