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In addition to all levels of criminal defense, Kathy has also had a lot of success with sex offender level adjudications, level reduction motions and other sex offender issues. More recently she has taken on quite a few parole appeals, and has won new parole hearings several times. She also challenges NYS prison disciplinary adjudications.

These include People v. Clark, 108 A.D.3d 797 (3rd Dep’t 2013); People v. Powell, 101 A.D.3d 1369 (3rd Dep’t 2012); People v. Arnold, 85 A.D.3d 1330 (3rd Dep’t 2011); People v. Cecunjanin 14 N.Y.3d 799 (2010); People v. Onyia; 70 A.D.3d 1202 (3rd Dep’t 2010); People v. Pinto, 56 A.D.3d 956 (3rd Dep’t 2008) 

Kathy Manley has an excellent record of winning appeals. In People v. Diack, 24 N.Y.3d 674 (2015), her victory changed the law in NY, abolishing local sex offender residence restrictions.  And while she was working with Kindlon Shanks, Kathy wrote many winning briefs for the Court of Appeals and Appellate Division, Third Department.



Now retired from the NYS Commission on Judicial Conduct, where he was the chief attorney, Stephen Downs volunteers his legal talents in certain cases where he can make a difference. He is seen above during a prison visit with long time client Yassin Aref.


Kathy puts clients first and works very hard to obtain the best result. She also realizes that the criminal justice system is badly in need of reform, so she works with civil rights groups to reduce the US addiction to incarceration and punitive supervision.


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