AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania
Provides legal services for prisoners in PA with
HIV/AIDS. English and Spanish.
Alliance of Incarcerated Canadians/Foreigners in
American Prisons (AICAP) -
The American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee
Write to report incidents of discrimination.
Association - The ABA is the largest voluntary professional
association in the world. With more than 400,000 members, the ABA
provides law school accreditation, continuing legal education,
information about the law, programs to assist lawyers and judges in
their work, and initiatives to improve the legal system for the
public. The Mission of the American Bar Association is to be the
national representative of the legal profession, serving the public
and the profession by promoting justice, professional excellence and
respect for the law.
American Center for Law and
Justice - ACLJ specializes in constitutional law and is based in
Washington, D.C. Through our work in the courts and the legislative
arena, the ACLJ is dedicated to protecting your religious and
Association of Federal Defense
Attorneys - AFDA is an Internet-based association for criminal
defense attorneys, law professors, paralegals, investigators, and
all other professionals associated with the field of federal
criminal defense litigation. AFDA has been approved as an MCLE
provider by the State of California since 1997.
The Bar Association of San
Francisco - The Bar Association of San Francisco champions equal
access to justice and promotes humanity, excellence, and diversity
in the legal profession. We provide legal services to disadvantaged
and underserved individuals in San Francisco. We create
opportunities for legal service in the community and encourage
participation by our members.
Bay Area Lawyers for Individual
Freedom - Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom (BALiF) is the
nation's oldest and largest bar association of Lesbians, Gay Men,
Bisexuals, and Transgendered Persons in the Field of Law. Founded in
1980, BALiF represents its members interests in the San Francisco
The Beverly Hills Bar
Association - The Beverly Hills Bar Association, a nationally
recognized major metropolitan bar association based in Beverly
Hills, serves the 15,000 + lawyers who live or work on the Westside
of Los Angeles County. With over 3,600 members, it is the largest
voluntary bar association in California that is not a county bar
association. Our mission is to serve our members, to lead our
profession and to advocate for justice in our community.
The Black Women
Lawyers Association of Los Angeles - BWL was formed more than 31
years ago when a group of African-American female attorneys and
judges organized to provide support, opportunities and career
development for women of color in the legal profession. Over the
past three decades BWL has been faithful to its mission but has also
evolved into an organization focused on charitable, educational and
Bureau of Prisons
Consultants - Post Conviction Relief (PCR) Consultants offer
consultation and document preparation services to federal
defendants, inmates, and their loved-ones content with the
oppressive Federal Justice System.
The Brennan Center - The
Brennan Center does an impressive array of work, from groundbreaking
legal challenges and first-ever studies in critical policy areas to
constitutional and legal analysis and legislative drafting of felon
Appellate Courts - This system provides case information for
California Supreme Court and Court of Appeal cases. Case information
is updated once an hour throughout the business day. Searches for
Supreme Court and Court of Appeal case information can be initiated
by supplying trial court, Court of Appeal, or Supreme Court case
number or by supplying case caption, attorney, or party information.
Searches for Court of Appeal cases can also be initiated by
supplying court calendar date.
California Association of
Black Lawyers - The CABL has an illustrious history and lineage
of courage, activism, and participation in the political process.
California Courts - The
California Judicial Branch, Committed to providing fair and equal
access to justice for all Californians.
California Legislative Analyst's
Office - The Legislative Analyst's Office (LAO) has been
providing fiscal and policy advice to the Legislature for more than
65 years. It is known for its fiscal and programmatic expertise and
nonpartisan analyses of the state's budget. The LAO is overseen by
the Joint Legislative Budget Committee (JLBC), a 16-member,
California Minority Counsel Program
- CMCP's mission is to promote diversity among the state's attorney
population, and thereby advance a more inclusive and just legal
profession. As the state grows increasingly more diverse, it is
imperative to have lawyers of different backgrounds to understand
and serve the needs of these incredibly diverse communities and
ensure a more inclusive legal profession.
Capital Defense Network - The
content of the FDPRC webpage is intended to help defense counsel
become familiar with the issues, procedures, and practices unique
to, or made unique by, capital prosecutions, and to provide guidance
in working with these matters.
Center for Constitutional Rights
CCR is a non-profit legal and educational
organization committed to the creative use of law as a positive force
for social change and dedicated to advancing and protecting rights
guaranteed by the US Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human
Rights. CCR is currently
litigating the Ashker v Brown challenge to solitary confinement in CA.
CCR co-publishes the Jailhouse Lawyers Handbook with the National
Center for Court
Innovation-Problem-Solving Courts - Disseminates ideas about
community and problem-solving justice through publications, journal
articles and web sites.
Ministries - The primary mission of Centurion Ministries is to
vindicate and free from prison those who are completely innocent of
the crimes for which they have been unjustly convicted and
imprisoned for life or death. We also assist our clients, once they
are freed, with reintegration into society on a self-reliant basis.
