Chelsea Manning’s lawyer quietly begins a new life in Syracuse

By David Hammond

Syracuse, NY – Lawyer David Hammond arrived in Syracuse a year ago as a self-described “random dude on the street trying to find work.” There’s a tiny plaque outside a 12th floor office downtown bearing his name, beneath the Carden Dotzler lawyers’ banner. He has a website and Facebook page, but gets more business chasing down judges in hopes of getting assigned to represent people who are too poor to pay for their own lawyer. “When I first showed up, I didn’t know anyone,” Hammond said. “All I knew was that I had to find judges to assign me cases.” Read Full Article

About the Author
David is a former military prosecutor and defense lawyer with over a decade of experience fighting for service members and their families. He served nine years and two combat tours as an active duty US Army officer, then joined the Reserves and settled down in Syracuse to be near family. Now representing people across Central New York charged with serious felonies, misdemeanors, DWIs, and traffic offenses, he puts the same level of commitment into his civilian law practice. If you have any questions regarding this article, you can contact David here.