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.
Minneapolis is 12th city to guarantee counsel for tenants
Minneapolis has enacted an ordinance providing a right to counsel for low-income tenants facing eviciton.
Washington State is 1st state to enact right to counsel for tenants
In April 2021, Washington State became the first state with a statewide right to counsel for tenants facing eviction.
CA joins states guaranteeing counsel in conservatorship cases
A 2021 change to the law guarantees appointment of counsel in conservatorship cases. California statutes require appointment of counsel in guardianship and conservatorship proceedings, but there are conditions.
Legal services use fed. funds for tenant rep / right to counsel
An increasing number of legal services programs have tapped a number of different federal funding pots to expand tenant representation.
Toledo becomes 14th jurisdiction with tenant right to counsel
The City of Toledo has enacted legislation to guarantee counsel to low-income tenants facing eviction.
Arkansas adds limited right to counsel for parents in adoptions
A court must appoint counsel for a birth parent, but only for certain types of adoption and only with respect to filing or revoking consent.
Texas app ct: dismissal of appointed atty due to alleged non-indigence was improper
A Texas Court of Appeals found error in a trial court's decision to dismiss a parent's appointed counsel on the grounds of non-indgience.
SD Supreme Court impoves child's right to counsel
The South Dakota Supreme Court has said that attorneys for children must inform courts of a child's wishes in child welfare cases.
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 .
Minnesota makes parent counsel mandatory in abuse/neglect cases
A 2021 bill changed the law such that appointment of counsel for parents in abusen/neglect cases is mandatory, not discretionary.
All about right to counsel efforts in Tulsa
The City of Tulsa is exploring a potential right to counsel for tenants facing eviction.
Milwaukee County to provide counsel for all tenants facing eviction
Milwaukee County has passed a resolution in support of right to counsel and appropriated sufficient funding to make that happen.
11th Circuit: Alabama law appointing guardians ad litems for fetuses is unconstitutional
The 11th Circuit has held unconstitutional an Alabama law permitting courts to appoint a guardian ad litem for a fetus in abortion access cases.
Philadelphia is fifth city to provide right to counsel for tenants
The Philadelphia City Council has enacted a right to counsel for tenants.
Denver enacts eviction right to counsel
Denver has enacted an ordinance to guarantee counsel for tenants facing eviction, and there is also a pending ballot initaitive.
Charlottesville to provide counsel for most low-income tenants
The City Council has committed to providing funding such that most low-income tenants can be provided counsel.
Nevada guarantees counsel for minor respondents in DV cases
Nevada enacted a law providing that minors who are respondents in domestic violence protection order cases are entitled to counsel.
Connecticut is third state with eviction right to counsel
In May 2021, Connecticut became the third state to enact a statewide right to counsel for indigent tenants facing eviction.
All about the right to counsel for tenants in San Francisco
A ballot initiative passed in June 2018 guarantees counsel for San Francisco tenants in eviction cases 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.
New York bill would provide statewide right to counsel for tenants
Building off of NYCs success, a new bill would guarantee counsel for low-income tenants across New York State in a variety of situations.
New Jersey joins ranks of states considering tenant right to counsel
A bill has been filed that would provide a statewide right to counsel for indigent tenants facing eviction.
Maryland is second state with eviction right to counsel
In May, Maryland became the second state to provide a statewide right to counsel for indigent tenants facing evictoin.
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.
Delaware weighing creation of tenant right to counsel
A bill has been filed that would guarantee a right to counsel for Delaware tenants in eviction and related proceedings.
CA Supreme Court: parents have right to effective assistance of counsel on appeal
The Supreme Court of California ruled parents can challenge a denial of a termination of parental rights appeal that was filed late.
Louisville is first Southern city to enact eviction right to counsel
The Louisville City Council has enacted an ordinance guaranteeing counsel to certain tenants facing eviction.
Arizona establishes right to counsel for kids in child welfare cases
A 2021 bill changed the law to require children to have attorneys in child welfare proceedings, as opposed to guardians ad litem.
New Jersey launches eviction right to counsel pilot
New Jersey will be providing counsel to all tenants facing eviction in 3 pilot sites.
Legal Services Corp. President calls for eviction right to counsel
An opinion piece in the Houston Chronicle by the Legal Services Corporation President calls for immediate passage of an eviction right ocounsel.