Chicago Innocence Project
The Chicago Innocence Project investigates cases in
which prisoners may have been convicted of crimes they did not commit,
with priority to murder cases that resulted in sentences of death or
life without parole. CIP involves college students, community residents,
private investigators and journalists in the reporting process. Does not
represent clients in criminal cases, but after our investigation is
completed, outside counsel may bring new evidence of innocence to court.
The fundamental goal is to expose and remedy wrongdoing by the criminal
Colombia Legal Services -
CLS is a not for profit organization employing lawyers and legal
workers who provide legal assistance to low-income and special needs
people and organizations in Washington. CLS has recently reorganized
and now maintains five offices.
Commission on Judicial Performance -
The State of California Commission on Judicial Performance is the
independent state agency in California responsible for investigating
complaints of judicial misconduct and judicial incapacity and for
disciplining judges, pursuant to article VI, section 18 of the
California Constitution. The Commission's jurisdiction includes all
active California state court judges. The Commission also has
authority to impose certain discipline on former judges and has
shared authority with local courts over court commissioners and
referees. The Commission does not have authority over federal
judges, judges pro tem or private judges.
Committee for Public Counsel Services Innocence
The Program seeks to: (1) identify potentially
meritorious Massachusetts innocence claims; (2) assign experienced
attorneys to litigate such claims, (3) supervise and train lawyers
handling innocence cases, and (4) administer funds to support
post-conviction investigation, forensic consultation and testing. A case
may be eligible for assistance from the CPCS Innocence Program whether
or not DNA evidence might be available to establish innocence. Highest
priority is given to cases involving serious felonies for which the
defendant is currently serving a substantial sentence.
The Community Justice
Exchange - Founded as a public/private partnership between the
New York State Unified Court System and the Fund for the City of New
York, the Center for Court Innovation is a non-profit think tank
that helps courts and criminal justice agencies aid victims, reduce
crime and improve public trust in justice. The Center combines
action and reflection to spark problem-solving innovation both
locally and nationally.
Connecticut Innocence Project
Cases accepted: cases of actual innocence in
Connecticut; DNA and non-DNA cases. Sentence must include at least a ten
year period of incarceration and be no less than five years from
estimated release date. There must be some new evidence in the case
which would establish innocence. Prisoner must be indigent.
Consumer Attorneys of
California - CAOC is an organization of more than 3,000
attorneys who represent plaintiffs/consumers who seek responsibility
from wrongdoers. In each case, the person the CAOC member represents
faces an opponent with far more power and access to resources:
polluters, governments, insurance companies, automobile
manufacturers, and banks. CAOC members take cases they view as
worthy, invest their own resources in developing and taking such
cases to court, often over a several year period, and are paid only
from those cases which are successful.
Project - The Constitution Project seeks consensus solutions to
difficult legal and constitutional issues. It does this through
constructive dialogue across ideological and partisan lines, and
through scholarship, activism, and public education efforts.
Contra Costa County Bar
Association - CCCBA is the premier legal resource for attorneys
and members of the Contra Costa County community. We strive to
educate our members and the public concerning the law, the legal
profession and the judicial system, and to provide a means of
communication both between and among our members and the public.
Cornell Law School Supreme Court Rulings - Resource containing
US Supreme Court decisions including historic decisions, current
decisions, and information about the court.
Correctional Association of New York
Have four working project groups: the Public Policy
Project, the Women in Prison Project, the Prison Visiting Project, and
the Juvenile Justice Project.
Forum - Our mission is to provide assistance to those dealing
with the criminal justice system and to help the victims, defendants
and their respective families find the help they need. While we
won't be delivering any new Justice Radio Shows, you can still
listen previously recorded shows in our radio show archive.
Eastside Legal Assistance Program
- ELAP is a non-profit organization providing civil legal assistance
to low income residents of East and Northeast King County
Washington. Since opening its doors in 1990, ELAP has assisted more
than 35,000 people. ELAP's attorneys have volunteered more than
10,000 hours of legal service to community residents through its
Education Justice Project
The mission of the Education Justice Project (EJG)
is to build a model college-in-prison program that demonstrates the
positive impacts of higher education upon incarcerated people, their
families, the communities from which they come, and society as a whole.
EJP offers education programs to students incarcerated at Danville
The Exoneration Initiative
Cases accepted: Cases of actual innocence in New
York; DNA and non-DNA cases (specializes in non-DNA); no sentence
Federal Bar Association -
As the professional organization for private and government lawyers
and judges involved in federal practice, the FBA has offered an
unmatched array of leadership opportunities and services for more
than 80 years. This Web site provides a wealth of constantly updated
information for law students, new practitioners, experienced
attorneys, and judges from all over the country. The FBA gives its
16,000 members a chance to meet at regional and national
conferences, become active in informed discussion of substantive law
issues, assume leadership positions at the local and national level,
and network with other professionals in the field of federal law.
