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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Former AG Eric Holder calls for civil right to counsel

09/29/2016

At the 2016 NLADA Exemplar Award Dinner, Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder called for the right to counsel in civil cases.

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Former NY Chief Judge calls for constitutional convention on civil right to counsel

09/28/2016

Former NY Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman has called for New York to hold a constitutional convention on the right to counsel in civil cases.

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NIJ study released on effect of counsel for DV victims

09/26/2016

A study on the impact of providing counsel for DV victims was conducted by the University of Iowa and Iowa Legal Aid.

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Delaware grants right to counsel for children in termination cases

09/22/2016

A law passed in 2016 requires the court to appoint an attorney for a child to act as guardian ad litem in termination cases.

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California Legislature calls for fed gov't to ensure counsel for children in immigration cases

09/09/2016

SJR 28, passed by the California Assembly, urges the federal government to guarantee counsel for children in immigration cases.

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Delaware grants right to counsel for children in abuse/neglect cases

09/06/2016

A law passed in 2016 requires the court to appoint an attorney for a child to act as guardian ad litem in abuse/neglect cases.

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All about the NYC Family Unity Immigration Representation Program

09/01/2016

New York City has created an innovative project for providing counsel for detainees in immigration cases.

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New Mexico court: failure to advise parent of right to appointed counsel is fundamental error

08/31/2016

A New Mexico appellate court held that a trial court's failure to advise a parent of her statutory right to counsel was fundamental error.

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Report: whether Washington kids get counsel depends on where they live

08/26/2016

A report examines the situation in Washington State as to when children are appointed counsel in child welfare cases.

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"100% Access to Justice" Initiative launched, includes civil right to counsel

08/10/2016

A new "Justice for All Initiative" launched by national court leaders includes civil right to counsel as part of the plan.

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NJ Supreme Court recognizes right to counsel for parents in adoption cases

07/26/2016

The Supreme Court of New Jersey held there is a right to counsel for parents in adoption cases under the NJ Constitution's Due Process Clause.

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All about the federal case involving the right to counsel for immigrant children

06/24/2016

A class action filed in federal court seeks a constitutional right to counsel for all immigrant children in deportation proceedings.

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Colorado expands appointment of counsel to later guardianship proceedings

06/10/2016

A 2016 law authorizes a court to appoint counsel post-imposition of a guardianship/conservatorship if the court determines the ward needs it.

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All about California's right to counsel pilot projects

06/01/2016

In 2009, California enacted the Sargent Shriver Civil Counsel Act, which created right to counsel pilots, and in 2016 made them permanent.

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All about California's right to counsel pilot projects

06/01/2016

In 2009, California enacted the Sargent Shriver Civil Counsel Act, which created right to counsel pilots, and in 2016 made them permanent.

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All about California's right to counsel pilot projects

06/01/2016

In 2009, California enacted the Sargent Shriver Civil Counsel Act, which created right to counsel pilots, and in 2016 made them permanent.

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UN body calls for right to counsel in U.S. immigration cases

05/24/2016

The U.N. Committee to End Racial Discrimination (CERD) has called on the U.S. to guarantee counsel in immigration cases.

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Comprehensive paper explores status, future of civil right to counsel

05/20/2016

A paper requested by the ABA Commission on the Future of Legal Services explores the history and future of the civil right to counsel movement.

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Pennsylvania court: denial of counsel in termination case is reversible

05/20/2016

A Pennsylvania court reversed a termination of parental rights decision where the parent had been denied her right to appointed counsel.

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2016 Justice Index now features civil right to counsel

05/20/2016

The updated Justice Index, which ranks the states on access to justice, now includes some factors relating to civil right to counsel.

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Mississippi finally authorizes appointment of counsel in child welfare cases

05/13/2016

In 2016, the Mississippi Legislature enacted a law authorizing youth court judges to appoint counsel for parents in child welfare cases.

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Legislation: child counsel in termination cases

05/05/2016

This bill specifies that a child's appointed counsel continues past termination of parental rights until permanent placement has been finalized.

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MA high court: parents have right to counsel in private child guardianship establishment and modification proceedings

05/04/2016

The Supreme Judicial Court of MA held there is a constitutional right to counsel in proceedings to establish or modify a child guardianship.

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Nebraska authorizes appointment of counsel in civil forfeiture cases

04/19/2016

A new law authorizes appointment of counsel for a person (other than the defendant) claiming an interest in property subject to forfeiture.

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Wisconsin legislature creates access to civil legal services study committee

04/18/2016

The Wisconsin legislature has created a study committee to examine how to expand access to counsel in civil cases.

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Mississippi finally authorizes appointment of counsel in termination of parental rights cases

04/18/2016

In 2016, the Mississippi Legislature passed a bill authorizing judges to appoint counsel for parents in termination of parental rights cases.

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TX Sup. Ct: parental right to counsel in abuse/neglect cases extends to high court appeal

04/01/2016

The Supreme Court of Texas held that a parent's right to counsel in child welfare cases extends to an appeal to the high court.

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TX Sup Ct: parental right to counsel in termination cases extends to high court appeal

04/01/2016

The Supreme Court of Texas held that a parent's right to counsel in termination of parental rights cases extends to an appeal to the high court.

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AP story featuring right to counsel, NCCRC picked up by Washington Post and NYTimes

03/30/2016

A story by the Associated Press features civil right to counsel legislation across the country and the NCCRC.

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Utah authorizes appointment of counsel in private termination cases

03/22/2016

An enacted 2016 bill permits a trial court to appoint counsel for a parent in a private termination of parental rights proceeding.

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