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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New York bill would provide statewide right to counsel for tenants

01/14/2022

Building off of NYCs success, a new bill would guarantee counsel for low-income tenants across New York State in a variety of situations.

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NCCRC recognizes the eviction right to counsel movement's movers and shakers

01/14/2022

In January 2022, We celebrated the eviction right to counsel movement and its leaders.

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Colorado appellate court recognizes right to counsel in contempt cases

01/06/2022

The Colorado Court of Appeals has ruled that indigent parents in child support contempt cases pursued by the government have a right to counsel.

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Maryland is second state with eviction right to counsel

01/05/2022

In May, Maryland became the second state to provide a statewide right to counsel for indigent tenants facing evictoin.

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Connecticut is third state with eviction right to counsel

12/30/2021

In May 2021, Connecticut became the third state to enact a statewide right to counsel for indigent tenants facing eviction.

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MD high court: right to counsel for patients facing forced medication

12/17/2021

The Maryland Court of Appeals ruled that involuntarily committed patients objecting to medication have a right to counsel.

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U.S. rank on access to civil justice in Rule of Law Index drops to 126th out of 139 countries

12/10/2021

The 2020 World Justice Project's Rule of Law Index ranked the U.S. 126th in the world on access to civil justice.

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Kansas City is 13th city to guarantee counsel for tenants facing eviction

12/09/2021

Kansas City has enacted an ordinance guaranteeing counsel for all tenatns facing eviction regardless of income.

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All about the right to counsel for evictions in NYC

11/18/2021

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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Legal services use fed. funds for tenant rep / right to counsel

11/17/2021

An increasing number of legal services programs have tapped a number of different federal funding pots to expand tenant representation.

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Richmond VA eviction report reveals power of counsel

11/15/2021

A report from the RVA Eviction Lab finds Richmond eviction cases are incredibly short and that tenant counsel has a profound effect on outcomes.

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WA report finds improved outcomes, cost savings w/kid counsel

11/15/2021

A new research report finds that children with counsel in child welfare cases have improved permanency outcomes and the State saves money.

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Ithaca joins cities with universal tenant representation

11/05/2021

Ithaca has passed a resolution supporting the right to counsel for tenants and provided an annual appropriation.

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Minneapolis is 12th city to guarantee counsel for tenants

10/11/2021

Minneapolis has enacted an ordinance providing a right to counsel for low-income tenants facing eviciton.

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Washington State is 1st state to enact right to counsel for tenants

10/09/2021

In April 2021, Washington State became the first state with a statewide right to counsel for tenants facing eviction.

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Nebraska bill would create right to counsel for all tenants

10/07/2021

A new bill would require courts to appoint counsel for all tenants in eviction cases.

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CA joins states guaranteeing counsel in conservatorship cases

09/30/2021

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.

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Toledo becomes 14th jurisdiction with tenant right to counsel

09/15/2021

The City of Toledo has enacted legislation to guarantee counsel to low-income tenants facing eviction.

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Arkansas adds limited right to counsel for parents in adoptions

09/14/2021

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.

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Treasury, HUD, AG urge right to counsel for tenants

08/27/2021

A combined press release from the Treasury Department, HUD and AG"s Office urged states to use federal funding for right to counsel for tenants.

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Texas app ct: dismissal of appointed atty due to alleged non-indigence was improper

08/15/2021

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.

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SD Supreme Court impoves child's right to counsel

08/14/2021

The South Dakota Supreme Court has said that attorneys for children must inform courts of a child's wishes in child welfare cases.

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Minnesota makes parent counsel mandatory in abuse/neglect cases

08/03/2021

A 2021 bill changed the law such that appointment of counsel for parents in abusen/neglect cases is mandatory, not discretionary.

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All about right to counsel efforts in Tulsa

07/01/2021

The City of Tulsa is exploring a potential right to counsel for tenants facing eviction.

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Milwaukee County to provide counsel for all tenants facing eviction

07/01/2021

Milwaukee County has passed a resolution in support of right to counsel and appropriated sufficient funding to make that happen.

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11th Circuit: Alabama law appointing guardians ad litems for fetuses is unconstitutional

07/01/2021

The 11th Circuit has held unconstitutional an Alabama law permitting courts to appoint a guardian ad litem for a fetus in abortion access cases.

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Philadelphia is fifth city to provide right to counsel for tenants

06/18/2021

The Philadelphia City Council has enacted a right to counsel for tenants.

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Denver enacts eviction right to counsel

06/15/2021

Denver has enacted an ordinance to guarantee counsel for tenants facing eviction, and there is also a pending ballot initaitive.

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Charlottesville to provide counsel for most low-income tenants

06/15/2021

The City Council has committed to providing funding such that most low-income tenants can be provided counsel.

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Nevada guarantees counsel for minor respondents in DV cases

06/12/2021

Nevada enacted a law providing that minors who are respondents in domestic violence protection order cases are entitled to counsel.

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