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PO Box 2809
San Francisco, California 94126
Tel: 415-531-1980; Fax: 415-981-9774 OR


AttorneyLaw Offices of Charles Carbone – August 2001- Present
Private practice attorney providing superior and thoughtful legal advocacy in the areas of prisoner rights, criminal defense and consulting, and public interest law.

Legal DirectorCalifornia Prison Focus – September 2001 2009
Director of legal advocacy efforts on behalf of California prisoners and SHU prisoners. Lead counsel in numerous prisoner rights lawsuits, advocacy and policy efforts. Supervisor of human rights investigations and reporting in maximum and super-maximum prisons in California.

Adjunct Professor New College School of Law – September 2006 - May 2008
Professor of Law and Legal Ethics for 3rd year law students at oldest public interest law school in U.S. Educated law students on ethical dimensions of public interest lawyering as well as prepared students for taking of National Conference of Bar Examiner's Multi-state Professional Responsibility Exam.


Attorney Girard & Green, LLP – May 2000 - August 2001
Class action attorney with focus on complex litigation in areas of financial services, telecommunications, and consumer fraud. Involved in all stages of class action litigation including: pleadings, motion and appellate practice, and discovery.

Associate Director/Attorney
UCAN, Utility Consumers' Action Network 1996-2000
Lead counsel and director of telecommunications and consumer matters in public interest law practice for 40,000 small consumers in San Diego. Areas of focus included: broadband technologies, antitrust, telecommunications, consumer fraud and regulatory law.

Special AssistantOffice of District Attorney for San Diego County 1997
In Economic Fraud Unit, litigation and investigation of antitrust and economic crimes in collaboration with Robert Fellmeth and the Center for Public Interest Law of USD School of Law.

Legal InternNew York Attorney General - Consumer Protection 1995
In legal practicum, research and writing on consumer fraud claims. Involved complex litigation and class treatment on behalf of New York State consumers.

Research AnalystCenter for Study of Responsive Law Summer 1995
Worked directly with Ralph Nader at focal policy institute. Research and writing
in areas of antitrust, consumer law, business crimes, labor, and agriculture.

Legal InternInternational Institute of Buffalo 1994
Drafted and reviewed political asylum claims. Prepared immigrations cases for exclusion and deportation proceedings in public interest law practice.

Case ManagerHomeless Unit, Neighborhood Legal Service 1993-95
With practice order, provided legal representation to homeless persons in areas of landlord/tenant, disability, and family law.

Legal AdvisorCity-Wide Task Force on Housing Court 1992-93
Legal advisor for pro-se tenants in NYC housing court. Coordinated reforms of Legal Aid, Legal Services and community-based organizations.

Prison Law Instructor
Prison Task-Force 1993-1996
Primary instructor on basic legal research and writing to prisoners at maximum and medium security prisons including: Attica, Clinton and Wyoming prisons in New York State.


SUNY University at Buffalo, NY, School of Law
Juris Doctor 1996

Cum Laude (top 10%)
Law Faculty Award
Buffalo Public Interest Law Grant 1994 Award
Jagellonian University - International Minority Rights Scholarship
Unitarian Universalist Stanfield Scholarship

In the Public Interest Law Journal - Executive Editor 1995-96
National Lawyers Guild - Steering Committee 1993-96
Law Students for Corporate Accountability President 1994-1996
Prison Task-Force Co-President 1994-1996

Fordham University, Bronx, NY
BA in Political Philosophy, May 1993

GPA 3.5/3.9
Dean's List 1990-1993
Fordham Club Honors

Resident Assistant, 1991-93
Lamp Ministries - Counselor in welfare hotel, Harlem, NYC


Community Service CoordinatorGov't Relations, Fordham University 1993
Supervised and integrated community needs with student social concerns.

TeacherScience and Technology Entry Program 1991-92
Educator and mentor for seventh and eighth grade students in math and science.

ActorNew York City Board of Education 1989-90
Actor, writer and dancer in theater group for NY public high schools with emphasis on problems facing inner-city youth.


Board MemberWestern NY Peace Center 1989-90
Facilitated and coordinated coalitions on social justice and community empowerment.

PresidentGlobal Outreach 1989-93
Organized and led community outreach/service programs to Guatemala, Haiti, Ecuador and Appalachia with emphasis on poverty and public health issues.


Subway Food ProgramLed homeless food program in Penn Station, NYC. 1989-92
St. Rita's Asian CenterESL tutor for Southeast Asian refugees. 1989-91.


Radio host of weekly talk show on KPOO 89.5 on prison related topics 2004-Present.

Visiting Professor of Law, University of Marie Curie, Lublin, Poland 2001-2003.

Widely quoted in LA Times, Wall Street Journal, San Francisco Chronicle and San Diego Union Tribune on telecommunications matters as well as numerous national and local television and radio appearances concerning consumer and prisoner law.

Appeared on National Geographic Channel on Prison Issues.

Co-author and expert witness on California telecommunications legislation SB932 (1999) and AB1893 (1998).

Lecturer before 9th Circuit Court of Appeals "Judge's Conference" on prison issues. 2007.

Opening invited speaker before Sister Helen Prejan (of "Dead man walking") at West-Coast Appearance. 2007

Invited speaker before 50-60 different community organizations on consumer and prison related topics. 1989-Present

Visiting Lecturer on "Corporate & Street Crime" in political science department, Grossmont College, California 1999-2000.

Visiting Lecturer at UC Davis Law School & California New College of Law, 2005-06.

Member of Consumer Attorneys of California, Trial Lawyers for Public Justice, and CALPIRG

Admitted to California State Bar; U.S. District Court for the Eastern, Central and Northern Districts of California, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.


Practice of classical study of Krishnamacharya and yoga for over ten years.

Presently penning book on psychology of murder.

Founder of self-help school for prisoners.

Plays guitar, percussion, and enjoys mixing reggae and world music.


References, Transcripts, and Writing Samples Available Upon Request


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