The Criminal Justice Advocacy Clinic provides students with an opportunity to advocate for criminal system reform on behalf of incarcerated individuals and those facing criminal charges in Western New York.
Alexandra Harrington, Director
University at Buffalo
School of Law
507 O’Brian Hall, North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260
Current projects include resentencing cases under the Domestic Violence Survivors Justice Act (DVSJA). In teams of two, students are working to develop evidence and prepare resentencing applications for clients who are eligible under the DVSJA. Returning students will have the option to continue on their cases and prepare their clients for a hearing.
Students are also providing support on a federal lawsuit involving the Bureau of Prison’s response to COVID-19 and treatment of prisoners who are medically vulnerable to serious illness from COVID-19. Working with students from legal clinics at Quinnipiac University School of Law and Yale Law School, CJAC students are monitoring conditions at the facility.
In addition, CJAC student attorneys are working with the Buffalo Police Advisory Board to conduct research on police oversight models across the country. Future project work will include work with the Rochester Police Accountability Board.