Who We Are


UnCommon Law is a small non-profit law firm based in Oakland, California. We provide counseling and legal representation for prisoners serving life sentences (with the possibility of parole) in California. We also provide training for prisoners, attorneys, family members, and law students in order to improve the overall quality of representation prisoners receive in their parole hearings.

Our team takes a uniquely personal and comprehensive approach to advocacy, working intensively with our clients and their supporters for many months — even years — to prepare for their parole suitability hearings.

Pictured above, left to right: Released clients Troy Williams, Ke Lam, and Eddy Zheng, with Founder and Executive Director Keith Wattley. To read more about these three clients, their journeys through the parole process, and their lives in the community, please visit anotherlook.co/uncommon-law

November 2017

Impact Hub Oakland  | 2323 Broadway, Oakland, CA | 6:30 – 9:30pm

It’s an UnCommon Celebration Honoring:

Elizabeth CalvinSenior Advocate, Human Rights Watch

Nate Williams, President, Choices for Freedom


Daniel “Nane” Alejandrez, Executive Director, Santa Cruz Barrios Unidos

Presenters include Actor and Activist Danny Glover

and Film Producer/Activist Scott Budnick, Founder of the Anti-Recidivism Coalition

Master of Ceremonies James Cavitt

Tickets: $100 general admission | $50 for non-profits | Free admission for formerly incarcerated

Film Circle Membership available for an additional donation.

Join us as we honor Elizabeth Calvin, Nate Williams and Daniel “Nane” Alejandrez, – people who are working hard to bring both hope and healing to individuals and families devastated by harsh, misguided criminal justice policies. Elizabeth has authored and championed the most significant legislation in decades to guarantee that young people have a meaningful opportunity to come home from prison. Nate, a former UnCommon Law client, works as a mentor and regularly returns to prison to inspire others still locked inside. And Nane has been a champion in the fight for justice and humanity for young people since long before our laws recognized the differences between adults and children involved in serious crimes.

Visit our Events page for further details.