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Securing Equal Justice for All: A Brief History of Civil Legal Assistance in the United States (2013)
(Washington, D.C.: CLASP, 2013-12)
This short history is based on the previous written work of Justice Earl Johnson, Justice John Dooley, Martha Bergmark, and the authors. This is the third revision to our first history originally written in 2003 and ...
Answering Gideon's Call Outside the Courtroom:Policy Reform Strategies to Protect the Right to Counsel
On March 18, 1963, the United States Supreme Court decided Gideon v. Wainwright, which established the right to counsel for those who could not afford to hire an attorney. The Supreme Court stated that counsel is critical ...
State Level Advocacy: Development and Growth
Alan Houseman prepared this background paper for the panel on: State Poverty Advocacy: Its History and Future at the 2016 NLADA annual meeting in Indianapolis.
Don't I Need a Lawyer?
(Constitution Project, The, 2015)
For more than a decade, The Constitution Project National Right to Counsel Committee (“Committee”) has examined the state of indigent defense in our country, determined to assist governments in realizing the promise of ...
Gideon at 50, Part II - Redefining Indigence: Financial Eligibility Guidelines for Assigned Counsel
This 50-State Survey of Financial Eligibility Guidelines for Assigned Counsel documents how states decide who is “too poor” to hire a lawyer. The survey looks at how states define “indigency” and whether or not that ...
Gideon at 50 Part I - Rationing Justice: The Underfunding of Assigned Counsel Systems
(National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), 2013-03)
This report documents the unreasonably low rates of compensation paid to private attorneys who represent indigent defendants in state courts. The lack of adequate funding restricts the pool of attorneys willing to represent ...
Oral history interview with Henry Freedman
Henry Freedman retired in 2014 after serving as the Executive Director of the National Center for Law and Economic Justice in New York City for more than four decades. The Center emerged from the Center on Social Welfare ...
Oral history interview with Brooksley E. Born
In the interview, Brooksley Born, retired partner at Arnold & Porter, discusses her public service and pro bono work, which she pursued using the firm as a base. Together with Marna Tucker, she started teaching the ...
Oral history interview with Steven Cole
Oral history interview with Adele Blong