July-August 2008

Access to Justice: Is Civil Gideon A Piece of the Puzzle?

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Access to Justice: Is Civil Gideon A Piece of the Puzzle?

Civil legal aid is chronically underfunded, and the already high demand for assistance is only increasing. An ABA House of Delegates resolution in 2006 said the indigent should be provided with legal counsel in certain types of civil cases. How have other bars responded to this call for "civil Gideon?" And how might it fit with other measures to help solve the problem of unmet civil legal needs?

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