This page lists all of the most recent developments on civil right to counsel across the country. These could be newly created rights to counsel, significant publications, public events, advocacy efforts, or other things that don't fit into a neat category.
Right to counsel pilot proposed in Milwaukee
A Milwaukee County Supervisor has proposed a pilot to provide a limited right to counsel in the city.
Connecticut weighing right to counsel in eviction proceedings
Bills have been introduced that would guarantee counsel for indigent tenants in eviction proceedings.
Seattle bill would establish right to counsel for all evictions
A bill filed in the Seattle City Council would provide a right to counsel for all tenants facing eviction regardless of income.
New polling data shows strong support for eviction right to counsel
Data for Progress has released new polling data showing the American public strongly supports a right to counsel for tenants facing eviction.
Policy brief makes case for universal representation in immigration
A policy brief by the Vera Institute shares compelling statistics justifying the creation of a universal representation program for immigrants.
All about Cleveland's eviction right to counsel
A bill guarantees counsel to Cleveland families with children facing eviction who are at or below 100% of the federal poverty level.
Webinar series will feature organizing around eviction right to counsel
A webinar series hosted by the NCCRC and the Right to Counsel Coalition of NYC will feature organizing efforts around right to counsel.
Minnesota joins states with statewide RTC bill
A newly filed bill would provide a right to counsel for public housing tenants facing an eviction for an alleged breach of lease.
Mississippi pilots show significant benefit of counsel in child welfare cases
A recent Mississippi study showed that parents benefit significantly when given access to legal counsel.
All about right to counsel efforts in Tulsa
The City of Tulsa is exploring a potential right to counsel for tenants facing eviction.
Nebraska bill would create right to counsel for all tenants
A new bill would require courts to appoint counsel for all tenants in eviction cases.
Maryland AG Task Force recommends RTC for evictions
The Maryand Attorney General's Access to Justice Task Force released a report recommending a right to counsel for tenants facing eviction.
Washington State bill would esablish right to counsel for tenants
A statewide bill would guarantee counsel for indigent tenants in eviction cases.
Trial court found to have abused discretion in failing to apopint counsel for parent
A Louisian appelalte court reversed an adoption because the trial court failed to determine if the birth parent was entitled to counsel.
South Carolina bill would provide right to counsel for tenants
A newly-introduced bill would guarantee counsel for indigent South Carolina tenants facing eviction.
Maryland bill would establish right to counsel for evictions
A group of MD lawmakers introduced a legislative package that includes a right to counsel for tenants facing eviction.
Right to counsel
There is an arguable right to appointed counsel in sterilization proceedings.
Federal stimulus/budget bill has money for tenant representation
The relief/omnibus bill passed by Congress in December 2020 has several pots of money for enant representation.
Supreme Court of Ohio recognizes right to counsel in adoption cases
The Supreme Court of Ohio ruled that indigent parents in adoption cases have a right to counsel under the Equal Protection Clause.
All about the right to counsel for evictions in NYC
NYC is the first jurisdiction in the country to establish a right to counsel for low-income tenants in eviction cases, and is looking to expand.
Legal services orgs tap CARES Act money for tenant representation
An increasing number of legal services programs have secured CARES Act funding to expand tenant representation.
Baltimore becomes 7th city with tenant right to counsel
The City of Baltimore has enacted a bill to provide all low-income tenants facing eviction with counsel .
PRIORITY BILL: counsel in DV cases
Two bills would a create legislative task force to study appointment of counsel for DV victims.
PRIORITY BILL: counsel in guardianship cases
A proposed bill would require appointment of counsel for the protected person in guardianship cases, rather than it being discretionary.
PA high court acts to strengthen child's right to counsel
The Supreme Court of Pennsylvnia held that appellate courts can sua sponte review certain questions related to the child's right t ocounsel.
Boulder becomes 6th city with eviction right to counsel
In Nov 2020, voters in Boulder Colorado approved a ballot initiative establishing a right to counsel for tenants facing eviction.
MA to provide counsel to tenants statewide
Massachusetts will provide $12.3 million to provide counsel to tenants across the state.
AAAS highlights right to counsel in civil justice report
The American Academy of Arts and Sciences released a report highlighting efforts to expand the right to counsel in civil cases.
About COVID-19 and the right to counsel
All about COVID-19 and how it relates to the right to counsel in critically important civil cases like housing.
Houston will guarantee counsel for some tenants
A new project will guarantee tenants counsel in certain Houston housing courts.