Find Legal Forms
- FindLegalForms.com's comprehensive library of legal documents,
legal papers, and business forms has been prepared by attorneys to
provide you with safe, informative, and easy-to-use legal forms. To
save you time and money, FindLegalForms.com offers: immediate
download access to legal forms, attorney-prepared legal documents,
money back guarantee, and easy payment through PayPal and all major
Florida Institutional Legal Services
FILS is the only statewide legal services program
in Florida dedicated to serving people who are institutionalized.
Currently, FILS is investigating the specific issues facing incarcerated
parents in Florida through direct outreach, aggressive use of the
Florida Sunshine laws, legal research, and limited advocacy for
individual clients with compelling and representative claims. FILS
publishes the Florida Parental Rights Manual for Incarcerated Parents
and their Families (2009) 106 pages, which is available for download
from their website or can be obtained by writing the above address.
Florida Justice Institute
The Florida Justice Institute (FJI) is a nonprofit
public interest law firm that conducts civil rights litigation and
advocacy in the areas of prisoners' rights, housing discrimination,
disability discrimination, and other areas that impact the lives of
Florida's poor and disenfranchised. This includes cases for persons
currently or formerly incarcerated in a Florida prison or jail involving
mistreatment while incarcerated, or involving the conditions of the
facility. FJI does not accept criminal or post-conviction cases (meaning anything related to a
criminal case, including criminal appeals, sentencing motions, Rule
3.850 or 3.800 motions, clemency petitions, and habeas corpus
The Fresno County Bar
Association - Since 1882 the FCBA has honorably served the
residents of California's San Joaquin Valley with the following
goals: To maintain the honor and dignity of the profession and
practice of the law; To increase its usefulness in promoting the
administration and proper amendment of the law so as best to secure
every right to the citizen; and to cultivate quality relationships
and friendly sentiments among its members.
Friends Committee on Legislation of California
Quaker founded group that advocates and lobbies for
CA state laws that are just, compassionate, and respectful of the
inherent worth of every person. They publish a free quarterly
periodical, the FCLCA Newsletter, which keeps track of pending
Hispanic National Bar Association
- The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) is an incorporated,
non-profit, national association representing the interest of over
33,000 Hispanic American attorneys, judges, law professors, and law
students in the United States and Puerto Rico. The HNBA invites all
Hispanics attorneys to become members and represents Puerto Rican,
Cuban American, Mexican American, South and Central American
attorneys, as well as any other within the profession, who subscribe
to the goals and philosophy of the Hispanic National Bar
Idaho Innocence Project
Cases accepted: Cases of actual innocence in Idaho
and eastern Oregon; DNA and non-DNA cases; no sentence requirements.
Idaho Innocence Project (Eastern Oregon)
Cases accepted: Cases of actual innocence in Idaho
and eastern Oregon; DNA and non-DNA cases; no sentence requirements.
The Innocence Project (National)
A national litigation and public policy organization dedicated to exonerating wrongfully convicted people through DNA testing. Will investigate and work to re-open your case ONLY if you are innocent. All cases for consideration should be mailed with a brief factual summary of the case and a list of the evidence used against the defendant. Write for the address of the Innocence Project in your state.
Innocence Project New Orleans
See Louisiana listing.
Innocence Project of Iowa
Cases accepted: Cases of actual innocence in Iowa;
DNA and non-DNA cases; no sentence requirements; preference for
Innocence Project (Virginia)
Cases Accepted: cases of actual innocence in
Virginia; DNA and non-DNA cases; no sentence requirements.
Innocence Project Wisconsin - The Wisconsin Innocence Project
represents prison inmates who claim to be actually innocent of the
crimes for which they are incarcerated. The Wisconsin Innocence
Project is a project in the Frank J. Remington Center at the
University of Wisconsin Law School. The Project was founded in 1998
and is co-directed by Law Professors Keith Findley and John Pray. At
any given time, approximately 20 law students are enrolled in the
program. Under the supervision of attorneys, the students
investigate and litigate claims of innocence on behalf of prisoners
in Wisconsin and elsewhere. There is no cost to the prisoner for the
Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program
Since 2007, University of Oregon (UO) has taught
three Inside-Out Classes through the Clark Honors College (CHC) at the
Oregon State Penitentiary. Courses are taught in an integrated classroom
with outside students (from the Honors College) and inside students (who
are incarcerated at Oregon State Penitentiary).
Jailhouse Lawyers Handbook
The Jailhouse Lawyers Handbook, published jointly by the National
Lawyers Guild and the Center for Constitutional Rights, explains how a
prisoner can start a lawsuit in federal court to fight against
mistreatment and bad conditions in prison. Because most prisoners are in
state prisons, the authors focus on those. However, people in federal
prisons and city or county jails will be able to use the Handbook also.
