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.
Philly is fifth city to provide right to counsel for tenants
The Philadelphia City Council has enacted a right to counsel for tenants.
NYC first jurisdiction to guarantee counsel for evictions, looks to expand
NYC is the first jurisdiction in the country to establish a right to counsel for low-income tenants in eviction cases.
Massachusetts legislation would establish statewide eviction right to counsel
Bills have been filed to create a statewide right to counsel in eviction cases, and a statewide coalition has been launched to support them.
Financial advisory company focuses on right to counsel
Stout, a financial analysis company that has produced right to counsel cost/benefit reports, has new articles on the right to counsel movement.
Cleveland becomes first midwest city with 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.
PA report calls for immigration right to counsel
A new report out of Pennsylvania finds that few are represented in immigration court and calls for counsel to be provided by the state.
Ocasio-Cortez introduces housing right to counsel bill
A bill by U.S. House Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez would fund states establishing or pursuing a right to counsel in eviction cases.
Delaware Lawyer Magazine focuses on access to justice, right to counsel
The latest issue of Delaware Lawyer Magazine features articles looking at access to justice and the right to counsel in Delaware.
CAP issue brief calls for fed gov't leadership on civil legal aid
An issue brief by the Center for American Progress relies in part on right to counsel efforts to call for federal leadership on civil justice.
Comprehensive housing plan urges right to counsel in eviction cases
A briefing book from People's Action calls for a right to counsel for tenants facing eviction, pointing to the successful program in NYC.
All about the eviction right to counsel efforts in Los Angeles
Los Angeles is exploring whether to enact an ordinance providing a right to counsel in housing court similar to New York City.
NYC first jurisdiction with right to counsel for immigrants
New York City is providing universal access to counsel for immigrants.
Colorado report links housing, health, eviction right to counsel
A report by the Colorado Health Institute looks at the links between housing instability and health and calls for an eviction right to counsel.
CA court reminds of discretion to appoint counsel for prisoners
A California Court of Appeals held that a trial court erred when it said it lacked the ability to appoint counsel for a prisoner.
NJ appellate court: counsel required in administrative abuse/neglect cases
An appellate court held that parents have a right to counsel in an administrative proceeding to determine abuse/neglect and for an appeal.
NY State Bar calls for right to counsel in immigration cases
The NY State Bar endorsed a resolution calling for a statewide right to counsel in immigration removal proceedings.
Newark becomes third city to enact right to counsel for evictions
In late 2018, Newark joined NYC and San Francisco in guaranteeing counsel for tenants facing eviction.
Report: attys, especially legal aid attorneys, reduce Chicago evictions
A new report finds that being represented by a legal services attorney has a significant impact on eviction rates.
NCCRC's work featured in Governing Magazine
The NCCRC and the civil right to counsel movement were featured recently in Governing Magazine, the preeminent publication for state and local government officials.
NACC urges RTC for kids when CAPTA reauthorized
The National Association of Counsel for Children is urging Congress to require counsel for children when renewing the governing law.
Report: multidisciplinary rep for parents reduces foster care use
A comprehensive, multi-year study found that providing multidisciplinary representation for parents in child welfare cases improved outcomes.
Ninth Circuit twice dodges question of right to counsel for kids in immigration cases
Two federal cases sought a right to counsel for all immigrant children in deportation proceedings, but the Ninth Circuit avoided both cases.
Iowa adds right to counsel for parents, children in guardianship cases
the Iowa Minor Guardianship Proceedings Act, enacted in 2019, guarantees counsel for parents and children in child guardianship cases.
North Dakota ensures counsel for parents, kids in guardianship cases
A 2019 law change provides a right to counsel for both parents and children in private guardianship proceedings.
Right to counsel - extreme risk protection orders
A respondent has a right to counsel in a proceeding relating to a protection order due to possession of firearms.
State adds right to counsel for extended foster care
A new New Mexico law adds voluntary extended foster care for children aging out and provides counsel for children who opt in.
Connecticut exploring right to counsel in eviction proceedings
A bill has been introduced that would guarantee counsel for indigent tenants in eviction proceedings.
All about Detroit's exploration of an eviction right to counsel
Detroit has taken several steps to explore a right to counsel for tenants facing eviction.
U.S. rank on access to civil justice in Rule of Law Index drops to 99th out of 126 countries
The 2019 World Justice Project's Rule of Law Index ranked the U.S. 99th in the world on access to civil justice.
Montana Supreme Court acts to protect parent right to counsel
The Montana Supreme Court found that a parent had not waived his right to counsel in an adoption case, and strengthened the waiver standard.