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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More federal bills would fund cities/states pursuing right to counsel


Bills filed in the U.S. House and Senate would fund cities/states expanding eviction defense and prioritize those with a right to counsel.

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ICWA, right to counsel apply to private guardianships, says Nebraska high court


The Supreme Court of Nebraska held= the Indian Child Welfare Act and its right to counsel provisions appliy to private guardianship disputes.

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DC court extends child's right to counsel


The D.C. Court of Appeals held delinquent children have a right to counsel in proceedings run by the Dept' of Youth Rehabilitation Services.

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Webinar tackles funding and race issues in eviction right to counsel


A Shriver Center webinar tackled the question of the race equity implications of an eviction right to counsel, as well as funding questions.

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NY bill would guarantee counsel in all immigration removal cases


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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Boulder advocates launch eviction right to counsel campaign


Advocates in boulder have launched a campaign at to establish a right to counsel for tenants facing eviction.

Wall Street Journal profiles growing eviction right to counsel movement


The Wall Street Journal took a look at how cities are adopting an eviction right to counsel as a way of combating rising rents.

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Texas Supreme Court: parent not advised of right to counsel


The Supreme Court of Texas reversed a termination of parental rights because a parent was not advised of her right to appointed counsel.

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MA appellate court: counsel might be needed for evicted children


The MA Court of Appeals remanded a case to determine whether children in an eviction case needed representation separate from their mother.

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Philadelphia is fifth city to provide right to counsel for tenants


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

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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.

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Santa Monica takes steps to become sixth city with eviction right to counsel


Santa Monica is close to joining five other cities in providing a right to counsel for tenants facing eviction.

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U.S. Rep DeLauro introduces housing representation bill


A bill by U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) would expand housing representation and encourage state/local governments to provide a right to counsel.

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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.

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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.

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Center for American Progress issue brief supports tenant right to conusel


A new issue brief from the Center for American Progress explains the importance of providing a right to counsel for tenants.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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NYC first jurisdiction with right to counsel for immigrants


New York is providing universal access to counsel for detained immigrants.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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