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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AK high court extends due process right to counsel for parents in custody cases

08/12/2022

The Supreme Court of Alaska extended the law as to situations where parents have a constitutional right to counsel in custody cases.

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KY appeals court: denial of counsel for noncustodial parent was reversible error

08/05/2022

The Kentucky Court of Appeals held that the failure to appoint counsel in a dependency proceeding required reversal of the termination order.

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Campaign launched for eviction RTC in North Jersey

07/30/2022

The North New Jersey DSA is pushing for the city to join the ranks of cities adopting a right to counsel for tenants facing eviction.

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Michigan court: effective assistance of counsel needed for civil commitments

07/29/2022

A Michigan Court of Appeals held that respondents in Michigan civil commitment proceedings are entitled to effective assistance of counsel.

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Detroit is latest city to enact tenant right to counsel

07/28/2022

In May 2022, Detroit became the latest city to enact a right to counsel for tenants facing eviction.

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All about Washington State's groundbreaking eviction right to counsel

07/28/2022

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

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All about Philadelphia's eviction right to counsel

07/17/2022

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

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San Francisco ballot initiative establishes DV right to counsel pilot

06/06/2022

A 2022 ballot initiative, Proposition D, creates a 1-year pilot to provide a right to counsel for San Francisco victims of domestic violence.

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Illinois creates immigration right to counsel task force

05/17/2022

An enacted 2022 bill creates a task force to study implementation of an immigration right to counsel, with a report due in 2023.

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ACLU/NCCRC report flags eviction's harms, RTC's promise

05/11/2022

A joint report by the ACLU and NCCRC reviews the data on the widepsread consequences of evictions and right to counsel's impact on the problem.

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Nebraska study reveals lawlessness of evictions, impact of counsel

05/11/2022

A new report found evictions in Lancaster County often violate the law and that counsel makes a huge difference.

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New Orleans joins ranks of cities with tenant right to counsel

05/06/2022

In May 2022, the New Orleans City Council enacted an ordinance to provide a right to counsel for all tenants facing eviction.

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PA report urges statewide eviction right to counsel

04/30/2022

A report from the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center urges the state to fund a right to counsel for tenants statewide.

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Discretionary appointment of counsel

04/22/2022

A 2022 law changed appointment of counsel for birth parents in adoption cases from mandatory to discretionary.

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Colorado adds right to counsel for older children in abuse/neglect cases

04/17/2022

In 2022, Colorado added the right to client-directed counsel for older children in abuse/neglect cases.

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All about the right to counsel for evictions in NYC

04/17/2022

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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Lakewood Ohio considering tenant right to counsel

04/17/2022

An ordinance introduced in Lakewood Ohio aims to make the city the third in Ohio to provide a right to counsel for tenants facing eviction.

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St. Pete weighs right to counsel for tenants facing eviction

04/17/2022

The City of St. Pete is considering providing a right to counsel for tenants facing eviction.

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All about Toledo's right to counsel for tenants facing eviction

04/15/2022

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

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Maryland is second state with eviction right to counsel

04/05/2022

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

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CityHealth focuses attention on tenant right to counsel

04/01/2022

CityHealth, which ranks cities on their policies, is making a push in conjunction with the NCCRC for cities to adopt a tenant right to counsel.

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Multnomah County ballot initiative would establish eviction RTC

03/17/2022

A proposed ballot initiative for November 2022 would establish a right to counsel for Multnomah County tenants facing eviction.

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New York bill would provide statewide right to counsel for tenants

03/10/2022

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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All about Boulder's eviction right to counsel

03/03/2022

In Nov 2020, voters in Boulder Colorado approved a ballot initiative establishing a right to counsel for tenants facing eviction.

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MA high court avoids question of right to counsel in DV cases

02/18/2022

The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts declined to answer whether indigent defendants are entitled to counsel in protection order cases.

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All about the right to counsel for tenants in San Francisco

02/03/2022

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

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California high court working group calls for tenant right to counsel

02/02/2022

A report by a working group created by the Supreme Court of California Chief Justice calls for a statewide tenant right to counsel.

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All about Cleveland's eviction right to counsel

02/01/2022

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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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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