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Welcome the Criminal Appeals practice area!

This site is for volunteer lawyers working as co-counsel with The Legal Aid Society's Criminal Appeals Bureau (CAB) on behalf of poor persons convicted of felonies in New York City criminal courts. Join us!

Practice Area Host and Resources. CAB is New York City's primary post-conviction public defender. It is part of The Legal Aid Society, the nation's largest public interest law firm. The practice area includes legal materials to guide the volunteer through each step of the post-conviction process.

Description of Cases Available
First-time volunteers typically work on a state court direct appeal, writing the brief and arguing the case in the Appellate Division. No special experience or background is necessary. However, each appeal represents a substantial commitment of time and energy for the volunteer. Other opportunities include representing clients in the Court of Appeals, collateral challenges such as ineffective assistance of counsel motions, and habeas corpus petitions in federal court.

Registering for the Practice Area
When you register, please use the available fields to describe your interest in the site, background and potentially relevant experience. This will assist us in communicating with you and matching you with an appropriate case.

The practice area was developed with assistance from Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison.

Did You Know?

New York defendants wait, on average, up to two years for their appeals to be heard, during which time they are serving their sentence in state prison. Our short-sentence clients depend greatly on volunteers to get to court in time for their appeals to be meaningful.

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