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.
CAL and Harlem's Eagle Academy Team Up for High School Moot Court Tournament

CAL had the privilege of sponsoring the Eagle Academy of Harlem in the Metropolitan Mentor Moot Court Competition for high school students, conducted by the Justice Resource Center and Fordham Law School. After learning constitutional law and appellate advocacy in less than a month, our Eagle Academy students showed up in full force on November 15 for the preliminary round, finishing just behind the two top teams for the day -- an excellent showing for a first-year team, especially since one of our students had to fill in last minute and learned the problem last night! We await news of whether we earned a Wildcard slot for the next round, but win or lose, we are thrilled and proud of our mentees’ accomplishments, future advocates all!

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CAL 101

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.

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CAL IN THE COURTS

Murder conviction reversed because of sitting juror’s concealment of application to prosecutor’s office
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Homicide conviction reversed because of faulty justification charge
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FOR CLIENTS & FAMILIES

When it comes to helping a friend or loved one in prison, the more you know about the system the better. Knowledge is power. Click here to get quick access to valuable information, downloads and links.

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