To receive a paperbound copy, mail $2.00 in money order, check, or
stamps to the above address. Please note that the Handbook is also
available for free if downloaded from either of the below-listed
websites by an outside source, printed out, and mailed in to the
prisoner. List of chapter headings: (1) Introduction; (2) Your Legal
Options; (3) Your Rights in Prison; (4) Structuring Your Lawsuit; (5)
How to Start Your Lawsuit; (6) Legal System & Research; (7) The Legal
System and Legal Research; and 12 appendices.
Juvenile Law Center - Juvenile
Law Center ensures that the child welfare, juvenile justice and
other public systems provide vulnerable children with the protection
and services they need to become happy, healthy and productive
adults. Founded in 1975 as a non-profit legal service, JLC is one of
the oldest public interest law firms for children in the United
States. We work on behalf of children who have come within the
purview of public agencies for example, abused or neglected children
placed in foster homes, delinquent youth sent to residential
treatment facilities or adult prisons, or children in placement with
specialized services needs. Although JLC primarily serves the
children of Pennsylvania, we are also asked to lend our expertise to
national child advocacy efforts.
Justice Brandeis Innocence Project - Brandeis
The Justice Brandeis Innocence Project is one of
the few projects around the country that uses journalistic methods as a
primary tool. Although the project consults with attorneys and academic
experts in criminal justice, JBIP depends on investigative reporting
techniques to probe cases of likely wrongful conviction because often
there is no DNA to test.
KABA Nor-Cal - The Korean
American Bar Association of Northern California has served Korean
American lawyers and the local Korean American community since the
KABA-So-Cal - The Korean
American Bar Association of Southern California was founded in 1980
by a small number of first generation Korean-American lawyers in Los
Angeles. It has grown to include over 1,500 members. The KABA Public
Interest Fellowship will be awarded by the KABA board to a recent
law school graduate who is working for a non-profit organization on
a legal project dedicated to helping the Korean American community
of Southern California.
Kentucky Innocence Project
Cases accepted: Cases of actual innocence in
Kentucky; DNA and non-DNA cases; minimum 10-year sentence.
King County Law Library - The King
County Law Library of Washington State serves the legal and law
related information needs of the county, including the judges,
county officials, members of the Bar and other county residents. The
Library cooperates with the community to enhance knowledge of the
law and to facilitate access to the justice system.
La Raza Centro Legal Inc.
Resources and possible legal referrals for INS
detainees in Northern California. We are not able to help with criminal
or other civil matters. Spanish services provided.
Law and Policy Institutions Guide
- Law and Policy Institutions Guide serves as a comprehensive
repository of legal resources, law articles, legal practice
information, as well as legislative and judicial resources for U.S.
and international legal professionals. It is organized and designed
with the research needs of legal professionals, law students,
consultants, authors, and the public in mind.
Law Guru - LawGuru.com was
originally started in 1996 by a Los Angeles law firm and has evolved
into one of the most popular legal web sites on the Internet. It is
offered as a free service to the entire Internet Community. Please
note that WebSiteBroker, Inc. is not a law firm and does not provide
The Lawyers' Club of Los
Angeles County - The Lawyers' Club of Los Angeles County is home
to scores of attorneys committed to community service, continuing
education and collegiality. At its founding in 1931, the club was
and continues to be a vociferous advocate of good government and of
an efficient, sensitive judicial system. Just as importantly, it
provides a place for the warm fellowship of other lawyers.
Legal Action Center
Non-profit organization providing free legal services to formerly incarcerated people, recovering alcoholics,
substance abusers, and people with HIV.
Legal Foundation of
Washington State - The Legal Foundation of Washington is
dedicated to equal justice for low-income persons. The Foundation
funds programs and supports policies and initiatives which enable
the poor and the most vulnerable to overcome barriers in the civil
Institute - LII is a research and electronic publishing activity
of the Cornell Law School. Popular collections include: the U.S.
Code and Supreme Court opinions.
Legal Seeker - The
Lawyers' Club of Los Angeles County is home to scores of attorneys
committed to community service, continuing education and
collegiality. At its founding in 1931, the club was and continues to
be a vociferous advocate of good government and of an efficient,
sensitive judicial system. Just as importantly, it provides a place
for the warm fellowship of other lawyers.
Los Angeles County Bar
Association - The Los Angeles County Bar Association has been
making a difference in the professional lives of lawyers, and in the
lives of the people of Los Angeles County, for over 125 years.
Founded in 1878 and incorporated as a mutual benefit nonprofit
corporation in 1953, the Los Angeles County Bar Association's
mission is to meet the professional needs of Los Angeles lawyers and
advance the administration of justice. With more than 25,000
members, over 100 committees and sections, and a score of public
service projects, our association provides exceptional career
resources for our members, an effective voice for the profession and
vital services to the community.
The MacArthur Justice Center
Focus area/description: Impact litigation on
criminal justice issues, focused specifically on Illinois. Individual
prisoner cases are rarely accepted.
