Current Developments in Advocacy to Expand the Civil Right to Counsel

16 Pages Posted: 12 Nov 2009  

Paul Marvy

Change to Win

Laura Abel

Yeshiva University - Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, National Center for Access to Justice

Date Written: 2009

Abstract

Around the country, state and local bar associations, access to justice commissions, and local advocacy groups are working to expand the right to counsel in their jurisdictions. The passage of three statutes in the past three years is tangible evidence of their efforts. Many civil right to counsel advocates take as their mandate a resolution passed unanimously by the American Bar Association’s House of Delegates two years ago, calling on the government to provide counsel in cases in which “basic human needs are at stake.” This Article describes efforts underway in eleven states to expand the right to counsel, as well as national efforts, and concludes that these efforts promise to result in increased access to the courts for low-income people.

Keywords: Civil Gideon, right to counsel, access to justice, low-income, American Bar Association

JEL Classification: I3, K1, K4, I18, I3, J18

Suggested Citation

Marvy, Paul and Abel, Laura, Current Developments in Advocacy to Expand the Civil Right to Counsel (2009). Touro Law Review, Vol. 25, No. 1, 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1502920

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Laura Abel (Contact Author)

Yeshiva University - Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, National Center for Access to Justice ( email )

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