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.
WA report finds improved outcomes, cost savings w/kid counsel
A new research report finds that children with counsel in child welfare cases have improved permanency outcomes and the State saves money.
Ithaca joins cities with universal tenant representation
Ithaca has passed a resolution supporting the right to counsel for tenants and provided an annual appropriation.
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.
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 .
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.
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.
Treasury, HUD, AG urge right to counsel for tenants
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Washington Post editorials focus on right to counsel
The Washington Post ran an editorial series on the right to counsel.
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 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.
WA State guarantees counsel for children in child welfare cases
As the result of 2021 legislation, Washington State children are now guaranteed independent counsel in child welfare cases
WA State guarantees counsel for children in termination cases
As the result of 2021 legislation, Washington State children are now guaranteed independent counsel in termination of parental rights cases.
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.
New North Dakota law strengthens right to counsel for kids
A 2021 law guarantees counsel for children in abuse/neglect cases provided the children are of sufficient age and maturity.
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A 2021 law guarantees counsel for children in parental termination cases provided the children are of sufficient age and maturity.
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.
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.
Santa Monica explores eviction right to counsel
Santa Monica has taken steps to move towards a right to counsel in eviction cases.