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Alan Rosenthal

Criminal Defense and Civil Rights Attorney

The Law Office of Alan Rosenthal


Alan Rosenthal is a criminal defense and civil rights attorney with more than 40 years of experience. He has litigated cases involving police misconduct and violations of civil rights in jails and prisons and is currently the advisor on special projects and counsel for the Center for Community Alternatives (CCA). Previously, he served for seven years as the director of Justice Strategies—the research, training, and policy initiative at CCA—and developed the CCA Reentry Clinic. Rosenthal co-authored several CCA publications, including Sentencing for Dollars: The Financial Consequences of a Criminal Conviction, The Use of Criminal History Records in College Admissions Reconsidered, Criminal History Screening in College Admissions: A Guide for Attorneys Representing College Applicants and Students During and After Criminal Proceedings, and Boxed Out: Criminal History Screening and College Application Attrition. Rosenthal served on the New York State Bar Association’s (NYSBA) Special Committee on Collateral Consequences of Criminal Convictions and is one of the co-authors of their report, Re-Entry and Reintegration: The Road to Public Safety. He has also served on the NYSBA’s Special Committee on Re-entry and co-authored the report and recommendations issued by the committee in 2016.

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