Why We Need a Right to Counsel in Civil Matters Where Basic Human Needs are at Stake

Thursday, October 3, 2013
G90 (Total Room Capacity:149)
New York State Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman New York State Bar Association President David Schraver Fern Fisher, Dep. Chief Administrative Law Judge and Director, NYS Court Access to Justice Program Bryan Hetherington '76 Chief Counsel, Empire Justice Center Prof. Martha Davis, Northeastern Univ. Law School John Pollock, National Coalition for a Civil Right to Counsel Andrew Scherer, Senior Fellow, Furman Center, NYU Law School
Open To:
Karen Comstock

2013 is the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Gideon v. Wainwright, in which the Court established the right to representation by an attorney, at government expense, for people who cannot afford to pay for counsel. The court found that it was an "obvious truth" that a criminal defendant cannot have a fair trial unless counsel is appointed. Find out why it is an equally obvious truth that there should be a right to counsel for low-income people who face court cases that may result in orders evicting them from their homes, denying them custody of their children and affecting other basic human needs. Join your colleagues at law schools across New York State for a live broadcast and discussion.