Anthony Cecutti’s passionate belief in the need to be a strong advocate for clients’ rights began following his graduation from the University of Notre Dame, when he served as manager of a half-way house for people in recovery from alcohol and substance abuse. While residing in the half-way house, clients worked in the community during the day and participated in group/individual treatment sessions in the evening and attended 12 step program meetings. As manager of the half-way house, Mr. Cecutti helped the clients confront a myriad number of challenges, including legal and social, that impacted their recovery and well-being.
After working at the halfway house for one year, he moved to New York City in 2000 to pursue graduate studies at Columbia University. While there, he worked at a community-based mental health clinic in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn and at the Bronx Defenders, a public defenders office in the South Bronx. In 2002, he earned his Master’s Degree in Social Work from Columbia University, and continued working at the Bronx Defenders until he began law school, at Brooklyn Law School.
During law school, Mr. Cecutti was a recipient of the Edward V. Sparer Public Interest Law Fellowship, which is designed to prepare lawyers to work for social justice. He also worked on capital cases with the South Carolina Center for Capital Litigation in 2003. Additionally, he furthered his understanding of mental health and trauma through his work at the Mental Hygiene Legal Services of Brooklyn and New York Lawyers for the Public Interest. Finally, in his final year of law school, he worked at the Federal Defender’s Office, Eastern District of New York. Upon graduation, he worked as an associate at Romano & Kuan, PLLC, a law firm specializing in criminal defense and civil rights litigation.
In January of 2009, Mr. Cecutti started his own private practice specializing in criminal defense and federal civil rights litigation, determined to serve as a zealous advocate for the rights of his clients to be treated with dignity and respect as he walks with them through the most challenging and threatening moments in their lives.
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