Derrick Hamilton works as the deputy director of the Yeshiva University Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law’s Perlmutter Center for Legal Justice. He earned a high school equivalency diploma while incarcerated at the Elmira Correctional Facility in New York and also took a legal research class there. After serving more than 20 years for second-degree murder, Hamilton’s conviction was vacated and dismissed in 2015, after the Brooklyn, New York, district attorney’s conviction integrity unit concluded that he was innocent of all charges.
A good way for lawyers to build trust with incarcerated clients is recognizing that for some case details, clients probably have a better sense of things than the counsel.
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