Thurgood Marshall United States Courthouse
New York 10007
212-857-8800 (Main Number)
212-857-8898/99 (Fax Number)
|Sally Pritchard, Esq., Director
and Senior Staff Attorney|
|Tonya Lapsley-Cockett, Administrative Manager|
The Staff Attorney's Office
The Staff Attorney’s Office assists the judges of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit with a wide variety of civil and
criminal issues in both pro se and counseled appeals. By long tradition, the Second Circuit hires recent law school graduates to serve as Staff
Attorneys for one or two years. Staff Attorneys function as law clerks to the court: they review case records and filings, conduct legal research,
draft bench memoranda and proposed opinions and orders, and provide judges with objective legal advice regarding the appropriate disposition.
The Staff Attorney’s Office is organized into two units: the Immigration Unit and the Motions and Appeals Unit. Staff Attorneys are assigned
to one unit, but have the opportunity to work on a variety of cases during their tenure.
The Immigration Unit handles the court’s immigration docket, which principally involves challenges to the denial of applications for asylum,
withholding of removal, or relief under the Convention Against Torture, as well as issues relating to the immigration consequences of criminal
convictions. Immigration Staff Attorneys develop substantial subject matter expertise in immigration law, and are expected to track developments
in immigration law, both in the courts and through legislation.
Staff Attorneys in the Motions and Appeals Unit handle all pro se appeals and motions, counseled motions, and successive petitions for habeas corpus
relief. The pro se cases often raise issues of prisoners’ rights, civil procedure, constitutional law, employment discrimination, social security,
criminal law and sentencing. The counseled motions frequently involve emergency requests for stays, injunctions and writs of mandamus,
and also include motions seeking summary affirmance or dismissal, Anders and other motions in criminal cases, and motions for leave to appeal in a
wide assortment of cases, including class actions, securities litigation and agency cases. All of the motions handled by the Staff Attorneys
concern the merits of the appeals; many are dispositive.
The Office of Staff Counsel runs the Civil Appeals Management Program (CAMP) for the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
The court’s two Staff Counsel, Lisa Greenberg and Vidya Kurella, are trained mediators who hold conferences before briefing in most civil counseled appeals.
These conferences are designed to explore the prospect of amicable resolutions and to reduce the time and expense of the appellate process.
The Staff Counsel also assist counsel to clarify and narrow appellate issues, objectively assess the best alternatives to a negotiated agreement,
and generate realistic parameters for possible settlement.
Local Rule 33.1
governs the CAMP process.
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US Court of Appeals
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