The Office of the Appellate Defender (OAD)

is one of New York City’s oldest providers of appellate representation to poor people convicted of felonies, the City’s second oldest institutional indigent defense office, and a national model of effective, innovative, and holistic defense representation.  


OAD strives to ensure that poor people convicted of felonies receive full and equal access to justice by providing exceptional appellate representation, improving the quality of indigent defense representation through education and training, and advocating for systemic reform of New York City’s criminal justice system.

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Caprice R. Jenerson Selected as the President & Attorney-in-Charge for the Office of the Appellate Defender

The Board of Directors of the Office of the Appellate Defender (OAD) is proud to announce today that it has selected Caprice R. Jenerson to be OAD’s next President and Attorney-In-Charge, effective December 1, 2020. Ms. Jenerson comes to OAD after serving as the Chief Equity & Inclusion Officer and Director of the Pro Bono…
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On Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Tony McDade …

The Office of the Appellate Defender, Inc. stands in solidarity with the families of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and Tony McDade. We support the protestors in New York City, across the country and throughout the world. We share their outrage at the seemingly endless list of black victims of police and vigilante violence.…
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OAD is Open for Business

Like you, everyone at OAD is deeply concerned about and closely monitoring the spread of the coronavirus/COVID-19. Although we have closed our physical office for the safety of our staff and our clients, we continue to do the important work of representing and advocating for people convicted of felonies every day. We are answering all…
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Indictment Dismissed

Today, in People v. Coulibaly, the First Department vacated OAD’s client’s conviction and dismissed his indictment after finding that trial counsel incorrectly calculated his client’s speedy trial time. Kudos to our Volunteer Appellate Defender co-counsel at MilbankLLP! You can read the decision here.
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The Latest About OAD

In OAD’s May 2019 Newsletter, you can learn more about: OAD’s holistic post-conviction representation model; OAD’s First Monday in October Counsel for Justice Honoree, Tony West; and OAD’s available Staff Attorney positions! Check it out here.
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OAD to NYC Mayor and NYS Governor: Banishment is Not Good Public Policy

On April 8, 2019, OAD joined forces with Appellate Advocates, the Bronx Defenders, Brooklyn Defender Services, the Center for Appellate Litigation, the Center for Community Alternatives, the Legal Aid Society, the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem, New York County Defender Services, and the Sex Law Policy Center in a letter urging Mayor DeBlasio and Governor…
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