Kathy E. Manley

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Albany, New York

Kathy Manley graduated from the State University at Albany in 1988, and spent several years teaching at the Albany Free School. In 1996 she entered Albany Law School, and completed one year there. Kathy then took the unusual step of pursuing a Clerkship with Kindlon Shanks rather than staying in law school. She completed the three year Clerkship in 2000, successfully passed the bar exam and was admitted as an attorney in 2001.

Kathy’s main interests are criminal defense and constitutional rights. She concentrates on appeals and motions, and has written many winning briefs before the NYS Appellate Division, Third Department and other courts. She has also written many suppression motions successfully challenging illegal searches and seizures. Kathy was involved with a local same sex marriage case, the Aref case (which, among other issues, challenged the NSA warrantless wiretapping program), and is currently involved with cases challenging sex offender residence restrictions and other sex offender issues.

Long an advocate for peace and social justice, Kathy is involved in a number of groups, including the Muslim Solidarity Committee, Project SALAM and the National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms (NCPCF). She is also Vice President of the Capital Region chapter of the New York Civil Liberties Union.

Areas of Practice

  • Criminal Defense - Appeals
  • Criminal Defense
  • Constitutional Rights
  • Sex Offender Issues

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 2001
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of New York, 2003
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 2007


  • Albany Law School of Union University, Albany, New York
  • State University at Albany, Albany, New York
    • B.S.
    • Honors: With Honors
    • Major: Math

Representative Clients

  • Yassin Aref


  • Overview of federal terrorism cases, NCPCF, 2013
  • Representing protestors in NYS courts, National Lawyers Guild - Albany Chapter, 2003

Honors and Awards

  • Ed Bloch Voices that Challenge Award from the NYS Interfaith Alliance, 2009
  • Justice and Peace Award from the Solidarity Committee of the Capital District, 2008

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • NYS Defenders Association

Pro Bono Activities

  • Legal Director of National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms (NCPCF), 2010 - Present
  • Vice President of Capital Region Chapter of NYCLU, 2012 - Present


  • English
  • Spanish