ZLG Paralegals

Zen Law Guy has been assisting attorneys and their clients for more than a decade, specializing in the following areas:

  • Research and assistance with federal criminal defense, sentencing, and criminal appeals
  • Assistance with clients (and their families) facing federal criminal charges
  • Research and assistance in federal post-conviction relief, specializing in the following:
    • Section 2254
    • Section 2255
    • Section 2241 (the “savings clause”)
    • Attacking a guilty plea

We’re experts because, well, we wrote the books on these topics. They say that it takes 10,000 hours of experience to become an expert in something. Those of us at ZLG have way more experience and first-hand knowledge than most experts in these areas. No guessing. No fluff. Just good help when you need it.

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As always, while debate is welcome, hate speech is not. Let’s focus on helping people. Thanks!


Dale Chappell, the Zen Law Guy

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