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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All about HUD's Eviction Prevention Grant Program

06/14/2024

Four rounds of HUD grants are providing funding to legal services providers to represent tenants facing eviction.

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LA removes RTC loophole for children where TPR is sought due to sex offense of parent

05/21/2024

The court must appoint counsel for all children in termination of parental rights cases.

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Right to counsel - Indigent animal owners

05/21/2024

Indigent animal owners have the right to counsel in civil actions against the owner for compensation for animal care costs.

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Minnesota enacts law to protect Black families

05/21/2024

Minnesota has finally enacted the "Minnesota African American Family Preservation and Child Welfare Disproportionality Act."

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Minnesota strengthens right to counsel for Indian custodians and parents of Indian children

05/20/2024

An indigent parent or parents or Indian custodians have the right to counsel in any state child placement matter.

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Minnesota passes bill strengthening right to counsel for Indian children

05/20/2024

Indian children in any state child placement proceeding have the right to counsel if they are 10 years of age or older.

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No such proceeding

05/17/2024

Services may be provided consensually. The department may remove a guardian or terminate guardianship through an action in probate.

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Mississippi finally guarantees RTC for parents in TPR cases

05/13/2024

The state passed SB 2792, providing right to counsel to all indigent parents in termination of parental rights cases.

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Mississippi finally guarantees RTC for parents in abuse/neglect cases

05/13/2024

The state passed SB 2792, providing right to counsel to indigent custodial parents in abuse cases and to all indigent parents in TPR matters.

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Federal rule change opens up funding for civil legal rep

05/11/2024

A change to Title IV-E opens up matching federal funding for civil legal representation connected to foster care proceedings.

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All About D.C.'s RTC pilots

05/02/2024

The D.C. Council appropriated $4.5 million for housing eviction defense with an eye towards a right to counsel in housing cases.

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All about the right to counsel for tenants in San Francisco

04/28/2024

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

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All about the Chattanooga tenant rep pilot

04/23/2024

Several reports examining Chattaooga's Eviction Prevention Initiative find it has a number of benefits.

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GA law permits attorney ad litem appointment to review DFCS's decision NOT to terminate parental rights

04/22/2024

If DFCS decides not to file a TPR petition, the court may appoint an attorney ad litem for the child to review that decision.

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Nebraska enacts right to counsel for certain public housing tenants

04/17/2024

In 2024, Nebraska enacted a right to appointed counsel for public housing residents in certain cities for administrative hearings & evictions.

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The NCCRC celebrates Fair Housing Month

04/16/2024

As the Fair Housing Act celebrates its 56th anniversary, we at the NCCRC take a moment to acknowledge its critical role in housing justice.

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Appellate court finds withdrawal of mother's attorney violated fundamental fairness

04/05/2024

An appellate court reversed termination of a mother's parental rights where the trial court allowed her attorney to withdraw the day of trial.

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Right to counsel

04/02/2024

There is a right to counsel for respondents in civil commitment proceedings, including for juveniles and developmentally disabled persons.

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Discretionary appointment of counsel or GAL

03/28/2024

The court may appoint counsel or a guardian ad litem for a minor in a private custody dispute arising in a divorce.

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Lawsuit challenging failure to appoint lawyers for foreclosed NY homeowners settles

03/20/2024

A lawsuit by the NYCLU challenging the failure of NY courts to determine whether foreclosed homeowners should be appointed counsel has settled.

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NEW RESOURCE: advancing racial/health justice through RTC

03/15/2024

A new policy brief explores how to advance both racial and health justice through a right to counsel for tenants facing eviction.

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All about Washington State's groundbreaking eviction right to counsel

03/11/2024

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 the right to counsel for evictions in NYC

03/07/2024

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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Reaction to RAND op-ed in LA Times

03/01/2024

Our Coordinator responds to a piece in the LA Times by a RAND economist attacking the idea of a tenant right to counsel.

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NY bill would guarantee counsel in all immigration removal cases

02/24/2024

A statewide bill in NY would provide a right to counsel for both detained and non-detained immigrants in removal proceedings.

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All about Cleveland's eviction right to counsel

02/01/2024

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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AZ bill would have provided counsel to individuals in matters related to child abuse registry

02/01/2024

A bill would've provided a right to counsel to persons in child abuse registry matters, but the provision was removed.

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MO legislature to consider several bills that would provide client-direct counsel for kids

01/25/2024

The MO legislature is considering several bills that would change a child's right to an attorney GAL to the right to client-directed counsel.

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HI introduces legislation to reform fees provision

01/24/2024

Two 2024 bills would prohibit the court form assessing costs for minor's representation against minor or their parents.

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All about the eviction RTC in Maryland

01/16/2024

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

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