NACDL/FAMM State Clemency Project

Volunteers

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Volunteering for The State Clemency Project will help us assist the thousands of prisoners who have asked for pro bono help. Your participation is vital in helping incarcerated individuals gaining a second chance.

Volunteer attorneys will help us in two ways;

  1. Conduct research and work with individual prisoners to help us determine whether a prisoner is eligible for executive clemency; and if so,
  2. Represent the prisoner and draft a clemency petition.

The State Clemency Project will assist volunteers by providing;

  1. On-line training materials,
  2. An in-depth reference section with resource tools that complement the training,
  3. A panel of expert Resource Counsel to answer technical, procedural, and substantive questions, and
  4. An advisory panel that will review attorney work on individual cases.

Hear what it is like to work on a clemency case

Each state initiative has unique requirements for volunteers. Please see the list of The State Clemency Project initiatives.

State Initiatives

New York Program

Governor Cuomo of New York has announced a partnership with the NACDL/FAMM State Clemency Project to expand his Clemency Initiative and develop the necessary processes and procedures to enable volunteer lawyers through the project to help prisoners seeking clemency pursuant to the Governor’s initiative.

All attorneys admitted to the New York bar are eligible to be assigned a case. Non-New York attorneys are invited to work with a New York attorney on a case.

An introduction from Steven Logan

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