• Director-NCBL Juvenile Defense Project (JDP)
  • Founder, Medgar Evers College’s Center for Law & Social Justice
  • Counsel for Chokwe Lumumba in federal government’s opposition to his pro hac vice admission to Manhattan Federal Court to represent defendant in Brinks bank robbery case
  • Pro bono counsel in successful litigation supporting the appointment of first non-white Schools Chancellor in NYC’s history
  • Co-sponsored 1983 Congressional Hearings on Police Brutality in NYC
  • Pro bono counsel in successful litigation on behalf of Save the Schomburg Coalition
  • NCBL Juvenile Defense Project successfully litigated class action against New York requiring work release and college programs for juvenile offenders
  • Pro bono counsel for Anthony Davis, a high school student, who was acquitted of killing his white teacher
  • Pro bono counsel for the Michael Stewart family in which New York City was exposed for covering-up the fatal beating of Michael Stewart by 11 white policemen and litigation compelling the District Attorney of New York County, for the first time, to indict a white policeman for the death of a Black person
  • Pro se defendant who successfully defended against charges of obstruction of justice and assault on court officers which, in People v. Maddox, if successful, would have led to disbarment
  • Pro bono counsel who successfully defended Jonah Perry, an undergraduate student at Cornell University, on robbery and assault charges against a white police officer arising out of a fatal shooting of his brother, Edmond Perry, who was accepted to attend Stanford University
  • Pro bono counsel for the Michael Griffith family and Cedric Sandiford in Griffith’s racially motivated killing in Howard Beach which resulted in the first ever appointment of a special prosecutor in a racially-motivated case in the United States
  • Pro bono counsel for Andre Nichols who confessed to murdering a white Catholic priest but who was, nonetheless, acquitted of all murder and gun charges
  • Co-founder, and Chairman, United African Movement organized to fight for racial justice and particularly for the Tawana Brawley family and to provide a weekly political forum for the Black community, among other things
  • Pro bono counsel for the Moses Stewart family in the racially-motivated killing of Yusuf Hawkins in Bensonhurst and the prosecution and conviction of some white members of the mob
  • Pro bono counsel for Michael Briscoe, the only indicted defendant whose indictment was dismissed in the Central Park Jogger trial
  • Pro bono counsel for Rev. Al Sharpton who was acquitted of all counts in a 67-count indictment in Manhattan Supreme Court
  • Presenter – National Convention of the American Bar Association
  • Chairman, 1992 Committee to Elect Rev. Al Sharpton – U.S. Senate
  • Sponsor of successful Congressional Hearing to halt excavation of Ancestral Burial Ground in NYC
  • Pro se litigant in Southgate and NYCCHR v. Maddox and UAM which conditionally gave UAM rights of free associations under the First Amendment against attacks by retaliatory whites
  • Pro se litigant in Pagones v. Maddox, et. al., in which Dutchess County petit jury found, among other things, that Maddox made no defamatory statements against an assistant district attorney, Steven Pagones
  • Columnist for the Amsterdam News
  • Co-host for WLIB-AM’s “Sharptalk”


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  • Hevesi, Lawyer In Queens Case Is Known For Major Trials, The New York Times, Dec. 27, 1986 at 25, col. 1
  • Hornung, The Black Avenger, The Village Voice, Nov. 21, 1989, at 1
  • Jubera, Alton Maddox’s Law: ‘There Are No Rules,’ The Atlanta Journal and Constitution, Feb. 5, 1989 at 1L
  • Nelson, Alton Maddox For The Defense, The Washington Post, May 10, 1987, (Magazine) at 1
  • Noel, The ‘Stop Maddox’ Movement, The City Sun, June 22-28, 1988, at 6
  • Stille, For Maddox, Controversy and Combat, Newsday, Feb. 14, 1987, §2 at 1


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