Start a Homeless Court Program in Your Community

Matthew Wechter and Steve Binder
New lawyers can remove legal barriers for homeless defendants by getting involved with homeless courts.

New lawyers can remove legal barriers for homeless defendants by getting involved with homeless courts.

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When you are homeless or at risk, criminal charges can be pressing issues. Sleeping, drinking, urinating in public, riding public transportation without fare, and a host of public nuisance offenses reflect life on the streets. Everyday activities you conduct in the privacy of your home, homeless people must do outside, totally exposed, creating legal barriers to self-sufficiency. New lawyers can remove these legal barriers for homeless defendants by getting involved with homeless courts and the ABA Commission on Homelessness and Poverty (the Commission), by joining the Homeless Court Advisory Committee, supporting homeless court programming, and more. 

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