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.

Shaping Law.

Nimble and practical, CAL quickly seizes on opportunities to improve the circumstances of large numbers of individuals caught up in the legal system. With innovative legal arguments, CAL continues to push the law forward, opening avenues of relief for thousands of individuals across the state.
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Shaping Law.

Seeking Justice.

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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Seeking Justice.

Centering Clients.

Incarceration can be an isolating and dehumanizing experience fraught with challenges. That is why CAL's advocacy extends beyond the confines of the appellate process. From helping clients obtain proper medical care in prison, to providing re-entry support and resources upon release, CAL is committed to addressing its clients' needs in the courtroom and beyond.
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Centering Clients.

CAL 101

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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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The People v. James Thomas
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The People v. T.S.
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FOR CLIENTS & FAMILIES

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