Legal Services Community - NC
The following are current issues or topics that will have (or has
had) significant impact on the ability of the legal services
community to serve the low-come community in North Carolina:
ISSUE: "Civil Gideon"
[In 1963 in
Gideon v. Wainwright, the U.S. Supreme Court held that
there is a constitutional right to counsel in cases in
criminal cases. However, in most civil cases,
no similar right to legal representation exists for those who are
too poor to afford an attorney. Below are recent articles on
the arguments for right to counsel in civil cases, which has been
referred to as "Civil Gideon"]
Aid of NC's Board of Directors passes
Resolution in support
ABA's "Civil Gideon Resolution"
(Resolution passed by LANC BOD December 4, 2009)
not counsel in civil cases too?"
(11/23/09 News & Observer Op-Ed by
there be a right to counsel in civil cases?"
(11/09/09 NC Lawyers Weekly article)
ABA passes "Civil Gideon resolution" - Resolution 112A
...On Monday, August 7, 2006, at approximately 4:00 p.m. local time,
the American Bar Association's House of Delegates UNANIMOUSLY passed
112A, proposed by the Presidential Task Force on Access to
Civil Justice, with one friendly amendment.
here to view Resolution 112A and comments from Debra Gardner,
National Coalition for a Civil Right to
"Will Adoption of Rule 6.1 Make A Difference in North Carolina?"
(November/December 2009, NCBA's NC Lawyer)
LANC Board of Directors Resolution regarding support of enhanced
Private Attorney Involvement with LSC-funded programs
(June 15, 2007)
MODEL RULE 6.1 Voluntary Pro Bono Public Service
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