Marin County Bar Association
(California) - With almost 800 members, it is the mission of the
MCBA to involve, encourage and support bar association members, to
serve as a liaison to the Marin County courts, and to educate the
community and enhance access to legal services.
Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund
(MALDEF) - National Office - Has regional offices in GA, IL, TX, CA, and DC. Largest latino civil rights organization. MALDEF litigates large class action cases; can not take individual cases, nor criminal cases. Write for more info. Provides referrals. Best to use online contact form.
Michigan Innocence Clinic
Cases accepted: Cases of actual innocence in
Michigan; non-DNA cases only; no sentence requirements. You must not be
currently represented by counsel and the crime and conviction must have
occurred in Michigan. Eyewitness misidentification, junk science, false
confessions, government misconduct, jailhouse informant testimony, bad
lawyering and other factors are considered.
Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project
Cases accepted: DNA and non-DNA cases; substantial time left on sentence; DC, MD and VA. Factors considered: inadequate defense counsel, mistaken eyewitness identifications, false confessions, junk science and lab fraud, prisoner incentivized testimony, police and prosecutorial misconduct, lack of adequate post-conviction remedies.
Midwest Innocence Project (AR, KS, MO, IA & NE)
The MIP is dedicated to the investigation,
litigation and exoneration of wrongfully convicted men and women in the
following states: AR, KS, MO, IA and NE. Applicant must claim actual
innocence, in other words, that he/she did not participate in the crime;
has more than ten years left to serve on his/her sentence and/or the
applicant must register as a sex offender; is not currently represented
by an attorney and has NOT received the death penalty. MIP does NOT
accept cases of self-defense.
Montana Innocence Project
Cases accepted: DNA and non-DNA cases. Prisoners
must have been convicted of a felony crime in a Montana state or federal
court; must have completed trial, sentencing and direct appeals; must
not currently be represented by an attorney or have access to a public
defender. Priority is given to cases where convincing and corroborating
evidence can establish actual innocence. MIP is unlikely to accept a
case without independent and verifiable evidence to support the
NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund Inc.
Non-profit law firm which deals only with cases of
obvious race discrimination, handles small # of death penalty & life w/o
National Association for Court
Management - NACM is committed to improving the administration
of justice and promoting the interdependence of court managers and
judges. As the work of our nation's trial courts becomes more and
more complex, court managers and managing judges must keep abreast
of modern management techniques and practices.
National Association of Criminal
Defense Lawyers - NACDL is the preeminent organization in the
United States advancing the mission of the nation's criminal defense
lawyers to ensure justice and due process for persons accused of
crime or other misconduct. A professional bar association founded in
1958, NACDL's more than 12,800 direct members -- and 92 state,
local, and international affiliate organizations with another 35,000
members -- include private criminal defense lawyers, public
defenders, active U.S. military defense counsel, law professors and
judges committed to preserving fairness within America's criminal
National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered
The Clearinghouse works with battered women charged
with killing their abusers, women who have been coerced into criminal
activity, and women who have been charged with a crime as a result of
"failing to protect" their children from their batterer's violence
and/or abuse. The Clearinghouse does not provide direct representation
to battered women charged with crimes, but rather provides information
and resources to defense teams at any stage of the legal process in an
effort to increase the likelihood of a better - and more just - outcome.
We accept collect calls from incarcerated battered women.
National Lawyers Association -
NLA is a professional trade association founded by attorneys for
attorneys. It is a promise for the future of the legal profession.
National Lawyers Association is an organization for attorneys who do
not want their bar association taking stands on issues without their
prior approval. National Lawyers Association follows a policy of
non-involvement in political issues. The bylaws of the National
Lawyers Association provide in part for the prior approval of
two-thirds of the entire membership, not just the voting members,
before the adoption of public policy positions. National Lawyers
Association is a national bar association, organized to improve the
image of the legal profession, to advance legal institutions and
respect for the law, and to educate the public on such matters.
National Lawyers Guild Prison Law Project
Published a 2005 Jailhouse Lawyers handbook, free
for prisoners, on bringing Section 1983 claims alleging that
constitutional rights have been violated in prison. Cannot provide
lawyers. Offers $8 membership for jailhouse lawyers.
National Organization of Bar
Counsel - The National Organization of Bar Counsel (NOBC) is a
non-profit organization of legal professionals whose members enforce
ethics rules that regulate the professional conduct of lawyers who
practice law in the United States, Canada and Australia.
New England Innocence Project (CT, MA, ME, NH, RI,
& VT) -
Cases accepted: Cases adjudicated in one of the six
New England states (MA, VT, RI, ME, NH and CT) in which the inmate has a
claim of factual innocence; DNA and non-DNA cases; must be in custody,
but no time requirement; will consider arson and shaken baby syndrome
cases and may consider child abuse cases. Also will consider cases
involving invalidated forensic science, false confessions, jailhouse
informant testimony, police/prosecutorial misconduct and poor defense
New York State Prisoner Justice Coalition
Publishes the New York State Prisoner Justice
Network Directory, a free 16 page directory of New York justice and
prisoner support organizations.
