Major developments

 

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.

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MA to provide counsel to tenants statewide

10/12/2020

Massachusetts will provide $12.3 million to provide counsel to tenants across the state.

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Bill would provide Baltimore tenants with right to counsel

10/07/2020

A newly-introduced bill would guarantee counsel to income-eligible tenants facing eviction in Baltimore.

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About COVID-19 and the right to counsel

09/05/2020

All about COVID-19 and how it relates to the right to counsel in critically important civil cases like housing.

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Houston will guarantee counsel for some tenants

09/04/2020

A new project will guarantee tenants counsel in certain Houston housing courts.

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Rochester NY to provide counsel for all tenants

09/04/2020

Rochester NY will be providing counsel to all tenants facing eviction.

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All about the eviction right to counsel efforts in Los Angeles

09/01/2020

Los Angeles is exploring whether to enact an ordinance providing a right to counsel in housing court similar to New York City.

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All about the right to counsel for tenants in San Francisco

08/27/2020

A ballot initiative passed in June 2018 guarantees counsel for San Francisco tenants in eviction cases regardless of income.

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Legal services orgs tap CARES Act money for tenant representation

08/27/2020

An increasing number of legal services programs have secured CARES Act funding to expand tenant representation.

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Federal bills would fund state/local attorneys for tenants

08/04/2020

Bills introduced in the House and Senate would provide federal funding for cities and state to provide counsel for tenants facing eviction.

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Sen. Harris files federal right to counsel bill

07/18/2020

Sen. Kamala Harris filed a comprehensive housing reform bill that would, among other things, provide a right to counsel for tenants.

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New tool predicts expected # of eviction filings due to COVID-19

07/17/2020

A new tool shows the number of rent-unstable renter households in the U.S. as well as how many eviction filings that may lead to.

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MD court: threat of incarceration makes right to counsel attach

07/06/2020

A Maryland appellate court held that statutory law entitles civil contempt defendants to counsel when they are threatened with incarceration.

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All about Cleveland's eviction right to counsel

07/01/2020

A bill guarantees counsel to Cleveland families with children facing eviction who are at or below 100% of the federal poverty level.

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Massachusetts legislation would establish statewide eviction right to counsel

06/30/2020

Bills have been filed to create a statewide right to counsel in eviction cases, and a statewide coalition has been launched to support them.

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All about California's Sargent Shriver Civil Counsel projects

06/30/2020

In 2009, California enacted the Shriver Civil Counsel Act to create right to counsel pilots, and in 2016 they were made permanent projects.

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All about California's Sargent Shriver Civil Counsel projects

06/30/2020

In 2009, California enacted the Shriver Civil Counsel Act to create right to counsel pilots, and in 2016 they were made permanent projects.

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MA high court avoids RTC question for civil contempt, but issues strong ruling/concurrence

06/26/2020

The Massachusetts high court avoided answering whether there is a right to counsel for civil contempt cases, but issued a strong opinion.

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Maryland AG creates access to justice task force, flags right to counsel

06/16/2020

Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh announced the creation of an access to justice task force and that right to counsel would be considered.

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Iowa pilot will allow early appointment of counsel for parents

06/15/2020

A bill passed in 2020 will allow the public defender to appoint counsel for parents prior to formal dependency proceedings.

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Study: COVID-19, housing instability, and right to counsel

06/11/2020

A new study explains how COVID-19, the public health crisis, evictions, and the right to counsel are connected.

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The NCCRC's statement on the murder of George Floyd and the protests

06/09/2020

A statement from the NCCRC regarding the murder of George Floyd, the protests, and the connection to housing justice.

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Report finds racial disparity in evictions, calls for right to counsel

06/02/2020

A report finds the majority of MA evictions suspended during COVID-19 are in communities of color, and calls for a right to counsel.

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Report: Baltimore/MD would save $36 million w/tenant right to counsel

05/18/2020

A report by a financial analysis company concludes Baltimore and Maryland would save a combined $36 million with a right to counsel for tenants.

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All about the right to counsel for evictions in NYC

05/14/2020

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.

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MD court sends right to counsel case back down

05/10/2020

A case about a right to counsel for a protected person to challenge an existing guardianship was sent back to the trial court.

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Civil right to counsel resolution introduced in Congress

05/08/2020

U.S. House Rep. Joe Kennedy (D-MA) and 14 cosponsors introduced a resolution to provide a right to counsel in civil cases.

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Michigan report calls for eviction right to counsel

05/08/2020

A Michigan report outlines the state's high eviction filing rate as well as the representational imbalance between tenants and landlords.

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Delaware report flags low tenant rep rate, need for counsel

05/01/2020

A University of Delaware report flags the low rate of tenant representation and the small dollars involved in some eviction actions.

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Right to Counsel

04/23/2020

There is a right to counsel for a person diagnosed as "affected with a communicable disease" who has been detained and petitions for discharge.

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About the right to counsel in quarantine/isolation cases

04/20/2020

The NCCRC status map now includes full information about the right to counsel when subject to quarantine or isolation.

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