Dave Collins, States Look to Provide Lawyer for the Poor in Civil Cases, Associated Press (March 30, 2016), available here. This article describes legislative efforts taking place in other states and highlights several client stories, including a client from the SeniorLAW Center.
Louis S. Rulli, Roadblocks to Access to Justice: Reforming Ethical Rules to Meet the Special Needs of Low-Income Clients, 17 U. Pa. J. L. & Soc. Change 347 (2014), available here.
Joseph A. Sullivan, Access to Justice Panel Urged for PA, of the Philadelphia Bar Reporter (June 2014) is available here.
To learn more about the funding cuts to civil legal services in Pennsylvania, click here to read an article written by Gerald McHugh and James DeAngelo, entitled Cuts to legal aid harm the justice system.
An article entitled, “Filling Gideon's Empty Chair,” written by Michael J. Carroll and Louis S. Rulli, published in The Philadelphia Lawyer magazine, Winter 2011 edition, is available here.
On November 19, 2010, the Philadelphia Mortgage Foreclosure Diversion Program was highlighted at White House event. Click here to read an article about the event in the Philadelphia Bar Reporter and here for more information.
The 2010 Goals of the Philadelphia Bar Association's Task Force are set forth in a recent article entitled, “Task Force Looks at Benefits of Civil Gideon,” published in the March 2010 edition of the Philadelphia Bar Reporter, which is available here.
An article entitled, “Chancellor's Forum on Civil Gideon,” written by Albert S. Dandridge, III, co-chair of the Philadelphia Bar Association's Civil Gideon Education and Communications Working Group, published in the August 2010 edition of the Philadelphia Bar Reporter, is available here.
An article entitled, “Civil Gideon: Should the State Provide Counsel to Indigent Litigants in Civil Lawsuits?” written by The Legal Intelligencer Young Lawyer Editorial Board on July 8, 2010, is available here.
An article entitled, “Phila. Efforts for ‘Civil Gideon' Focused on Pilot Projects,” written by Amaris Elliott-Engel, published on July 7, 2010, by The Legal Intelligencer, is available here.
An article entitled, “Civil Gideon Examined at July 7 Forum,” written by Joseph A. Sullivan, co-chair of the Philadelphia Bar Association's Civil Gideon Task Force, published in the July 2010 edition of the Philadelphia Bar Reporter, is available here.
An article that describes the 2010 goals of the Philadelphia Bar Association's Civil Gideon Task Force entitled “Task Force Looks at Benefits of Civil Gideon,” published in the March 2010 edition of the Philadelphia Bar Reporter, is available here.
An article about the right to counsel in civil cases where basic human needs are at stake is available in the May/June 2010 issue of the Pennsylvania Lawyer is available here.
An article entitled “Help for Struggling Homeowners,” which describes the Philadelphia Mortgage Foreclosure Division Program, written by Peter S. Goodman, was published in Parade on May 2, 2010, and is available here.
See also “Philadelphia Gives Homeowners a Way to Stay Put,” an article that appeared in the The New York Times on November 18, 2009, which is available here.
An article entitled “Civil Gideon Movement Looks to Expand Right to Publicly Provided Legal Counsel,” written by Amaris Elliott-Englel, was published in The Legal Intelligencer on April 15, 2008, is available here.
Other News Articles
For recent articles on the civil right to counsel, visit the National Coalition for Civil Right to Counsel web site, which is available here.
An article written by USC law professor Clare Pastore, entitled “Rescuing Legal Aid,” appeared in The Los Angeles Times on February 23, 2010, which discusses the increased need for a civil right to counsel in the current economic climate, is available here.
An article published in The New York Times on January 1, 2010, entitled “A Nation of Do-It-Yourself Lawyers,” written by John T. Broderick Jr., Chief Justice of New Hampshire, and Ronald M. George, Chief Justice of California, is available here.
An article published by The Wall Street Journal on October 27, 2009, entitled ‘Civil Gideon' Trumpets Legal Discord, which is available at discusses the new California Sargent Shriver Civil Counsel Act, is available here.
An article published by, The Los Angeles Times published on October 17, 2009, entitled “California gives the poor a new legal right,” written by Carol J. Williams, is available here.
If the city invested $3.5 million per year to fund counsel for low-income tenants, the city would save $45 million per year in the following costs, plus other unquantifiable benefits:
$26 million in shelter costs
$7.5 million in inpatient hospital costs
$1 million in ER costs
$7.5 million in mental health costs
The study found that the cost/benefit for the city would be $12.74 benefit for every $1 invested in providing counsel.
Representation by a lawyer makes an impact on the outcome of an eviction case: Without a lawyer, 78% of tenants are disruptively displaced. With a lawyer, only 5% are disruptively displaced – 95% avoid that displacement.
If the city invests $3.5 million in funding for counsel for low-income tenants, approximately 14,000 people (in 4,400 households) will be assisted in avoiding disruptive displacement each year.
There was extensive local and national publicity about the Stout study, which was generated in large part by communications assistance provided by Voices for Civil Justice and BerlinRosen. Click here to review the media coverage.