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CUNY: Criminal Defense

Student defenders in the criminal defense clinic represent indigent clients charged with misdemeanors in the New York City Criminal Court. Students perform the full range of tasks associated with criminal defense, including interviewing, negotiating, counseling,
and the full range of pretrial and trial responsibilities. Clients face a variety of charges, including drug possession, assault, petty larceny, obstructing governmental administration, resisting arrest, and disorderly conduct. Student defenders meet and interview their clients at arraignments (the initial court appearance in New York) in the Criminal Court, conduct negotiations with the prosecutor and the presiding judge, make any applicable motions to dismiss, and argue for their client’s release from custody.

CUNY FACULTY ON THIS CAUSE

Donna Lee
Professor
We are all passionate about our social justice mission and recognize that diversifying the legal profession is a critical step towards achieving this goal.
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Steve Zeidman
Professor
Where else are you surrounded by a community committed to the cause of social justice and constantly challenged, motivated, and supported in pursuit of that goal?
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CUNY SUCCESS STORIES IN CRIMINAL DEFENSE

CUNY SUCCESS STORIES IN CRIMINAL DEFENSE

Defending clients in New York when they need it most.

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