North Carolina Center on Actual Innocence
Criteria for accepted cases: Must have been
convicted of a felony committed in North Carolina; assert a credible
claim of innocence (did not commit or have any involvement in the
crime); have no more rights to appeal; be currently unrepresented by an
attorney; have the possibility of new evidence that was not previously
presented at trial or heard in a post-conviction motion; be claiming
innocence for all convictions for which he/she is serving time.
North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission
The North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission is
the first of its kind in the nation. The Commission was created by the North Carolina General Assembly
in 2006 since then has reviewed hundreds of innocence claims and
conducted multiple hearings. The Commission is charged with providing an
independent and balanced truth-seeking forum for credible
post-conviction claims of innocence in North Carolina. The Commission is
separate from the appeals process. A person exonerated by the Commission
process is declared innocent and cannot be retried again.
North Carolina Prisoner Legal Services
NCPLS provides legal assistance to inmates in the
North Carolina Department of Correction ranging from advice about
prisoner's legal rights to representation in litigation in state and
federal court. Cases are accepted based on referrals from attorneys as
well as direct requests from inmates or individuals acting on behalf of
inmates incapable of requesting legal assistance. The organization is
divided into three teams of attorneys and paralegals: Post-Conviction,
Civil, and Support Services.
The North County Bar
Association - California - Since 1956, the North County Bar
Association has been dedicated to providing its members with
programs and services promoting the development of the legal
Northwest Justice Project
- NJP is a not-for-profit statewide organization that provides free
civil legal services to low-income people from ten offices and two
satellite locations throughout the state of Washington. Each year,
NJP assists more than 18,000 people in need of critical legal
assistance. Clients in need of interpreter services in order to
access legal services through NJP are entitled to those services.
Ohio University offers a Paralegal Certificate
Course presented in a print-based format, which will properly train and
qualify the student as a paralegal. Write for paralegal course brochure
(and/or the University's separate 25-page correctional education
Orange County Bar Association -
California - The Orange County Bar Association provides a wide
variety of programs, services and opportunities for its attorney
members, the judiciary, and the community. The OCBA is one of the
largest voluntary bar associations in California, with over 9,000
members. Members meet regularly in sections and committees dedicated
to various areas of law and issues of concern to the legal
Oregon Consensus Program -
Oregon Consensus is a State of Oregon program providing a neutral
forum and expert assessment, mediation and facilitation services to
help public bodies resolve conflicts and develop public policy
collaboratively across Oregon.
The Palo Alto Area Bar
Association (California) - The Palo Alto Area Bar Association is
unique in that its geographical and professional area straddles two
counties and two county bar associations. It was formed to provide a
more personal and more responsive professional association for
attorneys in the mid-peninsula, ranging from Menlo Park, Atherton,
Woodside, East Palo Alto, and Portola Valley through Palo Alto, Los
Altos and Mountain View.
People's Law Office
Fights for justice for people who have been
tortured or physically abused, wrongfully arrested or convicted,
unfairly sentenced to death, or targeted as a result of their political
beliefs or organizing efforts on behalf of movements struggling for
justice and liberation.
Prison Law Office
The Prison law Office litigates and monitors class
action lawsuits regarding medical care, mental health care, and disabled
access for prisoners in California only. Also distributes self-help
legal material on a number of topics. Write for list of available
publications.Litigates and monitors class action law suits
regarding medical care, mental health care, and disabled access for
prisoners in CA only. Also distributes self-help legal material on a
number of topics. Write with your concerns.
Prison University Project
The mission of the Prison University Project is to
provide excellent higher education programs to people incarcerated at
San Quentin State Prison; to create a replicable model for such
programs; and to stimulate public awareness and meaningful dialogue
about higher education and criminal justice in California. The central
goals of the College Program at San Quentin are to educate and challenge
students intellectually; to prepare them to lead thoughtful and
productive lives inside and outside of prison; to provide them with
skills needed to obtain meaningful employment and economic stability
post-release; and to prepare them to become providers, leaders, and
examples for their families and communities.
Prisoners' Legal Services of Massachusetts
Prisoners' Legal Services promotes the safe, humane
and lawful treatment of Massachusetts prisoners through civil rights
litigation, administrative advocacy, client counseling, and outreach to
policy makers and the public. Prisoners' Legal Services Litigation
Priority Areas are: Health Care, including mental health care; Staff
Assaults; Extreme Conditions of Confinement; & Segregation.
Prisoners' Legal Services of New York
PLS provides free legal services to New York State
prisoners. The decision to assist with any particular case depends on
the issue or problem presented, the chance of success, the amount of
time and resource necessary to properly assist, the office's resources,
staff availability and caseload. Also publishes Pro Se newsletter six
times per year for inmates in New York State prisons, providing
information and analysis on recent developments in prison law. To
subscribe, send a subscription request with prisoner's name, DIN number,
and facility to Pro Se, 114 Prospect Street, Ithaca, NY 14850. Past
issues of Pro Se from 2003-2013 are downloadable from their website.
