The Center for Appellate Litigation (CAL) seeks an experienced attorney to join our crim-imm practice. 

CAL is a non-profit public defense law firm dedicated to the pursuit of equal justice under the law for indigent New Yorkers in their criminal appeals or other post-conviction proceedings.  We believe all people deserve dignity, respect, and the right to be heard and treated fairly when their liberty has been taken from them or threatened, regardless of their ability to pay for an attorney.

CAL’s crim-imm practice group – the first and largest project of its kind in the country – zealously pursues the full range of post-conviction legal remedies available to our noncitizen clients, whether by bringing state law collateral proceedings or on direct appeal of the criminal conviction, to advance their rights and protect them from the threat of immigration detention and deportation as a result of their criminal conviction.


We seek a dynamic lawyer with at least two years of experience as a criminal defense or immigration attorney working at the intersection of criminal and immigration law.  Candidates must have excellent analytical, writing, research, and oral advocacy skills; be a team player; have the organizational skills required to manage multiple active cases under varying time pressures; and have a strong commitment to public defense and serving indigent clients convicted of crimes. Candidates must be admitted to the New York State Bar.  Fluency in Spanish is preferred.

Because we believe a diverse work force is essential to helping our clients through differing perspectives, CAL welcomes applications from people of color; people with disabilities; and people of LGBTQ+ identities. CAL is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for this position without unlawful discrimination based on race, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or citizenship status.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should e-mail (in PDF format) a cover letter, resume, at least two references, and a writing sample to Marianne Yang at  Include "CAL Crim-Imm Staff Attorney" in the subject line.  No phone calls, please.  Only applicants invited for interviews will be contacted.