Redefining Advocacy.

CAL’s core mission is the pursuit of equal justice under the law for indigent New Yorkers in their criminal appeals and 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. 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.

Midwood High School Student Mentees Win Matches in NY Mock Trial Competition

CAL is proud to announce that its Midwood High School student mentees won their first two matches in the New York State mock trial competition, and are preparing to advance to the competition’s next round. During their first two matches, our mentees, only one of whom has done mock trial before and none of whom are seniors, were cool, confident, sharp, and professional during the matches. Our student witnesses knew their information completely, and refused to be pigeonholed on cross examination. Our student lawyers understood hearsay on a deep level. They sliced and diced the other teams with objections. They delivered crisp and precise openings and closings. And they looked like lawyers while they were doing it. It was a well-deserved outcome considering how incredibly hard the students have worked, including commuting to CAL on Wednesdays and on Saturdays. Needless to say, we are very proud of our student mentees!

Summons or Arrest? The Arbitrary Enforcement of Low-Level Offenses in New York City

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CAL represents clients assigned to it by the Appellate Division, First Department and Appellate Term, First Department, in appeals and post-conviction proceedings in Manhattan and the Bronx. CAL distinguishes itself through its passionate and creative advocacy, and its dynamic approach to finding effective litigation strategies in pursuit of justice.

CAL IN THE COURTS

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Unlawful Possession of Ammunition Conviction Vacated
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Felony Murder Conviction Reversed on Appeal
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FOR CLIENTS & FAMILIES

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