ProBono.net - Pro Bono Net
is a nonprofit organization headquartered in New York City. Our
mission is to increase access to justice through innovative uses of
technology and increased volunteer lawyer participation.
Rocky Mountain Innocence Center
Must have been convicted of a serious felony in NV,
UT, or WY, and must have more than seven years left on his/her prison
sentence; the prisoner's trial and direct appeals must be finished; the
prisoner must be completely innocent; and significant new evidence must
be available to prove the prisoner's innocence.
Sacramento County Bar Association
- The Sacramento County Bar Association of California is commitment
to the legal profession and community is to enhance the system of
justice, the lawyers who serve it, and the community served by it.
San Bernardino County Bar Association
- The San Bernardino County Bar Association of California provides
certified Lawyer Referral Services for clients needing legal
representation; volunteer attorneys to serve in Legal Aid clinics;
unparalleled collegial opportunity through Bar service, educational
programs, recreation, and travel; and is California's oldest
continuously operating bar association, now in its 132nd year of
serving its membership and community.
San Diego County Bar Association
- Founded in 1899 and over 10,000 members strong, the San Diego
County Bar Association of California is the region's oldest and
largest law-related organization. The voice for San Diego's diverse
legal community, the SDCBA takes seriously its mission to support
and inform not only the county's lawyers, but also the public.
Programs help clients find qualified lawyers, resolve disputes and
educate San Diegans on their legal rights and responsibilities.
San Mateo County Bar Association
- The San Mateo County Bar Association of California provides three
major programs designed to assist our community. If you need to hire
an attorney, the Lawyer Referral Service can help you. Attorneys on
our Lawyer Referral Service are in good standing with the San Mateo
County Bar Association and the State Bar of California, and carry
professional liability insurance. Read about the Lawyer Referral
Service. If you are having a dispute with your attorney regarding
the amount of legal fees you have been charged, Fee Arbitration may
Santa Barbara County Bar Association
Santa Barbara County Bar Association - The Santa Barbara County Bar Association of California operates a professional association with a membership of 600 dedicated professionals. We ethically promote education and discussion in various fields of law, advance the science of jurisprudence, promote the fair and efficient administration of justice, encourage observance of the Rules of Professional Conduct, and foster cooperation between the bar, bench and governmental agencies.
Santa Clara County Bar Association
- Santa Clara County Bar Association of California.
Sonoma County Bar
Association - The Sonoma County Bar Association of California is
established to maintain the honor and dignity of the profession of
the law, to increase its usefulness in promoting the due
administration of justice, to cultivate social relations among its
members, to provide educational opportunities to the members, and
all activities related to these purposes.
Southern Center for Human Rights
Founded in 1976 to 1) fight the death penalty and
2) challenge cruel and unconstitutional treatment of imprisoned men,
women, and children throughout the US South. Center attorneys represent
people facing the death penalty; provide technical assistance to other
attorneys; and represent individuals confined to prisons and jail in
federal class action litigation.The Southern Center for Human Rights provides legal
representation to people facing the death penalty in Georgia and Alabama
only, and also publishes a Parolee Handbook, which serves as a guide the
parole consideration process for people in Georgia's prisons. SCHR also
publishes The Georgia Advocacy Handbook, a 46 page manual which helps
explain the hierarchy in the GDC and how to maneuver within in it.
Through this handbook families and friends of people incarcerated in
Georgia will learn how to become advocates and implement appropriate and
effective steps to resolve problems inside Georgia prisons.
Southern Poverty Law Center
Publishes "Protecting Your Health and Safety" (cost
$10, includes shipping), written for prisoners. Legal defense of rights
to medical care, safety, living conditions.
Stanford Three Strikes Project -
The Stanford Three Strikes Project is the only
legal organization in the country devoted to addressing excessive
sentences imposed under California's Three Strikes sentencing law. The
Project represents individuals currently imprisoned under the law and
works, on behalf of its clients in collaboration with the NAACP Legal
Defense Fund Inc., to reform the harshest aspects of the Three Strikes
law, including the enactment of the Three Strikes Reform Act of 2012
The State Bar of California
- Created by the state legislature in 1927, the State Bar is a
public corporation within the judicial branch of government, serving
as an arm of the California Supreme Court. All State Bar members are
officers of the court. Membership in the State Bar of California
affords attorneys the right and privilege of practicing law in this
state. The bar's integrated network of functions and services- many
of them mandated by law - protects the public and assists attorneys
in meeting their professional obligations.
State of Washington Access
to Justice Board - ATJ recognizes that access to the civil
justice system is a fundamental right, the Access to Justice Board
works to achieve equal access for those facing economic and other
significant barriers. ATJ was established by the Washington State
Supreme Court in 1994 at the request of the Washington State Bar
Association Board of Governors in response to a growing need to
coordinate the access to justice efforts in Washington State to
provide continuity and focus.
Street Law, Inc.
- Offers a course in practical law for teachers and students. Each
button on this site is the gateway to a tremendous about of
information. Visit the Cases and Resources page, which offers
hundreds of links to sites organized to coordinate with the contents
of the Street Law text, many with activities.
Sylvia Rivera Law Project
Provides free legal services to released prisoners
who are transgender, intersex, gender nonconforming people who are
low-income, and/or people of color. We specialize in providing
assistance on name changes, identity documents, public benefits,
immigration, shelter and more. Available only in NY and surrounding
Texas Center for Actual Innocence
Cases accepted: Cases of actual innocence in Texas;
DNA and non-DNA cases; no sentence requirements.
Texas Civil Rights Project
The Prisoners' Rights Program works to improve
conditions in Texas prisons and jails through litigation and advocacy.
The Prisoners' Rights Program concentrates on cases that will have broad
impact by changing a policy or creating other systemic relief.
Thomas M. Cooley Law School Innocence Project
Cases accepted: Cases of actual innocence in
Michigan; DNA cases only; must be in custody, but no time requirement.
Center - The Transgender Law Center (TLC) is a civil rights
organization advocating for transgender communities. Every day we
connect transgender people and their families to technically sound
and culturally competent legal services, increase acceptance and
enforcement of laws and policies that support California's
transgender communities, and work to change laws and systems that
fail to incorporate the needs and experiences of transgender people.
University of Miami Law Innocence Clinic (Florida)
- Cases accepted: Cases of actual innocence in
Florida; DNA and non-DNA cases. Handles cases involving innocent
individuals incarcerated for a minimum of 10 years who have new evidence
ranging from recanting witnesses to new witnesses discovered by students
to prosecutorial misconduct and ineffective assistance of counsel.
of WA's Clinical Law Program - The University of Washington
School of Law is a leader among American law schools in offering
students a comprehensive program of clinical legal education as part
of their professional training. The Program successfully bridges
legal theory and legal practice, developing in our students the
essential skills to succeed as attorneys. The Clinical Law Program
complements traditional classroom instruction with active "hands on"
learning and provides an important community service.
The Ventura County Bar
Association - The VCBA of California was established in 1929 and
incorporated in 1968. It is a California non-profit 501(c)(6) Mutual
Benefit Corporation. Currently, the VCBA has 1227 members and 37
sections, committees and affiliates. The VCBA is governed by a 28
member board of directors and staffed by 7 professionals and 12
Emeritus Attorneys. Additionally, the VCBA has a charitable
foundation. The Ventura County Bar Association/Volunteer Lawyers
Services Program, Inc., was incorporated as a non-profit in December
2001 and a 501(c)(3) public benefit, tax exempt corporation in June
Association - WDA provides over 900 members with access to the
most recent developments in criminal law through training seminars,
publications, and its resource assistance. WDA represents public
defense issues in Olympia, Washington, and we work actively to
oppose legislation which would seriously undermine constitutional
protections for people accused of crimes. WDA supports positive
legislation which would help fund indigent defense services or
otherwise assist public defense agencies in protecting the rights of
the accused. In addition, we support efforts which would provide
alternatives to incarceration when appropriate.
Law Help - Washington LawHelp is a guide to free civil legal
services for low-income persons and seniors in Washington. This site
provides legal education materials and tools that give you basic
information on a number of legal problems, and in some cases,
detailed instructions and forms to help you represent yourself in
court. You can also locate information on free legal aid programs in
Washington, including basic eligibility and contact information.
Washington Online Learning Institute Washington Online Learning Institute serves many inmates with legal training.
Wisconsin Innocence Project
Cases accepted: Cases of actual innocence in
Wisconsin (will look at cases from neighboring states, or beyond in
exceptional circumstances); DNA and non-DNA cases; must be in custody,
must have three or more years left to serve.
Women's Prison Association (New York)
WPA offers a range of services aimed at helping
women in the New York City area. Their direct service network is
organized in three broad areas; Residential and Family Services; Reentry
Services; and neighborhood-based services. Within these program areas,
WPA offers Alternatives to Incarceration, Family Reunification
Assistance and Family Support Services, Reentry Case Management,
Assistance and Support, and Jail- and Prison-Based Education and
Wrongful Conviction Project (Ohio)
Cases accepted: Cases of actual innocence in Ohio;
non-DNA cases only; must be an indigent Ohio inmate; must claim factual
innocence of the conviction; must not have contributed in any way to the
commission of the offense; the prisoner is serving a lengthy prison
sentence; must have no prior history of violent crimes and no lengthy
prior criminal record; the basis for claimed innocence is not outcome
determinative as to DNA evidence and the prisoner has exhausted the